HINDU CONFIDENCE RESTORED AT DALANGHATA
RETURN RATHA YATRA FESTIVAL
AT DALANGHATA PASSED PEACEFULLY.
HINDU CONFIDENCE RESTORED.
On 21st July, there was Return Ratha Yatra Festival at Dalanghata in South 24 Parganas district. The situation was tense as the place witnessed a major communal attack by the Muslim miscreants in the area on last 14th July in which 2 Hindu Temples were ransacked, Deities were broken, Police were attacked, Police vehicles were burnt and huge public property was damaged. It was apprehended that the turn out of the Hindu disciples in this Return Ratha Yatra will be less.
So, Hindu Samhati volunteers spread out over the villages around, organized village meetings, mobilized people and encouraged them to attend the Festival without fear. The message was conveyed that Hindu Samhati workers are determined to protect the Hindus in the Festival from any attack or humiliation from any quarter.
So, the turn out in the Yatra Festival was huge. Hindu women in large number joined the Festival. The Hindu people in this district are not really cowards.
Since 20th July evening many news and/or rumors were reaching to HS office that a large number of Muslim criminals with lethal arms from outside were being brought to the area, etc. HS workers remained alert about the situation. Since yesterday morning more than 400 HS volunteers assembled at the Festival place. They put up stalls with microphones from which announcements were made. Speeches and religious discourses by the Seers and Hindu leaders were delivered. Police contingent was deputed there to maintain law and order. HS volunteers kept strict vigil throughout the Ratha Yatra route and the Festival place.
Till afternoon Police was cooperative. But anti Hindu forces were active behind the scene. Hence, since afternoon Police behaviour started changing. First they tried to threaten the HS workers to stop the speeches. Heated arguments took place. Then they tried to wrap the Festival early. The Officer in Charge of the Kulpi police station Mr. Suryasekhar Chakraborty and one Sub Inspector Mr. A. K. Mandal misbehaved with the Hindu Samhati representatives. But the enthusiastic Hindu public protested vehemently and thwarted their ill motivated move.
Srimad Madan Prabhuji of Gaudiya Math, Hindu Samhati leaders Upananda Brahmachari and Advocate Tapan Biswas addressed the gathering. The whole Return Ratha Yatra Festival of Dalanghata passed of peacefully.
Confidence of Hindu people in general and HS workers in particular restored and enhanced.