Centre Sought State Report on Maldah Violence


New Delhi: The Union Home ministry has sought report from West Bengal Government on the violence in maldah. A mob protesting against the alleged blasphemous comments by a right wing Hindutva leader had recently resorted to violence in the district.

The BJP has attacked the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal over the “rampaging communalism” in Malda, alleging that the accused behind it are indulging in violence under its protection.

“Communalism is on a rampage in Malda. Police station has been burnt down, innocents are being attacked and there is mayhem… Those who are doing it are doing so under the protection of West Bengal government. It is not taking any substantial action,” Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said at a press conference.

Earlier today, a BJP delegation led by Shamik Bhattacharya was not allowed to visit Kaliachak village, about 30 km from here, which had witnessed violence on Sunday and arrested.

A 25-member delegation led by Bhattacharya was detained by the police and taken to the local police station. But they were released in about ten minutes. The delegation was requested by the police not to visit the village in view of the law and order situation. Later, Bhattacharya told reporters that they wanted to visit the village to know about the exact reason of the Sunday’s incident but was not allowed to go.

Bhattyacharya also said he had received a phone call from chief minister Mamata Banerjee while he was sitting in the police station. He however, declined to divulge the content of their conversation.