Friday, February 28, 2014

Dhola in 24 Paraganas (South) – hotspot of recurrent Hindu persecution

On February 17, 2014, at 12.30 am, Kripasindhu Purakait (age 34) and his wife, Sadhana Purakait (age 30), living in the village of Harishpur within the jurisdiction of the police station of Dhola in the district of 24 Paraganas (South) were attacked by a band of robbers. It has been learnt from their account, each criminal in the team was Muslim by religion and having lethal weapons including swords. They barged into the residence all of a sudden and while one of them injured Kripasindhu Purakait by a sword, two others thrashed Sadhana extremely. What took place next was nothing save for a plunder; all materials in the household, let alone money and jewelries, were looted and now the condition is such that they have to seek glasses from neighbors to drink water. Prior to escape, Sadhana was tied with her own saree to prevent her from raising any alarm. Locals apprehend that Sadhana became victim to a brutal molestation as well. Even if a police complaint has been filed to the local police station against this nefarious incident, villagers are found to express their lack of confidence on police in this regard.  

What makes villagers lose confidence on local administration?  If truth be told, lots of similar harrowing accounts can be narrated. Only a couple of weeks back, two Hindu housewives named Mitali Halder (name changed) and Sandhya Mandal (name changed) were kidnapped and raped by a group of Islamists. However, none has been arrested yet even if an FIR was filed then. Police, as per locals, seem to be indisposed to find out culprits and take them into custody. It has to be mentioned that the village contains only 7 Hindu families and hence, their position is at stake.

And this is also no new development as territories within Dhola police station’s jurisdiction are known for Hindu persecution. On May 15, 2012, at 9.30 pm, Gaffar Zamadar, age 28, an Islamist residing in the neighboring village of Koutala, was caught red-handed while trying to enter the residence of a Hindu individual, Sri Govinda Banik, living in village of Bhasna, to rob the entire family of all their belongings. Hindus, en masse, after getting hold of him, thrashed him highly and Gaffar got unconscious. He was taken to Kupi Hospital and he was declared dead soon.   

The development created strong reactions among Islamists inhabiting the environs and as a mark of protest, they were perceived to gherao the police station and also block the thoroughfare. What is most striking, Islamists were found to chant wild slogans focusing on the need of vengeance against Hindus openly (this took place before police openly) and termed Gaffar Zamadar as an “Imam bhai” and no thief. 

Hindus were warned by Islamists of dire consequences in public. They depended on police and administration initially but owing to apparent disinclinations of administration, Hindus could not muster the courage to remain in their own dwellings any more. Hindus fled to neighboring areas for weeks while a few people, having no place to take refuge, were guarding their residences desperately. An FIR had also been submitted terming 61Hindus as accomplice in the death of Gaffar. Hindus returned later on but they have lost all confidence on police by now.

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.

Rezzaq Mollah – father of Islamic fundamentalism in Canning, South 24 Paraganas

While on one hand his own party or CPIM could not digest his latest avatar and had a sigh of relief through his formal expulsion, on the other hand, his former disciple has maligned him in public and also termed him as the progenitor of burgeoning culture of violence at varied areas in the district of South 24 Paragnas and on the word of local Hindus, he had been the greatest inspiration for Islamic fundamentalism camouflaged under the cloak of universal brotherhood. Such is the wretched fate of Rezzaq Mollah at the moment who was seen of late as messiah of the novel notion of Dalit-Muslim axis in Bengal through his own “Social Justice Forum.” But he is a political outcast just now making pundits get skeptical of his political future. However, he is not spared still and sayings of Shaukat Mollah, his one-time disciple and existing president of Trinamool Congress Canning-II Panchayat Committee and also the chairman of East Assembly Constituency, of him are indeed vitriolic. Nevertheless, Hindus know him better as the main thrust behind escalating persecutions on them by radical Muslims.

According to Shaukat Mollah, Rezzaq Mollah was culpable behind the onset of culture of violence to retain his own suzerainty in Canning. He, to fulfill his own aspirations, built up a private army; youths were invited cordially to join the army and Rezzaq used to supply arms and ammunitions in large numbers and thanks to all these, his aggressive cadres have become branded anti-socials by now and are despised by their family members even. Shaukat Mollah did not end here and went on saying that Rezzaq Mollah had hardly followed any ideals in his political career and in spite of being the undisputed leader in the area, his performance has always been dismal. It is worth to mention, Rezzaq became MLA of the Canning East Assembly Constituency for nine times but locals avow that he has not even tried to better conditions in the environs, let alone Muslims and Dalits. Only violence has marked his career.

In accordance with Shaukat Mollah, there was no college in the area for years while among 9 panchayats, areas including Deuli-1, Atharobanki and Tambuldaha-1 never witnessed any high school. These three panchayats have three junior schools only and hence, after Class VIII students have no way except to drop. Incidentally, Shaukat Mollah, as per his own version, joined CPIM through its youth front and during those years, other than intra clashes in the party no work for development took place. Before any election, Rezzaq Mollah supplied his own cadres with lethal weapons to help CPIM win and make him retain his own fiefdom.

