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Normalcy returns to riot-hit Baduria as situation improves

Reported by: PTI Kolkata 09 Jul 2017, 23:29:37 IST

Life returned to normal in riot-hit Baduria town and adjacent areas of North 24 Parganas district today after communal violence broke out over a Facebook post early this week. 

"Baduria, Basirhat, Swarupnagar and Deganga were absolutely peaceful today. There was no report of any problem in the last 36 hours or more and we are keeping a close watch on everything," a senior police officer told PTI. 

Though Internet services remained suspended in and around the area, locals came out to the streets to resume normal life as shops, market places opened on a sunny Sunday. Large number of state police and central paramilitary forces were posted in the area to keep close watch on "every proceedings", he said.

"The eagerness of the local people to bring back normalcy in the area is actually helping us restore peace here," he said. 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday announced a judicial inquiry into the communal violence that rocked Baduria and Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district. Banerjee had also accused the Modi government and the BJP of trying to "disturb peace" and "destroy" the federal structure by allowing people from across the border to enter the state and vitiate the atmosphere. 

The West Bengal government had yesterday transferred the Superintendent of Police of North 24 Parganas district and the Inspector General of Police (South Bengal). 

BJP bringing outside people to create unrest in WB: TMC 

Trinamool Congress today accused the BJP of bringing people "from across the border" and instigating the West Bengal natives to spread violence and destroy communal harmony in the state. 

Speaking to reporters at the TMC Bhawan here, party secretary general Partha Chatterjee said there have been constant attempts to destroy the communal harmony of the state and the BJP, with support from its government at the Centre, has been behind it. 

"There have been consistent attempts to destroy the communal harmony in West Bengal. And we have been noticing that people from across the borders are coming to this part of the land with support of the BJP, and creating trouble here and trying to instigate people and spread violence with their hate speeches," Chatterjee said. 

The TMC leader alleged that BJP leaders in West Bengal are trying to initiate sporadic violence with support from the Centre. 

"We are seeing that a few BJP leaders in the state, with the blessings of their government at the Centre, are trying to initiate violence in different places in the state in a planned manner," Chatterjee said. 

The TMC will protest against this "conspiracy" and spread the message of communal harmony as well as development works of the state government and will also take to the streets, he said. 

A central team of the BJP comprising party MPs Meenakshi Lekhi, Om Mathur and Satyapal Singh, was yesterday stopped from visiting the communal clashes-hit Basirhat area in West Bengal and detained. 

Meanwhile, blaming the state government in failing to contain the communal violence in Baduria and its adjoining areas in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal Left Front chairman Biman Bose today said a peace rally will be organised in the city on July 12. 

West Bengal had witnessed a communal violence in Baduria and its adjoining areas in North 24 Parganas district since last Monday over an objectionable Facebook post.