Kolkata: At least one more life was lost in Asansol on Wednesday, the fourth consecutive day of unrest since Sunday when armed Ram Navami processions hit the streets in Bengal.
The Bengal government has despatched a team of IPS officers and a contingent of over 100 specialised police personnel to Asansol. Internet services have been suspended in several places in Asansol for 48 hours to avert incitement.
Two of the senior IPS officers – director of security S.N. Gupta and inspector-general (traffic), north Bengal, Jawed Shamim – had been sent to the hills during the unrest in June last year. Gupta had served as commissioner of police of the Asansol-Durgapur police commissionerate in 2015.
The Centre has asked the Bengal government to send a report about the incidents, the steps taken to restore normality and the action taken against those involved in the arson and violence.
“The Centre has also offered assistance of paramilitary forces in the light of reports of continuing violence and tension in some districts of the state,” said Bharat Bhushan Babu, the Union home ministry spokesperson.
Senior Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee said he was not aware of the notice from the Centre.