On Sunday, 10 May, the locality of Telinipara in West Bengal's Hooghly district saw massive clashes between its Hindu and Muslim residents.While police say the the situation was calm on 11 May, Tuesday, 12 May, saw a fresh spate of violence. Internet services in the area remained suspended as the forces conducted raids and routine marches to nab the miscreants. Clashes had erupted in the Telinipara area last week after members of a community were allegedly taunted and addressed as "Corona" by a handful of other people of another group. The police had invoked Section 144 of the CrPC in the area and laid down certain prohibitory orders. Chandannagar Police Commissioner Humayun Kabir, stated that the communal clashes were triggered after Muslims were allegedly taunted by ‘corona’ jibes. Following the verbal spat, the Hindus barricaded the public toilets used by the Muslims which led to violence. Bombs were tossed and shops plundered in Telinipara and its adjoining Chandannagar and Sreerampore areas, following which the law enforcement officials baton-charged the miscreants and brought the situation under control. As of now, atleast 125 people have been arrested in relation to this incident.
Chandannagar Police on Saturday filed a case against BJP’s Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee and Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh for allegedly inciting violence at Telinipara in Hooghly district.
According to police sources, the case has been registered at Chinsurah police station in Hooghly district. “A case has been registered against both the BJP MPs,” said a senior police officer of Hooghly district.