Fresh violence erupted in Basirhat in West Bengal after a 65-year-old Hindu man Kartik Ghosh was stabbed to death. The area has been rocked by communal violence during the past three days, which started after an objectionable post was uploaded on Facebook. The post had offended a certain community, which led to the violence. Conditions were normalizing in the area, but the stabbing of Kartik Ghosh has again stoked the fire of communal violence. Ghosh is a resident of Bhyabla in Basirhat subdivision and he was attacked with sharp weapons when he was on his way home riding a motorcycle. The state BJP said that Ghosh was the ward president of the party in Basirhat.
Soon after the news of Ghosh’s stabbing spread, a mob attacked a dargah and vandalized shops owned by Muslims. The police had to resort to lathicharge and tear gas shells to disperse the rampaging crowd. The mob was angry since earlier, a temple was vandalized in the area. BJP has accused Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee of appeasing Muslims in the area. BJP party workers said that they wanted to meet the family of Ghosh, but they were denied access by Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters.
Meanwhile, three BJP MPs, Meenakshi Lekhi, Satpal Singh and Om Mathur, have planned a visit to the area to take stock of the situation and report the findings to party president Amit Shah.