Fresh violence in West Bengal: A fresh clash broke out between the police and the protesters once again on Saturday morning in Panchala Bazar, Howrah, West Bengal. The miscreants pelted stones at the police and then the police fired tear gas shells to disperse the miscreants. The protesters were protesting over the controversial statement of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. The miscreants ransacked and arson. Protesters reached the area to protest despite Section 144 being imposed in the area. While Bengal BJP President Sukanta Majumdar was on his way to the site of the incident, he was stopped by the police on the way.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed BJP for the violence in Bengal for the last two days. She tweeted and wrote, “As I have said earlier also violent incidents are taking place in Howrah for the last two days. There are some political parties behind this and they want to cause riots. But these will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken against all of them. Why the people of the country should suffer the sin of BJP?
On Mamata Banerjee’s statement, BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya while talking to a news channel said, “Mamata Banerjee, Home Minister of Bengal, has once again failed to manage Law & Order in the state. Her administration has remained a mute spectator to the rampaging rioters as they burn and vandalise property. If she is unable to act, she should urge the Governor do deploy Army.”
On Friday too, hundreds of protesters blocked railway tracks at different places in West Bengal’s Howrah district. On the other hand, as a precautionary measure, the state government suspended internet service in Howrah district on Friday evening. In an order issued by the Department of Home and Hill Affairs, it has been said that the internet will be closed till 6 am on Monday (June 13, 2022). The order said that voice call and SMS services will continue.
Meanwhile, on Friday itself, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar appealed for peace and sought immediate information from the Chief Secretary of the state on the law and order situation. His office tweeted, “Appealing for peace, the Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar has sought immediate information from the Chief Secretary on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state by 10 pm tonight (10 June 2022).”