Prohibitory orders continue in Baduria, West Bengal amidst communal flare up

As the situation in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas escalates after a derogatory Facebook post ruffled the communal sentiments, authorities have made a decision to not uplift section 144 in the violence-hit areas of the state. "That is why we are trying to caution common people", Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat said a report. "We have sent eight companies of paramilitary forces (of 100 personnel each) to West Bengal to deploy in the communal violence-affected areas". How dare he talk to me about law and order?

Earlier on Wednesday, Section 144 prohibiting the assembly of more than four people was imposed in Baduria and Basirhat.

"Posting the photograph of an incident that happened in Bangladesh, they (BJP) were trying to spread a rumour that there had been a communal riot in West Bengal", she said, referring to a rumour of stampede in Gangasagar Mela, which, she said, "had not happened at all".

Kolkata: The communal clashes, which sparked over an "objectionable" post on Facebook in Basirhat in West Bengal on Tuesday, have intensified and a person injured in the violence succumbed to injuries on Thursday.

Pointing fingers at the BJP, Banerjee had on Wednesday said the saffron party should not spread "rumours" just because it stands in power in the Centre.

The public spat between Mamata and Tripathi on Wednesday had degenerated into a bitter fight, with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) accusing the governor of crossing the constitutional line and reminding him that the "Raj Bhavan can not be the BJP's office", drawing a sharp reaction from Tripathi. "The Hon'ble Governor can not remain a mute spectator to the affairs in the State", it said.

The Governor dismissed her charges as baseless saying these were meant only to emotionally blackmail the people of the state. "Asked CM to ensure peace, law & order by all means".

"It is wrong to say that Raj Bhawan has become the office of the BJP or the RSS", it said.

"The Governor is fully aware of his constitutional obligations and limitations and needs no lesson from anyone on this count", it stated.

"The governor has not elected me".

  • Sheila Mcguire