The injured included several policemen with a senior police officer losing a hand after a bomb was hurled at him during a clash in Raniganj area.
The TMC had said earlier this month it would observe Ram Navami in several districts with huge rallies.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed. Supriyo said the state government should initiate action to deploy central forces in Raniganj to control the situation as the locals did not have faith in the police administration. His body has been sent to Asansol District Hospital for the post mortem, police sources said. One villager was killed reportedly killed in this hostility and three police officers have injured also. "Our administration and police is doing their best and we don't need any more", Chatterjee said.
As scenes continued to shift between Kolkata and Delhi where BJP leader Prakash Javdekar likened Mamata Banerjee to emperor Nero who played flute when Rome burnt (questioning the timing of visit to Delhi when Raniganj was literally burning), the State Government retorted in equal measures saying "the Chief Minister is in Delhi to save India and its people from the BJP". Sword-wielding BJP supporters had defied the state government's ban on armed rallies on Ram Navami.
At a meeting in Bolpur on, Banerjee, said "hooliganism will not be tolerated", adding, "I know that there are only a couple of organisations in Howrah and Asansol which traditionally hold Ram Navami processions with arms".
The restrictions were relaxed from 12 p.m.to 10 p.m.to bring out a Ram Navami procession.
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