Hindu families fleeing from Asansol after communal violences

The Hindu families in Asansol city of West Bengal have started migrating towards other places after violent communal clashes erupted in the area since Ram Navami. The Hindus have alleged that the state government is doing nothing for hindus and hence they are forced to move to a less Muslim populated area.

The tensions are reportedly still pretty high in some pockets of Asansol and Raniganj. High number of police and state controlled security forces have been deployed. The administration has blocked the Internet services in the nearby areas. However opponents of the ruling TMC have alleged that Internet blockage is nothing but an attempt to suppress the information.

Meanwhile Governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi on Wednesday expressed his desire to meet with injured deputy commissioner of police, Arindam Dutta Chowdhury. But he state administration turned his wish down stating security reasons.

The state administration said that the situations currently are not favorable for the Governor to meet with the DCP. Arindam Dutta Chowdhury lost much of his one hand during communal clashes at Raniganj area. He was trying to stop the clashes when a bomb allegedly hurled by a mob of minority community, hit on his hand. The governor urged all the people to maintain peace in the state.

Communal clashes erupted in Ranigunj after a mob attacked on a Ram Navami procession. The houses and shops belonging to Hindus were looted and burned during the violence. Home ministry has sought a detailed report about the incident from Mamata Banerjee led state government.

The home ministry also offered to deploy Central forces if the state controlled forces are unable to control the situation, however State government rejected the proposal.

Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Congress secretary general and state education minister, downplayed the need for deployment of central forces. “It’s up to the chief minister to take a decision on the matter. We have handled difficult situations in the past too,” he said.

Supriyo had earlier accused law-enforcement agencies of doing nothing when “goons went on the rampage” in his constituency. “The most alarming fact is that the WB police remained inactive and far away from the spots. And, as the videos will prove, residents are alleging that police did not respond or take calls,” he alleged on Twitter.

The Asansol MP also claimed on the micro-blogging site that “dozens of goons from the minority community” came in matadors and cars to vandalise and burn down shops. They “pulled Hindus out of their houses and brutally assaulted them” with sharp weapons, he added