The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday said central forces have been deployed in West Bengal to assist the state police in maintaining law and order during Hanuman Jayanti. Hanuman Jayanti festival will be celebrated across the country on April 6.
Paramilitary forces will be deployed in three districts of Hooghly, Barrackpore and Kolkata.
The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to requisition central forces for assisting the state police in maintaining peace during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations.
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he court also ordered the Centre to make swift deployment on the receipt of requisition from the state.
Violent clashes were witnessed in Hooghly and Howrah districts during Ram Navami celebrations recently.
The violence that took place on Ram Navami had turned into a slugfest between the Bengal government headed by the Trinamool Congress and opposition BJP. Both parties have traded barbs at each other since violent clashes and incidents of vandalism had been reported.
Story first published: Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 21:21 [IST]