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Bengal BJP Chief Barred From Entering The Violence-hit Howrah

BJP's president in the state, Sukanta Majumdar, has expressed discontent as the police authorities kept him from visiting the violence-affected areas of Howrah, West Bengal.

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The Howrah Bridge, a key attraction of the city. Shutterstock

BJP's president in West Bengal, Sukanta Majumdar, was barred from visiting the violence-affected areas in Howrah district citing the current law and order situation, by the police, on Saturday,


Majumdar claimed police erected barricades outside his residence in New Town on the northeastern fringes of Kolkata as he was getting ready to leave for the Howrah district. Protests erupted in several parts of the Howrah district on Friday over controversial remarks by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled leader Naveen Jindal on Prophet Mohammad. "I was scheduled to visit areas in Howrah district where our party offices were ransacked and burnt. As I was set to leave, police put up barricades outside my residence and stopped me from coming out of my house," Majumdar told reporters at his residence.

"I want to know under which rule I am being stopped from visiting Howrah," he said. Senior TMC leader and MLA Tapas Ray alleged that the intention of his visit was to fan communal tension. "Police did the right thing by stopping him," he said.


However, BJP national vice-president and Majumdar's predecessor Dilip Ghosh managed to enter Howrah district and visit the areas where the party offices were attacked. "I visited areas where our party offices were ransacked. The lawless situation here reflects the administration's failure," he said. Agitators resorted to stone-pelting, setting police vehicles on fire, and damaging public property during violent protests and clashes with the law enforcers in the district.


Internet services have been suspended across the district till June 13 and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC imposed in several areas such as Uluberia, Domjur, and Panchla till June 15. Common people had to suffer as road and railway tracks were blocked by protesters in the district. Several local and express trains were canceled due to the violence. 

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