Barring stray incidents, life comes back to normalcy at Basirhat

State says 'No' to deployment 400 Central troops
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
Kolkata
6 Jul 2017

Life started limping back to normalcy at Baduria and adjoining areas where communal clashes broke out over a Facebook post, even though some miscreants tried to create trouble at Mayer Bajar area near Basirhat railway station. However police and paramilitary personnel who were rushed in stopped the situation go out of control.

Back in Kolkata the state government mulled blacklisting those organisations that had links with communal activities and were found to be indulging in stoking communal tensions, said a source after a meeting of the state cabinet. At Baduria and Basirhat while shops and markets partially reopened, bus services resumed and locals started coming out of their homes. However, internet services continued to be disrupted and paramilitary forces and police remained posted in the troubled area. Baduria and its adjoining areas, including Keosha market, Banshtala, Ramchandrapur and Tentulia, witnessed a communal flare-up following a post by a youth on Facebook earlier this week. Though the youth was arrested, members of two communities clashed, set up road blockades, damaged shops and set fire to vehicles.

To control the situation, the state government had to temporarily suspend internet services in the four police station areas of Basirhat, Baduria, Swarupnagar and Deganga to check the spread of rumours through social networking sites.
Asked about when internet services would resume, an official said, "A thorough review of the situation will be done before a decision is taken in this matter." Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had said on Wednesday that the situation in Baduria was "under control". The clashes had triggered an unprecedented spat between her and Governor K N Tripathi, whom she accused of acting like "a BJP block president" and "threatening" her. Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purakayasta has requested people to refrain from spreading hatred.

"Those spreading rumours and indulging in hate posts and false propaganda shall not be spared. Please respect the law of the land. Malicious efforts to create divides and attempts to take law in own hands will be sternly dealt with. Please don't heed rumours," Purakayasta said. Meanwhile in New Delhi a spokesperson of the Union home ministry said the state government had said no to an additional 400 central troops for deployment in the riot-hit areas. "We have sent eight companies of paramilitary forces (comprising 100 personnel each) to West Bengal for deployment in the communal violence-affected areas. However, the West Bengal government has conveyed that it does not require four of the eight companies," the spokesperson said here today.

The state government has not cited any reason for its decision.
The state's refusal came in the wake of an unprecedented public spat between Governor K N Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, triggered by a telephonic conversation between the two on the communal violence.