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Bengal’s North 24 Parganas Hindu Muslim violence – Update

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Kolkata – Following a controversial post in Facebook, communal riots broke out in North 24 Parganas in West Bengal. Central government rushed paramilitary forces of around 300 soldiers to contain the violence. This was followed by a clash between Chief Minister Mamta Bannerjee and Governor as the chief minister accused the Governor of working for the BJP and threatening and abusing her on phone.

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BJP claims that during the violence, 2000 Muslims from 24 Parganas attacked Hindu businesses and homes and inflicted heavy damages to properties owned by Hindus. BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has accused the Mamata Banerjee government of being unable to contain the violence. This accusation along with the alleged telephonic abuses of the Governor has inflamed Mamta Bannerjee.

Following her discussion with Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi, Mamta Bannerjee briefed the media and said, “The Governor threatened me. He spoke in favour of BJP and his language with me was very abusive. I have told him that he cannot talk to me in that language.”

The Chief Minister accused the Governor of working for the BJP and the RSS. “He is acting like a block president of the BJP. He needs to realise that he holds a constitutional post and he should respect it. He spoke about law and order and his language for once prompted me to think of resigning from my post.”

On the other hand, Tripathi replied to Mamta’s accusations through a press release in which he stated, “There was nothing threatening or abusive spoken during my conversation with Mamta Bannerjee that can make her feel insulted.”

This has been followed by a press release from Raj Bhawan that states, “The accusation of threat and insult by the Chief Minister has surprised the Governor. The conversation between Chief Minister and Government happens to be a matter of secrecy and should not be discussed publicly by any party.” It further urged the Chief Minister to take immediate action to curb the violence in the 24 Parganas.

Chief Minister had previously said that in Basheer Haat of 24 Parganas communal tension has erupted over an objectionable Facebook post. She also said that to aid the local security forces, Center has deployed 3 companies of paramilitary forces (300 soldiers).

According to reports on Indian Express website, crowds torched several shops in Badoria between Sunday and Tuesday. Crowd also attacked Badoria police station and torched various vehicles.

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