BJP, Left, Congress teams barred from visiting Baduria

RSTV Bureau

BJP, Left and Congress leaders were stopped from going to Baduria in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district as the situation was volatile following communal clashes earlier this week, officials said.

“The situation is still tense. We have not allowed any delegation to go there as it might create problems,” a senior district official said.

“We have been stopped near Ashoknagar area on the grounds that if we go to those areas it might create law and order problem. But we are not going there for any political programme. We are going there to meet the people who have suffered due to riots,” Left Front legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty said.

A burnt vehicle seen at a road after a communal riot  at Baduria in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal on Wednesday.

A burnt vehicle seen at a road after a communal riot at Baduria in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal on Wednesday.

Chakraborty said the Left Front would organise a demonstration against the police and the TMC government in Barasat area of the district.

The Congress team, led by WBPCC chief Adhir Chowdhury, was also stopped at Barasat for the same reason.

The BJP team was led by state party president Dilip Ghosh.

Baduria and its adjoining areas witnessed a communal flare-up following a post by a youth on Facebook earlier this week.

Though the youth was arrested, members of two communities clashed, set up road blockades, damaged shops and set fire to vehicles.

The state has witnessed violence and serious clashes said to be taking place between two religious groups. Communal violence broke out earlier this week in Baduria and Basirhat areas over a Facebook post.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has appealed to the warring groups to maintain peace and communal harmony. She also blamed the local police for failing to block Facebook.

Fresh violence was reported in Bashirhat on Thursday after a man, injured in the clashes, succumbed to his injuries.

The Centre had earlier sent about 400 paramilitary forces to the state to control the violence.