What has been left out by Shaukat Mollah is that the years following 1977 or the year of Left Front’s accession to power have perceived mounting persecutions on Hindus, be it caste or Dalit. Especially, during the days of Marichjhanpi massacre on January 31, 1979, Hindu families in throngs took refuge in Canning and became victims to Rezzaq Mollah’s whims and actions. Slowly but steadily, Hindu started losing their ground in the area and this trend has been continuing till date. The influx of Muslim infiltrators from Bangladesh has aggravated the situation altogether and all these have occurred under the sway of Rezzaq Mollah.  

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, February 27, 2014

Literacy campaign for Muslims only

Why are other communities not included in Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Baligan project?

Even if diatribes against alleged ominous effects of Brahamanical Hinduism and verbal compassions to its worst victims or Hindu depressed castes never die down, governmental benefits are rendered to a particular minority community or the Muslims only. And other minority communities are left in the lurch. This account is enough to shock any sane and enlightened individual but this has also been the reality in India ever since August 15, 1947 and the trend is gaining strength with each day it passes. UPA government, known to hanker after Muslim support to retain its own suzerainty, has created a new saga through introduction of a new project to increase the rate of literacy among Muslims. The project was inaugurated by Mallipudi Raju Pallam Mangapati, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resources Development, Government of India on January 5, 2014 and it is worth Rs. 600 crores. The project has been named as Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Baligan and its mission is to make a crore of Muslim adolescents (of age 15 and above) literate. Apart from this, the project also includes schemes to make two-and-half lakh Muslim elders literate and impart developed technical knowledge among 3 lakh Muslims to better their lives.   

On the word of officials in the Union Ministry, 1000 adult education centers will also be set up only for Muslim women and only village panchayats where the Muslim population exceeds 5, 000 will have this facility. The project of Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Baligan will focus on 61 Muslim-concentrated “Sakshar Bharat” districts across 11 states of India. It has been learnt, first stage of the project will be completed by September, 2014. When journalists asked the concerned officials of the need of this project at the annual meeting of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education on January 5, it was said that it had been designed to better each commoner in the country.

In accordance with members of the National Monitoring Committee for Minorities' Education (NMCME), the rate of registering Muslim children in educational sector is rising high. While the rate of registration of Muslim children in primary education was 9.4% (on a national scale), it turned into 14.25% in 2012-2013. Such type of surge has been found in the realm of secondary education as well; it has become 12.1% from 7.2% within a few years. The Union Government has commenced Maulana Azad Taleem-e-Baligan project to fill up the outstanding deficit fast.

Will this novel approach bring desired success? Members of NMCME are quite optimistic whereas critics are being found to be skeptical and term it as both frivolous and politics of compulsion and also ugliest representation of the lust to grab minority votes. They do opine that several such measures were adopted in the past and all these have failed miserably thanks to deficiency in response from the Muslim society. But, albeit there were failures, budgets were devoured and as per security experts, currency was channelized for belligerent activities altogether. These experts apprehend its repetition at this time too. Reprisals from other minority communities, thanks to the government’s partisanship, as well as sections of the majority community can’t also be ruled out. 

It is to be noted, Union Human Resources Development Ministry has already asked the government of Uttar Pradesh for readmission of students affected by Muzaffarnagar riots in the state. But current developments portray that this facility is only for Muslim children at the primary level. The situation is no different in Bengal where Hindu victims in any communal riot are left high and dry, let alone creating special opportunities for Hindu students.

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.

Heartrending tale of a Bengali Hindu couple

This is no fiction but a cruel reality being faced by Bengali Hindus in the Indian subcontinent. A community whose contribution to the national freedom struggle was next to none has been ravaged by now in every capacity, thanks to the partition in1947 and the community continues to pay for this monumental blunder dearly yet, something beyond the capacity of anyone to envisage even. The story revolves around Shimul Mallik, inhabiting the area of Mogra Adishaptapur in the district of North 24 Paraganas in the Indian state of Bengal and Mousumi Sarkar, living in the area of Ashasuni Sardapara in Bangladesh. Both were introduced to each other when Shimul visited Bangladesh a few years back and the brief introduction turned into a love affair. They used to communicate through phone and only a few days back, they decided to tie the knot.    

Even if Mousumi informed her parents and also relatives, they declined to give permission and this refusal made the girl more determined and defying all she decided to marry Shimul Mallik. To stave off any obstacle, they decided to get married at a place close to the international border between India and Bangladesh. As Shimul’s residence is far away from the international border, he planned to arrange the marriage ceremony on February 24 at his relative’s residence in the village of Itinda at the Ghojadanga border area within Basirhat, well-known subdivision of the district of North 24 Paraganas. Mousumi was also informed and she, as a result, came to India on Monday without the knowledge of his parents.

While the marriage ceremony was going on and the priest was chanting Vedic mantras, a team from the police station of Basihat raided the residence and asked Mousumi Sarkar to show passport. But Mousumi was devoid of any passport and hence, she was taken into custody. Shimul Mallik was also arrested as an accomplice to this intrusion.  Both are behind the bar at the moment and despite repeated requests of inhabitants in the village of Itinda, police abided by the established rules in this regard. Thus ended the dream of a Bengali Hindu couple to get married and lead a peaceful life.

