In Rampur, a ballot box was recovered from a pond. Food minister Jyotipriyo Mullick alleged the BJP had brought hundreds of people from Bangladesh to unleash violence, adding that police were outnumbered.
A police officer on polling duty says, “Baduria is a place where political parties had jumped in to divide Hindus and Muslims for their own agendas. It is good to see them together. I remember, one of my friends and several other colleagues who were posted in Baduria police station had gotten injured.”
Protesting against the incident which triggrered outrage on social media also, the group of youngsters travelled from Tollygunj to Dum Dum. During the course of the half-hour journey, they raised slogans like 'I love Kolkata', ‘Say no to moral policing’, and sang the famous 'Ek la cholo re' song.
Over 300 trees were uprooted during the 15-minute storm and caused most of the deaths. Mayor-in-council member Debasish Kumar said that most of uprooted trees had weak roots and were planted during the Left Front rule in West Bengal.
The police officer said that Bina's son Subhabrato Mazumdar has been detained and is currently being interrogated. According to police sources, prima facie the lady (87) had died following a cardiac arrest.
According to sources, local TMC leaders including MLA Arjun Singh and Bhatpara Municipality Chairman-in-Council Md Maqsood Alam participated in the rally, which began around 4 pm. The people were carrying swords and trishuls, said residents of the area.
Sources said that the family members of the inmates have to first log in to the site — eprisons .nic.in — and complete some formalities. Then they will be given a fixed time when they will be allowed to make the video call.
Additional special forces will be deployed in areas where Ram Navami is celebrated on a large scale and in regions that have witnessed communal violence in the past — Chandannagar, Howrah-Dhulagrah, Birbhum, Hazinagar, Naihati and Basirhat-Baduria among others.