Internet services were disrupted in the Baduria district after clashes in Baduria and Basirhat areas of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas over a Facebook post. The development took place after an angry mob torched police vehicles, vandalised shops and blocked roads leading to the India-Bangladesh border following an offensive post on social media.
Section 144 has also been imposed in the most unstable areas. The situation turned uncontrollable making the state to seek Centre’s help. Soon, the Union Ministry had dispatched three companies of paramilitary forces. The state government has also been asked to send a detailed report of the occurrence.
Reportedly, nuisance began when a Class X student allegedly wrote a post on Facebook on Monday. Even though the boy was nabbed, mob vandalised shops and homes and blocked roads in protest. The crowd also protested in front of Baduria police station.
In the meantime, the incident triggered a rift between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. CM accused Tripathi of acting like a BJP block president and “threatening” her. However, Tripathi said nothing happened during the talks over which Banerjee should feel “insulted, threatened or humiliated”.
“The talks between the Chief Minister and the Governor were confidential in nature and none is expected to disclose it,” a statement issued by Raj Bhavan said.