Kolkata: West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan has defended Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her controversial intervention in getting two of her party men freed from a police station, saying she did so to prevent violence.
"It was one of these puja clashes that sometimes take place. If the violence went on, police would have to take stronger action. She was afraid that violence may go on. So, she went there," a television channel quoted him, as saying.
Narayanan, who was asked for his reaction to the incident on Sunday, said "it (however) came out in the press differently".
Banerjee had intervened after the clash between police and youths during a religious procession, but her action came under attack from opposition CPI-M and BJP.
The fiery Trinamool leader had reportedly visited a Kolkata police station and allegedly forced the release of two members of her party picked up by police after the clashes.