Published On : Sat, Jul 8th, 2017

BJP MPs detained for trying to visit riot-hit Basirhat

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

The BJP MPs comprising Meenakshi Lekhi, Om Mathur, Satyapal Singh were stopped by the police, following which an argument also took place between them.

“Do you know we are parliamentarians? If a privilege motion comes into force, it will be difficult for you,” BJP MP Om Mathur told the officer who stopped them.

However, when Lekhi asked the officer if he agrees that there was a problem in the region, the police said that there was no problem, but it could arise if they visited the area.

Clashes broke out between members of two communities at Baduria in the Basirhat sub-division of North 24-Parganas district earlier this week over an objectionable Facebook post by a young man who has been arrested.

The West Bengal government said the situation was under control in Baduria, Swarupnagar, Deganga and Basirhat, which had witnessed violence. Prohibitory orders are in force there. No untoward incident was reported.

People in the troubled areas chose to stay indoors with shops and schools remaining closed and the transportation badly hit.