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WB Trouble Continues As Communal Clashes Erupt In Basirhat

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| July 7 , 2017 , 08:27 IST

The communal clashes in the Baduria area of the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal may have calmed down, but fresh tension has erupted 18km away in the town of Basirhat, forcing the police to resort to baton charges and teargas to control the public on Thursday. According to reports, large numbers of homes and shops in Basirhat were attacked and burned.

"Fresh tension brewed up at Basirhat town and station area after the communal clashes in Baduria in the district. Police had to lob teargas shells and resort to baton charge to disperse an unruly crowd," a senior police officer said.

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The communal clashes in Baduria began on Monday after a 17-year-old school student wrote a Facebook post on Prophet Mohammed on Sunday which was considered inappropriate by the Muslim community. Though the youth was arrested, members of two communities clashed, set up road blockades, damaged shops and set fire to vehicles. The central government was called in to send paramilitary forces to help control the situation in Baduria.

In the wake of the communal tensions, the state cabinet has decided to ban the organisations allegedly found instigating people into the communal riots.

"Some strategies were chalked out during Thursday's cabinet meeting to control the situation in Basirhat," a minister was quoted as saying.

On whether a BJP delegation, which is planning to visit Baduria Friday, will be allowed to enter the area, a senior state government official said, "Prohibitory orders are already in place in the area. No gathering is allowed as per rules and the administration and police will take steps per the provision of law."

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Internet services continued to be disrupted and paramilitary forces and police remained posted in the troubled areas.

The clashes had triggered an unprecedented spat between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor KN Tripathi, whom she accused of acting like "a BJP block president" and "threatening" her.

Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purakayastha has requested people to refrain from spreading hatred and not to step into any kind of provocation.