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.