Bhatpara, Jun 24: The situation in the violence-shattered Bhatpara area in North 24 Parganas district, which has been hogging headline for quite some time due to a series of political clashes in which two persons were killed and several injured, is gradually limping back to normal on Monday with Barrackpore Police Commissioner Manoj Kumar Verma personally conducting routemarch to instil confidence among the people.
Police have been keeping a strict vigil on the violence-prone areas and have taken into custody at least eight people. Educational institutions and business establishments have once again started functioning normally and public transport plying.
Mr Verma said the situation is gradually coming back on track as no disturbance has been reported in the past two days.
The situation turned worse following the killing of two persons and injury to several on Thursday in the aftermath of which a three-member Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation visited violence-marred Bhatpara on Saturday to assess the situation. The delegation was led by former union minister and Bardhaman-Durgapur MP S S Ahluwalia, while Satya Pal Singh and Vishnu Dayal Ram were the other two members of the panel.
The delegation, which demanded a high level probe into the killing and was supposed to submit its report to BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, claimed the police firing led to the killing of two persons.
A joint delegation of the Congress and the Left Front, headed by Congress leader Abdul Mannan and CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty, also visited the area.
Mr Chakraborty claimed that the duo was killed in the firing for which a high level probe was needed to ascertain who gave the order for such firing.
He said the victims were non-political persons and their death was due to political rivalry.
Congress leader Abdul Mannan said the surviving two families were on the verge of starvation and the state government must act immediately to provide compensation and job so that they can sustain.
The BJP workers staged a massive protest against the police and accused the Trinamool Congress Government of the present unrest at Bhatpara.
The deceased were identified as Rambabu Shaw and Dharmendra Shaw, reportedly supporters of the BJP.The area has been witnessing bloody violence since the last phase of Lok Sabha poll in which at least six persons lost their lives. The area domination is the apple of discord between rival gangs with both enjoying political patronage, local people alleged.The trouble cropped up before inauguration of the Bhatpara police station, a bifurcation of Jagaddal police station, following unabated violence since May 19, the last day of Lok Sabha poll.
The BJP wrested power in both Barrackpore Parliamentary and Bhatpara Assembly seats.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also took serious note of the incident and directed senior police officers to take stringent action against the culprits "irrespective of their political colour".
In the wake of the incident, Barrackpore Police Commissioner Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri was also removed. (UNI)