Opposition stopped from visiting riot-hit areas

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According to reports, a BJP delegation led by Roopa Ganguly was stopped near the Kolkata airport as they attempted to visit the area in North 24 Parganas district while leaders of the Congress and Left Front too were asked by police to go back when they tried to visit the area to assess the situation.

Police said while BJP MP Roopa Ganguly and other party leaders were detained, delegations of BJP, Left Front and Congress were not allowed in the area because Section 144 of CrPC (prohibiting an assembly of more than four people) was in place.

On Friday, a Congress delegation led by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was barred near Basirhat. "So we had to detain them", a senior police officer of Bidhanagar police Commissionerate said. "The state government does not want the cooperation of Opposition parties".

Taking a swipe at the state government for detaining their party leaders for "trespassing in the violence-stricken area", she said the government should arrest the people responsible for spreading communal hatred. "We will meet governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and submit a deputation to him demanding the imposition of Article 356 of the Indian Constitution", Mr Ghosh said.

The burning smell of the charred police jeep parked outside the Baduria police station is still raw even after three days of the incident, but politics has clearly taken over.

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Violent clashes erupted in Basirhat area of the district after a Class X student updated a controversial picture on Facebook.

"We have sent eight companies of paramilitary forces (comprising 100 personnel each) to West Bengal for deployment in the communal violence-affected areas". Following the post, the government to dispatch 400 BSF troopers to assist the local administration in controlling the situation.

"Truth won't change whatever the Chief Minister (Mamata Banerjee) says". However, police stopped them from entering. "And I am happy that steps are being taken in that direction", he said. "We don't want to take any chances", he said. "The law and order situation in Bengal ran into rough weather and the Chief Minister is sitting ideal".

Life in riot-hit Baduria town and adjacent areas in North 24 Parganas district was fast becoming normal today after communal violence broke out over a Facebook post early this week.

"Police should not be giving out legal advice when they are doing something illegal themselves", said Communist Party of India-Marxist politburo member Mohammed Salim.

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