Bengal Takes Precautions For Hanuman Jayanti

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Kolkata: Foolproof security arrangements would be in place for Hanuman Jayanthi celebrations on March 31 in the state as the violence which rocked Raniganj on Monday fanned out to Asansol since Tuesday night, prompting police to declare a curfew in Asansol sub-division and suspending Internet services till Friday midnight.

RAF and combat forces descended on the now deserted streets even as police alerted people to ignore rumours and lies. The concerned Chief Minister’s strict instruction to police not to allow any outsider into the city on Saturday, the eve of Hanuman Jayanti, and a close watch should be kept on social media to ensure no provocative post or comment appears.

Mamata Banerjee convened an urgent meeting in Nabanna immediately after arriving from New Delhi, directed the police to act tough on public display of weapons by rallyists.

The CM’s instructions came after senior police officers told her all the clashes on Ram Navami were the result of rallyists not following the permitted routes and attempting to barge into minority-dominated neighbourhoods, instigating violence.

The chief minister again directed the DGP to instruct all the superintendents of police (SPs) to take strict action—they are allowed arrests—against those found carrying offensive weapons. The state has already banned display of weapons in processions.

Social media cells attached with the Intelligence Branch and city police have been keeping an eye on the social media. The police said they would use their own handles to refute any rumours but if need be, the perpetrators would be booked.

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