As the situation in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas escalates after a derogatory Facebook post ruffled the communal sentiments, authorities have decided to not uplift section 144 in the violence-hit areas of the state. To contain any further damage, the internet services have also been suspended in North 24 Parganas.
Earlier, section 144 was imposed in Baduria and Basirhat on Wednesday, as the angry mob torched police vehicles and vandalising public and private property following a post on social media. Several houses were also ransacked in some areas of Tentulia and Golabari.
The Superintendent of Police (North 24 Parganas) Bhaskar Mukherjee was also injured when an angry mob attacked him and torched his vehicle.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Police chief Surajit Kar Purakayastha on Wednesday asked the people to refrain from sharing any communally sensitive posts on the social media.
“We would appeal to everyone not to share or like any provocative posts in the social media that might disrupt the communal harmony and create a divide among people,” said Director General of Police Purakayastha.
Launching a stern warning, he asserted to take strict action against anyone found indulging in the act. “If anyone shares any such provocative posts the onus would be on them,” he said.
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also sought a detailed report from the Bengal government over the violence and their preparedness to curb it.
Border Security Force (BSF) and 400 paramilitary personnel also paraded to ensure peace in the region.
Reacting to the situation, Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee on Wednesday announced the formation of ‘Shanti Vahini’ at booth-level to maintain peace and communal harmony in the state.
“We have taken an administrative decision to create ‘Shanti Vahini’ in the state by including area police and students and youths from each locality,” she said. — (With Agency Inputs)