Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Islamist onslaughts rampant; Hindus not dispirited but defiant
Gajan Utsav (festival) in Bengal happens to be a traditional dance coupled with songs to venerate Lord Shiva during Chaitra or the last month of Bengali calendar and this has been going for centuries. But radical Muslims are no more ready to let it go; the village of Bodokania within the jurisdiction of Mandirbazar police station in the district of South 24 Paraganas had its wrath on April 12. It was at 9 pm when a few Hindu youths in Bodokania came across a group of Muslim youths beside the village’s thoroughfare drinking hard liquor and also using marijuana. Since it was near to the Gajan Utsav of 150 years old, Hindus asked them to leave which was denied instantly. Two Hindu youths, in response, were slapped as well leading to exchanges of both words and blows between the two groups. Within a few minutes, Muslims in large numbers from the nearby village of Banshidharpur Haldarpara turned up making Hindus there a minuscule minority. This large gathering lost no time to smash up the Hindu youths and albeit, the youths managed to escape, they were chased by Islamists in large numbers. Gajan Utsav came to a halt.
A bomb was hurled at this time to foil the Hindu celebration but it was avenged by another bomb and a good number of people, both Hindus and Muslims, got injured. According to locals, two Hindus along with seven Muslims were harmed grievously. This series of attacks attracted more Islamists to take part in the onslaught. Suddenly, the electricity was cut off and the entire area plunged into darkness. Triumphs in war depends on exploiting abrupt developments perfectly and true to form, Islamists beefed up attacks then through using lethal weapons including firearms, bombs but Hindus were also in no mood to cede to them. Hence, a war of weapons let loose. Pebbles were also exchanged by the two warring communities violently. To stamp down the rising menace, a large team of police from the police station of Joynagar appeared within the next 30 minutes; they were soon followed by another contingent of police from the Mandirbazar police station. On the word of local administration, the situation (by then) was completely out of control and hence, they could do nothing except to fire tear gas at both groups and wait till the deployment of an unit of Rapid Action Force. Despite RAF’s deployment, one could hear bombings from miles away.
None, in accordance with the latest information, has been arrested yet. But Islamists have been found to allege Pratap Naskar, Chiranjit Naskar and a few others to mastermind the entire defence. The situation is extremely tricky now; however, no further acts of violence have taken place yet thanks to the presence of police and RAF in strength in the midst of Bodokania. Hindus are having sleepless nights now as the security will be withdrawn in the next three days. What appalls them is the aggression of Islamists baying for blood of several Hindu youths including Pratap Naskar and Chiranjit Naskar. They are groping in darkness for a peaceable solution which seems to have been lost for the time being.
Hindu Samhati regularly monitors and reports violations against Hindus in West Bengal. We also work with both governmental and NGO agencies for proper education on protection and ensure remedies to the Hindu populace as per prevailing law of the land.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Radical Muslims maim police; Hindus prepared for showdown
Weird events are being witnessed in Bengal more and more now; the chronicle of secularism or the doctrine rejecting religion and religious considerations has been twisted to the narrative of minority protagonism, especially Muslims, and myriad instances ascertain how the reigning Bengal government has become its brawniest adherent across the country.
On April 12, 2014, Shafiqul Mullah, an infamous thief in the environs of the village of Bhaduria within the Ramnagar police station’s jurisdiction in the district of South 24 Paragamas, was caught red-handed at 1 am when he along with two other accomplices attempted to foray the shop of Chiranjit Samanta. A spate of theft in the last few months had made Hindu villagers form a vigilance committee; this group succeeded to get hold of Shafiqul even if his two accomplices manged to escape. Even if he was alone, Shaifqul was found to be aggressive and also abuse Hindus which enraged all a lot. What followed next was a mob rampage leading to serious injuries of Shafiqul Mullah. Even if a team of local police station reached the spot at 5 am and took heavily injured Shafiqul Mullah to the Diamond Harbor Hospital, he was declared there as brought dead. Shafiqul was a resident of the village of Koraghata in Nainan within the jurisdiction of the same police station of Ramnagar.
Once the news of Shafiqul’s death reached his residential village, Muslims, in large numbers, resolved to attack both Hindu and local administration. With this end in view, a violent mob comprising more than thousands of radical Muslims attacked the police station of Ramnagar at 7 pm. Soon, the entire police station was ravaged. No police official was spared and even Tusharkanti Panja, Officer-in-Charge of the Ramnagar police station, got heavy injuries in his head. Police had to flee for the time being and could return only after the deployment of RAF (Rapid Action Force) there to quell attacks of Muslims. It has been learnt, Pravin Tripathi, Superintendent of Police, South 24 Paraganas, ordered the force to fire in necessity. As per sources, armed Islamists tried to enter the village of Bhaduria when police stopped them and all these incited them to pounce down on police as a prey.
By now, 4 Hindus have been arrested and they include Chiranjit Samanta, Ranjit Samanta, Biswajit Mandal and Tuhin Samanta. Incidentally Tuhin Samanta happens to be father of Chiranjit and definitely was in the village at the moment when Shafiqul Mullah was taken hold of. However, Islamists inhabiting the village of Koraghata consider him as the person who masterminded the attack on Shafiqul and in demand of his arrest, they blocked the main road at Sankarpakulia on April 12 for hours throwing traffic out of gear. On the word of his relatives, Tuhin Samanta went to the Ramnagar police station to inquire about the possible release of his son. He was arrested just then. The tension refuses to die down, meanwhile. Islamists in Koraghata are not in a mood for clemency and are baying for blood of Hindus while Hindus in the village of Ramnangar are prepared to deal with any awkward development.
