Situation under control in Kolkata: WB govt

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New Delhi, Nov 21: The West Bengal Government has informed the Centre that the situation in Kolkata, where the army was deployed to control violence, was now under control.

''We are in touch with the Chief Secretary and other senior officers of the West Bengal Government. We have been informed that the situation is now under control,'' a Home Ministry spokesman said today.

The Army was deployed in a part of the city to put down widespread violence in which frenzied mobs fought pitched battles with police and torched vehicles resulting in injuries to many.

Police had to fire teargas shells and use 'lathis' to quell the marauding people, who indulged in repeated attacks and wanton destruction while protesting the violence in Nandigram and demanding deportation of controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen.

Six columns of Army jawans had been deployed in Park Circus, Entally and Beniapukur, the worst-affected areas in Central Kolkata.

Scores of people had been arrested in connection with the violence.

UNI

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