West Bengal communal violence: Fresh protests in Basirhat, Amit Shah forms team to visit area

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 7/6/2017 7:59:16 PM

Fresh violence was reported in Basirhat areas of North 24-Parganas district in West Bengal on Thursday following imposition of section 144 after two communities clashed over a derogatory social media post. The agitators blocked roads and used tear gas while protesting, according to the news agency ANI.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, meanwhile, constituted a team comprising Om Mathur, Meenakshi Lekhi, Satyapal Singh and BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who will visit the affected area and will submit a report to Shah on the issue.
Later in the day, Vijayvargiya and state unit president Dilip Ghosh faced demonstration when they went to a government-run hospital to meet the relatives of a person who they claimed, was killed in communal riots in Baduria. Vijayvargiya alleged that the Trinamool Congress activists stopped them. On the other hand, Ghosh alleged that the TMC workers were out to assault him and hit his vehicle.
On Wednesday, Baduria and adjoining Basirhat, remained under complete lockdown as the state government imposed a curfew after communal violence. The violence broke out in the area on Sunday evening when a class XI student posted an “objectionable images’’ linked to the Prophet and Kaaba Sharif in Mecca on Facebook. Following this a mob vandalised shops and homes, and set fire to vehicles, triggering retaliatory attacks. The boy since has been detained and has denied putting up the post.


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