Malda, Jan 6: A protest by Muslim community people against the alleged blasphemous comments by Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari turned violent in Malda district of West Bengal. Serious communal clashes have been taking place in the Malda district since past 48 hours, following which Section 144 was imposed in the area since Sunday night.Also Read - Jadavpur University to Hold Free Vaccination Camp for Students; Details to be Notified Soon

According to latest reports, the Police has arrested 10 people so far in connection with the violence. All the 10 accused have been sent to six-day police custody. Additional forces have been deployed in the region. “We have so far arrested 10 people in connection with the violence. We have deployed additional forces in the violence-hit pockets. They are also carrying out extensive flag marches in the area,” Malda district police superintendent Prasun Banerjee told Mail Today. (ALSO READ: Muslims demand death penalty for Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari for insulting Prophet Mohammad) Also Read - West Bengal BJP Unit Likely to Witness Major Reshuffle Post Durga Puja

The minorities in Malda, mainly Hindus, chose to stay indoors and shops were also remained shut. During the violent protest, several buses and vehicle including the Kaliachak police station were set on fire. The agitated Muslims also ransacked government properties. The opposition BJP attacked the ruling Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal over the “rampaging communalism” in Malda, alleging that the accused behind it are indulging in violence under its protection. Also Read - Viral Fever Outbreak Wreaks Havoc in Bengal's Birbhum District; 102 Cases Among Kids Reported