Internet services have been suspended in some parts of West Bengal’s Murshidabad district till Saturday June 14 in the wake of new violence and fire in the district, with the exception of Howrah, in protest against comments made by former BJP leaders on Prophet Mohammed. Clampdown is already in effect at Howrah.
At least 12 crew members were injured when they were blocked off on the highway near the local bus station in Murshidabad’s Reginagar area for about two hours, police said. The police fired some ammunition shells to disperse the crowd.
Hours ago, Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar was arrested for a few hours as he tried to visit Howrah. BJP national president JP Nadda held a rally against the Bengal government over Majumdar’s arrest.
Here are the top updates for Bengal:
– The seven-member BJP delegation held a meeting with Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar. After the release of Majumdar, he went to the governor’s house from the city police headquarters in Lal Bazar.
– Howrah (Rural) Police Superintendent Soumya Roy and Howrah (Urban) Police Commissioner C Sudhakar have been removed in the wake of violent protests in the district.
– Internet services have been suspended at Beldanga 1 block of Murshidabad (minority dominated district) and Beldanga 2 block of Beldanga and Shaktipur police station till 6 am on June 14 to prevent the spread of misinformation.
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– Internet services have been discontinued in the entire Howrah district until June 13 and Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed till June 15 in several areas such as Uluberia, Domjur and Panchla.
– A new violence was reported in the Panchala Bazaar area of Howrah district on Saturday, when protesters clashed with police and several houses were set on fire. Protesters hurled stones at police, some injured and vandalized BJP party office.
– During the violent protests in Howrah and clashes with law enforcers, protesters pelted stones, set fire to police vehicles and damaged public property.
– Mamata Banerjee-led government is tapping into the culprits while trying to suppress the voice of those fighting for the people of the state in a democratic way, Nadda said in a tweet.
– Violent protests erupted in many parts of Howrah district a day ago over the controversial statements of BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and ousted leader Naveen Jindal over the suspension of Prophet Mohammed.
The Chief Minister shared a tweet earlier in the day that the general public is suffering from the sins of the BJP while issuing a stern warning against the rioters. “As I said earlier, there are two days of violent incidents in Howrah. Behind this, some political parties want to create a riot but these things will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken against all those involved in the violence. Why should the masses suffer from the sins of the BJP? Banerjee tweeted on Saturday.