Basirhat-Baduria violence: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to set up judicial inquiry to probe into riots

Basirhat-Baduria violence: Fresh tension was reported in Basirhat area on Friday forcing police to lob tear gas shells and resort to baton charge even as the state government decided to ban some organisations for allegedly instigating people.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2017 4:47 pm
Darjeeling violence, Darjeeling agitation, Darjeeling unrest, Gorkhaland, Mamata Banerjee on Darjeeling, Mamata Banerjee, GJM Darjeeling MLA, indian express news Basirhat-Baduria violence: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee called for a judicial inquiry into the riots.

Amid violence in West Bengal’s Basirhat and Baduria area, state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the government will set up a judicial enquiry committee to probe into the riots. Violence had flared up in the area on Friday after a controversial Facebook post by a 17-year-old class X student. The boy was later arrested by police. Addressing the media on Saturday, Banerjee said that strict action will be taken against those responsible, adding that the state government has blacklisted two religious groups. The government will also set up an enquiry committee on Darjeeling violence, she said, accusing some BJP leaders from Delhi for instigating violence.

Fresh tension was reported in Basirhat area on Friday forcing police to lob tear gas shells and resort to baton charge even as the state government decided to ban some organisations for allegedly instigating people. In the face of communal violence, Superintendent of Police of North 24 Parganas district Bhaskar Mukherjee was removed from his post from Basirhat. C. Sudharkar Rao will join as the new Superintendent of Police in West Bengal. Besides, ten IPS officers have also been removed.

Meanwhile earlier today, BJP MPs Meenakshi Lekhi, Om Mathur and Satyapal Singh were detained after they forcefully tried to enter Basirhat, flouting section 144. The police arrested them and were taken to Kolkata Airport Police Station, PTI reported.

“Hum saansad hain pata hai aapko? Privilege motion aa jaayega to aap mar jaaoge (Do you know that I’m an MP? If we move the privilege motion, you’ll be finished), MP Om Mathur is heard saying to a police official, reported ANI .

Lekhi also enquired about the situation in Basirhat from the police and why were they restricted to go there? “We are MPs and only we three will go there. You accompany us,” she told. On Friday politicians from different parties were arrested when they tried to reach the violence-hit area. “They do not want us to visit those against whom having atrocities are being committed. One person has died. The government forcibly stopped us and then arrested us,” said BJP’s Rupa Ganguly. The leaders were later released.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, “It was a pre-announced programme. Our leaders wanted to go violence-hit areas of Basirhat and talk to the affected people. However, the government stopped us and arrested our leaders. We strongly condemn this. Tomorrow, we will hold a protest rally in Kolkata and meet the Governor to demand the imposition of President’s Rule.” The BJP will submit a memorandum to the governor today.

