Mamata Denies Communal Flare Up While Malda Burns


Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that there is no communal tension in Bengal. She made the statement while delivering her speech at the Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata.

However, as the CM is harping the tune of communal harmony, Muslim radical elements in Malda are on the rise. Around one lakh Muslims in Malda went on a rampage and torched Kaliachak police station and many vehicles a few days ago. The mob also attacked a Hindu locality.

The crowd gathered to protest a remark made by a Uttar Pradesh right wing leader Kamalesh Tiwari against Prophet.

The Centre has taken the Malda issue seriously and sought a report from the state government. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will also visit Malda on January 18 to take stock of the situation.

West Bengal has around 30% Muslim population which is a major electoral force. The community has a major hand behind TMS’s victory in 2011Assembly polls, so the party is reluctant to initiate any concrete steps for mere political interest.

The recent arrest of ISI agents in the city and the involvement of Trinamool leader with the spy ring is a grave matter for national security. No steps have so far been taken by the state government on this issue.