Without a shred of doubt, the activity of Mousumi Sarkar can’t be supported and the intrusion violates the international law as enshrined. Nevertheless, there is another aspect as well. Not a day passes when there is no illegal migration from Bangladesh to India and Basirhat has already become infamous as the safe passage for cow smugglers. But none of these criminals have been arrested yet albeit this trade is culpable to harm people in the vicinity and clashes between villagers and smugglers, in this regard, is getting common more and more.  What did make police so dutiful and also vibrant in this case? It has been learnt, police team was tipped off by persons related to smuggling cows and also to remain loyal to local administration.

Who can Shimul and Mousumi pin the blame on now? Is it their ill-luck or the cow smugglers leaving no chance ever to blame Hindus? Or the India-Bangladesh international border known for laying waste to Bengali Hindu families for decades? Both the couple and locals in Itinda are seeking the answer, now.  

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.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Madhyamik examinee molested in Bardhaman

Muslim youths identified as culprits, arrested 

Crimes against women are rising fast in Bengal and while the civilian society here is up in arms against the administration, both the state government and police are found either to pass over the issue or remain busy to justify their activity and pin the blame on the political parties in opposition. Myriad instances are there to prove how the first woman chief minister of the state, instead of accepting government’s fault to curb this burgeoning and endeavoring to rectify, has tried to paint this worst saga in the color of a political conspiracy.  Now adding to the woes of government, a Madhyamik (centralized secondary examination held under the aegis of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education every year) examinee, while she was going to her examination center along with her mother, was molested midway by a few youths. They tried to kidnap her also. The grisly incident took place at Subhaspalli in the district city of Bardhaman on February 25 in broad daylight. When the daughter’s mother tried to save her daughter, she was thrashed as well outraging the entire town.  One of the molesters was arrested thanks to one eyewitness and two others were detained when they tried to threaten the same witness of dire consequences.

It has been learnt from locals, Rukmini (name changed), the examinee, was going to Vidyarthi Girls’ School or the examination center with her mother. While they were midway, a few youths including Sheikh Kayem, Sheikh Raja, Saddam Hussain, Sheikh Bittu and Kanai Mirza surfaced there all of a sudden and tried to whisk the girl student away forcefully. Her mother tried to resist them but she was overpowered soon. They also tore her saree out of disgust.  Finding no other option to save her daughter from the attackers, she raised an alarm. A few people rushed to the crossing at Subhaspalli, they were joined by a few policemen, deployed to maintain security in the area and all these made youths flee. Later on, local administration sent both mother and daughter to the center of examination in a police jeep.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Bittu, one of several assailants, was witnessed to ramble in the area and just then, based on the account of a witness, he was taken into custody. Almost an hour later, two unknown youths appeared at Subhaspalli and warned the eyewitness of dire consequences for identifying Sheikh Bittu. Police got hold of them, once informed, and one of them was identified as Sheikh Raja, examinee of Higher Secondary Examination in this year.  Another person named Sheikh Rafique was also arrested later. However, locals know him as Sheikh Kayem. While talking to Mohammed Hossain Mirza, Superintendent of Police in Bardhaman, it was learnt that the victim girl student was going strong. Kanai Mirza is known as a vigorous Trinamool Congress activist in the locality but now, he is on the run.  

Rukimin’s mother has stated that all these youths had been harassing her daughter for months but it stopped due to intervention of local people.

Without doubt, the ghastly event has revealed the bankruptcy of present governance in Bengal once more.

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.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

North Dinajpur – depot of illegal weapons, safest corridor for Islamic insurgents

Police trying desperately to recover illegal arms, stop potential mayhem

Apprehending worst violence along with destructive activities of radical Muslims hailing from Bangladesh in the imminent parliamentary election, district police of North Dinajpur has issued an alert and also asked all police stations to expedite recovery of illegal arms and ammunitions. It is worth to mention, the district shares an international border with the neighboring country of Bangladesh and as a result, impression of any tumult there is perceived in this district as well. While the district is enclosed by the districts of Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and Dinajpur districts of Bangladesh on the east, it shares borders with Kishanganj, Katihar and Purnia districts of Bihar on the west. Islampur subdivision in the district contains a checkpoint on the India-Bangladesh international border and is also known as highly contentious. Allegations that this checkpoint is used by radical Muslims from Bangladesh as a safe passage to enter Indian mainland, according to experts, are not wild.    

According to sources, there are ample chances that miscreants, backed by extra-constitutional forces, can wreak mayhem across the district and all these have made the district police tighten its grip and urge police personnel to hasten the saga of recovery. On the word of Amit Javalgi, Superintendent of Police in North Dinajpur, police has definite information that a large amount of illegal arms and ammunitions are with miscreants. To save the society and also the district from any havoc, police is determined to recover all those and the special operation will continue till the Parliamentary Election, 2014.

The district of North Dinajpur shares a 187 kilometer-long international border with Bangladesh while it has a 280 kilometer border with the neighboring state of Bihar and it has also come to knowledge, thanks to this geographical position, smugglers of illegal weapons use this district as a corridor. Lots of police raids have brought forth how illegal weapons manufactured at Munger in Bihar, infamous as hub of illegal weapons industry across India, are brought through this corridor and then distributed around North Bengal. One of such victims is Raiganj, prominent town as well as municipality in the district of North Dinajpur. Now, if sources are to be depended on, large caches of illegal arms can be found both in the city of Raiganj and its outskirts. As per journalists, political parties make use of these mercenaries during elections at random and this can be found best from the surge in violence in the district’s college elections of late. And the uneasiness reigning the national political arena now can lead to more use of these illegal weapons in the ensuing election.  