Has Bengal gone into the era of civil war?
Hindu Samhati regularly monitors and reports violations against Hindus in West Bengal. We also work with both governmental and NGO agencies for proper education on protection and ensure remedies to the Hindu populace as per prevailing law of the land.
Friday, April 11, 2014
There is simply no end to incidents involving communal hatred in Bengal and truly, even if Hindus have been able to defend themselves at some places, they have been overwhelmed in the majority of cases brutally thanks to the soft spot of governance to minority community.
On April 2, 2014, it was 10.30 pm at Simulberia within the jurisdiction of the police station of Dholahat in the district of South 24 Paraganas when a team turned up to implant a tube well. Even if the appearance at such a time amazed locals a lot, they preferred to remain silent as the need of another tube well especially before the formal onset of summertime was felt in the area badly. The job was unabated and then only, Rezaul, a member of the team and inebriated highly then, proceeded to the nearby house. The house belongs to Dilip Banerjee, a decent individual in the area but he was out of the town for official purpose. However, his wife and 3 children were there and at that time the whole family was sleeping in the veranda due to the scorching seat. On the word of locals, Rezaul entered the house sneakily and to satisfy his own carnal desire, he virtually pounced down on Mrs. Banerjee and molested her. She woke up at once and raised an alarm making lots rush to her residence. Rezaul was caught red-handed and also thrashed highly. The intensity of anger even prevented his team mates from saving him. When Rezaul prayed for clemency, villagers asked him to pay Rs. 20, 000 as penalty. The amount, soon after, was negotiated at Rs. 10, 000. Rezaul agreed to pay the money by the next morning. He has not been found in Sumulberia or its environs thereafter; the fine is yet to be paid.
On April 10, 2014, the village of Lambadarpur within the Suri police station’s jurisdiction in the district of Birbhum experienced an uncanny development though the same is becoming common in the state increasingly now. A few Muslim youths in the locality wrecked the temple of Bajrangbali at 4 pm all of a sudden and even tore off a few saffron flags collected to decorate the podium there. A few green flags were planted instead. Hindus had desired a Bajrangbali temple in the area for long and hence, this dastardly act proved to be enough to make them livid with rage. However, Hindus didn’t act spontaneously and instead, they submitted a mass petition to the local police station at 7 pm demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. Even though the petition signed by all Hindu villagers was registered, police remained indisposed to arrest them. And this languorous stance infuriated Hindus more making them to act all alone. Within a short time, the attackers including Rakesh Sheikh, Jasim Sheikh and a few others were grabbed and beaten hollow. The situation went out of control and feeling that it could worsen more, police stepped in and arrested the Muslim youths incriminated to defile the Hindu temple. As per fresh news, local Trinamool Congress is making all efforts to release the culprits and even Hindus in the village have been requested to make a truce. Hindus in Lambadarpur are disinclined to listen to them.
Now, it is for the readers to decide whether Bengal is proceeding towards a period of uncertainty when a communally charged atmosphere and might will replace the rule of democracy.
Hindu Samhati regularly monitors and reports violations against Hindus in West Bengal. We also work with both governmental and NGO agencies for proper education on protection and ensure remedies to the Hindu populace as per prevailing law of the land.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Islamists yet to be arrested; Hindus thrashed for protesting
On April 9, 2014, the village of Dhalahat within the Harirampur police station’s jurisdiction in the district of Dinajpur (South) remained witness to dastardly attacks of Islamists on Basanti Puja. The Basanti Puja organized by tribal Hindus inhabiting the area for generations was smashed up while the Holy Deity was defiled and destructed and both were done by the unruly mob comprising radical Muslims. When enraged Hindus protested, they were beaten hollow by the local police evidencing how the pro-minority policy has crippled the reigning governance. Hindus were arrested in large numbers; police immersed remnants of the Deity in a nearby pond without their consent.
According to villagers, the Basanti Puja is being observed by tribal Hindus in the village for decades, if not more, and this occasion plays a great role to assemble Hindus, cutting across all differences, under a single front. It was Dashami or last day of the Puja on 9 th April and a fair was also going on in the premises of Dhalahat Primary School as a part of the celebration. As people from all walks of life visit the fair, presence of Muslims there, hence, is no wonder. On the fateful day, at 5 pm a few Muslims were found to run a makeshift gambling casino. The endeavor was against the principle of the religious fair and so, it astonished many people who lost no time to inform the fair’s executive committee. Members of the committee went there and asked Muslim youths to stop it immediately. But the proposal was declined and it led to a fuss. Albeit there was no incitement, Islamists assailed Hindu members of the committee with lethal weapons all of a sudden making all realize that it was a premeditated design to foil the fair and also moral fiber of Hindus. The vast presence of Islamists overpowered Hindu members of the committee soon.
The rage of Islamists spread to other directions fast and the Puja pandal turned into its sole target. After ransacking the committee’s office, radical Muslims entered the pandal in strength. The Holy Deity was defiled and then destructed by boots. No resister was left unharmed and even Hindu women were molested by the violent mob. People who got severe injuries included Dilip Murmu (age 40), Gobinda Murmu (18), Sayla Saren (20), Falku Saren (21), Ananta Sarkar (22), Rabin Murmu (28). Women who became victims of molestation included Padamoni Hansda (age 28), Pinki Murmu (30), Saily Kisku (35). It has been learnt, Dilip Murmu is admitted in Harirampur Hospital at the moment and is in a critical condition now.
