West Bengal communal violence: BJP MPs stopped from visiting riot-hit Basirhat, detained

Kolkata: A BJP central team comprising party MPs Meenakshi Lekhi, Om Mathur and Satyapal Singh was stopped from visiting the riot-hit Basirhat in West Bengal and its members were detained on Saturday.

The three MPs, who left for Basirhat after arriving from Delhi, were stopped by the police near Birati, close to the airport.

File image of Meenakshi Lekhi. Image courtesy: IBNLive

File image of Meenakshi Lekhi. Image courtesy: IBNLive

Later, they were detained when they tried to proceed to Basirhat after a heated exchange with the police. Lekhi asked the police if the situation was under control in Basirhat, as claimed by the state government, why were they not allowed to go there?

"We are MPs and only we three will go there. You accompany us," she told policemen.

The police, however, refused to allow them.


Published Date: Jul 08, 2017 02:58 pm | Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 02:58 pm

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