The town of Baduria, in North 24 Parganas of West Bengal reported fresh bout of violence that has claimed a life while 23 people have been injured. The town that is 12 kilometers from the Bangladesh border has been the epicenter of communal violence since a teenager posted about Prophet Mohammad on Facebook. Though the boy has been detained, neighboring regions of Basirhat also faced the heat since July 2, when angry Muslim mobs burned down shops and buildings. On July 6, in a retaliatory attack mob attacked a dargah and vandalised shops belonging to Muslims; set tyres on fire and caused panic by bursting local-made bombs.
Sensing the deteriorating situation, the Center has sent eight companies of paramilitary forces, (each company consisting of 100 personnels) to adjoining areas of Basirhat, Swarupnagar and Deganga to assist the local administration. But the state administration has decided to use only four companies to restore normalcy. Police have requested the locals to maintain calm using loudspeakers throughout the day. The protestors have disrupted sections of Eastern Railways links around the region. Internet services have also been withdrawn.
According to Hindustan Times, the local administration would likely stop the team of three BJP MPs from visiting Basirhat on Friday and this can set grounds for fresh confrontations.
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