Four people were seriously injured when members of two communities clashed Saturday at Hazinagar in West Bengal’s North 24-Parganas district, said sources.
Tension began on October 12 when a Muharram procession and a group going to immerse a Durga idol crossed paths. As per police sources, explosion of a low intensity bomb during the Muharram procession triggered the tension. While police officers at the time claimed that the situation was “completely fine”, the brewing tension led to the violence Saturday, said sources.
An eyewitness said: “There were clashes at a market and several shops were ransacked. A bike was set on fire and people hurled burning tyres at each other. There was stone-pelting and a bomb explosion.”
However, Anuj Sharma, IG, law and order, said the situation is under control. “No injuries have been reported so far,” he said.
The clash comes at a time when the opposition has alleged that Bengal witnessed communal incidents following the government’s order to prohibit immersion of Durga idols on the day after Vijayadashami as it coincided with Muharram. The order was partly struck down by High Court, which deemed it an “endeavour” to “appease the minority section”.