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What Happened in Basirhat: A Timeline of The Violence

An 'objectionable' Facebook post relating to Prophet Mohammad led to communal tension in West Bengal, which engulfed North 24 Parganas district.

Dwarak Balasubramanian | News18.com

Updated:July 6, 2017, 5:09 PM IST
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What Happened in Basirhat: A Timeline of The Violence
The West Bengal government on Tuesday deployed 400 BSF jawans to assist the state police in containing the situation in North 24 Parganas district. (File photo)
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Arson, robbery, and violence that was the sight in West Bengal, as an 'objectionable' Facebook post triggered violent communal clashes in the state.

A 17-year old's Facebook post led to communal tension in West Bengal, which engulfed North 24 Parganas district. As the post went viral, shops and homes of Hindus in Swarupnagar and Baduria were destroyed and torched by mobs.

In a bid to contain violence, the state government reached out to the Centre for assistance. A senior BSF officer claimed that nearly 400 paramilitary personnel have been deployed in Bashirhat, Swarupnagar, Baduria and Devganga areas to assist the state police in containing the situation.

The events in Bengal also triggered an ugly spat between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, with the former accusing the governor of "threatening" her over phone and talking "big on the law and order." She also accused the governor of siding with the BJP and said that he was acting like a “BJP block President."

Here is a look at how the violence unfolded in Basirhat and the adjoining areas:​

bengal clashes

| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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