Baduria, May 15 -- Baduria is a small municipal town situated some 50km from Kolkata. It is a part of the Basirhat parliamentary constituency (PC), which will go to polls in the last phase of 2019 general elections, on May 19. The place gained notoriety in July 2017, when communal violence erupted after a derogatory social media post on the Prophet Mohammad went viral. Those attacked by a violent mob of Muslims included the local police station and the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA from Basirhat South. The violence, which also spread to Basirhat town, was ultimately contained after a week, but it seems to have left permanent fault lines, not just in Baduria, but the entire PC, and probably beyond.

HT visited Baduria a year ago, ju...