Baduria violence LIVE Updates: The situation has been not restored to normal even on sixth after a controversial Facebook post by a Class XI students sparked communal tensions in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district.
Baduria violence LIVE Updates: The situation has been not restored to normal even on sixth day after a controversial Facebook post by a Class XI students sparked communal tensions in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. Earlier on Thursday, tensions between communities were reported in Baduria area of the state, the Indian Express reported. The student, who allegedly made the Facebook posts, has been detained and denying this claim by the police. Police allege that student put some sensitive images online triggering a spate of communal violence in the city. It was reported that violent mobs resorted to violence and vandalised stores and houses, and setting vehicles on fire. Opposition parties, most prominently the BJP, has alleged that Mamata Banerjee is unable to administer the law and order situation in the state, and therefore, they would demand her resignation. Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that anti-social elements are working as TMC workers in the state and creating law and order situations. BJP has also accused Mamata over her remarks against state Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.
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10:04 pm: Locals in troubled areas chose to stay indoors as schools and shops remain closed and the transportation badly affected, PTI says.
9:15 pm: State government said situation under control in Swarupnagar, Baduria, Deganga and Basirhat. Prohibitory orders are in force, says PTI.
8:35 pm: A delegation of ex-servicemen, ex-judges, ex-bureaucrats has written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging him to order thorough probe into the Basirhat violence, ANI said.
6:59 pm: BJP’s West Bengal unit to hold rally from party headquarters to Rani Rashmoni Road in Kolkata tomorrow. BJP delegation will move to Raj Bhawan demanding President’s rule in the state, says ANI.
6.35 pm: The Congress team, led by WBPCC chief Adhir Chowdhury, was also stopped at Barasat in the day.
6.30 pm: “The situation is still tense. We have not allowed any delegation to go there as it might create problems,” a senior district official said.
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6.25 pm: Chakraborty said the Left Front would organise a demonstration against the police and the TMC government in Barasat area of the district.
6.20 pm: “We have been stopped near Ashoknagar area on the grounds that if we go to those areas it might create law and order problem. But we are not going there for any political programme. We are going there to meet the people who have suffered due to riots,” Left Front legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty said.
6.10 pm: BJP leader Roopa Ganguly being detained by police.
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6.05 pm: “They (BJPians) were adamant and said either they will court arrest or will proceed forward. So we had to detain them,” a senior police officer of Bidhanagar police Commissionerate said.
6.00 pm: Earlier in the day: BJP leader Roopa Ganguly moments before being detained. Listen what she has to say about Mamata Banerjee
5.52 pm: “We told the delegation that they will not be allowed to go to Baduria,” an official was recently quoted as saying.
5.45 pm: Along with Ganguly, 19 other party leaders were detained also by the police close to the airport. After being detained, the BJP team was brought to the Airport police station.
5.40 pm: Earlier in the day, a BJP delegation led by MP Roopa Ganguly was detained by police near Michael Nagar area when they were on their way to riot-hit Baduria area in North 24 Parganas district.
5.32 pm: The BJP national secretary had his lunch at the impoverished house of Bhagirath Roy, a mason, here. He was accompanied by other party leaders.
5.25 pm: Current violence is bringing fresh troubles for Mamata Banerjee government as Darjeeling hills too are in turbulence for nearly a month capped by an indefinite bandh called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
5.16 pm: “She (Banerjee) is also sparking fire everywhere. She sets Darjeeling on fire and went to Netherlands. on return, she allows Baduria to burn,” Sinha said.
5.10 pm: Adopting communal line as government policy, the chief minister is backing only one community and ignoring the other, Sinha alleged.
5.00 pm: BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha today said that Mamata Banerje was running a “communal government” in West Bengal since it was supporting only one community.
4.53 pm: Stressing that no one should be discriminated against, the information and broadcasting minister said, “Every community is part of India…I hope the state government will take action to protect the people.”
4.45 pm: Earlier in the day, separate delegations of the BJP, the Left and the Congress were today stopped from going to Baduria as the situation was still volatile, a senior district official said.
