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Mamata Running From Responsibility, Says BJP on Basirhat Violence

A central team of the BJP was stopped near Barasat on Friday after they tried to visit the riot-hit areas in Basirhat in Bengal’s North 24-Parganas district.

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Updated:July 8, 2017, 8:42 PM IST
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Mamata Running From Responsibility, Says BJP on Basirhat Violence
File photo of Union minister Piyush Goyal. (Reuters)

Kolkata: Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the situation in communal violence-hit Basirhat, North 24-Parganas district.

Accusing Banerjee of exploiting the situation, the BJP leader said, “Mamata ji is trying to run from responsibility by hurling against us.”

“Mamata will have to reply, why is she trying to instigate the situation,” he added.

Refuting allegations that the Centre had not given the state enough central forces to deal with the situation, Goyal said, ‘Mamata ji has also said that the situation is under control and she doesn't need central forces. She should deploy the forces in a proper way to maintain the peace in the state.”

“Just to make a set of people happy, Mamata government did not try to improve the situation,” he alleged.

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

A team of BJP MPs comprising Meenakshi Lekhi, Om Mathur and Satyapal Singh were stopped by the police.

Lekhi also stepped up her attack on state government on Saturday, saying, “Hindus are being targeted in West Bengal. Hindus are being forced to leave areas which are near the Bangladesh border. If things were fine we would have been allowed to visit those areas.”

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 the crowd.

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 continue to be disrupted.

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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