BJP leader have been detained for a second day in a row by the police in Kolkata to prevent them from visiting riot-git Basirhat in Bengal’s North-4 Parganas district. The BJP lawmaker – Meenakshi Lekhi, Satyapa Singh and Om Mathur – were taken to Police Station and were detained when they arrived in Kolkata to visit Basirhat, from state capital it is 100 kilometres.
Questioning the imposition of Section 144 of CrPC (prohibiting an assembly of more than four people) in the village Ms Lekhi said that, "How can you stop us, we are MPs... We know the law." Reported by news agency ANI that, Ms Lekhi along with other leaders was taken to Kolkata airport police station.
BJP's Roopa Ganguly and other leaders on Friday were stopped near Kolkata Airport when they were trying to go to Basirhat, where yesterday violence erupted again after a police lathicharge. The team from the Left and Congress were asked to turn back too by the police. The opposition parties said they were going to the town to appeal for calm; Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has requested them to keep away, promising that no leader from her Trinamool Congress will go there either.
Likely to submit a memorandum to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi by the BJP, today demanding imposition of President's Rule in Bengal. "We demand that the Centre immediately intervene and impose President's rule in the state. The team should be send to the centre of central observers to assess the worsening law and order situation in the state," President of BJP's Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh told reporters on Friday.
Earlier this week, Basirhat torn apart by the communal violence, since Thursday morning was relatively calm, but on Friday it was erupted again after the Police used batons on angry crowds who alleged that police were detaining only Hindu men since the riots began.
Trinamool Congress legislator Dibyendu Biswas was present during the detentions and pointed out Hindu homes to the police to be searched alleged by the locals. The group of people stopped and searched for MLA cars on the main road of Basirhat. The MLA had to flee the town and has now been summoned by his party to explain his alleged actions.
Ms Banerjee has blamed the BJP, the RSS and other fringe groups for the violence and accused senior leaders of provocative statements. She has also had heated exchanges with Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi, who she accused of insulting and humiliating her when he called for an update on the tension. The Governor has said Ms Banerjee's allegations are an attempt to "emotionally blackmail the people of Bengal."