Fresh violence in Burdwan town, police stage flag march
Burdwan (WB): Violence on Wednesday gripped Burdwan
town again after yesterday's clashes between activists of the
Trinamool Congress and CPI-M, even as Rapid Action Force
personnel staged flag marches at sensitive places.
Hoodlums exploded at least ten bombs in areas adjacent to
the Bardhaman railway station where a Trinamool party office
was ransacked yesterday, police said.
Passengers who deboarded from trains were not allowed by
police to leave the station, lest they become targets of any
attack. Shops were also not allowed to open shutters there.
RAF and Specially Trained Armed Company personnel are
patrolling the area.
A Trinamool Congress party office at Lakshmipur in front
of the CPI-M district office was ransacked by a mob.
CPI-M district secretary Amal Haldar alleged that
Trinamool Congress was wilfully staging violent acts in the
town on an issue best left to the Burdwan University
authorities to sort out.
Yesterday's clashes were triggered when alleged CPI-M
supporters from outside attacked university employees, with
allegiance to the Trinamool Congress, holding a demonstration
at the gate of the university, police had said.
Trinamool district president Swapan Debnath said they
have been complaining about irregular recruitments in the
university for a long time, but the authorities did not pay
"We have our legitimate right to protest against nepotism
in the university recruitment," Debnath said.
SP (Burdwan) Rajaram Rajsekharan said senior police
officers have been brought in from elsewhere in the district
to patrol the town.