The news of murderous assault by Islamists did spread like a wild fire in the locality; remnants of the destructed Holy Deity angered Hindus most. The enraged mob comprising tribal and non-tribal Hindus started protesting and from 8 pm, they blocked Itahar – Daulatpur Road demanding immediate arrest of the felons. Even if the police of Harirampur PS was duly informed of the entire development, it steered clear of mitigating the situation. At 2 am, a large contingent of RAF along with police turned up at the spot and without any warning, they charged at the protestors to lift the blockade. Several people got inured while 11 protestors were arrested. What followed next is a gross violation of Indian legal system; without having consent of Hindus, the desecrated and destructed Holy Deity was immersed by police in the pond.
Even if police has claimed to arrest people from both communities (Hindus are completely innocent in this case), locals confirm that no Islamist has been taken into custody yet. What’s more, Anikul Islam, s/o, Anisur, Sadikul Islam, s/o, Anisur, Minarul Islam, s/o, Thamba Islam, all resident of Manohara Dangapara who allegedly led the assault have been found to roam freely.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
While Bengal is gaga of Lok Sabha Election, 2014 and candidates refuse to lose a single opportunity to pick antagonists, Hindus in Deganga in the district of 24 Paraganas (North) are having vicious experiences and if locals are reckoned, such an ominous atmosphere sprang prior to the Hindu persecution in 2010. The intensity of onslaught in September, 2010 was such that security agencies including State Police along with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF), Border Security Force (BSF) failed to quell the Hindu persecution led by Islamists. And had not the Indian Army been deployed, it would have been impossible to thwart racial extermination of Hindus at that time. What’s happening now?
On April 7, 2014, at 8 am, Ranjit Dey (age 30) living in Kalapole within the jurisdiction of police station of Deganga was proceeding to the Badar bus stand in his own motor van. While moving to the bus stand, he had a brief altercation with Noor Islam, living in the vicinity, on petty issues. However, it ended soon and Ranjit, following his job, returned to his residence. But Noor Islam declined to forget the wrangle and to avenge it, he raided Ranjit’s residence at 2.30 pm. Noor was not alone; 20 Muslims in seven motorbikes and with lethal weapons accompanied him. His house was ransacked and two women of his household namely Swati Dey and Shibani Dey were both manhandled and molested. Nonetheless, as per locals, both women were raped by the group. Local Hindus rushed to the spot, once Ranjit raised an alarm and also seized 3 Islamists along with 3 bikes. They also phoned the Deganga police station to rein in the situation but before policemen turned up, a team of local Trinamool Congress appeared there and assuring Hindus of justice, freed the 3 Islamists. Police tuned up later on and seized the 3 motorbikes only. It has been learnt, the TMC team had assured of rendering compensation to the harmed Hindu family but there has been no such development yet. The Hindu family, at the moment, is groping in darkness and also for ways to have the desired justice.
On April 6, Abdul Mannan, inhabiting the village of Bhasliya within Deganga police station’s jurisdiction wounded family members of his neighbor Rabin Sadhukhan savagely. It has come to knowledge, Abdul, these days, possess a land of 15 bighas that belonged to a Hindu individual named Naren Mallik a few years back. Following the wave of anti-Hindu riots in 2010, Naren Mallik decided to abandon Deganga and move elsewhere. With this end in view, he sold his vast land worth 15 bighas including a residence, Hindu temple and a tract of barren land to Abdul Mannan at an abysmally low rate. Now, on the fateful day, Abdul Mannan stole a drumstick tree from the kitchen garden in Rabin’s residence. He was caught red-handed and the act was also resented by both Rabin’s mother and wife. The resentment enraged Abdul and within minutes, he attacked both Hindu women and ended through lopping off the elderly woman’s left hand by a chopper. Hearing his wife’s desperate call for help, Rabin rushed to his house. Then, Abdul attacked him also and Rabin suffered a heavy injury on his head. Soon, local Hindus grabbed Abdul Mannan and thrashed him heavily. Later on, he was handed over to the local police station. An FIR (First Information Report) – No. 194 dated April 6, 2014 was also filed against him. But, at the moment, Abdul is missing. It is not known yet whether police contrived his escape.
On April 7 and 8, an Islamic Jalsa (soiree) took place before the Radha Krishna temple at the Deganga market where all speakers were witnessed to vent diatribes against Hindus. All these developments, it is reported, are scaring Hindus a lot and they are apprehending the worst now.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The stage was all set and with the election commission’s promulgation of Lok Sabha Election, 2014, political parties, with exception to none, have initiated their quest to clutch New Delhi, both capital and final seat of power in India. It is no more a secret that the parliamentary election will take place through 5 phases in the state of Bengal and only after May 16 (the date of counting) the destiny will get apparent. As a result, it’s the time for any political party or candidate to overwhelm rivals no matter what it takes. The saga has commenced in Bengal as well but it seems that there is one objective here and it is to attain the blessings of minority community, especially Muslims. No stone, in this respect, is left unturned to have Islamic approval and almost every day, candidates along with their political bosses are witnessed to visit Imams or mazars. A few political pundits have termed this as worst instance of brazenness. But there is no sane brain to listen to this erudition that can preclude insidious fallouts.
It is no wonder that CPIM and reigning Trinamool Congress are abiding by this saga of weird secularism. But BJP is also adopting this endeavor fast and its parliamentary candidates have already been witnessed to seek succor from Muslim religious leaders. What an irony! BJP is considered both as precursor and custodian of Hindus in India. And the principal parties in the state including Trinamool Congress, CPIM and Congress never miss an opportunity to dub BJP as a Hindu communal outfit. There is an old adage – whenver a Hindu consumes beef, he gets more anti-Hindu than a common Islamist. BJP is also in the same category now, it sounds as if.