4.40 pm: “It is unfortunate. I hope the state government will take the situation seriously and take all effective steps to protect the people, every section of the people — whether they are minority or majority,” Naidu told reporters.
4.32 pm: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today described the communal violence in a West Bengal district as “unfortunate” and requested the state government to take effective steps to protect all the people — “whether they are minority or majority”.
4.25 pm: Mohammad Kaif tweets against communal clashes in Basirhat, demands peace
Prophet Sahab is too great to b defended against a FB post.Damaging property worth crores&violence is absolutely against his teachings.Shame
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 6, 2017
4.18 pm: Here are some public reactiobns from Basirhat, West Bengal
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4.12 pm: Ignoring Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeal to all parties not to visit the areas to avoid further trouble, teams of the Left, Congress and BJP attempted to do so. However, police stopped them from entering.
3.55 pm: “The situation is still tense, that’s why we have not allowed any delegation to go there as it might create problems,” a senior district official said.
3.50 pm: “The area is already under prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC and according to law we’ll not allow anybody to assemble here. We don’t want to take any chances,” an official said.
3.45 pm: Baduria and its adjoining are still boiling following controversial facebook post
3:30 PM: Earlier in the day, TMC MLA Dipendu Biswas was on Friday removed as the in-charge of the area, reports ANI.
3:15 pm: “It is unfortunate. I hope the state government will take the situation seriously and take all effective steps to protect the people, every section of the people — whether they are minority or majority,” Naidu was quoted by PTI as telling reporters .
3:10 pm: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu describescommunal violence as “unfortunate.” Requests state government to take effective steps to protect people of th state, says PTI.
2.40 pm: Locals chose to stay indoors with shops, markets, schools remaining closed and the transport system badly hit.
2.35 pm: Ignoring Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeal to all parties not to visit the areas to avoid further trouble, teams of the Left, Congress and BJP attempted to do so. However, police stopped them from entering.
2.30 pm: “The situation is still tense, that’s why we have not allowed any delegation to go there as it might create problems,” a senior district official said.
2.25 pm: “The area is already under prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC and according to law we’ll not allow anybody to assemble here. We don’t want to take any chances,” he said.
2.20 pm: Police and paramilitary forces today marched through the troubled areas of West Bengal’s riot-hit North 24 Parganas district to quell violence, a senior official said.
2.10 pm: Trinamool Chhatra Parishad, students wing of the ruling TMC, showed black flags to Roy and demanded removal of Tripathi from the post of Bengal governor.
2.04 pm: “But the fact is you can’t cure a disease by hiding it. You have to give medicine and treatment to cure it. Hiding a problem will not solve it, you have to take action to solve it,” he said at the programme in Calcutta University campus.
1.58 pm: Commenting on the riots, Roy said, “I have seen riots in Bengal both during Left regime and in TMC regime. But the attitude of this government is to suppress the matter. The media was also shy of reporting the riots earlier.
1.53 pm: “As far as I know him (Tripathi), he is not the kind of a person who can humiliate or insult someone,” Tathagat Roy says.
1.45 pm: The BJP team was led by state party president Dilip Ghosh. Baduria and its adjoining areas witnessed a communal flare-up following a post by a youth on Facebook earlier this week.
1.40 pm: The Congress team, led by WBPCC chief Adhir Chowdhury, was also stopped at Barasat for the same reason.
1.35 pm: Chakraborty said the Left Front would organise a demonstration against the police and the TMC government in Barasat area of the district.
1.30 pm: “We have been stopped near Ashoknagar area on the grounds that if we go to those areas it might create law and order problem. But we are not going there for any political programme. We are going there to meet the people who have suffered due to riots,” Left Front legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty said.
1.25 pm: “The situation is still tense. We have not allowed any delegation to go there as it might create problems,” a senior district official said.
1.20 pm: BJP, Left and Congress leaders were today stopped from going to Baduria in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district as the situation was volatile following communal clashes earlier this week, officials said.
