Bengal to order judicial inquiry into Baduria-Basirhat incident: Mamata

The West Bengal government will commission a judicial inquiry into the communal clashes that gripped Baduria and Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district since Monday after a Facebook post upset the minority community.

By TT Bureau in Calcutta
  • Published 8.07.17
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Calcutta, July 8 (Agencies): The West Bengal government will commission a judicial inquiry into the communal clashes that gripped Baduria and Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district since Monday after a Facebook post upset the minority community.

“We have decided to initiate a judicial inquiry into the Baduria-Basirhat incidents. We want to see which forces assisted them, who were involved, who spread rumours,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

She said the government would provide every input to the judicial commission, and strict action would be taken against the persons responsible for the fanning the fire.

Mamata said her government would take action against “two national-level television channels” for passing off video clippings of an incident in Bangladesh and a disrobing scene from a Bhojpuri movie as those of the clashes.

“Video clips of an incident in Comilla in Bangladesh and of a Bhojpuri film were being shown as if these incidents had taken place in Bengal,” she alleged.

Mamata congratulated the people of Baduria and Basirhat for not falling into the Bharatiya Janata Party’ “trap”.

The government is convinced that the disturbances in Basirhat and the revival of unrest in Darjeeling are part of the BJP’s plan to grab a foothold in West Bengal.

She alleged that the BJP was ”destroying the federal structure of the country with the sole aim of grabbing power”.

“How can some people from across the border intrude and start disruptions here? Who is in charge of border security, the Centre or the state? Once again I am saying, it is the ploy of the BJP to disturb the peace of the state,” she said.

On attempts by various political parties, including the BJP, to visit the troubled areas on Saturday, the chief minister said: “What is the need to disturb the people there? Let them settle down. Trinamool Congress MPs did not go. They could have gone there as well.”

 

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