Communal violence in West Bengal over ‘objectionable’ Facebook post, Centre rushes paramilitary troops

Communal violence broke out in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Tuesday over a Facebook post prompting Centre to rush 300 paramilitary personnel to the spot to pacify the situation. 

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata | Updated: July 4, 2017 9:02 pm
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An ‘objectionable’ Facebook post about a religious site has triggered communal clashes in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, prompting the Centre to rush 300 paramilitary personnel on Tuesday to bring the situation under control.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the clashes broke out between two communities in Baduria of the Basirhat sub-division over the “objectionable” post.

The clashes led to a war of words between the chief minister and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Briefing the media at the state secretariat, Banerjee accused Tripathi of threatening her over phone and alleged that he was acting like a “BJP block president”.

“He (Governor) threatened me over phone. The way he spoke, taking the side of BJP, I felt insulted. I have told him that he cannot talk like this,” Banerjee told reporters.

“He (the governor) is behaving like a block president of BJP. He should understand that he has been nominated to the post…,” she said. “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).”

Meanwhile, the BJP alleged that over 2000 Muslims attacked Hindu families in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal and its offices at several places were set on fire. Accusing the state police of failing to control the situation, party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is also in charge of the state, urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene in the matter.

Several shops were torched and houses ransacked in Baduria, Tentulia and Golabari. On Monday night, a mob attacked Baduria police station and set ablaze several police vehicles.

