Police detain BJP MP Roopa Ganguly; Cong, Left leaders also stopped from visiting Basirhat

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Roopa Ganguly was detained by West Bengal police while she was on her way to violence-hit Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district. Clashes broke out in Basirhat over a controversial Facebook post.

Other opposition party leaders who were leading the delegation to violence-hit Basirhat had been stopped by the police.

West Bengal: Congress, BJP,CPM leaders stopped from visiting violence-hit Basirhat

Congress delegation led by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders were stopped at Michael Nagar. CPM (Marxist) MP Mohammed Salim was stopped twice by the police earlier today. He was stopped by the police 50 km before Basirhat.

The state government has deployed heavy security in the adjoining areas.

The Left leader's visit comes after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah on Thursday constituted a team that will submit the report to the party President after visiting the communal violence-affected areas.

A team comprising Om Mathur, Meenakshi Lekhi, Satyapal Singh and Kailash Vijayvargiya will visit the areas affected by the clashes over the Facebook post.

Meanwhile, 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.

Yesterday, a person injured in the Basirhat communal violence died at a Kolkata hospital.

Basirhat is the epicenter of the violence that began in Bengal's North 24 Parganas. Adjoining areas, including Keosha market, Banshtala, Ramchandrapur, and Tentulia, witnessed a communal flare-up following a post by a youth on Facebook earlier this week. Internet services continued to be disrupted and paramilitary forces and police remained posted in the troubled area.

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