Situation in the Howrah of “peaceful” Bengal; Sec 144 CrPC remains imposed, internet services suspended

The situation in Howrah district of West Bengal, which witnessed violent protests on Friday over controversial remarks by suspended BJP spokespersons, was peaceful on Saturday morning even as Section 144 restraining orders of CrPc remained imposed and internet services suspended, officials said.

Gathering of five or more people in a procession or carrying a dangerous weapon or any act likely to disturb the public tranquility and disturb the peace is prohibited in the areas of Uluberia, Panchla and Jagatballavpur and along railway stations and the trunk road in these areas. June 10-15, they said.

Internet services also remained suspended throughout the district and will continue until June 13.

”The situation in Howrah district is peaceful. No incidents of protest or violence have been reported since Friday evening. We have deployed huge police contingents in sensitive areas,’ a policeman told PTI.

Any incidents of violence, protest or attempts to block roads or interfere with normal life will be dealt with “very strictly”.

”We will not allow anyone to create unrest in the neighborhood and make peace reign. We are monitoring the situation closely,” he said.

Vehicular traffic on National Road 16 and rail services are normal, while markets and other commercial establishments are open, the IPS officer said.

“We are taking all precautionary measures and are ready to deal with any situation,” he said.

Protests erupted in several parts of Howrah district on Friday following controversial remarks by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled leader Naveen Jindal on the Prophet Mohammad. Agitators have resorted to rock-throwing, torching police vehicles and damaging public property during violent protests and clashes with police in Howrah district.

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