1.15 pm: Roopa Ganguly detained by Police while on her way to:
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1.10 pm: “The governor has every right to ask questions and if needed give suggestion (to state government). There is nothing wrong in it,” Roy told reporters at the sidelines of a birth anniversary programme of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.
1.05 pm: Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy today accused the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal of suppressing the communal riots in Baduria and said his counterpart KN Tripathi is well within his rights to ask questions to the state administration.
1.00 pm: “The Trinamool Congress is verbally attacking the governor and trying to malign his office in order to divert attention from the communal violence and its failure to control the situation. In doing so, it has stopped to a new low,” says Kailash Vijayavargiya.
12.55 pm: Tensions still prevail in Basiharat area. Police is trying to contain the protestors, reports, CNN News 18.
12.50: CNN News 18 reports that 50 BJP leaders have been arrested in Basiharat area, including Rupa Ganguly.
12.45 pm: Both Vijayvargiya and Ghosh who travelled in separate vehicles were prevented from entering the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital by the demonstrators. Huge police force was present there.
12.40 pm: BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and state unit president Dilip Ghosh today faced demonstration when they had gone to a government run hospital to meet the relatives of a person who they claimed, was killed in communal riots in Baduria.
12.30 pm: “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,” says Kailash Vijayvargiya.
12.22 pm: The BJP had yesterday demanded that the Centre impose President’s rule in West Bengal and send central observers to assess the “worsening law and order” situation in the state.
12.17 am: BJP MP Rupa Ganguly detained by Police while on her way to Basirhat
12.10 am: “Cut out the big talk. BJP ministers and senior functionaries are openly spreading provocative messages on Facebook and Twitter. This is a crime,” O’Brien said.
12.03 am: The TMC national spokesperson said the BJP should address and resolve issues such as Kashmir and farmers’ distress instead of indulging in “big talk”.
11.58 am: “When you cannot defeat Trinamool on social, economic or development indices, what does the BJP do? Go back to the tried and tested dirty trick – polarisation. BJP’s dirty tricks department is also active in Darjeeling,” TMC national spokesperson Derek O’ Brien said in a statement.
11.50 am: The Trinamool Congress today accused the BJP-led Central government of indulging in the “dirty trick of polarisation” because of its “inability” to take the TMC on in West Bengal on social and economic development.
11.4o am: BJP delegation consisting of MP Rupa Ganduly try to visit Basirhat but were stopped by security forces, reports India Today TV.
11.3o am: Left delegation led by CPI (M) MP Mohammed Salim made a second attempt to reach #Basirhat but were stopped by security forces, reports ANI.
11.20 am: West Bengal, in the recent few days, has witnessed violence and serious clashes either taking place between two religious groups or between people and the administration.
11.10 am: Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah has constituted a team comprising party leaders Om Mathur, Meenakshi Lekhi, Satyapal Singh and Kailash Vijayvargiya, who will visit the violence-affected areas and will submit a report to him.
11.00 am: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday slammed the West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee asserting that section 144 seems to be imposed only for Hindus and not for Muslims because the police are investigating the matter only with Hindus not Muslims who are actually creating the rift.
10.50 am: Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Rahul Sinha said, “The communal violence which is growing day by day never seems to come to an end. The police seems to be acting like a spectator among all the chaos which is occurring in the state, because they are not been given orders to control the situation. Section 144 seems to be imposed only for the Hindus; not for the Muslim because when the police are investigating this matter they are questioning only the Hindu not the Muslims who are actually creating the rift. It’s sad to say that, this government is totally unable to administer the law and order situation in the state”.
10.45 am: “Whatever is happening in West Bengal since several days is definitely condemnable and a serious concern. This is nothing but a result of a consistent lopsided communal politics derived by their vote bank politics of the ruling party of West Bengal. Instead of giving proper attention to control the situation the government is more involved in putting allegation on others including the Governor,” Trivedi said.
10.40 am: BJP said that Mamata Banerjee is unable to administer the law and order situation in the state, and therefore, they would demand her resignation.