In the wake of incidents of arson and violence during the Ram Navami processions in the last few days, the Centre has sought a report from the West Bengal government and offered assistance to deal with the situation, an official spokesperson said.

According to the media, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the West Bengal government to send a report about the incidents, the steps being taken to restore normalcy and the action taken against those involved in the violence.

The Centre also offered assistance of paramilitary forces in the light of reports of continuing violence and tension in some districts of the state, the MHA spokesperson said.

Violence broke out at various places in West Bengal, including Purulia, Murshidabad, Bardhman West and Raniganj, leading to the death of at least two people, while many others were injured.

Heavy police force was deployed on Tuesday in the Raniganj area of Burdwan West district, a day after clashes broke out between two groups over a Ram Navami procession.

Asansol Durgapur Police has arrested 19 people so far and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel and police has been jointly flag marching in the Raniganj town, led by police commissioner Lakshmi Narayan Meena.

In the clash on Monday, one potter, Manoj Mondal (50) was killed when he reportedly was caught in a clash. His body has been sent to Asansol District Hospital for the post mortem, police sources said. No shops and offices had opened on Tuesday in Raniganj.

School board exam students have, however, been able to go to their respective examination centres.