Raiganj parliamentary seat, after several years, is all set to perceive a stiff fight and chances of flexing muscles and using violence, hence, can’t be brushed aside. On the other hand, it is no news but a reality that radical Muslims from Bangladesh enjoys a steady support in this district and it is increasing fast, according to several sources. The recent victory of BNP and also slow but steady resurgence of Jamaat in Bangladesh is also being supported by a large section of inhabitants here. 

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, February 24, 2014

Exodus of persecuted Hindus from Bangladesh to Bengal may resume soon

No matter the claims of government and administration in Bangladesh, Hindu persecution there following recent election has not subsided and if sources instead of police are counted on, such horrific incidents continue to appear in any part of country on a daily basis endangering existence of Hindus. Now, if police reports submitted to the High Court of Bangladesh recently are taken into consideration, it gets apparent that at least160 incidents of onslaughts along with atrocities on Hindus have occurred in 21 districts following the parliamentary polls on January 5 till now.  Reports assert further that property worth 40 lakh taka (currency of Bangladesh) have been damaged as a result of 70 attacks and perpetrators in the majority of incidents are connected to either BNP or Jamaat-e-Islami or abide by their coordinated leadership. All these prove that there may be attackers from other political or social groups also.

What is the nature of atrocities? This question is natural as no news of pogrom or genocide of Hindus has been learnt yet. Reports do state that atrocities (at this time) include merciless attacks on Hindus and their properties, desecration and also destruction of their Holy Deities. Hindu business establishments have also become victim to wrath of radical Muslims of any political group. This also suggests that the aim has always been to overthrow local Hindu population and also to send them a message to desert Bangladesh and move to India. Reports have been submitted by officials of an assortment of administrative regions or police departments to the High Court of Bangladesh through the Office of the Attorney General corresponding to a suo moto rule issued by the Hon’ble Court on January 15.

Even if heinousness had been perceived around Bangladesh, worst affected districts were Dinajpur, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Sherpur, Tangail, Comilla, Chandpur, Bagerhat, Jessore, Narail, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore, Joypurhat, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Rangpur, Gaibandha Nilphamari and Thakurgaon. Now, if a question is asked of the penalization, the revelation is enough to disappoint the inquirer. Albeit burgeoning atrocities rocked the whole of Bangladesh along with the international arena, only 36 criminal cases have been filed and these include three general diaries. Only139 people have been arrested even though huge mobs were seen to participate in carnages.  

On February 5, 2014, radical Muslims despoiled a hermitage of minority Hindus in the sub-district of Kaharol within the district of Dinajpur. The entire operation, according to locals, was carried out by a few masked men having lethal weapons too. While the diagnostic laboratory hall was pillaged in the beginning, a temple within the same premises was looted later on and lots of valuables were also stolen.

On February 23, 2014, at 11 am, residences of two neighboring Hindu families were burnt down by criminals in the village of Nrisingha within Laxmichap Union at the district headquarter of Nilphamari. Seven houses belonging to both families burnt up. While talking to the local Hindu villagers, it was learnt that attacks on Hindus in the area is no new. Several attempts to burn down Hindu properties took place but the reluctance of police to solve Hindus’ anguishes has stimulated felons altogether.

Exodus of Hindus from Bangladesh can start once more; the situation is highly volatile and Bengal in India can be their best haven.

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.

Rezzaq Mollah’s dream project of Dalit – Muslim bloc to end Hindus in Bengal kicks off

The decision to float a pro-Muslim and Dalit outfit for a person like Rezzaq Mollah, firebrand and also rebel leader of CPIM, who doesn’t miss a chance to deride the imperceptible dominance of Bengali Hindu higher castes in Bengal, is no thunderbolt. He has been known for days, if not years, to voice against weird Hindu dominance in Bengal and also for having the resolve to end it. And to give this Jihad against Hindu dominance a concrete voice, he has set up “Social Justice Forum” having all potentials to become a political outfit soon and also to contest in no less than 185 seats in Bengal’s assembly election of 2016. The first public convention of the organization took place at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata, on February 23, 2014.

A few highly known faces were also found in the audience. They include Laxman Seth, another firebrand and rebel leader of CPIM, representative of Tapashili community and also on the brink of being expelled from the party; Sukhbilas Barma, MLA of Congress and also ex-IAS, Ali Akbar Ansari, representing backward Muslim community from Bihar and Suraj Singh Besrao, founder of all Jharkhand Students Union and also ex-tribal MLA of Lalu Prasad Singh’s cabinet. Even if Nazrul Islam (disputed IPS officer) is a staunch support of this cause, he was not present in the presence. But his absence was compensated by the presence of Hazarat Kashem Siddique or Prizada of Furfura Sharif and Pirzada of Basirhat at the conference’s podium. Both of them blessed the cause and hoped for its success.  

