Basirhat Clashes ‘Boy’ Re-Arrested

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Basirhat: The boy who was arrested after his alleged Facebook post that triggered days of communal unrest in West Bengal’s Basirhat last year, is re- arrested along with Hindu Samhati leader Tapan Ghosh, booked for attempt to murder.

The boy was granted bail on December 16 and released from a juvenile shelter two days later. He had been staying in Ghosh’s house ever since, sources said.

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“The minor is one of the four arrested. We will produce documents in the court and plead for transfer of the case to the juvenile justice board,” said Hindu Samhati president Debtanu Bhattacharya said. The four, booked for attempt to murder, causing grievous hurt and other charges, will be produced in a city court on Thursday afternoon.

They were arrested with two other members of Samhati, a right-wing outfit, after some journalists were assaulted during an event organised to present 14 members of a Muslim family who had “returned” to the Hindu fold.

In the Basirhat communal clash, Muslim mobs went on a rampage, angered by a controversial Facebook post by this Hindu boy. Dozens of houses and shops were vandalised and police vehicles set on fire before the situation was brought under control. A 65-year-old man was killed as communal violence swept Basirhat in the North 24 Parganas district bordering Bangladesh after