Hindus celebrating the Ayodhya ground breaking ceremony were reportedly prevented at many places in West Bengal by the police. The sources further claimed that at some places, devotees were even forcefully dragged out of temples by the Bengal police.
According to reports by Bengali news network, ‘Calcutta News,’ police cracked down on Hindus celebrating the occasion under the pretext of maintaining the lockdown. However, if reports are to be believed, then police even stalled those celebrations which were following the lockdown norms. So much so that in Purba Medinipur district, devotees were forcefully dragged out of a temple.
In Narayanpur, clashes were reported between Lord Rama devotees and local TMC sponsored miscreants. Locals alleged that TMC backed goons fired at them and even hurled bombs.
Whereas in Cossipore, police officials were caught on camera removing saffron flags from top of houses and shops in an almost empty street. No crowd is seen in the Cossipore videos, which could suggest that there was a violation of the lockdown.
Videos with similar claims also surfaced on social media. Though SatyaVijayi has not ascertained their authenticity.
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Since the beginning, state BJP unit had opposed government’s decision to have lockdown on the day of the Ayodhya Bhoomi Pujan. They had further accused the state government of employing dual standards for people of different religion by pointing to the fact that lockdown was relaxed on the day of Bakrid, but the same courtesy has not been extended to Hindus.