Security forces march through West Bengal's riot-hit areas

Locals chose to stay indoors with shops, markets, schools remaining closed and the transport system badly hit.

Published: 07th July 2017 02:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th July 2017 02:30 PM   |  A+A-

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KOLKATA: Police and paramilitary forces today marched through the troubled areas of West Bengal's riot-hit North 24 Parganas district to quell violence, a senior official said.

Although the state government said the situation was under control in Baduria, Swarupnagar, Deganga and Basirhat areas, unofficial sources reported sporadic violence in some pockets last evening.

Locals chose to stay indoors with shops, markets, schools remaining closed and the transport system badly hit.

Ignoring Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's appeal to all parties not to visit the areas to avoid further trouble, teams of the Left, Congress and BJP attempted to do so. However, police stopped them from entering.

"The situation is still tense, that's why we have not allowed any delegation to go there as it might create problems," a senior district official said.

"The area is already under prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC and according to law we'll not allow anybody to assemble here. We don't want to take any chances," he said.

Baduria and its adjoining areas have been on the boil following an objectionable post by a youth on Facebook on Monday.

Though the youth was arrested, mobs attacked houses and burnt vehicles.

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