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Centre Sends In Troops As Communal Tensions Heat Up In West Bengal Over Facebook Post

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| July 5 , 2017 , 15:19 IST

As the communal tensions in West Bengal continue to heat up after a controversial post on Facebook, the central government has sent in 400 paramilitary force personnel at the request of the state government after clashes in several places in the North 24 Parganas district.

An offensive post about Prophet Mohammed on Facebook made by a 17-year-old student in Badurai triggered clashes in the Baduria and Basirhat areas of West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district as mobs torched police vehicles, vandalized shops, and blocked roads. Although the Class X student was arrested, the communal tensions and demonstrations continued and on Tuesday locals blocked roads leading to the India-Bangladesh border.

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Local security forces were deployed, Bhaskar Bhattacharya, Police Superintendent of North 24 Parganas said reported, “The situation is very tense. There is heavy deployment of policemen.”

Mamata Banerjee was furious on Tuesday and accused the state Governor of "speaking to her like a block-level BJP leader" and said she felt humiliated and "had even thought of quitting".

"The way the Governor spoke to me was like a BJP block leader. I was threatened, humiliated, I thought of leaving (quitting) I was so insulted," Banerjee raged after Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi phone call.

"The Honourable Governor cannot remain a mute spectator of the affairs in the state," his office said in a statement.

Sources say a BJP delegation had met the Governor over the violence.

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"I cannot deny that there is tension, but the good thing there are no Hindu-Muslim clashes. There is an understanding in the community and even the Hindus are condemning the social media post. But yes, the Muslim youth are agitated," said Imran.

Ali, who is the MP from the affected Bashirhat constituency, accused the BJP of trying to stir up communal trouble in Bengal.

"Who all are the people who egged on a 17-year-old to post what he did? That needs to be investigated," he said.