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Mamata Banerjee to Order Judicial Probe Into Basirhat Communal Violence

Banerjee also said her government would take action against "two national-level television channels" for showing "fake" videos and claiming them to be related to the clashes.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:July 8, 2017, 5:47 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee to Order Judicial Probe Into Basirhat Communal Violence
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Kolkata: The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday that the state government will order a judicial inquiry into the communal clashes that occurred in Baduria and Basirhat in North 24-Parganas district.

“We will conduct a judicial enquiry on Basirhat incident. Action will be taken for spreading fake pics/videos. Law will take its course. I congratulate the people of Bengal for not getting trapped by those spreading rumours and communal hatred. Peace restored,” she said, during a press conference here.

“We want to see who were involved in them and the government will provide every input to the judicial commission. Let there be an impartial probe,” she added.

Banerjee also hit out at the Centre over the Darjeeling situation. She said, “They are showing total non-cooperation in the Hills. I am open to talks with all. Reject violence, restore peace in Darjeeling.”

The Basirhat clashes had triggered an unprecedented spat between the Chief Minister and Governor K N Tripathi, whom she accused of acting like "a BJP block president" and "threatening" her.

Banerjee also said her government would take action against "two national-level television channels" for showing "fake" videos and claiming them to be related to the clashes. "Video clips of an incident in Comilla, Bangladesh and a Bhojpuri film were being shown as if these incidents had taken place in Bengal," she alleged.

Hitting out at the BJP, she alleged that it was "destroying the federal structure of the country with the sole aim of grabbing power".

Meanwhile, a central team of BJP was detained near Barasat after they tried to visit the riot-hit areas in Basirhat in Bengal’s North 24-Parganas district.

The BJP MPs comprising Meenakshi Lekhi, Om Mathur, Satyapal Singh were stopped by the police.

For the last one week, Basirhat and Baduria witnessed violent clash over an objectionable Facebook Post by a student. Fresh tension was reported on Friday night forcing the police to use tear gas to control.

An official said four companies of paramilitary forces (around 400 personnel) already present in Baduria are "enough" to maintain law and order situation there. Few shops and markets reopened today and bus services resumed in some parts. However, Internet services continued to be disrupted.
| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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