This burgeoning trend of placating Muslims all the time is leading to a destruction altogether and no political party is ready to comprehend this cruel truth. None is also unaware that any such development will harm Hindus ultimately. The situation was out of the frying pan and now it is going to be into the fire thanks to enterprises of Rezzaq Mollah to change Bengal’s political scenario through his own novel Dalit-Muslim axis. This is a heinous conspiracy only and the sole aim is to destruct Hindus. It may be unknown to the readers but such a movement had sprung during the tumultuous days of partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 too. The same Dalit-Muslim axis had become the greatest obstacle to Hindu unity then and had Hindus remained united, they wouldn’t have to relinquish their ancestral lands in (then) East Bengal and enter West Bengal in their thousands.
The same sinister approach is prevailing Bengal’s political spectrum after several decades; Rezzaq Mollah is hell-bent to make his dream project of alliance between Dalit Hindus and Muslims a great success. Once this outfit gets powerful, Hindus will have to abandon Bengal en masse. Following it, the state will be removed from India and will be attached to Bangladesh. As soon as this diabolical endeavor becomes triumphant, Dalit Hindus will be kicked out from this new Islamic territory. Thus, there will be repetition of Barisal genocide of 1949-50. It is worth remembering, the self-claimed custodian of Dalit Hindus or Jogen Mandal had to flee then East Pakistan as pauper. Later on, this crestfallen leader accepted that there can’t be any unity between Muslims and Hindus ever. The same theory has come forth through Mollah now and the year is 2014 instead of 1947.
Political parties are devoid of any time to heed all these. When the lust of money and power prevails, patriotism as well as honesty becomes synonymous to laughingstocks. Aren’t Hindus responsible for this deplorable condition too? Hindu society is bootless and this has been proved time and again. If 36 Hindus assemble at any table even, six ideologies will come forth and these diverging views are enough to raze the notion of Hindu vote bank. The absence of a brawny, influential Hindu vote bank encourages all to placate Muslims. It is high time to erect a Hindu vote bank both in Bengal and India.
What’s the duty of Hindu Samhati’s activists in the parliamentary election? They have been asked to steer clear of supporting any particular political party and to opt for candidates having zeal to better situations for Hindus.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Apprehensions that the Lok Sabha election, 2014 and the (fast) vicious developments can lead to a communal outburst in Bengal are no more unlikely and with day it passes, such a development is getting apparent ever more. The reason behind such discernment is also simple – exploiting administration’s lassitude the whole of Bengal has been turned into the greatest repository of illegal arms and ammunitions in the country by radical Muslim outfits and their local henchmen. And each new breakthrough endangers the society. On April 5, the team of Special Staff Port Division (SSPD) had a major success in the port area of Kolkata when they arrested three Islamists red-handed and clutched 1 single shutter gun, 4 cartridges, 6 bombs and 2 choppers from them.
On the word of police, they had a tip-off of an illegal arms transaction and to cop felons red-handed, a team was present there already. Once two motorbikes reached the spot, policemen charged but one vehicle with two riders on it succeeded to break out. Nevertheless, three riders of the bike seized were arrested soon. They included Moinuddin Khan alias Raju (age 32), Sheikh Parvez (age 20) and Abdul Razzaq alias Chotu (age 33) and were booked under section 120B of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 25 (1) (A) and 29 of Indian Arms Act. During interrogation the arrested youths informed police that they were following instructions of a person named Wasim inhabiting Tiljala in Kolkata who asked them to bring the said weapons from Garden Reach to Park Circus.
Who is Wasim? As stated by police, Wasim is involved with the trade of construction in Tijala and he was introduced to the arrested youths a few months back only. What confounds police now is the real identity of Wasim and also requirement of arms at this critical juncture of parliamentary election. Even if police has declined to reveal more, it has been learnt that an official investigation has been initiated to find out Wasim shortly. Without doubt, the development has troubled police and administration; it is being conjectured that the other motorbike was also having an equal cache of firearms and other weapons.
On April 6, a team of CID’s Special Branch, led by Syed Waqar Reza – Superintendent of CID, arrested Zahar Ahmed (age 50) along with a cache of weapons from Howrah Station. Zahar Ahmed is involved in the trade of smuggling arms and ammunitions for long and on the same day, he was all set to board Howrah-Malda Intercity Express at 3.15 pm from Howrah Station to go to Malda. Police had this information thanks to private sources and hence, it became easy for them to arrest Zahar red-handed. Zahar Ahmed, in accordance with police, lives in Kaliachak in the district of Malda and he was instructed to take the lethal weapons from Chitpur in Kolkata to Malda. The weapons recovered from him include thirteen 9 mm and two 7.5 mm pistols. This cache had been sent to Kolkata from Munger in Bihar and dealers reached the metropolis through Jamalpur Express.
The two successes have unnerved the state administration.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Is Shantipur turning into a fiefdom of radical Muslims?
