Mamata Banerjee describes Malda violence as a clash between the BSF and local people

She refused to accept it as a communal incident.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:January 10, 2016 12:06 am
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The West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday brushed aside the Kaliachawk violence in Malda district last week as an incident of clash between the BSF and local people. She refused to accept it as a communal incident. The state government too, did not have any role in the flare up, she said.

While speaking at the Bengal global business summit for the past two days the chief minister had time and again referred to the peaceful law and order situation in the state and the absence of any communal incidents and tensions as a boon for industry.

Today media persons asked her about the Malda-Kaliachawk violence in which two communities got involved. The Kaliachawk violence had been reported widely in the social media with accusations against the Press that it had tried to suppress the incident by not reporting it.

It may be recalled that violence had broken out in Kaliachawk last week when some Muslim groups called a meeting to protest certain remarks allegedly made by the a Hindu leader in UP about the Prophet. BSF vehicles were set on fire when they tried to intervene, and a huge mob went about setting fire on trucks, lorries, other vehicles on the national highway to vent their anger. The Kaliachawk police station was also set on fire. Shops and households were attacked and ransacked. The police brought it under control after much trouble and after having resorted to firing. An RSS activist was shot at and injured.

The police failed to arrest the culprits after the incident and much later about 10 persons have been picked up. But the main persons who had triggered the violence after having instigating the mob were said to be still at large.

The West Bengal BJP sent a delegation to the police station and the state unit also lodged a complaint with the central government saying that the culprits have not been picked up by the police. The BJP delegation also urged the union home minister Rajnath Singh to visit the area and he has agreed to visit the violence hit Kaliachawk on 18th January.

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  1. A
    Jan 9, 2016 at 5:40 pm
    bas tards
    1. B
      Jan 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm
      Criminal 'secular' politicians like Mamata are creating the support base for RSS-BJP. I hope BJP will win next state embly election in Bengal.
      1. B
        Jan 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm
        This mad lady is worse than even an illiterate and extremist Muslim mullah. This type of 'secular' criminals as law makers are more dangerous for West Bengal and India.
        1. S
          Jan 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm
          Didi's statement contradicts Police version . Police says "attack had been on the pretext of a religious rally" , and Didi says that it was not communal violence. I doubt of Police investigation will be allowed to proceed. A judicial inquiry should be held ...
          1. D
            Jan 10, 2016 at 8:34 am
            What a ugly looking CM.
            1. H
              Harry Achari
              Jan 9, 2016 at 4:49 pm
              Mamata, kejri, Rahul, Lalu, nithish, akhilesh have nothing to say? When innocent shop and truck owners attatcked and a BJP leader got shot at? It's a naked truth mamata and kejri are sponsored by ISI. Pathankot attack was unknown for them. Where are other rats ( award wapsis and our beloved ISI agent Amir khan) and other intolerant campaigners? These rats are poisoning our lovely nation. It's the right time to get united against the foreign sponsored gangs. Mamata and CPM should be investigated about their anti national activities like they bring ISI sponsored terrorists to enter Bengal ( providing ID cards) what we saw the last arrested ISI terrorist in UP with Bengal ID penetrated through Bangladesh. We have to be vigilant. When China attacked CPM was supportive to China. Think again please, whatever parties you belong to, check their activities. If you realize they are anti national finish them at any cost, or we will pay the price very soon
              1. S
                Srividya Jayaraman
                Jan 10, 2016 at 7:44 am
                Yes more than the language it is due to the leftist mentality in the name of secular.
                1. मनीष
                  Jan 9, 2016 at 11:04 pm
                  Islam is a deadly disease. The Muslims breed like insects and multiply. They take advantage of secular and democratic system. When they are in minority, they play victim card. When they reach 5%, they demand special treatment. When they reach around 10% of potion, they start bullying non Muslims local people. When they reach 15%, they become real burden on society and country they live in. Beyond 15%, the country is affected by deadly disease and will be on its way to extinction.
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