Centre orders probe on involvement of elements from across border in Bengal violence

Centre orders probe on involvement of elements from across border in Bengal violence


Centre orders probe on involvement of elements from across border in Bengal violence


New Delhi:  Taking cognisance of the reports that bombs were hurled and clashes reported from Indo-Bangladesh borders in Basirhat region of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, the Centre has asked both -- the State Government and the central agencies -- to probe possible involvement of "unscrupulous elements" from across the border in fomenting troubles in the state. According to the sources, there are reports that some groups from across the border have tried to take advantage of the communal tension in Baduria areas merely over a Facebook posting and escalate the spree of violence. The four companies of Border Security Force (BSF) deployed by the Centre to help civil and police administration have been directed to enhance vigilance along the border. The state agencies have reported to the Centre that the Internet services in police station areas under Basirhat, Baduria and Deganga in the district have been switched off. Meanwhile, sources said railway services in the Sealdah-Hasnabad section were affected because of blockades. The civil administration informed central government officials informally that situation though remained normal, there was still "tension" in the affected areas. The Union Home Ministry yesterday asked state Home department to submit a detailed report on how communal clashes erupted in the locality over a Facebook posting. The 17-year-old young man has been arrested by police. Among other issues, Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed senior officials of his ministry and others concerned to analyse properly whether there was any intelligence warning earlier about the possibility of communal clashes. "The Government wants security agencies to find whether unscrupulous elements from across the border have tried to use illegal weapons in fomenting violence. There were also reports of abundant use of currency notes by such elements," sources said. The Central Government agencies feel the violence in Basirhat almost follows the pattern of clashes reported from Malda region in northern part of the state in January 2016. "The State Government under Mamata Banerjee is feeling the heat of renewed violent protests with Gorkhaland Movement and thus wants to divert attention," one BJP leader accused and said that in many cases there have been desperate attempts to protect the Muslim law-breakers by the state police. "We faced similar situation in Malda also," another BJP source said. The CPI-M has charged both the BJP and the Trinamool Congress with playing up majority communalism against minority fundamentalism. "Along with polarisation fed by AITC-BJP, there's an increasing sense of lawlessness. We'll continue to oppose both and fight for social harmony," CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said in a tweet yesterday.

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