The order came on a day Asansol mayor and Trinamool Congress leader Jitender Tewari announced compensation for victims of the communal clashes since Sunday - Rs 10,000 for those who have lost property and Rs 2 lakh to the families of the dead. This compensation will be paid by the Asansol Municipal Corporation.
Yesterday, a team of BJP leaders that visited Asansol slammed the Mamata Banerjee government of first provoking the communal clashes, then failing to control the situation or give timely relief to people displaced by the violence. Several hundred women and children, mainly, were being kept in unsanitary conditions with no food and water, they alleged.
"Mamata Banerjee has given the people only dard (pain)," said BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain. "We have come to give dawa (healing)."
"She should have been here looking after the affected people. Instead she has been roaming around in Delhi to put up an opposition to us," said Om Mathur. The team will submit a report to BJP president Amit Shah.
Of suspicions that people from Jharkhand had been imported to light the communal spark, Ms Roopa Ganguly was completely dismissive.
But police sources say they are examining video footage of the clashes to identify "outsiders". "We believe there were outsiders brought in from neighbouring states," a senior police officer said. Trinamool MLA and law minister Moloy Ghatak also confirmed that such an investigation was on and "outsiders" may have been used not only in Asansol on Tuesday but also at Ranigunj on Monday.
"We are the majority population here. Why do we need to import outsiders for anything?" he added.
According to members of the minority community, some men in the Ram Navami processions had shouted jeering slogans like, "go to Pakistan", "say jai Shri Ram" and "sing Vande Mataram".
But organisers of the Ram Navami rallies say no such slogans were raised. There was a sound system on a small truck and the only slogans played were 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.
"Is it wrong to shout such slogans?" a VHP member said. "The Muslims had pre-planned to attack us and stocked up on stones to throw at us when our rally passed by."
Trinamool leader and senior minister Partha Chatterjee said in Kolkata, "People who fly into to Bengal to check a ground situation and then fly out have no idea at all about the state. And it is also significant that they will submit a report not to the government but to their party president."
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