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Basirhat violence: 3 BJP MPs detained by West Bengal police

Basirhat violence: 3 BJP MPs detained by West Bengal police

Earlier in the morning, police arrested three MPs of a BJPcentral team - Lekhi, Mathur and Singh while they were driving to Basirhat.

When police said there could be a problem if they proceeded further, Mathur asked: "Kis baat ki samasya ho sakti hai?" The situation in West Bengal's Basirhat is volatile after communal clashes broken out between two communities over an objectionable "Facebook post". Clashes broke out in Basirhat over a controversial Facebook post.

The police took the prohibitory step a day after chief minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to political parties to stay away from Basirhat before normality returned to the area. Since it was being widely circulated, a mob vandalised shops and homes, and set ablaze vehicles, triggering retaliatory violence. No untoward incident was reported. Addressing journalists at the State Secretariat, she said that strong action will be taken against those responsible for the riots. Basirhat police inspector in-charge, Nasim Akhtar, was also transferred by the administration and Duttapukur police station in-charge Biswajit Bandopadhyay was made in-charge of Basirhat in place of Akhtar.

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"Do you know who are we? To hide those facts, they have arranged a preventive kind of detention.", Lekhi said after returning to the city.

Earlier, arguments ensued after BJP leader Om Mathur was stopped by the police.

Basirhat is the epicenter of the violence that began in Bengal's North 24 Parganas.

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On Friday the state government did not allow teams of CPI (M) and Congress to travel to Basirhat.

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She also blamed a section of the national media for "spreading rumour and telecasting distorted, fabricated videos".