West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday blamed the Centre for the current state of chaos in North 24 Parganas and Darjeeling.
At a press conference in Kolkata, Mamata said that the Centre was not cooperating in maintaining law and order in the state.
“The Centre has a non-cooperative attitude; the border areas are being disturbed by foreign hands having good relations with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),” she said.
“We will conduct a judicial enquiry on the Basirhat incident. Action will be taken for spreading fake pictures and videos. The law will take its own course,” she added.
In a related development, the North 24 Parganas Superintendent of Police (SP) Bhaskar Mukherjee has been removed and C Sudharkar Rao will take over the post.
Earlier in the day, a central delegation of the BJP, including lawmakers Om Mathur, Meenakshi Lekhi and Satyapal Singh, was detained by the Kolkata Police, when they were on their way to riot-hit Basirhat area.
Yesterday, the Bhartiya Janta Party, Left and the Congress delegations were prevented from visiting riot-hit areas in Basirhat by the police.
Meanwhile in Darjeeling, protest escalated after a young man’s body was found with bullet wound. Two columns of the Army have been deployed after protestors marched with the body and torched the Darjeeling Himayalan Railway toy train station.
Communal clashes erupted in Basirhat area over a controversial picture on Facebook while Darjeeling has been simmering over demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.