On April 2, five Hindu youths inhabiting Jamadarpara placed in Shantipur Municipality and also within the Shantipur police station’s jurisdiction in the district of Nadia became victims of wanton cruelties of radical Muslim hooligans and they are still being warned of dire consequences. It has come to knowledge, the five Hindu youths namely Khudiram Kundu, Uday Biswas, Siddheswar Kundu, Joydeb Kundu and Mahadeb Tarafdar were busy in cultivating their own agricultural lands (of onions) while at 1.30 pm a dreaded gang comprising Hasan Sheikh (son of Kangali Sheikh), Abu Mandal and two others approached and also asked them to cede their lands to local Muslims. They also said that the same demand had been made earlier too and in case of any failure to this, Hindus would see the worst only. The threat was brushed aside by the youths. Islamists left the place for the time being.
The bunch of criminals returned after almost 30 minutes and at once, bombs were hurled on Hindus. They fired two rounds as well and left the place afterward while warning youths of dire consequences soon. The assault proved to be enough to panic local Hindus. Furthermore, the presence of Abu Mandal, alleged to murder a local resident named Jagadish Biswas in 2013, intensified the terror. Despite being a notorious criminal, according to locals, Abu Mandal is the local administration’s confidant and this bonhomie has saved him from detention as regards the murder. Even if Khudiram Kundu and his four daring friends have been visiting the agricultural lands regularly, their kinsmen decided to inform the local police station. They had hoped of assistance from the administration but its insensate acts have dejected them altogether. Albeit Islamists threatened Hindu youths and also attacked them with lethal weapons, police has termed the entire event as common and has registered a General Diary (GE – 70/14 dated 02.04.2014). Hardly any hope of Hindus is left on local police and administration.
Is this lackadaisical stance of police desirable? If locals are listened to, they disapprove this unanimously. But police enjoying political patronage gives a damn to these anguishes of Hindus. The nasty experience of teachers including Krishna Kanta Ray of Malancha High School, in this context, is worth mentioning. On February 14, Krishna Kanta Ray was targeted by Islamists in strength for allegedly insulting Islam and accordingly, all Hindu teachers of the school were beaten hollow. Local administration had a tough time to rescue all of them and now, scared stiff teachers are found to retain a silence of the incident. Again, desecration of local Hindu temples by radical Muslims has become common in Shantipur. On November 2, 2012, at 11.30 pm, a few unidentified Islamists defiled the Radha Krishna temple in the residence of Satish Sarkar living in village of Rajputpara within the same police station’s jurisdiction. Not only four holy deities in the temple were defiled, broken into pieces but their heads were also chopped off. The 700-year old Shyamchand Temple in Shantipur suffered the same fate almost but the interlocking system foiled Islamists’ attempts ultimately. Locals confirm that it was the fourth attempt of burglary (in a row) to despoil the hallowed Hindu place of worship. No one has been arrested in these cases yet, even if years have passed.
When will administration wake up to subdue these nefarious events? Will this tract known as religious bastion of Hindus in Bengal for centuries be equivalent to their mass crematorium? These questions reflecting Hindu anguishes prevail Shantipur now.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Whilst the Lok Sabha election is round the corner and electoral propaganda and counter-propaganda are in high spirits, Islamists have hit the jackpot once more with the chance (or premeditated?) meeting of Sonia Gandhi with Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid. The fallout has also been impressive as the venerated Muslim leader in India has come out with several Islamic clerics to support Congress and better its prospects among Muslims in the country – perhaps the most brazen paradigm of religious polarization in the country ever since 1947. Well, Congress is not alone; Shahi Imam has also asked Muslims to vote for Trinamool Congress in Bengal and the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar en masse. Both of these parties have been deemed as best custodians of Muslim interest in the country. The annunciation fails to amaze anyone as scores of factors have helped the reigning Trinamool Congress in Bengal to earn this grandiloquent certificate.
Ever since the ascension of Trinamool Congress-led governance in the state, Hindu persecutions have risen by leaps and bounds and in almost all cases, the administration has been found to side against the Hindu victims. Be it the gruesome incidents at Taranagar and Rupnagar villages in 2012 where Hindu residences were burnt down exploiting the murder of a Muslim individual or the inhuman tortures on Hindus in the village of Naliakhali at Canning 2013 by irate Muslim mobs or the gang-rape and murder of a Hindu college student by Muslim ruffians at Kamduni near Barasat, the administration has always been found as an indifferent bystander and ever ready to hush up any accusations against radical Muslims, hell-bent to harm Hindus anyhow. The malice is no more limited to any part of the state but has spread everywhere making Bengal reach a period of uncertainty when a single detonation of religious passion is enough to despoil the basis of religious coexistence and also harmony. The incendiary rhetoric of Islamists found against Hindus every so often is also overlooked by the administration for its own benefit.
Besides, lots of reports revealed of late corroborate that the state has become the greatest storage of arms of Islamists. While Bardhaman have become its new storage, demography and proximity of the districts of 24 Paraganas (North and South) and Murshidabad to the India-Bangladesh international border have made these places ideal refuges to stockpile illegal arms and also to operatives of banned radical Muslim outfits including IM (Indian Mujahideen) and SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India). If truth be told, the whole of Jammat-e-Islami leadership of Bangladesh took refuge in Bengal due to recent upheaval at Shahbag Dhaka demanding capital punishment of Abdul Quader Mullah, prime accused in crimes against humanity during the war of liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. It has been learnt, Hasnabad within Basirhat subdivision in North 24 Paraganas district happens to be their refuge and Muslim refugees from India to Bangladesh act as their vanguards.
And even if Trinamool had missed the blessing of Shahi Imam, it had nothing to worry as Maulana Nurur Rahman Barkati, Shahi Imam of the Tipu Sultan Masjid in Kolkata, never looses words to eulogize Mamata Banerjee’s role in retaining the chastity of secularism or defending Islamists’ interests in every capacity. While talking to the press and media of late, he stated in public, “Mamata is born from the womb of secularism and so I support her. I have told her to speak against fascist forces, and she is doing it."
