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Governor Informs Rajnath About Communal Clashes in West Bengal

West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi on Tuesday spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue of communal clashes in North 24 Parganas.


Updated:July 5, 2017, 9:43 AM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi on Tuesday spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue of communal clashes in North 24 Parganas.

"Governor K N Tripathi had a telephonic conversation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and had informed him about the clashes in North 24 Parganas district. They had a detailed discussion about the present situation in the area," a Raj Bhavan source told PTI.

Communal clashes have broken out in North 24 Paraganas district over an "objectionable" post on Facebook, prompting the state government to rush 400 troops of paramilitary BSF today to assist the police in containing the situation.

The violence between the two communities at Baduria under Basirhat sub-division in the district started last night over the post following which a young man was arrested, the police said.

In an unprecedented move, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused Tripathi of "threatening" her over the phone and talking "big on the law and order".

She said that he was acting like a "BJP block president".

Banerjee said, "I am not here at the mercy of anyone. The way he spoke to me, I once thought of leaving (the chair)."

Tripathi expressed surprise over Banerjee's "attitude and language" and said there was nothing in his talks for which she felt insulted, threatened or humiliated.

"The talks between the Hon'ble Chief Minister and the Hon'ble Governor were confidential in nature and none is expected to disclose it," a statement issued by Raj Bhavan here said.

It said that the governor asked the chief minister to ensure peace and law and order by all means.

| Edited by: Puja Menon
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