Overall situation in trouble-torn Ranigunj under control

Inspector General of Police Siddhi Nath Gupta (IPS) today said the overall situation in trouble-torn Ranigunj was under control. Police detained 60 suspected miscreants for indulging in arson and were interrogating them.

The senior IPS officer arrived here last night along with two others of his rank to launch route march in trouble-torn West Burdwan’s coal belt where one person was killed and many injured, including some IPS officers during group clashed triggered by Ramnavami celebration on Monday last.

The senior officials have been leading the specially trained combat forces to face any eventuality. Mr Gupta said while the situation was now under control, the forces appealed to the civilians not to venture out and maintain peace.

He also urged the civilians not to heed to any rumour. He said police also recovered a cache of arms and detained 60 suspected trouble makers for arson and were interrogating them.

Earlier, an FIR was registered against Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo yesterday for violating Section 144 of the Cr PC in the Asansol-Raniganj area where the situation continued to remain tense following violence over a Ram Navami procession.

The FIR was lodged at the North Asansol Police Station. Babul Supriyo and BJP’s women wing leader Locket Chatterjee were today denied entry into trouble- torn Ranigunj as police told them not to visit the coal belt industrial town of West Burdwan where Section 144 CR PC has been in force since Monday last following group clashes.

While Locket Chatterjee demanded imposition of Presidential rule in West Bengal, claiming that the law and order situation was out of gear and the common people have been the worst sufferers, Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo said it was high time for deployment of central para-military forces to restore order in Ranigunj.

He said being the local MP of Asansol he was being prevented from meeting the people by the state administration.  Babul Supriyo alleged that the local administration had failed to restore order.

He demanded deployment of central forces to save the common people from the terror of goons. Local councillor and TMC leader Jitendra Tiwary, however, claimed that the local people have prevented the Union minister from going to Ranigunj.

He alleged the minister who put up in a five-star hotel in Durgapur was trying to create chaos among the people. Meanwhile, the villages in and around Ranigunj wore allmost deserted look as shops, offices and markets have been shut since Monday evening after group clashes left one dead and many injured, including some of the senior

IPS officers during a Ram Navami procession. Senior IPS officer Arindam Dutta Chowdhury was critically wounded after a crude bomb was thrown at him.  He was being taken to a referral hospital in South India.

Three IPS officers – Siddhinath Gupta, Jawed Shamim and Vineet Goel -have been leading route march with some 800 additional special combat forces equipped with ammunition to face any eventuality.

Route March by the special combat forces, headed by three senior IPS officers, was today intensified even as the overall situation though described highly tense but was under control.
State governor Keshri Nath Tripathi, who wanted to visit the injured officer, was advised on Wednesday not to visit West Burdwan due to security purpose as all the force was deployed in the troubled areas.
The state government, which rejected the MHA argument for deployment of the central para-military forces, sent special combat forces with additional 800 personnel, which began routemarch since yesterday.

The official sources said the overall situation though tense but was well under control with no new report of violence received so far today. In Kolkata senior minister Partha Chatterjee said the state government was capable enough of controlling such situation.

” We do not need any outside support to handle such situation. We handled such situation in the past and this time we will do it. Our first step is to restore normalcy there, ” he added.
The net services in the areas have been banned for administrative consideration. Even local cable TVs stopped catering news and views. BJP leader Mukul Roy accused the state government of such alarming situation in Ranigunj, saying the government was sponsoring nearly ” state terrorism”.


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