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Clashes arise at BJP's Ram Navmi rally in Bengal's Purulia, one dead

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Patty Aguilar | 25 March, 2018, 21:37

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Sunday relaxed curfew after over a week in Bhadrak town and nearby areas for Ram Navami celebrations.

A Rama Navami pandal set up by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers was vandalised by unidentified miscreants in Bardhman in West Bengal on Saturday night.

The ruling Trinamool Congress and the Opposition BJP organised rallies and colourful processions to celebrate Ram Navami in various parts of the state on Sunady, with the saffron party dubbing these rallies as the first step towards "uniting the Hindus" of Bengal.

At a rally in West Midnapore, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh participated, armed with a sword.

Many heavyweight state BJP leaders were also seen participating in the procession with weapons.

West Bengal's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that weapons will only be carried in areas where Ram Navmi is traditionally celebrated by holding rallies, the activists were seen carrying weapons in many areas.

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The high court on Friday granted the interim stay order after the samiti had challenged an order issued by the single-judge bench on March 15 imposing ban on the procession.

Claiming that Ram Navami has become a social festival in Bengal, Rahul Sinha claimed that the magnitude of the celebration marks the victory of their Hindutva agenda.

BJP leader Mukul Roy, who defected from the Trinamool a year ago, was also seen leading a rally in North 24 Parganas district's Newtown area.

State agriculture minister Ashish Banerjee conducted an arati of Lord Ram in Birbhum while cricketer turned TMC lawmaker Laxmi Ratan Shukla led a procession in Howrah.

"We have received the report that children took part in Ram Navami rally with weapons in Purulia".

The saffron party took out rallies with hundreds of minors including boys and girls in school uniforms with sharp weapons, on occasion of Ram Navami past year, evoking wide-spread criticism from various sections of the society.

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