Kolkata, July 4: Dozens of shops and houses were torched and at least six police vehicles were burned by a mob in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district over the past two days after a 17-year-old old class 11 student posted a blasphemous message on Facebook. According to a report that published in Hindustan Times said that the student was arrested on Sunday night and prohibitory orders clamped, but communal violence continued throughout Monday and Tuesday. There are no immediate reports of any casualties.
According to news agency PTI, the BJP on Tuesday had alleged that over 2,000 Muslims had attacked Hindu families living in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal and several of its offices and its places were set on fire. The party also claimed state police officials failed to control the situation, BJP’s state secretary general Kailash Vijayvargiya, urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene in the matter.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also confirmed that the communal violence in the city broke out over an “objectionable” post on Facebook. The Centre to has sent 300 paramilitary personnel to the state.
Kailash Vijayvargiya in a letter written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Local workers (of BJP) have said many facilities including five BJP offices were set on fire”. As the violence-hit area is adjacent to Bangladesh border, there is possibility that “outsiders” were involved in this violence. Vijayvargiya said, “Local police appears unable to control the situation”. Also Read – Violence in West Bengal over Facebook post: Mamata Banerjee fumes as she alleges rude behaviour of Governor
Mamata Banerjee who is in Kolkata said that the clashes between members of two communities broke out in Baduria in the Basirhat sub-division of the district over the post.
This is not the first time that the BJP had accused groups of Muslims affiliated to the ruling TMC of targeting Hindus in the state. According to news agency PTI, the BJP in West Bengal is projecting itself as the protector of Hindu interests and they are working overtime to emerge as a potent political force. The BJP had also accused Mamata Banerjee several times of pandering Muslims.
The West Bengal Chief Minister has stoutly refuted BJP’s allegations and accused the party of “playing religious politics” to polarise votes for political benefits.
(With inputs from PTI)