There has never been any dearth to endeavors to pack off Hindus from a stretch of land called East Pakistan till 1971 and now Bangladesh. Hindus have always been entering the mainland of India from there either individually or in strength to steer clear of persecutions by radical Muslims. And by now the crisis has attained a new height. Recent studies corroborate the worst fact that Hindu persecution will go on there either by the clandestine support of mainstream political parties or the overt aggression of radical Muslims. If statistics and reports are counted on, Bangladesh will be without Hindus and the calamitous day is approaching fast.
Without doubt, Hindus have never gained any status in this part of the globe and this sordid picture remains same in every regime whether democratic of military. All ploys have been exploited to root out Hindus and in fact, then there have never been any paucity of issues ranging from domestic to international conflicts, let alone developments within India. The difference between Hindus and Muslims in Bengal was discerned first during the fatal days of partition in 1947 and ever since then, Hindus have been oppressed brutally only. The Muslim leadership, enthralled by the two-nation theory and also the principles of Muslim League, has never been ready to render any status to Hindus. Equal status of Hindus in Bangladesh, hence, has remained a dream only. It’s no more a secret that the Struggle and War for Liberation with its ideals have fallen flat to change this prevailing anti-Hindu mindset. The majority of Muslims in Bangladesh has abided by the ideal of Bangladeshi Nationalism initiated by Ziaur Rehman instead of Bengali Nationalism. To them religion is more imperative than the ethnicity and this fanaticism is being propounded and also practiced in every echelon of Bangladeshi society.
No government whether in the Pakistani regime of Bangladesh has felt the need to secure this minority community and despite repeated pledges of Awami League in this context, the picture remains gloomy. What must also be added, in the last few months minority Hindus were subjected to atrocities at different parts of Bangladesh and cadres of the ruling Awami League were witnessed to participate in these carnages with zeal. To cut a long story short, Bangladeshi political culture abides by the Islamic culture in Indian subcontinent where Hindu persecution remains the cardinal policy to attain and also ensure prestige.
In 2013, Islamic cadres as part of their zealotry inflicted worst atrocities on people and this led to burning books at the Baitul Mukarram or the national mosque of the country and it included a large number of Islamic books also. Islamic clerics then preferred to retain silence but they form the vanguard to persecute Hindus. Islamic Bangladesh, from its very inception, has been busy inn fortifying an anti-Hindu and anti-India hatred in the entire society. To retaliate the superiority of India in the Indian subcontinent they bash Hindus, known for their unflinching loyalty to Bangladesh for generations. And by now the situation for Hindus in Bangladesh is out of the frying pan into the fire. If they want to live, Hindus have got to desert Bangladesh en masse – there is no other option for them. Question remains of the responsibility of India to these ill-fated Hindus.
Friday, April 4, 2014
This is indeed a different age when attributes like amicability, decency, warmth and faiths on verbal commitment have lost merit and any person found to practice these is considered as naïve and deceivers are found to mock them always. Hindus do remain best paradigms of such naivety, behave thus with Islamists also even if they turn into the worst casualty ultimately. Therefore, it’s the time for Hindus inhabiting the village of Sihipur in the district of Malda to repent for showing such gestures to Zakir Hussain who along with his coreligionists from neighboring villages of Sujaganj and Kusialbari Raniganj persecuted them inhumanly on March 31. Hindu women were not spared; they were both beaten and molested. The village of Sihipur is inhabited by wretched Hindus belong to Hari (SC) community.
It has been learnt, on March 30, at 2. 30 am, a dumb thief or Boba was caught red handed in the cowshed of Sushil Das. Boba is a notorious thief in the locality and is also the younger brother of Zakir Hussain, an influential and also elected panchayat member of Congress Party. Now, to end such activities of Boba, Sushil Das raised an alarm and with the help of neighbors fastened him to a pillar. They planned to produce him to the police station of Chanchal in the early morning. But the timely appearance of Zakir Hussain foiled their strategy. Zakir, virtually, weltered in the floor to have clemency for his brother. His attitude prompted many Hindus there to free Boba. Zakir also assured that he would revisit Sihipur with Boba to attend the “Salishi Sabha” or council for arbitration in the following afternoon. This fact delighted the Hindu crowd largely. Zakir Hussain was also found to be elated to have Boba; he thanked Hindus repeatedly and also reiterated his pledge to attend the council.
In the evening, almost 70 Hindu villagers were waiting for Zakir Hussain and Boba at the meeting place. Zakir turned up at 6.30 pm but with 200 Muslims from the villages of Sujaganj and Kusialbari who were having lethal weapons also. Boba was not seen anywhere. Once the villagers asked Zakir of the need of such a large crowd, Islamists attacked them. The meeting place destined to have the council for arbitration turned into a zone of violence soon and as usual, Hindus were the sole target. Being unprepared for any such eventuality, Hindus had no way other than to get away. A large number of Hindus was thrashed brutally by then. But Muslim assailants were in no mood to let them go; attackers in strength entered Hindu households, molested and battered Hindu women. They also snatched gold rings, other jewelries and left. The brutal attack led to injuries of 45 Hindus almost. People who suffered heavy injuries including Nabakumar Ghosh, Sushil Das, Bhelu along with a few others were admitted to the Chanchal Hospital.
