Kolkata: The RSS on Tuesday accused the West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress government of trying to appease a particular community and blamed it for creating a “deliberate confusion” over armed Ram Navami rallies and trying to shield fundamentalists involved in the violence.
RSS state general secretary Jishnu Basu alleged that the state government restrained the police from taking action against fundamentalists who had attacked the peaceful Ram Navami rallies.
The government, he said, couldn’t decide on the armed rallies and had said it would give selective permission to those who have been holding armed rallies for the last several years, he said.”From the very beginning, we had said that we don’t want to take out any armed rally if the government decides to ban it.
We had said we would abide by the government order, but the state government deliberately created a confusion over it,” he said.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had last week directed the police not to permit any organisation to hold armed processions during Ram Navami, except by those who have been doing it for a long time.
Trouble over Ram Navami processions had erupted in various parts of West Bengal as members of saffron outfits clashed with the police in Murshidabad and Bardhaman West districts yesterday, resulting in a senior police officer losing his hand due to a bomb hurled at him.