West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday held emergency meeting with top police officers, administrative and asked them to be on high alert after violent protests erupted in some part of the city against the Citizenship Amendment act. Internet services were suspended in five districts of West Bengal, amid violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act across the state, a senior government official said.
According to the official, the government has decided to shutdown Internet services in Malda, Murshidabad, Howrah, North 24 Parganas and parts of South 24 Parganas districts to prevent rumour-mongering and circulation of fake news, especially on social media.
"Despite several requests, a few communal outfits have been carrying out violent protests. In view of the situation, the administration has decided to temporarily suspend Internet services in five districts of the state," the official told PTI.
Earlier today. a state BJP delegation met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday and apprised him of the law and order situation in West Bengal, amid violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act.
The delegation, led by party state general secretary Biswapriya Roy Chowdhury, met Modi at Andal airport in Paschim Bardhaman district where he had a stopover on his way to Jharkhand’s Dumka for an election rally.
“We had a very short time. But we briefed him about the ongoing violence and arson in the state for the last three days. We have told PM Modi, how the state government is doing nothing to control the situation,” Roy Chowdhury said.
Protests continued in various parts of the state for the third consecutive day as incidents of violence were reported from Nadia, Birbhum, North 24 Parganas and Howrah districts.
Three railway stations were set on fire on Saturday and at least 25 buses have been torched.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who resolutely opposed the amended Citizenship Act, has appealed for peace and warned of stern action against those indulging in violence.