BJP MPs turned back from Malda

District authorities of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamul Congress government on Monday turned back Bharatiya Janata Party members of Parliament who had come here on a fact-finding mission following the December 3 violence and arson.

By TT Bureau in Malda
  • Published 11.01.16
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Malda, Jan 11 (PTI): District authorities of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamul Congress government on Monday turned back Bharatiya Janata Party members of Parliament who had come here on a fact-finding mission following the December 3 violence and arson.

Bhupendra Yadav, Ram Vilas Vedanti and S.S. Ahluwalia, the lone BJP member of Parliament from West Bengal, got off the Gaur Express at Malda Town station around 6am but police and district officials asked them to turn back as prohibitory orders had been promulgated in Kaliachak, the scene of violent riots and arson.

”This act of West Bengal government is condemnable,” Yadav said as the MPs were forced to return by Howrah-bound Shatabdi Express.

The MPs stayed in the VIP lounge of the station for nearly three hours where they discussed the issue with senior district officials.

Ahluwalia said the purpose of their visit was to console the people, to restore their confidence that something like this will not happen in future.

"Due to pressure from the state government, the district administration said that we cannot go there as Section 144 CrPC has been imposed," he said.

Ahluwalia said the BJP MPs had not come to "incite or instigate anyone".

"We are law-abiding citizens and senior MPs but the officials said that we are public figures and our appearance will create problems....the normalcy they have achieved will break down,” he said. 

The three leaders said they were here to understand the chain of events in Kaliachak that led to the violence.

However, the area has been made out of bounds for BJP leaders since the incident. On January 6, another BJP delegation led by Shamik Bhattacharya, its lone MLA in West Bengal Assembly, was not allowed to visit Kaliachak village, about 30km from here. 

Violence had broken out at Kaliachak on December 3, over an alleged remark of a BJP leader. Protesters had set fire to a police station and damaged vehicles.

The Chief Minister had said there was no communal tension in the area and described the incident as dispute between Border Security Force and the local people.

Several policemen have been transferred from Kaliachak police station following the incident. 

Asked if he raised with the officials the issues of communal tension and the role of police, 

Ahluwalia said that they were informed that the investigation was still on. 

”We will give out report to party chief Amit Shah,” he said. 

Accusing the Trinamul Congress government of shielding those behind the Kaliachak violence, BJP had alleged that the prime suspects have not been arrested. 

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) too has attacked the state government saying, ”Kaliachak incident has shown that it has completely failed to control communal incidents and overtones”

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