Hindus from Sihipur Haripara village, to have justice, went to the Chanchal police station to lodge a formal complaint against assailants. The written complaint submitted by them recounted the whole episode, named 10 assailants including Zakir Hussain. Neither the Officer-in-Charge was there nor did the duty officer lodge any FIR. After several pleadings, he registered a General Diary only.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
While victory remains the ultimate objective, several maneuvers to attain it exist and when the zeal is to get upper hand always, keeping both foes and bystanders under a veil of threat remains the best strategy. The art of retaining a reign of terror has never been unknown to radical Muslims; the metropolis of Kolkata is witnessing it fast these days. And policemen are becoming victims unfortunately when they strive to quiet the Islamist hooligans down, especially during the dead of night in the city. Perhaps, police force of Didi has the power to swallow all these insults for the greater cause to safeguard and promote the chronicle of secularism.
On March 31, at 2.30 am in Ballygunje Circular Road, a team of policemen comprising a few green police as well, came across a parked car. The presence of the car there for long hours made the team skeptical and to check the reality, they went to the vehicle and found unexpectedly four tipsy youths (including 1 young lady) who were engaged in a wild ecstasy. When they were asked to come out of the vehicle as part of routine investigations during night, the group attacked policemen all of a sudden leading to a ruction. Well, timely intervention of police from the locality saved the hapless policemen. Three convicted youths were arrested in next to no time but exploiting the absence of any policewoman the (gracious?) lady tried to flee which was foiled soon with the appearance of a lady SI and constable from Lalbazar Police Station, headquarter of Kolkata Police. These arrested youths include Shaini Iqbal, Zafar Iqbal, Samir Iqbal and Mukesh Gupta. All of them live in Garcha 1 st Lane; court case has been lodged against them for thrashing government servants on duty.
But this is not any exception or a sole incident on the same day. It was about 1 am when a taxi was found to run at a high speed in the EM Bypass. A few police patrolling the area smelt a rat and asked the cab’s driver to stop at the Patuli connector of Bypass. The request was turned down. Two police personnel chased the vehicle in motorbikes and got hold of it finally at the crossing of Pranabananda Road. When the passengers were asked to step out, all five of then instead of obeying the instruction charged at the policemen. Thanks to the well-timed interference of a large police force from Patuli police station, the two police officers remained unscathed to some extent. The team of assaulters included Amiruddin Khan, Khokon Mullah, Saifuddin Khan, Zulfikar Khan and Mohammed Azam (driver of the cab).
It has also been learnt, assailants live in Sonarpur and hearing their detention, a large crowd of Muslims from Sonarpur gathered before the Patuli police station in early morning. The enraged crowd demanded release of all 5 assailants straight away and also threatened to invite more of their coreligionists to teach the police a lesson. However, owing to the prudence of higher police officials, no violent incident happened.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Extensive Hindu protests alarm administration
The whole of Falta is aggrieved now over the ghastly murder of Kartick Chandra Methia or the owner of confectionery ‘Rittika Sweets’ who was both a successful businessman and popular for his geniality to all. On March 29, in the late evening, while he was in his own shop located at Jagannathpur junction of Sararhat on Falta road within the jurisdiction of Falta police station in the district of South 24 Paraganas, a team of six miscreants riding motorbikes entered all of a sudden. They gunned down Kartick Chandra Methia (age 42) without delay and to make the death more certain they were witnessed to chop him off by swords repeatedly. The ghastly incident took place before the shop’s workers and a few customers there. They were too afraid to raise any alarm even and to thwart any such approach even, a few bombs were also hurled. On the word of eyewitnesses, the anonymous criminals hailed from Sonakopa village in close proximity. The village is known to be dominated by Muslims heavily.
As already said, Kartick Chandra Methia was both a successful businessman and popular for this gentility in the environs. He also had god relations with various social organizations and also used to participate in social activities with zeal. He has left three daughters and other members of the grief-stricken family. Following the murder, the entire area is overwhelmed with anguishes and also anger against the administration’s failure to nab the felons yet. A large number of people blocked off the Falta Main Road, as a mark of protest. Even if police have pledged to take the criminals into custody soon, Hindus in the area have lost confidence on police officials, especially Sakir Ali – DSP and Sudip Singh – Officer-in-Charge. It has been learnt from them, these two police officers have affability to local criminals, especially with those from the village of Sonakopa. The grievance of Hindus is excessively high now and the administration has failed to reduce the tension. The presence of Mrs. Moumita Saha, SDO of Diamond Harbor, has also failed to calm protestors in throngs down.
Some people have been found to state that the CCTV in the shop of slain Kartick Chandra Methia can be a good weapon to solve the conundrum. However, the administration has not taken this closed-circuit television into consideration up till now. What appalls local police and its high-profile bosses then? Sources assert that the reign of notorious Salim (crime kingpin in the Left Front regime) is in full swing in the present regime still and knowing this all, police has lost the confidence to initiate a positive investigation even. The message, it is being averred by locals time and again, is comprehended by all easily – if the criminal is from the minority community, clemency should be the only way of communication to him.
