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Mamata Banerjee Announces New 'Shanti Vahini' Peace Army For Communal Harmony

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| July 6 , 2017 , 08:25 IST

In the wake of communal tension in West Bengal after a controversial Facebook post on Prophet Mohammed made by a 17-year-old youth, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the formation of new 'Shanti Vahini' peace army.

Although CM Banerjee claimed that the situation had returned to 'normal' in the North 24 Parganas district where the communal tensions had sprung from, the Shanti Vahini will be placed at every booth in the state to maintain peace and communal harmony.

"We have taken an administrative decision to create 'Shanti Vahini' at all the booths in the state by including the local police stations and the students and youths of the locality," said Banerjee.

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"They would monitor if anyone is conspiring to spread tension or start a riot in the area. The teams would also check if these people are misleading the locals by spreading rumours about robbery, riot in order to polarise them for their own benefit," she said.

According to Banerjee, the Shanti Vahini will have an administrative backing and work together with the police to maintain peace.

The West Bengal CM also accused the BJP of conspiring to instigate unrest in the state, saying that a political party should not use its power and machinery to spread rumours and start a riot.

"A political party can be in power at the Centre or the state but they have no right to start a riot or spread rumours by misusing their power and the government machinery," said Banerjee.

"I have heard that provocative things were said at a meeting near south Kolkata's Hazra. If it was a mixed area inhabited by different communities. There could have been a riot due to this. BJP is holding such provocative meetings directly under their party's banner," she alleged.

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Maintaining that the communal tension took place in a very small area of the North 24 Parganas district, Banerjee said that the state government brought the situation under control despite 'a political party's attempt' to incite people.

"This issue has happened in a small area. There is no reason to fret over it so much. This was engineered on social media by a particular political party. Both groups were instigated. To us, all are same. The situation is under control now. Some wanted to stoke fire, but I have not let that happen," she added.

Banerjee, however, refused to give any comments regarding the tiff with Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi.