Kolkata: West Bengal’s Hooghly district administration has suspended cable televisions and networking in its 11 police station areas after sporadic group clashes in which many civilians and police personnel sustained wounds and property were vandalised early this week.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has expressed serious concern at incidents at Telinipara in Hooghly district and at Chandipur in Malda over the group clashes and called upon the people to observe utmost restraint and ” maintain communal harmony at all costs.”
He urged the police and administration to be extremely watchful so that the situation was contained.
” Community leaders should be involved in peace making and confidence building.Intelligence be toned up so that disruptive activities could be preempted,” a Raj Bhavan communique said on Tuesday.
The Hooghly district administration has ordered blanket ban on use of broadband cable, dish tvs, and networking with immediate effect.
The ban under 11 police station limits will remain effective until May 17 in a bid to stop spread of rumour and fake news, according to district magistrate Y Ratnakar Rao.
The areas are Chandranagar, Bhadreswar, Singur, Haripal and Tarakeswar under Chandranagar division and Serampur, Rishra, Uttarpara, Dankuni, Chanditala and jangipara under Serampur division.
Clashes occurred at Tantipara, Segunbgan, Telenipara, and some other areas on Tuesday morning.
About 60 people have been arrested so far and prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were in place to contain any type of violence and assembly.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said lawful action will be taken against those involved in the clashes when the lockdown was in force.