Well, Mollah made it clear at the beginning that the outfit is not against any particular caste but against the pernicious influence of Brahmanism, a notion which is more than extinct in Bengal’s socio-political-economic structure for more than a century.  He was heard to state in the convention, “We are not against any caste. But so long as there is upper-class hegemony in the government, parties and administration, the welfare of dalits, downtrodden and minorities will never happen.” He also praised the recent statement of Dr. Amartya Sen where the globally acclaimed Nobel Laureate had argued for empowerment of backward classes.  Are there other factors to propel him to commence this political combination? It is his innate desire to empower depressed classes and perceive a Dalit Chief Minister in the state soon. He also vows to introduce a Muslim Home Minister and Deputy Chief Minister plus other backward classes (OBCs) in the state cabinet. As per him, this will end the ceaseless feudal system under the aegis of Brahmans and other Hindu higher caste groups in the state.

And through these combative endeavors, Mollah brings back memories of Shri Jogendranath Mandal, undisputed leader of Scheduled Caste Hindus in 1947, whose rebellion against Hindu upper caste then accelerated the demand of Pakistan and also inspired Muslim League to include him into its cabinet. However, this self-claimed custodian of Hindu Dalits was shown the boot when he dared to protest against the genocide of Dalit Hindus at Barisal in 1950. He was also warned of dire consequences and hence, he returned to the so-called caste Hindu dominated Indian state of Bengal and sent his resignation to Liaquat Ali Khan, the then and also first Prime Minister of Pakistan, from Calcutta Airport. Shri Mandal was the first Minister for Law and Labor in the first Government of Pakistan and also the highest-ranking Hindu member of the government.

This singular initiative brings forth several questions – will Mollah’s “Social Justice Forum” complete the unfinished task of partition in 1947 now? Will it hoodwink Dalit Hindus in Bengal through false promises? Will caste Hindus be targeted in the beginning to be followed by Dalits? Lastly – will Bengal become a new Bangladesh thus? 

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.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Indian Mujahideen’s ominous presence in Bengal

Even if the National Investigation Agency or NIA, federal agency that had been set up by the Government of India to combat terror, is tightening its grip on Indian Mujahideen (IM) or the notorious and indigenous  group of radical Muslims, it’s a cruel fact that the terrorist group is gaining strength alarmingly. And by now its tentacles have been extended throughout India, not to speak of Bengal, known as its safe haven these days. All these have come to the fore through the document of NIA terming how nine districts in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is under its sway these days. These districts include Lucknow, Kanpur, Aligarh, Agra, Faizabad, Bahraich, Barabanki, Lakhimpur Kheri and also Azamgarh and as per investigations supported by meticulous researches, these districts form the basis of Indian Mujahideen and help to extend its monstrous activities allover the nation.  Lots of questions may be asked over this basis and in this regard, it is enough for readers to comprehend that these areas have been under the command of secularist politics through decades and the present government in Uttar Pradesh, headed by Sri Akhilesh Yadav of the Socialist Party, prefer to retain this venomous political tradition most.   

Because of coordinated activities of SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) and Indian Mujahideen, the vicious design to destabilize India is unabated in other states also and these are Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharasthra, Andhra Pradesh and Assam. While the worst affected areas in Maharasthra include Aurangabad, Malegaon, Jalgaon, Pune, Thane, no less than twelve organizations (backed by both SIMI and Lashkar e Taiba) are operating publicly in Kerala and Konbhatti in Mallapuram, notable municipal town in the state, happens to be its fort. Take the districts of North Bihar including Darbhanga, Samastipur, Araria and Madhubani for example. According to intelligence reports, Indian Mujahideen is very active in these districts and recruit new cadres all the time. These routes were formerly used by various terrorist outfits to move to Nepal but now, burgeoning madrasas of Ahle Hadis and Deobandi are abetting concept of Jihad here. In relation to Madhya Pradesh, activists of IM and SIMI were limited to Indore, Ujjaini, Khandoa and Bhopal but by now it has extended to the areas of Burhanpur, Guna, Nimach and Sajapur as well.   

Recent investigations have revealed that IM and SIMI are controlling lots of Jihadi Muslim groups across India. These include National Democratic Front and Islamic Youth Center in Kerala, Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazagham and a few others. How do these groups raise funds? Apart from raising money from local people to have their confidence, international Islamic groups also donate copiously.  What is more, World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) in Riyadh and International Islamic Federation of Students’ Organization (IIFSO) from Kuwait have been found as principal sponsors.

Bengal, according to researches, happens to be the most favorable area of these groups and there are a few reasons behind it. While on one hand, they can maintain a steady relation with Jihadis in Bangladesh, secular political scenario in the state again has always been silent to this ominous saga and thanks to it, state administration can’t proceed against them. This great opportunity is being exploited in every capacity. Of late, during the Shahbag struggle in Bangladesh, leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami took refuge in Kolkata and its outskirts under the aegis of IM and SIMI and the election of Ahmad Hassan Imran, journalist and executive director of Muslim Bengali daily “Kolom”, confidant of Jamaat in Bangladesh and also correspondent of its newspaper, Naya Diganta, recently in Rajya Sabha as a Trinamool Congress candidate has allegedly boosted both IM and SIMI.  

