Rioters sponsored by political opponents, alleges Mamata

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has alleged that the social media is being misused by some users who are being paid to incite potential rioters to violence. She would not tolerate it, she has declared from Nabanna, the chief minister’s office. Banerjee is agitated over the riots in Baduria and several areas of Basirhat. She issued a warning to the feuding hooligans that none would be spared for creating trouble in the region.

The chief minister informed journalists that the police have been instructed to take strict action against the miscreants — while some paramilitary forces have been deployed in the affected areas as well. She seized the opportunity to train her guns at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

BJP paying rioters
Mamata Banerjee addressing journalists at Nabanna, Chief Minister’s Office

Insinuating that the ‘objectionable’ post by a young man on Facebook on Sunday, which sparked violence in the area, was associated with the rival party or has been paid by it, Banerjee said, “The BJP is attacking people in the name of gau raksha (protection of the cow). Facebook is being used to spread violence in the State. I appeal to them not to politicize riots. Some politicians are spreading violence by paying the rioters.”

The chief minister offered no evidence in support of her allegation. While this news medium has reported the name of the person who posted so-called objectionable messages on Facebook, some respondents have claimed that the ‘offender’ is a minor aged 17 years. This, even as the said social networking site is not supposed to let minors open accounts in that medium. Banerjee did not explain whether her rivals were paying minors to provoke riots.

As reported by सिर्फ़ News earlier, on 3 July in Barasat when some local BJP leaders organised a protest rally at the crossing of the Dak Bungalow area, complaining of ‘police inaction’, the cops stopped the activists. The situation spiralled out of control thereafter. When the general secretary of the party’s Bengal unit Debashri Chowdhury attempted to visit Baduria, the police stopped her in Barasat.

In the meantime, 4 companies of the Border Security Force (BSF) have been deployed in Baduria. The West Bengal Police has received reinforcements from Kolkata Police. The forces are reporting to IPS Vineet Goel, DP Singh and Sanjay Singh.

The chief minister has appealed to both the communities (Muslims and Hindus) for peace. She said that if the violence refuses to cease, she would take sterner action.

Video on top: One can hear the chants “Nara-e-Takbir Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest) and “phansi chai” [we want them (those guilty of assaulting Muslims?) hanged] as this procession, apparently comprising Muslims, passes through the riot-hit region of West Bengal