Delegations of the BJP, Congress as well as the CPI (M) were stopped by security forces from entering the riot-affected area of Basirhat areas in West Bengal on Friday. BJP MP Roopa Ganguly, too, has been detained on her way to Basirhat. While the Congress delegation was led by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Left’s was led by CPI (M) MP Mohammed Salim. The Left delegation’s second attempt to enter Basirhat was also thwarted.
After four days of communal violence, the situation in Basirhat was said to be “under control” by the Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma.
Heavy security forces have been deployed in and around the area in the wake communal violence in West Bengal.
The riot started Sunday evening, after a Facebook post, allegedly put up by a Class XI student, with “objectionable images’’ linked to the Prophet and Kaaba Sharif at Mecca was widely circulated. The violence began on Monday in Baduria and spread to other towns in the North 24 Parganas district after. The protesters blocked roads with logs and set tyres on fire.
On Thursday, workers from the BJP and Trinamool Congress clashed outside a Kolkata hospital after a man from Basirhat was injured in the riots, died three days after he was brought to the hospital in a critical condition. Amid the tension, residents alleged that inaction by police and the administration’s failure to maintain law and order gave rise to the communal tension.