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 any heed.

"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.