Reason to worry over Basirhat violence: Amartya Sen

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Kolkata, July 10 (IANS) Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Monday said there is a “reason to worry” over the communal violence that has engulfed pockets in Basirhat sub-division of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.

“Why is it happening? Is it because someone is inciting it? There is reason to worry over this,” Sen told a television channel here when asked about it.

The celebrated economist is in the city to attend the screening of a documentary on him by director Suman Ghosh.

Violence erupted between two communities at Baduria on July 3 night over a Facebook post by a youth.

While he was soon arrested, violence broke out with mobs attacking shops and houses, torching vehicles, including those of police, and putting up road blockades.

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Several police personnel sustained injuries as the violence to spread to various pockets under Basirhat sub-division.

–IANS

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