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    Abhishek Nirmala Pandey
    Jul 9, 2017 at 11:13 pm
    Riots? Genocide!
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      Hamid
      Jul 6, 2017 at 10:29 pm
      If this riot is supported both by government and people, this will bring out more Riots in every corner of country because there are many more like this post on social media. And this will led encourage people to begin more riots.
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        kupendran
        Jul 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm
        Where is the peace after 2014. Ever since Modi came to power , there is unrest, killings, riots, mob lynching. Please, politicians whether BJP, Leftists or any others dont take advantage of unrest, blood loss and death.
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          Manish Toshniwal
          Jul 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm
          yes there is no peace for anti nationals and traitors. and is for good . keep it up modi. we supported you and now whole heartedly will support you
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          Tushh
          Jul 6, 2017 at 10:39 am
          All supporters to this violence are Pakistani breeds ... like this SN G... Arun nandi and so many... they are blindly supporting to this happening not in WB but everywhere... Just imagine the population on 1947of hindu in WB, JK, Bangladesh or pakistan... and now... either they killed or they way back to HINDUSTAN... most probably killed by this INNOCENT MLMS...
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            kupendran
            Jul 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm
            I am from west Bengal. The clashes were depicted wrongly by BJP to bring bad name to Mamata. The riot was controlled by Mamata in due manner. BJP always tries to get benifit from death and riots.
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            SN G
            Jul 5, 2017 at 8:34 pm
            I think What is going on is a bloddy battle between BJP The Left against TMC. A bad pwerstruggle. A simple facebook post doesn't incite such ugly violence. It is well planned and has political interest. Actually the whole jhamela is a political clash. Till now other parts of Bengal is very quiet and peaceful, I am from a different district and nothing bad has happened here. nothing serious has taken place elsewhere too but god knows the clash could spread to other parts due to this ugly politics.
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              Shiv
              Jul 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm
              Whatever politics is, why Momta is not taking action and giving a stern statement against Muslims by naming arresting the culprits?
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                Human
                Jul 7, 2017 at 12:17 am
                My friend don't quote Muslims because when communal riot trigger only common people die our so called politicians sit in his home and having sip of tea.I am from Bengal and I knew our people we love and preach peace.by saying this on social media u r only spreading hate for Muslim likewise others.u should condemn riot and not blame any community. Mamta as well as left both did well being as a ruling party.plz support humanity and condemn responsible people as devil or insane either condemning a particular religion.
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              Apurba Kumar Roy
              Jul 5, 2017 at 7:57 pm
              This is a result of inculcation of vote banks politics. West Bengal government can not deny their responsibility by hi-lighting objectionable remarks in face book.When condom was placed on the top of Trishul in a poem, that was not objectionable as per ruling party even the great poet was protected at that time. The main object of ruling party is to restore and maintain peace in West Bengal without insinuating others. The main object of West Bengal government is to restore and maintain peace
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                Adnan Safee
                Jul 5, 2017 at 6:35 pm
                Who will stop this hatred between the two communities?
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                  balaji
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 8:09 am
                  When Muslims stops killing others in the name of God.
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                    kk Mennon
                    Jul 6, 2017 at 5:04 pm
                    Planned by BJP like Muzzaffarnagar riots.
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                    Cherian Varghese
                    Jul 7, 2017 at 6:00 am
                    Wont stop until guys like Balaji (someone who replied to your question), stop making sweeping generelizations.
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                    Arun Nandi
                    Jul 5, 2017 at 4:36 pm
                    Its a planned BJP work... They know the sentiment of Muslims and the possible outbreak. I feel sorry for the 17 years youth (Shouvik Sarkar). He must have been influenced by a set of wrong people (like BJP). We have elected Mamata Banarjee as our CM not the people who are posting here. She is the best candidate for that post and thats why she is here. So there is no question on replacing her (specially at this moment where BJP is spreading all these...).
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                      aksar
                      Jul 5, 2017 at 6:12 pm
                      Mr Arun ,First clear your mind, mamata is the culprit and gunda raaj she is doing in west bengal, i think you are from TMC,i would say if mamata is so clear then why she is fear and always object any of BJP works?, TMC goonda raj will not survive for more years there is an end for everything turn will come and you see how?
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                        SN G
                        Jul 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm
                        Stop your hate mongering comments. People know very well what is going on. You are not the administration. Even Rajnathji listens to Mamataji silently. Who are you?
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                        S R
                        Jul 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm
                        R you in sense Arun Nandi. What RSS, what BJP!!! If the RSS BJP shows the same aggression as of Muslim fringes, how you 13 Muslim survive in Hindustan. Pls think as Human beings, don't black out your sense. Don't let us extend the fringes (of any community) any more. Bring fear in their mind.
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                          SN G
                          Jul 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm
                          who are you? aren't you a hate monger? why you get so upset ? BJP is ruining the unity of this country. There was not such a serious communal situation before. What you think common people are dumb. BJP and RSS are definitely communal thats a long known fact. The most tragic thing is that they have become so power hungry that they are inciting such communal violence to a huge extent. What the go rakshak brutes are doing ? isn't it shameful. remember 10 crores of hindus have also voted for mamta in 2016. they are Bengalis.
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                          Shiv
                          Jul 5, 2017 at 8:51 pm
                          Did you elect her to STOP Rath Yatras? Block DURGA festivals? Either you are a COMMUNIST or a Muslim in disguise.
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                            Devid
                            Jul 6, 2017 at 11:23 am
                            You are very much concerened about sentiments of muslims but what about hindus. If a student has made mistake then it is the respondibility of goverenment to take suitable action. Who are these goons to attack shops house of hindus which have no role in this incident. If cm has guts she should recover all propery loss from these rioters not by imposing new taxes on public. I know if hindues would gave been the rioters then response of administration, police people like you definetly will be different. General pubic is not stupid. Now they have seen the dual standard of tmc.
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                              Amma
                              Jul 9, 2017 at 7:36 am
                              The name of the West Bengal CM is Mumta Banerjee but there is no mumta in her for the people of WB. She is really a symbol of motherwood and also eligible to become the PM of India. Instead of getting angry on the people who are doing riots and taking immediate action, she is getting angry in front of the media over other politian. Also she talked about some 30 Crore. By the way what is the GDP growth of WB. Right time to talk about money. I think she have goal of making WB a number one state in GDP. Good going. Lucky WB people. Vande Matharam.
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