Friday, December 28, 2012

Al Amin Mission Attempts to Take Over Girls' School

Challenged by Hindu Samhati and Village Residents

District : Bardhaman;    Police Station(Thana) : Bhatar;    Village : Orgram

Hindu Samhati has been approached by residents in Orgram to help them block attempts by a Muslim group to take over a girls' school (balika vidyalaya). The one acre land that the school is situated on, was donated by Dr Nandalal Ray, a local philanthropist. The school was built over a period, and then ran succesfully for over 18 years, with local private funds donated by the residents. The institution temporarily shut down two years ago, the government  delayed state recognition of the school, and there was a funds crunch.

Asghar Ali, the local CPI(M) leader and a madrasa teacher, along with his correlgionists in the area, is trying to usurp the school and the land attached to it.  The group wants to start a local branch of the Al Amin Mission, which is a communal school maintained by a group of Islamic fundamentalists. The local residents opposed this move using democratic means for the last couple of years.  Recently, Ali and his group illegally entered the complex, and laid a foundation stone for Al Amin Institute, and started planning construction on the school property and the adjoining area, still owned by the Ray family.  When the local residents protested this illegal move by the group, they were threatened with assault and murder, and forecefully sent out of the area.

Hindu Samhati has taken this as a challenge not to allow the rabid fundamentalist Al Amin Mission school to replace the non-denominational institution. Mrs. Nandalal Ray has agreed to give 'Power of Attorney' to HS, on the basis of assurance from Samhati that the school be run for all communities equally, irrespective of religion.

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.

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