ASANSOL: The Governor of West Bengal, K N Tripathi, today held a one-hour meeting with senior officials of the police and administration of this country and assessed the situation in the areas affected by the violence of Raniganj and Asansol.
Earlier this week, the state government had advised him not to visit Asansol and Raniganj, for security reasons.
One person was killed and two policemen sustained serious injuries on Monday when clashes broke out between two groups in a Ram Navami procession in the Raniganj area of Bardhaman West district.
Violence spread to the Asansol areas, prompting the police to suspend Internet services and suspend prohibition orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in areas of the district affected by problems.
I had a meeting with officials over the situation, I appeal to people here to maintain peace and harmony: Keshari Nath Tripathi, West Bengal Governor after visiting violence affected areas of Asansol pic.twitter.com/MDia26bcYe
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On Thursday, police also arrested union minister Babul Supriyo and BJP state president Mahila Morcha, Locket Chatterjee, to enter the Asansol-Raniganj area.
The imam of Noorani Masjid, Imdatullah Rashid, had said that his son also died in violence, but the police did not confirm the incident. Rashid had also asked for peace in the area.
The prohibition orders are still in force as the situation here is tense, said a police officer.
“No recent incident of violence in the area was reported in the last three days,” he said, adding that a large contingent of police and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) is patrolling the area.