West Bengal communal riots: State govt should protect both 'majority, minority', says Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday described the communal violence in a West Bengal district as "unfortunate" and requested the state government to take effective steps to protect all the people "whether they are minority or majority".

Clashes broke out between members of two communities in Baduria in Basirhat sub-division of North 24-Parganas district earlier this week over an "objectionable" Facebook post.

File image of Union minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

File image of Union minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

"It is unfortunate. I hope the state government will take the situation seriously and take all effective steps to protect the people, every section of the people whether they are minority or majority," Naidu told reporters.

Stressing that no one should be discriminated against, the information and broadcasting minister said, "Every community is part of India...I hope the state government will take action to protect the people."

West Bengal is governed by the Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee.

Meanwhile, separate delegations of the BJP, the Left and the Congress were on Friday stopped from going to Baduria as the situation was still volatile, a senior district official said.

Police and paramilitary forces marched through the troubled areas to maintain law and order.


Published Date: Jul 07, 2017 03:11 pm | Updated Date: Jul 07, 2017 03:13 pm


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