Malda: BJP MLA Shamik Bhattacharya has been arrested in Malda on Wednesday. Police said that Bhattachrya has been arrested to thwart further escalation in the already tensed area.
Communal tension flared up in West Bengal’s Malda after a Muslim mob held a rally in which hate speech was rampaged police station and torched police vehicles on Sunday.
A protest meeting was held on Sunday at Kaliachak against self-proclaimed Hindu activist Kamlesh Tiwari’s recent hate speech. The NH-34 was blocked by thousands pouring in to the meeting venue. According to a source, there was a rumour that a BSF vehicle was allowed to go after two jawans ‘opened fire injuring two’.
Soon, rallysts turned violent and ransacked an NBSTC bus that was passing through the area. Later, the mob attacked the BDO office at Kaliachak I. Thousands went to Khaltipur railway station and squatted on the tracks. When police reached, a clash broke out. Soon, the mob attacked Kaliachak police station. Bombs were reportedly hurled at will. Cops on duty had to fire blank shots. But this angered the mob and thousands of them forcefully entered the police station. Inspector in charge Subhabrata Ghosh and others were injured. Scared policemen allegedly scampered away.