Baduria, Basirhat, West Bengal riots LIVE Updates: The situation in Baduria which falls in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal is still tense due to the riots which broke out over an objectional post on Facebook. As per Indian Express report, the post showed “objectionable images’’ linked to the Prophet and Kaaba Sharif in Mecca that went viral in Baduria, following which a mob vandalised shops and homes, and set fire to vehicles, triggering retaliatory attacks. As per the report, according to the police, the post was put up by a student, who has since been detained, but he has denied putting it up. Police sources said the boy claimed during interrogation that he had lost his SIM card as per the local police. The Centre had on Wednesday rushed over 300 paramilitary personnel to the area. In an Indian Express report, BJP had alleged that 2000 Muslims attacked Hindu families. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee confirmed that the clash between the two communities broke out in Baduria in Basirhat over the objectionable post. According to a report by PTI, official sources in Delhi said the clashes were trigerred on Tuesday evening over the post about a holy site. They added, three companies of paramilitary forces were rushed to the state to assist the local police to control the situation.
Here are all the LIVE updates:
07:03 PM: Municipal Corporation & BJP workers clash with each other over the issue of Kailash Vijayvargiya & other BJP Leaders meeting .
06:15 PM: BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya as per PTI report today said,”The TMC government, just for the sake of vote bank politics, allowed the incident to happen. In order to appease the minority, the majority community was made to suffer. Had the police taken action on the very first day, things would not have snowballed into such a situation. The police remained a mute spectator.”
05:20 PM: On Wednesday, the walls of the single storey house of the boy was blackened by fire. Recollecting memories from Sunday’s violence a local resident Ashraf Ali Molla said that a group of people first confronted the boy at his house on Sunday.
05:00 PM: The riot broke out due to a Facebook post which was posted by a class 11 student. He has since been detained and has denied putting it up. Police sources told Indian Express that the boy during interrogation said that he had lost his SIM card.
04:02 PM: The team comprises of Om Mathur, Meenakshi Lekhi, Satyapal Singh, Kailash Vijayvargiy.
03:45 PM: A team is constituted by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah will visit affected area in West Bengal, will submit report to the party’s President
03:30 PM: Fresh violence reported in Basirhat following imposition of section 144 after clash over FB post. Protesters have blocked the road . Tear gas is being used.
02:10 PM: Communist Party Of Indian (Marxist) leader P. Karat said this isn’t time to do politics out of situation, whether CM or Government they must play role of ensuring violence stops as per ANI.
01:50 PM: BJP leader MS Locket Chatterjee, who had gone to meet those injured in the violence, was harrased and chased away by supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress at the hospital.
01:13 PM: A 45-year-old man injured in communal violence reported NDTV. He was brought to the Kolkata Hospital.
12:44 PM: Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purakayasta has requested people to refrain from spreading hatred. “Those spreading rumours and indulging in hate posts and false propaganda shall not be spared. Please respect the law of the land. Malicious efforts to create divides and attempts to take law in own hands will be sternly dealt with. Please don’t heed rumour,” as per the report.
12:33 PM: The Official added, “We are keeping strict vigil so that nothing untoward happens here. Till then police postings here will continue.”
12:28 PM: According to a report by PTI, Senior official of the state home department said “Everything is back to normal. There has been no report of any problem from anywhere in Baduria and its adjoining areas in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district.”
12:04 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will form ‘Shanti Vahini’ in 15 days with youth,peaceful citizens in association with local police stations.
11:50 PM: Section 144 remains imposed in all affected areas including Basirhat and Baduria. Internet services remain suspended in North 24 Parganas.