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Communal riots in Malda, houses and vehicles burnt – City tense even after 48 hours of riots

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Malda: Kaliachak Police Station area presented a deserted look even after 48 hours of large-scale communal violence which occurred on Tuesday. Many residents of the area which is located 23 km South-West of Malda town in West Bengal remained at their houses. Business shops were also remained closed. Police had imposed Section 144 of IPC in the area since Sunday night.

SP of the Malda District, Prasun Banerjee told the media persons that ten persons have been arrested. Additional police forces have been deployed in violence affected areas.

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According to police sources, the attack on Police Station was pre-planned and it was not a mere religious gathering by Muslim groups protesting against the hate speech of Kamlesh Tiwari. It is alleged that the political parties carried out a strong anti-Hindu propaganda in the area.

During the rampage, goons had set the Kaliachak police station ablaze reportedly with the intention to destroy all criminal records of BDO and ransacked six houses and over 35 vehicles. It is suspected that anti-national elements might have been involved in the violence. CCTV footage is being observed to identify the culprit.

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