Mamata Banerjee orders judicial probe into Bashirhat riots, BJP MPs sent back

Mamata Banerjee orders judicial probe into Bashirhat riots, BJP MPs sent back

Mamata Banerjee orders judicial probe into Bashirhat riots, BJP MPs sent back

"The Centre has a non-cooperative attitude; the border areas are being disturbed with foreign hands having good relations with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)", she said, while addressing a press conference.

The BJP claimed that Kartick Ghosh, a resident of Kakra adjoining Baduria in Basirhat subdivision, was a member of their party. There has been no problem anywhere in the district for the last 36 hours or more.

Lekhi asked the police if the situation was under control in Basirhat, as claimed by the state government, why were they not allowed to go there?

Earlier in the day, the police also prevented the Left and Congress leaders from proceeding towards the riot-hit areas citing law and order situation.

A teenager who made a controversial post on the social media site that led to violence in North 24 Parganas was produced in court and sent to Basirhat jail on Thursday.

Clashes broke out between members of two communities at Baduria in the Basirhat sub-division of North 24-Parganas district earlier this week over an "objectionable" Facebook post by a teenager.

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West Bengal state secretariat sources said that Soumitra Pal, a former judge, will head the judicial committee and the process of investigations will start soon. The Government had not ordered firing as that would have killed 200-300 people - a claim Mamata reiterated at a media briefing later. "I respect Facebook but not "Fakebook", she said.

Yesterday, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that at least four companies of the Border Security Forces (BSF) forces that were deployed by the Centre were turned back by the West Bengal Government.

The government has set up a cyber-surveillance team and said that IT Act will be imposed against the offenders and will immediately curtail the internet facilities if required. For the first time, BJP's West Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh called upon the central government to dismiss the state government and introduce President's rule in the state.

"We are MPs and only we three will go there". State governor Keshari Nath Tripathi spoke following a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and a team of BJP and RSS representatives.

It also demanded that all families affected in the riots be compensated by the state government.

The burning smell of one charred police jeep, parked outside the Baduria police station, is still obvious even three days after the incident, but politics has clearly now taken over.

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