West Bengal communal clashes: State govt to set up judicial panel to investigate Basirhat violence

Kolkata: The West Bengal government Saturday said it would set up a judicial panel to look into the "communal" clashes at Baduria and Basirhat in the North 24 Parganas district following a Facebook post.

"We have decided to initiate a judicial probe into the Baduria and Basirhat riots. We want to see who were involved in them and the government will provide every input to the judicial commission. Let there be an impartial probe," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata.

File image of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. AFP

File image of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. AFP

She added that the law would take its own course and strict action would be taken against those responsible for the clashes. Banerjee also said her government would take action against "two national-level television channels" for showing "fake" videos and claiming them to be related to the clashes.

"Video clips of an incident in Comilla, Bangladesh, and a Bhojpuri film were being shown as if these incidents had taken place in Bengal," she alleged.

Banerjee congratulated the people of Baduria and Basirhat for "not falling into the BJP's trap, in spite of provocations". Hitting out at the saffron party, she alleged that it was "destroying the federal structure of the country with the sole aim of grabbing power".

"How can some people from across the border intrude and start disruptions here? Who is in-charge of border security, the Centre or the state? Once again I am saying, it is the ploy of the BJP to disturb the peace of the state," she said.

Regarding representatives of various political parties, including the BJP, attempting to visit the troubled areas Saturday, the chief minister said, "What is the need to disturb the people there? Let them settle down. Trinamool Congress MPs did not go. They could have gone there as well."

Regarding her party's stand on the 17 July presidential poll, Banerjee said "We will support the Congress nominees both in the presidential and vice-presidential elections.


Published Date: Jul 08, 2017 06:11 pm | Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 06:11 pm


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