Mamata for judicial probe into riots; BJP MPs including Meenakshi Lekhi arrested



A Bharatiya Janata Party central team was today detained and stopped from visiting riot-hit Basirhat in West Bengal.

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

The officer further said the leaders were subsequently brought to the airport police station.

A teenager who made a controversial post on the social media site that led to violence in North 24 Parganas was produced in court and sent to Basirhat jail on Thursday.

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Violence erupted between two communities at Baduria on July 3 night over a Facebook post by a youth.

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. Ms Lekhi sought details on what in the nature of the disturbance in Basirhat. He said, "Do you know who we are?"

Security personnel continued to march in riot-hit areas of the district, even as Internet services in and around the area continued to remain suspended, a senior State government official said.

A heated argument broke out between police and the them. Hitting out at the centre, Mamata Banerjee said the BJP-led government in New Delhi was trying to impose the President's rule in Bengal. "To hide those facts, they have arranged a preventive kind of detention.", Lekhi said after returning to the city.

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As the police stopped the BJP delegation, Om Mathur engaged in a verbal spat with the policemen. "Sampradayik dange karne walo ko Gujarat ke Hinduo ne jo jawab dia, usi tarah se Bengal ke Hinduo ko jawab dene ki zarurat hai (Hindus in Gujarat should respond to people involved in communal violence as Hindus in Gujarat did)", Raja Singh was quoted saying by the agency.

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

Nasim Akhtar, the police inspector in-charge of Basirhat, has been transferred by the administration.

Accusing the BJP of "indulging in violence", the Chief Minister claimed its activists had set afire Trinamool Congress offices in Basirhat.

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

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