BJP, Left, Cong teams barred from going to Baduria

West Bengal communal clashes Baduria clashes Rajnath Singh Facebook post triggers clashes

The Congress team, led by WBPCC chief Adhir Chowdhury, was also stopped at Barasat citing the same reason.

Fresh tension was reported in Basirhat area yesterday forcing the police to lob tear gas shells and resort to baton charge even as the state government made a decision to ban some organisations for allegedly instigating people.

They were subsequently brought to the nearby airport police station. Another BJP delegation led by MP Roopa Ganguly was detained by police near Michael Nagar area when they were on their way to riot-hit Baduria area in North 24 Parganas district. "It's sad to say that, this government is totally unable to administer the law and order situation in the state". The police had to resort to lathicharge and tear gas shells to disperse the rampaging crowd.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said his party would organise a rally here tomorrow to condemn the role of the state government.

Ghosh has demanded imposition of President's rule in the state and to send central observers to assess the "deteriorating" law and order situation in the state.

Locals chose to stay indoors with shops, markets and schools remaining closed and the transportation badly hit.

The officer said that pickets have been set up in the sensitive pockets of the area and police and other security forces are conducting a route march.

Claiming the agitators were Trinamool Congress-backed hooligans, Ghosh said they were being forcibly stopped from meeting the deceased's family members.

While speaking to the media, Jishnu Basu, RSS's General Secretary in South Bengal, said, "It is a very unfortunate incident and we are in a state of shock over the clashes which are taking place in Basirhat".

- CPM Bengal unit chief Surjya Kanta Mishra said the debate between Governor and Chief Minister is another tactic to reap political dividends from the current crisis in West Bengal. He also said that actions will also be taken against WhatsApp groups where videos, audio and images of rioting are being circulated. "And I am happy that steps are being taken in that direction", he told newspersons on the sidelines of a programme here.

Meanwhile, reacting over the communal violence incident in the state, Union Minister Babul Supriyo has said being a Hindu has become a crime in West Bengal.

Communal clashes broke out in Baduria in Basirhat sub- division of the district on Monday following an objectionable Facebook post by a teenager.



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