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Centre to send team to Malda as BJP leaders meet Rajnath Singh

"We hope that he will look into the matter more seriously because it concerns national security,” said BJP leader Sidharth Nath Singh, who was part of the delegation.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 13, 2016 2:18 am
The broken boundary wall of Kaliachak police station on Tuesday. (Express Photo by: Partha Paul) The broken boundary wall of Kaliachak police station on Tuesday. (Express Photo by: Partha Paul)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will send a team of officials to Malda in West Bengal to ascertain facts about the recent mob violence in the area, sources said on Tuesday.

A day after a ‘fact-finding’ team of the BJP was not allowed by the local administration to visit violence-hit Kaliachak in Malda, a three-member team of the party, led by its general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday and urged him to order a probe into the incident.

“We apprised the minister… how an overtone of communal frenzy was created while the actual target was records on fake currency and drug smuggling in the police station. There is terror that Mamata Banerjee’s government is spreading in the area, especially among the Hindus… We asked the minister to get the matter investigated by an appropriate agency… We hope that he will look into the matter more seriously because it concerns national security,” said BJP leader Sidharth Nath Singh, who was part of the delegation.

He also accused the local administration of being hand-in-glove with certain Muslim outfits involved in creating communal frenzy in the area. The Home Minister reportedly “assured” them of necessary action.

Vijayvargiya alleged that people linked to the ruling Trinamool Congress were involved in the violence. “It is not only a matter of state but that of national security,” he said.

The BJP memorandum to the Home Minister blamed a Muslim outfit for illegally assembling a crowd of more than 2 lakh who targeted the police.