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Morning briefing: ‘High alert’ in Bengal ahead of Ram Navami; US reacts to PM Modi's terrorism statement, and more

Apr 17, 2024 09:15 AM IST

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Several police stations across West Bengal are on high alert to avert any communal tension ahead of Ram Navami celebrations in the state, The Indian Express has reported. The Hindu Jagran Manch will reportedly take out about 5,000 religious processions at ward or panchayat-level in all districts of the state. The organisation, affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has also planned big processions in Barasat, Siliguri and Kolkata’s Burrabazar. The district administration in Hooghly, Howrah, Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur, Asansol and Barrackpore — which have experienced communal tensions in the past during Ram Navami celebration— are also on alert, the newspaper reported. Dig deeper

Security personnel cordoned off an area after clashes broke out between two groups during a Ram Navami procession in Howrah district last year. (PTI) (File)
Security personnel cordoned off an area after clashes broke out between two groups during a Ram Navami procession in Howrah district last year. (PTI) (File)

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