Claiming to prevent further violence in Basirhat, the West Bengal police today arrested key BJP leaders including Roopa Ganguly and Locket Chatterjee. These leaders wanted to visit the violence-hit Basirhat to understand the situation in the area and meet the victims of the violence, but they were arrested before they could reach the site. Basirhat is located some 12 kilometers from the Bangladesh border and it has been alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the state is siding with the Muslim community and favoring them.
Earlier during the day, the West Bengal police also prevented other leaders of political parties to visit the area. Those blocked from visiting the site included Left leaders led by Lok Sabha MP Md Salim and a Congress team. However, the state government has reported that peace has returned in the area after a meeting was called between the locals and police officers last night. Sources said that some shops were open in the area this morning and some vehicular movement was also observed. However, prohibitory orders are still active in the area and internet services remain suspended.