People Defy Section 144 & Throw Stones At Cops In Bhatpara

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Kankinara: Defying prohibitory orders, locals and BJP leaders walked in a rally on Friday with the bodies of two persons killed in firing during a clash of two groups of miscreants at Bhatpara area of North 24 Parganas district.

The situation remained tense with prohibitory orders in force and huge police deployment in the area while 16 people were arrested in connection with the clashes, an official said.

Two people were killed and 11 injured on Thursday after clashes broke out between two groups suspected to be affiliated to the TMC and the BJP.

Accompanying the bodies while they were being taken to their residences, the rallyists also held a demonstration against the huge police deployment in the area.

A police officer said, during the rally, the locals along with the BJP workers got involved into a tussle with policemen and pelted stones at them, following which the force restored to lathicharge.

Expressing concern, Governor K N Tripathi told, “Not only in Bhatpara but in the entire state, there is a need to keep peace. I have time and again said that violence should be stopped. Let society be peaceful.”

Shops and markets remained shut in Bhatpara and Jagaddal areas, where Internet services have been temporarily restricted.

The authorities had imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in and around the area following the violence on Thursday. Though there was no report of any untoward in the area on Thursday night, many people claimed to have heard “sounds of bombing” near Kankinara market this morning.

The police, however, were yet to confirm it.

The BJP accused the state administration of acting as “TMC cadre” and its national secretary Rahul Sinha demanded a CBI inquiry into the Bhatpara firing incident.