Violent clashes rocked West Bengal at a time when the state is witnessing higher death rates due to COVID-19. As per reports, the incident took place on Sunday. Things got heated up as the movement of people from one coronavirus containment zone into another took place in order to use public toilets. The incident took place at Telinipara of Hooghly district.
Soon the issue took the deadly face. The members from one community were allegedly addressed as “corona” by a few locals belonging to another group. This led to people coming out in numbers. Vandalizing shops, looting, and setting them on fire were some common scenes in the area on Sunday.
The police was forced to police had to lob tear gas shells and conduct lathi-charge on mobs to control them. Later section 144 was imposed in the area and 37 persons were detained. BJP MP Kailash Vijayvargiya said that the clashes were communal in nature.
“Situation in Telinipada, Hoogly is getting worse. Hindu households are being torched, one community with the ort of the ng government is running amok. Stop this immediately didi, else I will move towards Hooghly with my karyakartas“, tweeted BJP Arjun Singh. BJP MP from Hooghly Locket Chatterjee said she tried to call CP of Chandannagar police Dr. Humayun Kabir many times, but he didn’t answer her call.
Clashes were also reported from the Malda region in West Bengal. This happened as those who returned from Ajmer, tested +ve for Covid but refused to follow lockdown.