Tensions flare up over derogatory Facebook post, mob attacks police station

Prohibitory orders had been promulgated to prevent the assembly of people in the area.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:March 2, 2016 12:20 am
Ransacked Illambazar police station and a damaged police van (below) on Tuesday. Express Ransacked Illambazar police station and a damaged police van (below) on Tuesday. Express

Police had to open fire and burst teargas shells to quell a rampaging mob that had attacked Illambazar police station in Birbhum district on Tuesday afternoon. One person was injured in police firing and had been admitted to a hospital.

Prohibitory orders had been promulgated to prevent the assembly of people in the area. The attack on the police and the ransacking of police vehicles followed after Muslims protested to a derogatory Facebook post on the Prophet on Monday.

The Hindu youth, who had allegedly used his Facebook account to post the derogatory remark, was identified from Guricha village of Illambazar. But he was said to be absconding.

As the news about the post spread, Muslims in the area began to protest and gather. They burnt an effigy during which some shops by the roadside reportedly caught fire and were partially damaged. A fire brigade had to be called in to douse the flames. Tension began to mount as more and more people got to know about the Facebook post and the police station was raided by a mob.

Window panes were broken, scooters, motorcycles and other vehicles parked outside the police station were damaged. Some police men sustained injuries, it was learnt. By evening, the Rapid Action Force was deployed in the area and the situation was said to be under control, according to police sources.

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    abhishek
    Mar 3, 2016 at 4:31 am
    can someone plzzz.. tell me what was the post ???? 😧
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      amartya
      Mar 2, 2016 at 2:47 pm
      religion of peace
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        Aravind Retnakaran
        Mar 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm
        We may lose bengal soon
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          Sree K
          Mar 2, 2016 at 3:12 am
          Religion of pieces in action again.
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            Rohan Sen
            Mar 2, 2016 at 11:28 am
            SEE PAPPU/KHUJLIWAL. THESE MULLA NEVER TOLERATE AGAINST THEIR GOD AND YOU AND OTHER ARE FIGTHING ON GODESS DURGA. SHAME SHAME SHAME PAPPU/KHUJLIWAL/YECHURI/MAYAWATI/KHARGE THE REAL MAHISASUR AND PRESITUITE CHANNELS
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              Priyobrata Ghosh
              Mar 1, 2016 at 7:20 pm
              This the high time. Hindus should take these seriously, else W.B. will turn into Bangladesh.
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                virathindu
                Mar 2, 2016 at 10:36 am
                Revoke voting rights of rioters. No one has the right to destroy public property.
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                  sunder,odisha
                  Mar 2, 2016 at 4:08 pm
                  No free speech against the dark side of Islam
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                    priyanka
                    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:05 am
                    Dis s so ridiculous....dts 's d reason India cnt b develop like other country...
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                      vivek
                      Mar 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm
                      And what about Haryana ? Should we give them Padam Vibushan ?
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                        soni
                        Mar 4, 2016 at 3:14 am
                        FB use shud b restricted in areas where people use it for creating violence
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                          Citizen
                          Mar 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm
                          Is it not freedom of speech????In fact both are freedom of expression right as per the arguments extended by many in JNU case. Let JNU guys answer!!!! Jaihind
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