Featured Image: File photo of Basirhat police station.
Kolkata, 05 July: THE communal unrest in parts of North 24-Parganas district, especially around Basirhat town, continued for the third consecutive day today.
This is even as the state administration has pressed in four companies of Central paramilitary force and a large posse of sate armed police to contain the flare ups.
Ramanagar area in Basirhat town today saw a repeat of vandalism and attack by Muslim groups, prompting the police to resort to lathi-charge and fire teargas shells to disperse the mob.
The incident left injured three policemen and 18 rioters; while 10 vehicles belonging to the police were torched. Among the injured is the sub-divisional police officer of Basirhat who had gone to the spot to contain the violence. All the injured have been admitted to the Basirhat State General Hospital.
Some 250 persons, belonging to both the Hindu and Muslim communities, have taken shelter in a makeshift camp at Goalpota in Basirhat town. They are being provided food and other relief materials by the administration and local volunteers.
The situation at Baduria, from where the violence had started on 3 July after a Hindu youth had uploaded an extremely derogatory post involving Prophet Muhammad, however remained peaceful through the day. Paramilitary troops are patrolling the areas.
Protesting against the attacks on Hindus at several places in Basirhat sub-division in the past two days, BJP cadres blocked railway lines at Duttapukur and Ashoknagar. Muslim groups resorted to a counter-blockade on the roads at Madhyagram adn Neelganj alleging atrocities on them in Hindu dominated areas.
BJP’s blockade brought train movement to a grinding halt on Sealdah-Bongaon and Sealdah-Hansnabad routes for better part of the day. Although police managed to lift the blockade through persuasion towards afternoon, the train movement was yet to become normal until evening.
In view of the communal strife, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed the police to form peace committees in all police station areas, not only in North 24-Parganas, but in all parts of the state.
“The peace committee shall be constituted of 15-20 students and youths. There duty will be to keep a vigil if anyone was trying to foment unrest in their area and report the same to the police,” she told news persons at state secretariat Nabanna this evening.
CM alleged that BJP cadres were posting on Facebook photographs / videos of violence in Uttar Pradesh, Bangladesh, etc. falsifying those to be happening in Bengal.
Director general of police Surajit Kar Purkayastha has released a video message appealing people to help police restore peace and urging all not to share / post on Facebook anything derogatory.