Prophet remarks: Internet shutdown in 2 districts of Bengal; BJP demands central forces, meets Governor major updates

After Howrah district, the West Bengal government on Saturday suspended internet services in parts of Murshidabad till June 14 as tensions erupted over controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by now-suspended BJP leaders Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal.

A similar internet shutdown is already in force in Howrah till June 13, which was rocked by violence and arson yesterday. Protesters pelted stones, torched police vehicles and vandalized public property during a violent clash with police in Howrah. Till June 15, Section 144 has been imposed in many parts of the district including Uluberia, Domjur and Panchla. The district, about 16 km from state capital Kolkata, witnessed a fresh round of violence on Saturday, during which protesters clashed with police and several people. There was damage to properties.

Here are the top updates from violence-hit Bengal:

  1. Internet services have been suspended in Beldanga police station area of ​​Beldanga 1 block and Beldanga 2 block of Murshidabad till 6 am on June 14.
  2. A 7-member BJP delegation led by state party chief Sukant Majumdar met Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan at 7 pm on Saturday in the wake of violence. The Governor has appealed to everyone to maintain peace and urged the administration to deal strictly with those who violate the law.
  3. Howrah was rocked by fresh incidents of violence on Saturday, when clashes were reported from Panchla Bazar area, where several houses were torched. During the protest, the protesters pelted stones at the policemen, injuring some policemen. The mob also ransacked the BJP office.
  4. The violence in Howrah led to action against Howrah (rural) SP Soumya Roy and Howrah (city) police commissioner C Sudhakar, who were ousted. The state administration appointed Additional CP Praveen Tripathi of Kolkata Police as the new police commissioner of Howrah city, while Swati Bhangalia, DCP (South West) of Kolkata Police, was made the new SP of Howrah (rural).
  5. BJP MP from Bengal Soumitra Khan on Saturday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding immediate deployment of central forces in Howrah.
  6. Amit Malviya, senior BJP leader and co-in-charge of West Bengal, said that if the state government cannot act, the chief minister should allow the governor to deploy the army.
  7. lambasting Mamata Banerjee The government, BJP national president JP Nadda said in a tweet in Hindi, said the Bengal government “raises the spirits of criminals, shelters anti-social elements, while on the other hand suppresses the voices of those fighting the people’s fight. In a democratic manner.” “.
  8. Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar and his associates were arrested on Saturday for trying to visit violence-hit areas in Howrah district. Majumdar was arrested from Vidyasagar Setu toll plaza in Howrah and taken to the Lalbazar headquarters of Kolkata Police. The BJP leader had claimed earlier in the day that police had put up barricades outside his residence in New Town in Kolkata’s north-eastern area as he was getting ready to leave for Howrah.
  9. The ruling Trinamool Congress, however, took a jibe at the BJP, saying the state government has dealt with the situation effectively. Senior TMC leader Kunal Ghosh said, ‘BJP is trying to spread violence in the state. They are trying to spoil the atmosphere of Bengal and the country through their politics of hate.

(with PTI inputs)

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