West Bengal violence: Section 144 imposed in Bhatpara after clash leaves two dead, 11 injured; 11 IPS officers transferred

The West Bengal government ordered the transfer of 11 IPS officers on Thursday. These orders come in the background of prevailing violence in the state, including clashes in Bhatpara that resulted in the death of two people.

 West Bengal violence: Section 144 imposed in Bhatpara after clash leaves two dead, 11 injured; 11 IPS officers transferred

Police and RAF personnel were deployed in Bhatpara on Thursday. ANI

The state government has removed Barrackpore Police Commissioner Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri and appointed Manoj Kumar Verma, who was the IGP of Darjeeling. According to CNN-News18, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also directed the police to restore the situation to normal in the state within three days. The situation in North 24 Parganas’ Bhatpara remains tense, with police conducting route marches to ensure normalcy.

In the clashes in Bhatpara, three people were seriously injured. The deceased were identified as Rambabu Shaw and Dharamveer Shaw.

Of the 11 injured, six were police personnel who suffered injuries while trying to contain the violence, Director General of Police Virendra said. Five people have been arrested in connection with the clash, a police officer said.

According to PTI, bombs were hurled and several rounds of bullets fired in the air by the members of the two warring groups near a newly constructed police station in the area, which falls under the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat. Clashes broke out between two groups suspected to be affiliated to the TMC and the BJP.

Apart from the police, Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel has also been deployed. Shops, market places and business establishments downed shutters and Section 144 was imposed in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas.

"Some anti-socials and criminals have been active in Bhatpara. Outside elements have now joined them, disrupting peace in the area. DG Virendra has also been asked to rush to Bhatpara," Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay told PTI.

The BJP blamed the ruling Trinamool Congress for the Bhatpara violence and said a report about the same will be sent to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, according to NDTV.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked the police brass to hold an emergency meeting at the state secretariat.

Bhatpara has witnessed a series of clashes since 19 May, when a bypoll was held in the Assembly constituency. There have been various incidents of unrest in West Bengal since before the Lok Sabha elections, with Banerjee blaming the BJP for attempting to destabilise the state.

Inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Jun 20, 2019 23:33:21 IST