JOKE OF THE YEAR: Bengal is the only state that is peaceful: Maulana Barkati, Shahi Imam

Controversial imam Maulana Noor- ur-Rahman Barkati who is removed as the head cleric of the prominent Tipu Sultan mosque in Kolkata by the wakf trustee board for making “anti-national” statements.

Barkati had been embroiled in a controversy when he refused to remove the red beacon on his vehicle, saying it was his right to use it.

“I am a religious leader and I have been using the red beacon for decades. I do not follow the orders of the Centre. Who are they to order me? In Bengal, only the orders of the state government are effective. I will use the red beacon,” he had asserted.

As the West Bengal government struggles to restore peace in Darjeeling, violent clashes between two communities in North 24 Parganas district has put the state once again on boil. The clashes that broke out on Monday night prompted the Centre to rush 300 paramilitary personnel to the spot to pacify the situation. As a precautionary measure, section 144 was imposed in Basirhat and the state government was asked to submit a detailed report to the Ministry of Home Affairs on the violence. However, the war of words between Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has worsened the situation.

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An objectionable Facebook post allegedly shared by a class X student on Monday is said to have triggered the communal clashes in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. While the police arrested the accused on the same day, dozens of Hindu shops and houses were vandalised by a mob. They also blocked roads and demonstrated in front of Baduria police station.