And this is nothing unusual now. Only a few days back, Sudip Banerjee, Lok Sabha candidate of Trinamool Congress for North Kolkata constituency, held a rally of minority workers of the party at Mohammed Ali Park in Kolkata amidst well-known Muslim individuals of the state. There, he heralded the entire community as kingmaker of India and hence, he sought kind assistance of these kingmakers for his own victory.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Radical Muslim outfits manning entire trade
Bengal administration’s worst fears that the state heads in the entire country in stocking illegal arms and ammunitions, enough to dismantle the entire police force if used together, are coming true. The success of police in retrieving a few of them in the district of Murshidabad has cleared the upcoming parliamentary election’s mandate that no stone will be left unturned to have success and application of violence through stockpiles of arms and ammunitions will be the first and foremost option. In the last few days, the district police had conducted special raids in search of illegal firearms and emerged with stunning success in the end. Through investigations in the areas within the jurisdictions of Jalangi, Raninagar and Domkal police stations, the police force got hold of 11 firearms and culprits including a Bangladeshi national involved in at least eight cases of murder. Two of the arrested criminals have been found as local dealers of weapons.
According to the district police, a person named Al Amin with one 9 mm pistol and a few cartridges was arrested from a den in Domkal. It is alleged that Al Amin lives in the village of Noapara within the district of Meherpur in Bangladesh and he was in charge of operations at Thanarpara area in the district of Nadia. He is involved to 3-4 cases of murder in the area and one murder in Bangladesh too. He used to live in the area of Kamardiar within the Domkal police station’s jurisdiction as Suman Sheikh. Al Amin alias Suman Sheikh is having an Indian voter card as well.
Mohammed Kutubuddin Sheikh and Jalimuddin were arrested from the village of Kaligunj within the Domkal police station’s jurisdiction and with firearms including one rifle, two 9 mm pistols, seven rounds of cartridges and 24 bombs. Mohammed Kutubuddin Sheikh and Jalimuddin inhabit the villages of Sahadiar and Muraripukur within the Domkal police station’s control respectively. On the word of police, Kutubuddin Sheikh is a dealer of weapons and is also known for merchandising arms prior to any election. Another criminal named Jasimuddin Sheikh was arrested from the area of Shiekpara within the Raninagar police station’s jurisdiction; two firearms, 23 kilos of ganja and one stolen motorbike was recovered from him. Jasimuddin Sheikh, as stated by police, has years of experiences in the trade of illegal firearms.
While speaking to the press, Humayun Kabir, Superintendent of Police in Murshidabad, had stated that the investigation under the aegis of Arijit Sinha, SDPO of Domkal, was a unique success. The operation recovered 2 muskets, a single-barreled rifle, three 9 mm pistols, 6 one-shutter guns, 22 rounds of cartridges and 5 magazines. 4 people have been arrested while 56 firearms have been retrieved in the district yet as part of retaining law and order. The search operations of police will go on till the Lok Sabha Election to maintain rule of law.
Even as congratulating the police team of its astounding success, it must also be mentioned that the search operation has brought forth a cruel reality as well. It is no more an allegation that Murshidabad has become the largest storage of illegal arms and ammunitions in the state and thanks to its proximity to the international India-Bangladesh border, the entire network is maintained by radical Muslim outfits to vent their anger against India at any opportune moment.
Religious polarization in discipline of Engineering also
While diatribes against Hindu communalism, especially before the impending parliamentary election, refuse to die down, Bengal has experienced a new milestone in its journey of polarizing the chronicle of education. The malice of reservation for Muslims in education has entered the segment of Engineering education finally and according to the state government’s latest decision, 50% of seats in the minority community controlled engineering colleges in Bengal will be reserved for minority students from this year. Students will be admitted to those colleges through an examination but not the conventional Joint Entrance Examination. This examination will be conducted by the Association of Minority Professional Academic Institutes or AMPI. The Higher Education Department issued a circular in this context, on March 7.
On the word of officials in the department, the new examination will take place on May 7, 2014 and through this students will be admitted to the discipline of Pharmacy also. What will be the fate of remaining 50% seats? It will be based on results of Joint Entrance Examination held across the state every year. As per the new rules, the number of reserved seats for minority students in the discipline of Engineering is a little more than a 1, 000. It has also been learnt, Muslim students will get priority in Muslim community controlled engineering colleges and the same rule will be followed regarding other minority institutes. In case, reserved seats remain vacant in any institute, students of other religious communities will be considered. And if there is any vacancy still, general students will be accepted.
Is this possible? As per the circular, admission through the minority entrance examination has got to be completed before the initiation of Joint Entrance Examination’s counseling. Following it, the number of vacant seats will be sent to the JEE Board by each minority engineering college and then the reserved seats will be converted into the general category. JEE Board will admit students in those general seats through counseling. When the JEE was asked that such a procedure violates the saga of secularism as prevalent in India, it answered briskly that no such reservations for students of minority religious community students is possible within the framework of JEE. This proposal, if JEE is to be believed, was given by AMPI. And since this proposal abides by Article 30 in the Constitution of India or regarding the Right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions, state government of Bengal gave its consent. An advisory board headed by Mr. Pradipta Roy, retired Justice, has also been formed to retain transparency in every aspect.
Is there is any need of this? Well, a member of AMPI has termed it as need of the hour. In accordance with researches, there are five engineering colleges administered by the minority communities in the state and while four of them do belong to Sikhs, one belongs to the Christians. But this simple theory has been dissented by many already. They do opine that the entire process and enabling Sikh and Christian engineering colleges to work on autonomously is a mere tokenism and it is to camouflage the vicious schemes of Islamists to flood the state with their own educational institutions.
It is known to all that the West Bengal Backward Classes (other than SC and ST) (Reservation of Vacancies in Services and Posts) Bill, 2012 has benefited Muslims in the state highly. Mamata Banejee, while attending Eid-ul-Fitr at Red Road in 2013 stated publicly, “We want your children to become doctors and engineers. We want Muslim children and youth to advance in studies. Reservation of seats in higher education will be introduced from 2014.”