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Clash in Bengal's Birbhum District Over Hanuman Jayanti Procession

A large number of BJP supporters and members of Hindu Jagran Manch were injured in Suri in Birbhum district on Tuesday after local police allegedly lathi-charged devotees for taking out a procession on Hanuman Jayanti.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:April 11, 2017, 9:09 PM IST
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Kolkata: A large number of BJP supporters and members of Hindu Jagran Manch were injured in Suri in Birbhum district on Tuesday after local police allegedly lathi-charged devotees for taking out a procession on Hanuman Jayanti.

According to reports, devotees clashed with the police after they were denied permission for the procession.

BJP state secretary Sayantan Basu condemned the attack and said, "Tomorrow we are planning to take the matter to Human Rights Commission."

"The procession was peaceful but suddenly the police started beating the devotees. In protest we are going to organise a rally on April 22. On April 14, we will also submit a report to union home minister Rajnath Singh in this matter," he said.

The district police, however, rubbished BJP’s allegation and said, "They took out the procession without any permission. Therefore to maintain the law and order situation we have to take action."

Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed and Rapid Action Force (RAF) was deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident.

The police have arrested more than 30 supporters during the clash.

VHP's joint general secretary Surendra Jain, who is in Kolkata, said, "West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is targeting Hindus by not allowing them to perform their religious rights."

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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