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.

Bengal CM skips meeting US ambassador to pacify Muslims in state

Weird secularism rules the roost

Was the meeting between Ms. Nancy J Powell, ambassador of the United States to India, and Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of Kolkata, on February 21 cancelled deliberately to earn confidence of Muslims across the state before the upcoming Parliamentary election once more? The question may seem unlikely to many but happens to be the most discussed issue in the state’s political arena at the moment and such reflections are being found in Delhi too.  According to sources, it was a calculated act; the decision was taken by the Chief Minister and her confidants both within Trinamool Congress and Bengal Government and the sole purpose was to go on with cordiality with Muslims in the state.   

It is also a reality that a few influential Muslim groups in Bengal asked the Chief Minister to skip the meeting with US ambassador on February 21 even if it had been settled a week before. On the word of critics, the request was a veiled threat and any failure in this would have displeased Muslims in the state.  

It has come to knowledge, Ms. Nancy J Powell had sought this appointment following her meeting with Narendra Modi on February 13 but she had to remain content with meeting M K Narayanan, Hon’ble Governor of Bengal, and a few schoolchildren on February 21. However, this, as usual, has been termed by the Government as a fiction of imagination. But they have gone wrong in another sphere too – albeit they refute any compulsion in calling off the appointment with US ambassador, Muslim organizations in Bengal are simply elated at this decision of their beloved Didi.

Take for example Mohammad Quamruzzaman, general secretary of the All Bengal Minority Youth Federation and also a fast emerging Muslim leader in the state. He, while talking to press and media, claimed the development as a success of Muslims and stated that he all-alone had sent an email to the Chief Minister’s Office a few days back urging her to deflect the planned meeting with the ambassador of United States, worst enemy to Islamic Ummah.

When asked by representatives of press and media, Mohammad Quamruzzaman was found to say, ““This is a historic decision by our chief minister.” “We are happy that she has always seen the interest of her minority brothers. We sent an email to her on February 17 requesting her not to hold any meeting with a representative of a war-mongering country like America. And today we saw that she did not disappoint us. This is a good decision. Before the general election, minorities would never like the chief minister to meet people from the US.” He also added, “She has in fact never disappointed us.” “When controversial author Salman Rushdie wanted to visit the Calcutta Book Fair, we requested her not to allow him into the city. We also appealed to her not to allow a television show based on a story by Taslima Nasreen to be aired on a Bengali channel recently, and it was taken off air,” he said.

Moulana Noor-ur Rehman Barkati, influential Shahi Imam of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan Mosque, was also found to reiterate this claim. He said, “After I came to know about the likely meeting, I advised Mamataji not to talk to representatives of America. It would have sent a wrong signal to the minority community. Mamata took a bold decision. She will get the results in the general election. She will secure maximum votes from the minorities.”

It must be mentioned that the obligation of a US ambassador is to negotiate a treaty and apart from other trivial jobs, his/her duty is to represent the interests and policies of United States. What makes any European country and also United States interested to Bengal is the latter’s geographical position along with potentials for development.  It seems Bengal has missed the bus of development again; the urge to placate Muslims is more now.

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, February 21, 2014

Will acquittal of Khonra Badshah deepen communal hostility in South 24 Paraganas district?

Contrary to expectations of people and especially families of victims, Noor Islam Fakir alias Khonra (lame) Badshah, liable for the death of almost 200 persons in the infamous hooch tragedy that rocked the whole of Bengal in 2011, has been released. Apart from him, seven other persons including his wife Shakila Bibi have also been acquitted. Even if the couple will have to be behind the bars for the time being due to their involvement in two other hooch tragedy-related death cases, it is believed that this exoneration will relieve the hooch kingpin ultimately. While on one hand, this acquittal evidences his sway in the environs even after languishing in jails for more than two years, on the other hand, the insincerity of police and administration has come to the light also. According to locals, had police, defying political pressure, been sincere to convict Badshah, the result would have been different. What is more apprehended, his final release will change the politics-crime world nexus in the district of South 24 Paraganas overnight and tranquility will be replaced by violent clashes only.

It is not hard to recall the dreaded incident that rocked the whole of Bengal and also the nation almost three years ago. On December 14, 2011, almost 200 persons (although police’s record state the death toll as 172) died after drinking hooch, purportedly manufactured by Badshah in the areas of Sangrampur, Mograhat and Mandirbazar areas within the district of South 24 Parganas. The event not only shocked people at large but enraged mob, as a result, was witnessed to smash a number of shops of liquor around. Public life, virtually, came to a standstill almost for a few days, after that. The government was prompt enough to set up an official probe and three cases, in this regard, were filed against Khonra Badshah and his accomplices. The case of Mandirbazar was being put on trial by the Diamond Harbour Additional District and Sessions’ Judge’s Court.

What has gone wrong? This single question is haunting victims’ kin at the moment and if sources are to be believed, the insincerity of police and administration, under political pressure, happened to be the best weapon for the hooch kingpin. This hunch gets firm with the chastisement by the Hon’ble Judge at the Diamond Harbour Additional District and Sessions’ Judge’s Court. Apart from picking the lackadaisical attitude of police, the inability of police to submit the forensic report of viscera was also censured severely. The public prosecutor was seen to remain silent altogether.

