The police have so far arrested 12 people in connection with the violence and arson that took place after alleged stone pelting on BJP’s Shobha Yatra in Hooghly district of West Bengal on Sunday evening. Many people have been detained for questioning in this incident.
Section 144 is applicable in the area and people have been advised not to leave their homes unnecessarily. Strict checking of vehicles is being done on all the routes leading to Risda of Hooghly. Most of the shops and markets were closed on Monday amid tension in the area.
Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court has sought a detailed report from the state government on the recent violence in Howrah, Hooghly and Uttar Dinajpur districts.
Acting Chief Justice Shivagnanam and Justice Hiranmoy Bhattacharya directed the government to present the report and CCTV footage in the court by Wednesday.
The court also questioned the role of the police and asked the police and the court to take care that such incidents do not happen again and no harm is done to the common people.
After the Howrah violence, Leader of the Opposition Shubhendu Adhikari filed a public interest litigation in the Calcutta High Court, demanding the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the violence.
Violence and arson took place on Sunday evening after alleged stone pelting on BJP’s procession. BJP says that party’s Khanakul MLA Viman Ghosh has been injured in this violence. After that, internet services have been suspended till 10 pm on Monday by invoking section 144 in the area.
In a letter sent to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Governor CV Anand Bose, MLA Biman Ghosh has accused the police of inaction, saying the attack on the procession was well-planned.