Bengal violence: 2 die, several injured in clashes in North 24 Parganas district

Kolkata: Authorities on Thursday imposed Section 144 in Bhatpara and Jagatdal areas of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, after clashes between two groups that left two dead and a few others injured.

According to reports, bombs were hurled and several rounds of bullets fired in the air by the members of the two warring groups near the newly-constructed Bhatpara Police Station, which was inaugurated by the Home secretary earlier in the day.

One of the deceased has been identified as Rambabu Shaw, while the details of those injured in the incident were yet to be ascertained, a police officer said.

Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said some anti-socials and criminals had been active in Bhatpara. He said outside elements have now joined them, disrupting peace in the area. Rapid Action Force personnel have been deployed, Bandyopadhyay added.

He said the West Bengal government has taken a serious note of the situation in certain areas under the Barrackpore Police Commissionerate, including Bhatpara, which has witnessed a series of clashes since May 19, when the by-poll was held in the assembly constituency.

Additional Director General of Police South Bengal Sanjay Singh has been given particular charge of the Barrackpore Commissionerate, the senior state government official said.