Ram Navami clash: TMC, BJP playing competitive communalism, says CPM

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Asking the police to revoke permission for such processions, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, "Did Lord Ram fight Ravan with swords?"

A clash ensued between two groups even as the police tried to intervene, a senior officer had said on the condition of anonymity.

Violence rocked pockets of Bengal on Ram Navami leaving one person dead and a host of people, including IPS officer, five policemen and a number of civilians, injured when members of a particular community attacked the religious procession on Sunday, police said on Monday. Batons were used to control the current circumstances.

In a bid to counter the BJP, the Trinamool also organised several colourful Ram Navami processions in every district where activists were seen carrying pictures of Ram and playing devotional songs. Deputy Commissioner of Police is reported to have sustained injuries in his forearm as miscreants hurled bombs at him and other police officials.

Union minister of state heavy industries and Asamsol Lok Sabha MP, Babul Supriyo, tweeted that the Bengal government was resorting to appeasement politics and Hindus were being subjected to torture.

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Apart from the armed rallies, large processions were also taken out to celebrate Ram Navami in Birbhum, Bankura, Cooch Behar, Nadia, North and South 24 Paraganas by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliated organisations inlcuding the Hindu Jagaran Manch and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). Visuals from the area display frenzied mobs rushing approximately, their faces tarnished with red.

Alleging that the TMC first allowed such rallies to take place and then raised voice to get political mileage, Mishra said: "This has been done only to divert people's attention from real issues". The people in the rallies were seen carrying weapons like swords and tridents and dressed up in traditional Indian attires.

On person identified as Mahesh Mandal, a labourer was caught in the cross fire and died. It is the government's duty to maintain the peace. This is West Bengal.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday directed the director general of police to instruct all superintendents of police to take strong action against those who carried arms in the rallies. We celebrate Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Ganpati puja peacefully.

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