Baduria communal clashes: Rajnath Singh seeks report from West Bengal govt

An 'objectionable' post by a Class X student on Facebook on Tuesday had triggered violent clashes between two communities of the Basirhat sub-division, leaving several shops vandalised, houses ransacked, police vehicles torched and roads blocked by mobs.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2017 11:46 am
West Bengal communal clashes, Baduria clashes, Rajnath Singh, Facebook post triggers clashes Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (Express Photo/Prem Nath Pandey, File)

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday directed the West Bengal government to submit a report on the communal clashes that broke out in North 24 Parganas yesterday. Further, Union Home Minister was apprised of the situation in the riot-hit area by Governor K N Tripathi, reported news agency PTI. The Centre, on an appeal from the Mamata Banerjee government on Tuesday, had deployed three companies of paramilitary forces to the Baduria region to bring the situation under control. An ‘objectionable’ post by a Class X student on Facebook had triggered violent clashes between two communities of the Basirhat sub-division, leaving several shops vandalised, houses ransacked, police vehicles torched and roads blocked by mobs.

“Governor K N Tripathi had a telephonic conversation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and had informed him about the clashes in North 24 Parganas district. They had a detailed discussion about the present situation in the area,” a Raj Bhavan official was quoted as saying by PTI.

The incident had led to a war of words between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Accusing Tripathi of ‘threatening’ her over the phone, Banerjee had said, “He (the governor) is behaving like a block president of BJP. He should understand that he has been nominated to the post… He talked big on law and order. I am not here at the mercy of anyone. The way he spoke to me, I once thought of leaving (the chair).”

This prompted Rajnath Singh today to tell both Mamata and Tripathi to resolve their differences.

Meanwhile, the BJP claimed over 2,000 Muslims attacked Hindu families in the region. Alleging the state police failed to bring the situation under control, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is also in-charge of the state, had urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene. “Over 2,000 Muslims attacked Hindu families. Bombs went off at many places and information of Hindu sisters and daughters being raped have been received,” he wrote. Vijayvargiya also claimed there was a possibility that ‘outsiders’ were involved in the case, given the area’s proximity to Bangladesh.

(With inputs from agencies)

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    Kajal Mondal
    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    Secular nature of West Bengal: Shahi Imam of Kolkata's Tipu Sultan Mosque Maulana Nurur Rehman Barkati was not arrested by the WB police even after his announcement of jihad against India. Maqbool Fida Husain's painting hurt the sentiments of Hindus, but he was not arrested by any government in India. A teenager's offensive facebook posting hurt the sentiments of muslims and the teenager boy was arrested by WB police because he was a hindu. Freedom of speech and expression in WB: WB government does not impose any restriction on the newspaper and print media, which run ny big business organisations and act as the agent of political parties. But the WB government has imposed restriction on social media of common people so that the truth does not spread out. Several attacks on hindus in the last few years in different parts of WB shows that ruling party does not want to take any proper action against the muslim fundamentalists in order to keep intact its muslim vete bank.
    1. V
      Jul 5, 2017 at 8:53 pm
      The situation is still tense. The internet services have been blocked. Central paramilitary forces have been deployed in some areas. Central Govt. should send observer to asses the situation. BJP alleged that the houses and shops of Hindu community have been damaged and vandalized .Local pro Govt. newspapers are silent about the proceedings in Baduria. Now who will compensate the houses and shops that have been damaged?
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        A villager
        Jul 5, 2017 at 4:04 pm
        How come no reporting of this riot in this JNU Express? No indepedent analysis? Let us if any JNU journo visit the site and report the story any Hindu family.