Malda: Bhartiya Janata Party ‘fact finding’ team at Malda was on Monday asked by the Malda district administration to return to Kolkata and was denied entry at Kaliachak.
The three member team, constituted by party chief Amit Shah to probe Madla unrest, were held up at the Malda railway station for more than two hours.
BJP general secretary and MP Bhupender Yadav is heading the team while BJP leaders SS Ahluwalia and BD Ram are a part of it. Ahluwalia later told the media that as “law-abiding citizens”, they had decided to return to Kolkata.
Even as the West Bengal government has tried to downplay the ‘communal angle’ behind the unrest, the BJP has alleged a ‘big cover- up’ in the case.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee instead of ordering a fair probe into the violence has trifled the matter as a mere brawl between BSF jawans and local people.
Mamata further said that there is no communal violence in Malda. Terming it a criminal incident, Trinamool leader Derek O Brien said that BJP-RSS are trying to paint it into a communal incident.
A Muslim rally held to protest a derogatory remark made by a Shiv Sena activist against prophet Muhammad in Malda’s Kaliachak went on a rampage and torched dozens of vehicles and the local police station last week.
The Mamata Banerjee led government in the state has tried to put lead on the matter so as to bank on the Muslim vote bank for the upcoming 2016 Assembly polls.
The Centre has asked the state to submit a report on the violence and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Malda on January 18 to assess the situation