Tension prevailed in West Bengal’s Howrah as some locals, who were seen walking out of the city, staged a two-day violent protest over expelled BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s derogatory remarks on Prophet Muhammad.
Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC have been imposed in several areas of Howrah including Uluberia, Panchala and Domjur till June 15 and internet services have been suspended in the entire district till June 13 to check the spread of misinformation.
Some shops in and around Panchala were burnt. A family was seen with luggage near the highway.
Bumba Sessions was waiting for the bus with his wife and blind elder brother. “Our house is not safe, what if something happens at night? They have burnt down a house. We do not know who has burnt these houses. We are common man and don’t want to live here anymore. My brother is not feeling well,” he said.
Most of the local people did not want to talk to the journalists.
Meanwhile, the Bengal government replaced the Howrah commissioner. Newly appointed commissioner Praveen Tripathi and a team of 10 IPS officers are now in charge of security of the area.
“We have arrested some 50 rioters in Howrah commissionerate area (except Howrah rural areas),” Tripathi said.
Another local, Sameeran Roy, “We just want peace. Nothing else.”
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari on Sunday went on a collision course with the West Bengal Police after law enforcers asked the BJP leader not to visit parts of the violence-hit Howrah district where prohibitory orders were imposed. But the Nandigram MLA retaliated and said that he would approach the court if stopped. A letter issued by the officer-in-charge of Kanthi police station in the officer’s hometown in Purva Medinipur district said that the main reason for asking him not to visit parts of Howrah district where the section 144 of CrPC has been issued was due to his safety. is applied. imposed.
“I will visit our party offices in Howrah district, which were vandalised. The police have asked me not to visit the areas where Section 144 of CrPC is in force. But I will not violate the injunction because I will go there alone. “If I am stopped by the police, I will move the court tomorrow (Monday). A LoP cannot be stopped from going into a disturbed area.
BJP state unit chief Sukanta Majumdar was arrested on Saturday afternoon when he was on his way towards Howrah district. He was later released. “After the BJP West Bengal President Sukanta Majumdar was placed under house arrest, Mamata Banerjee It is now ensuring that the LoP Suvendu officer is not able to visit Howrah, where BJP offices have been gutted. Her entire focus is on the opposition and not on Dudhel Ges (milking cows) as she calls them,” tweeted BJP’s West Bengal co-in-charge Amit Malviya.
Reacting to the development, senior TMC leader Kunal Ghosh alleged that the officials wanted to visit Howrah with an intention to create trouble. “What is the need to visit the areas where Section 144 of CrPC has been invoked? He is going to Howrah to create trouble. BJP wants to destroy the peaceful atmosphere in the state.
Protests broke out in several parts of Howrah district on Friday over controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled leader Naveen Jindal. Protesters pelted stones, torched police vehicles and damaged public property during violent protests and clashes with law enforcers in the district. Fresh violent protests erupted in Panchala on Saturday.