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By A Newsman

Howrah, 27 December: CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechuri has demanded a judicial probe into the recent riots at Dhulagarh in Howrah.

Addressing a public meeting at some distance from the riot-hit areas of Dhulagarh today, Yechuri said that in the past near four decades Bengal never witnessed communal flare-ups that it was witnessing of late.

“Poor people attacking one another, violating women due to religious hatred are unacceptable in a society. We, those believe in Left ideology, have only one religion and that is of brotherhood and harmony. We will do our best to protect this,” the CPI-M general secretary said.

“Irrespective of religious identity, all the culprits must be arrested at once and there should be a judicial inquiry into the entire episode,” Yechuri said.

Speaking at the meeting, CPI-M MP Md Salim blamed the police and the local administration for the riots at Dhulagarh. “Police knew in advance that two religious events were scheduled to take place on the same day and should have allocated separate routes for the two events. Instead of doing so they kept idle allowing the strife to break out,” he said.

Howrah district Left Front had convened the public meeting and a rally at Dhulagarh today demanding arrest of all accused in the riot and restoration of peace in the area. Apart from Yechuri and Salim, Left’s legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty, CPI’s Manju Ghosh and others were present.

Police stopped the Left leaders and workers from entering Dhulagarh in a rally that was taken out after the public meeting.