Reportedly the BJP party has organised rallies across the state stating a step towards 'uniting the Hindus' of the state. Photograph:( ANI )
One villager has been killed in a clash between locals and police during a Ram Navami procession in Beldi village in Purulia, West Bengal.
One villager killed, around four injured following a clash between locals & police during a #RamNavami procession in Purulia's Beldi; police personnel also injured; visuals from hospital in Purulia #WestBengal pic.twitter.com/vuaTUOehwN— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2018
Four people were also injured in the clash.
The ruling party Trinamool Congress and opposition Bharatiya Janata party took out rallies across the state on Sunday to celebrate Ram Navami festival fuelling communal tension.
The BJP party has reportedly organised rallies across the state stating it is a step towards "uniting the Hindus" of the state.
Countering this, the TMC also organised rallies in various parts of the state.
Police have also increased the security in the region following the clash.
Last week chief minister Mamata Banerjee had instructed police to not permit any organisation to hold processions displaying arms during Ram Navami.
Meanwhile, various right-wing groups were also seen brandishing swords in a procession in the state.
In a procession taken out by the Ram Navami Janmo Maha Utsab Committee, people were also seen riding bikes without helmets. Five people were also seen riding one bike.
People seen riding bikes without helmets in a procession took out on the occasion of #RamNavami by Ram Navami Janmo Maha Utsab Committee in Siliguri; five people seen riding on one bike #WestBengal pic.twitter.com/nxootUtEsC— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2018
Party chief of BJP's Bengal unit, Dilip Ghosh was also seen brandishing swords during the rally in Kharagpur, West Bengal.
Ghosh called this a tradition to conduct procession with weapons.
Their is a tradition of holding #RamNavami procession with weapons in Kharagpur.Ram iss desh ke purwaj hain. Hindu, musalmaan, isayi sabhi ke purwaj hain,Ram dharmik purush nahi the woh rajneetik purush aur raja the toh unke saath kya virodh hai?:Dilip Ghosh,West Bengal BJP chief pic.twitter.com/OEeQJKFhx2— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2018