Chinks in the armour? This Muharram didn't go peacefully in Bengal
On Wednesday, the day of Muharram processions, sporadic incidents of clashes between two communities were reported in many areas of West Bengal.
Tensions mounted at Chandannagar and Bhadreswar in Hooghly district, Mayureshwar in Birbhum, Mongolkote in Burdwan, and in Howrah, after some stone-pelting incidents took place during the processions. Meanwhile, a crude bomb went off at Naihati in the North 24 Parganas, injuring five people
Official sources have confirmed most of these incidents, but insist that the situation is now peaceful.
Hooghly's Superintendent of Police, Praveen Tripathi, said: "The situation is peaceful in the area and we are investigating the matter."
However, at least in the neighbouring cities of Chandannagar and Bhadreswar in Hooghly, residents say they are frightened to venture out of their homes after Wednesday's incidents.
Most of the shops in Urdi Bazaar and Laxmigunj areas in Chandannagar, and in the Telinipara and Raja Bazaar areas of Bhadreswar, remained closed on Thursday.
Sujit Pramanik, who resides in Telinipara with his wife and two children, told Catch: "Since the morning, all shops have been closed. We are frightened to go outside."