Days following the arrest of Badshah witnessed high pitch dramas only as no less than 23 witnesses to the incident turned hostile one by one and none other than the public prosecutor declared them hostile as their statements in court contradicted their earlier avowals during the interrogation done by police. Insiders claim that it was affright, strengthened by the apathy of police and administration, that propelled witnesses to become hostile. Others claim that high compensations refrained victims’ families to proceed any longer. But this is not the truth since the news of acquittal was found to imperil hundreds of families in the neighborhood.

This weird success has demoralized and also frightened plaintiffs in the remaining two cases. Lawyers in Calcutta High Court consider that there are ample chances that these two cases will become insignificant in due course.  A part of administration also considers, release of Badshah will worsen law and order in the whole of South 24 Paraganas district, known more these days for burgeoning communal clashes.

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.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hindu passengers at the mercy of minority vehicle drivers in Kolkata

Novel way to subdue before Parliamentary Election!!

When will the police and administration be wise enough to stop drivers in Kolkata from thrashing passengers permanently? This burning question is affecting almost all inhabitants in the metropolis as harassments and thrashing of passengers by vehicle drivers refuse to end.  Sanjit Shau, living in Ezra Street, became a victim to a taxi driver’s wrath on February 18. The gruesome incident took place around Tea Board area in Central Kolkata and it started when Almas Ali, the driver, demanded more fare than the amount displayed in the taxi’s meter. When the quarrel refused to end, Almas Ali punched Suraj Shau in his face. Following the incident, Almas Ali was taken into custody while the taxi was detained.

It has been learnt, Sanjit Shau hired the taxi from Howrah Station at 2.45 pm on February 18 to reach his destination. Almas Ali did not want to go to Tea Board, in the beginning. When Suraj Shau filed a complaint to the police cubicle nearby, Almas Ali had no other option other than to go. On the word of Suraj, after a few minutes Almas demanded extra fare but he declined to pay. The quarrel between the two intensified once the vehicle reached the Tea Board and as per Suraj, he was punched in the face at this time. Suraj got stunned as a result and taking advantage of this shock, the cab driver tried to escape. But Suraj overcame the shock soon and raised an alarm. A few pedestrians gathered in the area soon and stopped the taxi. Local traffic police official also reached the spot in a moment, detained the vehicle and caught the assailant or Almas Ali red handed. As blood was flowing out his face profusely, Suraj was sent to the Medical College Hospital close at hand and he was released from there, following primary medical attention, hours later. Almas Ali was arrested by police and an FIR under sections 323 and 341 was also filed against him. The guilty taxi driver is behind the bar at the moment.

Will this prompt and creditable act of police be able to inhibit rising attacks on passengers by vehicle drivers? The answer is perhaps no as such complaints are being found almost on a daily basis. And the experience of Mousumi Kumbhakar, living in Dunlop, on January 16 is enough to create a shudder. She and her friend became victim to dastardly attacks of an auto rickshaw driver named Mohammed Amir Ali. They had hired an auto-rickshaw to visit Quest Mall in Ballygunje and the fair was Rs. 24. Once the auto rickshaw reached Beckbagan, the driver asked both of them to get down. But he was modestly requested by them to move to Quest Mall. When the vehicle reached the destination, Mohammed Amir Ali (age 24), the driver and living in Jhautala Lane, demanded another Rs. 30. Mousumi protested as the Mall is located at a few yards away from Beckbagan. This led to a scuffle. Amir Ali punched Mousumi on her face by an iron rod all of a sudden and she was left bleeding profusely. Her friend started screaming and Mohammed Amir Ali was caught red-handed.

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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Minority Rule in Bengal

Lok Sabha election is round the corner and even if there is a Modi wave across India, none is ready to vacate the war front and hence, the saga of good governance and an assortment of assurances prevail the Indian political arena. Trinamool Congress is also not lagging, naturally and therefore, to retain its predominance and also to fortify it, the Bengal government, under the reign of Trinamool Congress, is busy to win Muslim community these days. The statement is enough to propel a bystander to ask the same question, “Is this anything new?” No it is not but the sane person is advised to go through this to check the bankruptcy of Indian politics once more.

To maintain its control and also to strengthen its own destiny, Bengal government is back and with an assortment of proposals and wise intentions for the Muslim community, the only minority class that is recognized by all in Bengal. Only a few days back, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, while she was in North Bengal, issued a statement that all madrasas (even if they are not recognized by the government) will be brought under madrasa education council and through this the age-old message got apparent once more – Bengal government has sleepless nights to better Muslim population in the state. What’s of other minority communities and their own aspirations in the educational sector? The government has not time to think for them as they do hardly matter in the electoral scenario.

If you want to know more, you shall have to read the budget of West Bengal for 2014-15, made public officially on February 17 (Monday). Apart from conceiving of a 16 percent increase in its own tax collection, the government has announced copious projects for departments like Panchayat, Rural Development and certainly, Minority Affairs. As per government’s own records, the allocation for the minority affairs and madrasa education has risen by 102 percent for the coming fiscal. The project of constructing residences for people of minority community or one particular community entails an amount Rs. 414 crores. Again, 18 minority houses are being built in various districts across the state whereas 109 marketing centres for these houses will also be initiated. The government is determined to increase the edge of OBC (Other Backward Caste) Muslims also. What’s the government’s viewpoint then? Is it related to business or portrayal of communal harmony?  Confusion persists, indeed.

