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Asansol: EVEN as the situation remains tense at Raniganj in West Burdwan after yesterday’s communal clash, violence spread to some pockets of the neighbouring Asansol town today.

At Asansol’s Rail Par a clash broke out between two religious communities over playing of high decibel music during a Ram Navami procession today. One religious community asked the procession organisers to stop the music and soon a fight started over this.

Initially the warring groups hurled stones and bricks at each other. Then one group set fire to a goods vehicle on which the sound system was placed. As the news of this incident spread, people of the other community started rushing to Rail Par area with weapons.

They set fire to some shops at Rail Par and burned a police van that was stationed at some distance to contain violence in the area. There were four policemen inside the van when the torching happened but they managed to escape in time.

Hearing the news of the violence, Asansol Mayor Jitendra Tiwari and SDO Paralay Roy set out for the area in two separate cars. They, however, had to return from midway after stones were pelted on their cars.

At Ranigaj where wage earner Mahesh Mondal (50) was killed in the clash yesterday, the situation remained tensed today as well. No shops or educational institutes opened today and there were very few people out on the roads. Administration has imposed section 144 of the CrPC to curb further violence.

State labour minister Malay Ghatak attended the cremation of Mondal (50) today noon and assured government job to a member of his family. The minister also assured Mondal’s son that all those guilty of killing his father will be brought to book. Police have so far arrested 20 people for the clashes yesterday.

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