West Bengal communal clashes: Section 144 imposed in Basirhat, MHA seeks report from Mamata govt

Baduria communal clashes: The clash began after a Class X student allegedly put up a derogatory post on Facebook on Monday, police said. Police nabbed the boy the same day. buy several shops and homes were vandalised and major roads were blocked by the mobs.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 4:43 pm
Barishant protests, section-144, Baduria protests, curfew, baduria violence, Baduria communal clashes: Mobs had torched police vehicles, vandalised shops and blocked roads leading to the India-Bangladesh border on Tuesday. (Source: Facebook photo)

Section 144 has been imposed in Basirhat areas of North 24-Parganas district in West Bengal following violent clashes between two communities over a derogatory social media post. Mobs had torched police vehicles, vandalised shops and blocked roads leading to the India-Bangladesh border on Tuesday. After this, BJP State President Dilip Ghosh demanded for President rule in the state.

After the state government sought Central government’s help on the issue, the Union Home Ministry had on Tuesday dispatched three companies of paramilitary forces to the area. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also asked the state government for a detailed report on the incident.

The clash began after a Class X student allegedly put up a derogatory post on Facebook on Monday, police said. Police nabbed the boy the same day. Several shops and homes were vandalised and major roads were blocked by the mobs. They also demonstrated in front of Baduria police station.

Schools and colleges were shut on Tuesday following the riots. They also stopped local trains and bus services. Later in the afternoon, alleging police inaction against the protesters, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and supporters also started blocking roads in parts of the district.

Hindu groups organised a stir in Kolkata against the tension in Baduria. Four protesters — Sanjay Goswami, Rajarshi Lahiri, Suraj Poddar and Surojit Biswas —who are reportedly VHP members, have been arrested.

On Tuesday, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh alleging that five BJP offices had been attacked in the district. He also wrote that more than 2,000 Muslims attacked Hindu families. Bombs went off at many places and information of Hindu sisters and daughters being raped have also been received.

The violent clashes led to a war of words between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Day after tripathi called up Banerjee following clashes in North 24 Parganas, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) reminded him of his constitutional limits and asked him not to “instigate people who are trying to create unrest in the state”. The chief minister had alleged that Tripathi had threatened and insulted her while talking and accused him of speaking like a “BJP block president”.

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    Abhijit Banerjee
    Jul 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm
    This will act as an eye opener to many Hindus of WB. I am confident that TMC will have to pay the price of its minority-appea t politics. BJP will come to power in the next election. The jihadis of WB should be taught a good lesson, similar to what Modi taught them in 2002.
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      Raj Kumar Dham
      Jul 6, 2017 at 1:19 pm
      Governor has full right to ask the CM to endure Law and order situation in the state .Mamta ji must ensure Law and Order and act property and should not keep on blam ing Governor and BJP .She should learn from her friend Kejariwal ji ,who was daily blaming Modi ji PM and Lt Governor and what he got ,?
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        Soumik Banerjee
        Jul 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm
        Looting,raping for a Facebook post..Time to wake up brothers..they are killed in Myanmar srilanka now it's India's turn..show them no mercy,kill them when they are in minority..because they will kill you when they grow into majority.This is our time the rapists of desert will not be forgiven.
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          Rani Menon
          Jul 6, 2017 at 1:34 am
          How can you talk about killing without mercy?How many times have we seen that "raping and looting" accusations against minorities have been proven to be just rumours by political thugs.by provoking people to kill, you just being a devil and burning your own house down
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            srikanth
            Jul 6, 2017 at 7:46 am
            If it comes to you, you don't get any choice except to settle with one among the rapists... Read the history, you will come to know what is their motive. Pointers : 1) tuglak 2) panipat war
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          Rajib
          Jul 5, 2017 at 10:10 pm
          If chief minister is saying namaz for Muslim votes...we can feel sorry for Bengali Hindus ....
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            Shambhu Kishore Prasad
            Jul 5, 2017 at 9:18 pm
            Why incidents of atrocities are going in Bengal after MTV GOVT. came to power? Govt. is keeping MUM. Central GOVT. should act immediatelimmediately.
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              Raj Parwani
              Jul 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm
              Modi and Amit Shah must be very happy today, hate based politics of division is their master craft, when Indians get killed in communal violence BJP/RSS gets more vote, they must be laughing and thinking who would be their pick of CM after winning West Bengal in upcoming elections.
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                NM
                Jul 5, 2017 at 8:56 pm
                Stupid !! Our sisters and daughters are under thread from Bangladeshi illegals and you think of politics? Your mother will feel shame on you.
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                  Krishna
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 10:59 pm
                  s: swarajyamag /politics/facebook-post-sparks-islamist-mob-fury-in-bengal-cops-stay-cooped-up-in-thana
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                  DILIP
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm
                  Where are the NOT IN MY NAME and AWARD WAPSI F U C K URS now why are they not protesting gainst the barbaric uncouth rabid bigoted hateful savage muslims??????????????.
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                    DILIP
                    Jul 5, 2017 at 8:23 pm
                    It is now evident that rubdy Mamata Begum is selling out West Bengal to the Islamo Fascist bigoted savage muslims, who are still eveolving from their pre historic, uncivilised period, throgh crass pand ering and shameless app ease ment, by liking opemly smelly muslim bung h0 le. This less then woman Begum is a degenerated sub human surrogate filth, Get Rid of her.
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