English Bazar: After three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs were turned away from visiting the violence-hit areas of Malda district in West Bengal, Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI(M) leader Mohammed Salim was also was stopped by the local police.
“I was going to meet the affected people and my party people at the party office. I was stopped long before I entered Kaliachak,” Salim told. “Is it a police state? Why the state government is hiding the truth? There is no Section144 imposed in the region and also there are no cases of law and order. I was travelling alone. There was no convoy, media or security,” he added.
Earlier today, a three-member fact-finding team of the BJP, who were going to visit the violence-hit areas of Malda district in West Bengal, was detained at the Malda Railway Station. Before being detained, committee chairman S.S. Ahluwalia said, “West Bengal Chief Minister can say anything. Without coming here, if she commented, it’s up to her.”
He further said that the team was there to meet the victims of Kaliachak and do the assessment of what exactly happened and why it happened.
The party had formed this committee in regard to the Malda incident.
“It is utter lie that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is speaking that the Malda incident was a clash between the BSF and locals,” BJP leader Siddharthnath Singh told. However, Banerjee has maintained that there was no communal tension in the state. She also claimed that the Maoist violence has come down in West Bengal.