Kolkata, July 5: In a major development, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sought a report, on the communal clashes in North 24 Parganas district, from the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Earlier in the day, the internet services in Baduria of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal were disrupted following the violent clashes in the region over an ‘objectionable’ Facebook post about a religious site. The Centre, on Tuesday, had rushed 300 paramilitary personnel to North 24 Parganas to bring the situation under control. The clashes, between members of two communities, were reported from Baduria in Basirhat sub-division.
The clashes resulted into a war of words between the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Speaking to the media, Banerjee had accused Tripathi of threatening her over phone. She also alleged that the Governor was acting like a “BJP block president”. “He talked big on law and order. I am not here at the mercy of anyone. The way he spoke to me, I once thought of leaving (the chair),” she said. Meanwhile, while defending himself, Tripathi said that there was nothing in the talks that could have made Mamata Banerjee feel insulted, threatened or humiliated.
Following the outrage, the situation in Baduria turned tensed and several shops were shut down. Reportedly, the violent mob put up road blockades at several places. According to a senior Border Security Force (BSF) officer, BSF troops have been deployed in Bashirhat, Swarupnagar, Baduria and Devganga areas to assist the state police in containing the situation.
Meanwhile, the BJP has alleged that over 2,000 Muslims attacked Hindu families in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The party had also claimed that its offices were set on fire at several places.
The tension sparked in the region on Tuesday after the Facebook post by a 17-year-old boy that reportedly, offended one of the community. Notably, the boy was arrested however, the law and order situation in the region still remains grim.