Communal Clashes In Bengal Over Facebook Post, Centre Sends In Troops


violenceKOLKATA:The Centre on Tuesday sent in about 400 paramilitary Border Security Force or BSF to West Bengal after communal violence in North 24 Parganas near Kolkata over a Facebook post.

There have been clashes in several places in North 24 Parganas district over the offensive post on Friday about Prophet Mohammed by a 17-year-old student in Baduria, who has been arrested.

A violent mob put up road blockades at several places, attacked members of a different community and destroyed shops, said the police.

On Monday, large crowds had blocked the roads and rail tracks at several places near Kolkata. The violence that started in Baduria, around 70 km from Kolkata, spread to other parts of North 24 Parganas.

Kolkata Police, in a tweet, asked people to not spread rumours.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, after a phone call on Tuesday from Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on the communal flare-up, accused him of of “speaking to her like a block-level BJP leader” and said she felt humiliated and “had even thought of quitting”.

“The way the governor spoke to me was like a BJP block leader. I was threatened, humiliated, I thought of leaving (quitting)… I was so insulted,” Ms Banerjee raged.

In response, Governor Tripathi said in a statement to the media that there was nothing in the talks for which the chief minister might have felt insulted, threatened or humiliated.

Source: ndtv