Police In Bengal Are On High Alert Due To 5,000 Processions by Hindu Jagran Manch on Ram Navami

West Bengali police and officials are on high alert due to the 5,000-strong religious march that Hindu Jagran Manch is planning to conduct on Wednesday in honor of Ram Navami. The organization associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) would conduct the processions at the ward or panchayat level in every district, according to an Indian Express story.

Asansol, Barrackpore, Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur, Hooghly, Howrah, and Uttar are among the districts that are on high alert since they have previously seen violence on Ram Navami, the report said.

The Indian Express was informed by a police official that “no public display of weapons during processions on the festive occasion will be allowed.” “Permission has been granted to a few akharas and traditional groupings. The cop said, “We’ll videotape even their processions.

In the last year, there have been reports of clashes during religious parades, including Ram Navami, which prompted officials in Bengal to take preventative measures. On March 30, 2018, there were skirmishes in the state in Howrah, which subsequently expanded to North Dinajpur and Hooghly, resulting in 10 injuries.

Notably, the Anjani Putra Sena and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) were permitted to hold Ram Navami processions in Howrah on April 17 subject to certain limitations set by the Calcutta High Court on Monday. The administration of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the court to halt the parade and suggested a another path.

A day later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Trinamool Congress, which is in power in West Bengal, was planning to stop the celebration of Ram Navami, citing the party’s opposition to the holy holiday. Speaking at election rallies in Balurghat and Raiganj, the prime minister praised the ruling of the high court, referring to it as a “victory for truth.”

The Indian Express has been informed by the Hindu Jagran Manch that thousands of devotees are anticipated to take part in the parade.

“Thousands of people are probably going to participate in some of our processions. Today is significant to us. Police are the ones who should be in charge of upholding law and order. Hindu Jagran Manch member Subhajit Roy Manch told the news daily, “I would just like to appeal to people to ensure that people of all faiths are allowed to celebrate their festivals equally and the others shouldn’t create any hindrance.”

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