Opposition leaders stopped from visiting strife-torn area
Unrest continues in Baduria in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district
Opposition leaders were stopped on Friday from traveling to Baduria in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, where communal violence broke out earlier this week, according to media reports.
The Times of India quoted a senior district official as saying, “The situation is still tense. We have not allowed any delegation to go there as it might create problems.”
It was reported that while the BJP leaders were stopped at Michael Nagar, adjacent to the Kolkata airport, Congress and Communist Party of India-Marxist CPI(M) members were stopped at Basirhat Town and Ashokenagar, respectively.
Security forces were deployed in these violence-hit areas.
Baduria and its adjoining areas experienced unrest following a Facebook post by a class 12 boy insulting Islam, after which he was arrested. Members of the two communities clashed, damaging shops and setting vehicles ablaze.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that BJP leaders Roopa Ganguly and Locket Chatterjee were detained by police when they insisted on proceeding to Basirhat.
Meanwhile, Adhir Chowdhury, the president of Congress’s West Bengal unit, told The Hindu, “We wanted to reach the spot to request people to maintain calm but we were stopped, which is unfortunate.”