BJP delegation demands high-level probe into Malda violence

New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) A BJP delegation led by general secretary and West Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayavargiya on Tuesday met union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and demanded a high-level inquiry into the violence in West Bengal’s Malda district.

“We apprised the home minister of the Malda incident and requested him for a high-level investigation into the matter,” Vijayvargiya told reporters after the meeting.

The BJP delegation also submitted a memorandum to Rajnath Singh and accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of trying to distort the evidence.

“The state government through the administration is trying not only to hide the facts but also distort the evidence of wrongdoing in a planned manner,” the memorandum said.

Claiming that Malda had become a hub for drug trade as the authorities there overlooked opium cultivation, it asked why the Bengal chief minister did not make any effort to stop such cultivation.

The BJP leaders also took a dig at Banerjee for her statement that the violence erupted due to BSF personnel.

“This charge against the BSF is baseless and will demoralise the BSF personnel. There was a planned conspiracy behind the violence,” BJP leaders said in the memorandum.

The BJP on Monday had said the Malda violence was a planned action and not a communal one.

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