FB post sparks clashes in West Bengal district, Centre rushes forces to North 24 parganas

According to police, the trouble began after a Class X student allegedly put up a derogatory post on Facebook on Monday. The boy was nabbed on Monday evening, but mobs vandalised shops and homes, and blocked major roads in protest.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata/new Delhi | Published:July 5, 2017 6:17 am
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Mobs torched police vehicles, vandalised shops and blocked roads leading to the India-Bangladesh border after a derogatory post on social media triggered clashes in Baduria and Basirhat areas of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday dispatched three companies of paramilitary forces after the state sought the Centre’s help. The ministry also asked the state government for a detailed report on the incident.

According to police, the trouble began after a Class X student allegedly put up a derogatory post on Facebook on Monday. The boy was nabbed on Monday evening, but mobs vandalised shops and homes, and blocked major roads in protest. They also demonstrated in front of Baduria police station. On Tuesday, groups of locals continued to block Taki Road, leading to the India-Bangladesh border.

Hindu groups organised protests in Kolkata against the tension in Baduria. Four protesters —Sanjay Goswami, Rajarshi Lahiri, Suraj Poddar and Surojit Biswas —were arrested. They are reportedly VHP members. “The situation is very tense. There is heavy deployment of policemen,” said Bhaskar Bhattacharya, Police Superintendent of North 24 Parganas. Companies of BSF’s South Bengal Frontier have been deployed in Basirhat, Swarupnagar, Baduria and Devganga police stations areas.

TMC MP Idris Ali, who visited the area on Tuesday, said, “I tried my best to restore peace.” The vehicle of BJP general secretary Debasree Chowdhury was stopped by police on the way to Baduria, after which party workers held a demonstration at the Barasat district headquarters demanding arrest of the rioters. The BJP sought Centre’s intervention as the police had “failed to control the situation”.

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that five BJP offices had been attacked in the district. “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, who is in charge of the BJP’s state affairs, said that given the area’s proximity to Bangladesh, there was a possibility that “outsiders” were involved in the violence.

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    Krishok Bondhu
    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:28 pm
    This is the only district in India where MF hindu talebans can not play havoc and blames Mamata or Bangladesh.
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      Arun Kumar
      Jul 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm
      Paki . F ck off
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      T ramakar
      Jul 6, 2017 at 7:53 pm
      Mamta agar 10 saal aur reh jaae to tisra pakistan bana Sambhar hai.
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        Girdhari Verma
        Jul 6, 2017 at 6:12 pm
        It is really unfortunate. All this is happening in a State headed by so called Secular party. In fact, word secularism is misnomer as its true meaning has been distorted. State Administration appears to be in collusion with minority appea t policy which will prove disastrous for the peace of the state and country. Now Governor of the State is being attacked in the same manner in which Kejriwal used to pick up fight with Lt. Governor of Delhi. No respect for cons utional post and traditions.
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          Mohammad Khursheed Akram
          Jul 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm
          इस्लमिक नहीं मुस्लिम-आतंकवाद !!! हम इसकी घोर निन्दा करते हैं !! और उन लोगों की भी निन्दा करते हैं जो इस शर्मनाक दहशतगर्दी की निंदा करने में किसी भी प्रकार का संकोच कर रहे हैं !
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            Devid
            Jul 6, 2017 at 11:07 am
            Every rioter should be delt with iron hand. No appea t. Cost of burnt proprty sholud be recovered from them. Even by auction of their home. Only then TMC can prove their secular credentials. Where are the pseudo secular . They will not reacet because sufferers are hindus. The oldest citizens of this land.
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              Tukku Shankar
              Jul 6, 2017 at 7:53 am
              Where is Renuka Sahana and "notinmyname" guys??
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                Sayed
                Jul 5, 2017 at 8:38 pm
                If Vijay vargiya is involved in this he should be declared terrorist. This ugly man is trying to spread venom. We know BJP is full of traitors and mentally ed.
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                  SK
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm
                  Muslims are allowed to lynch issue death threats? and media/pseudo-secularists will color the report as a transgression of their religious beliefs. On the other hand they can kill cows and cry foul if Hindus object?
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