Curfew clamped, army called out as tension grips WB district

Parts of North 24-Parganas district were today brought under curfew and the army was requisitioned to assist paramilitary forces in restoring peace after several places of worship were desecrated.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 19:41 PM IST

Kolkata: Parts of North 24-Parganas district
were today brought under curfew and the army was requisitioned
to assist paramilitary forces in restoring peace after several
places of worship were desecrated following clashes between
two groups.

North 24-Parganas District Magistrate Vinod Kumar said
curfew has been imposed in Deganga area in the wake of
violence that left a deputy superintendent of police and a
civilian injured. The DSP was injured in brickbatting, while
the civilian received bullet injury.

"The Army has been requisitioned for enforcing peace at
Deganga. Around 200 personnel have been sent to the area to
stage a flag march to instill confidence in the people," a
Defence official said.

CRPF and BSF were moved in earlier in the day to contain
violence that erupted last night after clashes between two
groups on the issue of taking out a procession in front of a
place of worship, a senior police officer said.

Kumar said all precautionary measures have been taken to
check the spread of violence. "The situation is now under
control," he said.

Clashes broke out last night between two groups on the
issue of taking out a procession in front of a place of
worship and later spread to other areas, a senior police
officer said.

The area witnessed widespread rampage and loot. A vehicle
was also torched this morning by mobs which had set up road
blocks and burnt four vehicles yesterday.

PTI