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    BM
    Jul 9, 2017 at 5:53 am
    "blacklisted two religious groups", these groups will be Hindu groups. The whole area adjoining Bangladesh has 80 to 98 percent Muslim, mainly Bangladeshis. If, central government will not impose President rule and evict these BDs, face Kosovo type situation. It will not take 30 seconds for Mamta Banerjee to convert to Islam. I am not surprised that Gukhas do not wish to stay in WB. Hindus have shot their own two feet. Good luck.
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      DC
      Jul 9, 2017 at 3:08 am
      Being a muslim woman and a strict follower of Islam, why is she not wearing Burqa!
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        MyTake
        Jul 9, 2017 at 5:33 am
        This is one way of fooling the non-Muslims! These approaches are known as Al Taqiya in Islam and earns credit as much (if not more) as any religious activity in Islam as it furthers the cause of Islam itself! If you ad the concept of deceiving with Islam, it's an innovative way of serving the Allah and Allah loves it! This is called spiritual politics!
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        Jimmy
        Jul 9, 2017 at 1:00 am
        Everyone knows who is creating Communal Riots all over the country so no one must be surprised if the inquiry lead to the conspiracy by that Political establishment. Hopefully Warrant will be issued against those top Political leaders of communal party behind riots in WB who used Paid trolls for FB post and images hurting sentiments of particular community then they against posted old videos from Bangladesh calling it to be from WB to incite more communal riots. They want to impose President rule in WB because they can only win elections by causing communal riots but they want this communal riots to spread all over the country like Mob Lynchings taking place under all BJP States Governments. Hindu Muslims must be vigilant and do not allow Political Goons and Mass Murderers use them as political fodder to win power. Muderous Politicians are behind all communal riots not peace loving citizens who should stay united and kick out all these politician when they arrive to incite more Riots.
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          Indian
          Jul 9, 2017 at 4:13 am
          Jimmy why is this particular community so easy to incite? There is no excuse for the rapes and murders committed. If there is then you should accept when other people go on rampage too. You're either peaceful or not. All other excuses are nonsense.
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            BM
            Jul 9, 2017 at 6:00 am
            This inquiry will be as "free and neutral" as Laloo's "Banerjee" inquiry. The script was written by Laloo, barking was done by Banerjee that "Hindus burnt themselves in the train at Godhra, ignoring the fact that 2000 baratis of Laloo's mother stopped the train at Signal Falia and burnt the coach. But, traitors and running d gs of Congress and Hafiz Saeed will keep barking falsehood.
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            Narayan
            Jul 9, 2017 at 12:14 am
            Hindus cannot me mute spectators any more. Systemic attack on Hindus by muslim mob with passive administration failed to protect its people is not acceptable. Time is just right to bring justice ie time for Mamatha to go. President rule is sensible.
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              Shishir
              Jul 9, 2017 at 1:05 am
              This is attack by Political Thugs and Political Mafia who want to win election by inciting Communal Riots with FB post, images and videos from Bangladesh through their paid trolls but Bengalis are educated and will teach them lesson by banning their entry into West Bengal and banning Communal party causing Riots and violence in WB and Darjeeling.
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                BM
                Jul 9, 2017 at 6:09 am
                The whole area adjoining Bangladesh has 80 to 98 percent Muslim Population, mainly imported Bangladeshis brough by Mamta. Hindus, as usual, have shot their own two feet by electing TMC. Now they are paying through their nose. Kosovo is in the making, WB is second Kashmir, but, no other state should take Bengalis, as they asked for this fate and they should pay for it. Muslims are not taking orders from BJP, as some brainless buffoons are suggesting and putting blame on Hindus.
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              chitta
              Jul 9, 2017 at 12:07 am
              When Allah is with Mamata Banerjee she must not afraid. As even thousands of Hindu Gods cannot defeat Allah.
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                DILIP
                Jul 9, 2017 at 1:36 am
                Abe fascist kutta go and ask Allha to pleasure your bung h0le , you coomunal ignorant bigoted madre ch00d
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                  Joseph Mumbai
                  Jul 9, 2017 at 1:47 am
                  Suvari kay aulad. Where is Allah in Syria, iraq, Afghanistan Somalia Nigeria --- against NATO bombs. ...
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                  MyTake
                  Jul 9, 2017 at 12:01 am
                  Mamata's Govt. is an ISIS front runner, preparing the ground for an onslaught in not so distant future. She is providing all the ingredients to make the ground fertile for those who are having good times seeing how her policies playing into their hands!
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                    Manohar Sharma
                    Jul 9, 2017 at 12:01 am
                    Mumtaj Begum has converted Bengal in to another Bangladesh. Shame on her.
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                      BM
                      Jul 9, 2017 at 6:47 am
                      Truly speaking, shame on Hindus who elected this Muslim lady Mamta, knowing her intentions. Bengalis are not capable to understand what fate will be under this proxy Muslim raj. Bengali Hindus will again vote for Mamta or Communists, Bengalis are well known for such stupidity. One wonders, how Tagore, Bose and Bankim Chandra Chatterjee were Bengalis.
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                      MyTake
                      Jul 8, 2017 at 11:49 pm
                      Mamata is a typical Quranic half wit (according to a Islam women got half the brain of a man)! Muslims apparently found one of their very own in Mamata, which in modern world should be an insult women in general!
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