Is there anything for the majority community at all? The government has not brushed Hindus aside and this is best found in its own attempts to repair the Dangar Ayee Temple, located at Gunjabari in Cooch Behar. Even if Devottar Trust plays the key role, MLA fund will also be used to make the project a success. What’s of employment of Hindu youths? It can’t be as they are part of a greater society; while, Muslims form a distinct community with the virility to change election’s fate somewhat.

Today, a friend, appearing disillusioned over murky Indian politics nowadays, asked me in roadside tea stall, “What is Hindus’ take?” I, feared of secular cadres around, stopped him hurriedly stating, “How can you be so communal?”

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.

Jihadi Muslims thrash Hindu school teacher in Shantipur, Nadia brutally

Bids to free school from Hindu teachers in full swing  

On February 14, 2014, Malancha High School for boys located in Shantipur within the jurisdiction of the police station of Shantipur in the district of Nadia witnessed the turbulence of Jihad, waged by no less than thousands of radical Muslims in the neighborhood. It has been learnt, problem started with a single teacher in the school named Krishna Kanta Ray, known for his generosity to the students in the school and also for professional prowess. Malancha High School has a vast population of students but since the majority of students are Muslims, Saraswati Puja is not allowed within the school’s premises. Hindu teachers of the school, hence, decided to observe the event informally on February 14 and through organizing a small get together among them in the morning. It has to be noted, hallowed day of Devi Saraswati Puja was on February 4 or Tuesday. As a result, none of the teachers apprehended any problem even in their dreams also. Krishna Kanta Ray lives in Kalyani Gayeshpur.  

Contrary to their expectations, protests to the informal get together started from the early hours of the school and hundreds of Muslims were found to pour out of the adjacent mosque following namaz and advancing to the school. According to locals, around 200 students from a nearby madrasa joined the march also. Within a few minutes, thousands of Muslims from the neighborhood reached the school and all were demanding Krishna Kanta Ray and calling his names for insulting Islam. Popular perception realized that the informal get together to observe Saraswati Puja was termed as a monstrous act against Islam. The situation was enough to stun and petrify Hindu teachers, not to speak of Krishna Kanta Ray, and hence, they couldn’t find any way to escape the public wrath. In a little while, the violent Islamic mob barged into the school and attacked the hapless teachers. However, Krishna Kanta Ray could manage to save himself as he took shelter in the third floor of the school. But other Hindu teachers were not so lucky and became victim of mob fury. Not only they were insulted but each of them had to bear severe blows also.

To calm the situation down, local police station was phoned and shortly, two police vans appeared there to rescue ill-fated Hindu teachers. But the police contingent had to flee due to attacks on it by the violent mob. To save the situation and also teachers, police station contacted the District Magistrate’s office. A representative of the DM’s office, along with a large contingent of RAF, appeared there at last and rescued teachers including Krishna Kanta Ray. On the word of locals, while the rescue operation was going on, radical Muslims attempted to grab Krishna Kanta Ray. When it turned out to be of no avail, the mob demanded arrest of Krishna Kanta Ray for outraging Islamic religious feeling. Even if he was not guilty, Krishna Kanta Ray was arrested and bailed out on the next day. Meanwhile, he phoned Ajoy Dey, local MLA, to save him. Ajoy Dey didn’t turn up but sent his confidant Abdul Salim Karikar. Abdul went to the school but virtually fled after seeing the mob fury.     

There is another reason behind this awful thrashing, according to Soumya Biswas (named changed and a terrified Hindu student of the school). Somuya told that a week before Krishna Kanta Ray, while teaching in a class, had found a few students unmindful. When the reason was asked they replied that they had been listening to the azan from the neighboring mosque. Krishna Kanta Babu asked them to concentrate more on their studies. This act of Krishna Kanta Ray has also provoked Muslims to go against him. Islamists have already threatened to murder him. They will not allow his return to school and are going to unleash a campaign soon to free the school from Hindu teachers.

While shocked Krishna Kanta Ray is at his own residence, Hindus in the area are panic-stricken.

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, February 17, 2014

Mob fury kills Bangladeshi cow smuggler in Cooch Behar

On February 6, 2014, a cow smuggler named Aminur Rahman (age 30) was killed by an irate mob, tired of escalating cow smuggling in the area and also the lackluster response of local administration to inhibit this ominous trade. The incident took place at the village of Hemkumari under the police station of Kuchilbari in Mekhligunj within the district of Cooch Behar adjacent to the international India-Bangladesh border. According to local police, slain Aminur Rahman is originally from Bangladesh and lived in Patgram there. The dead body, following post-mortem examination, was handed over to the Bangladeshi police through a flag meeting with Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) at Charbandha. Meanwhile, 4 persons, known to be involved in stealing a cow in the village of Nagar Bhagni of Dinhata, were handed over to local police. Police seized the vehicle used to smuggle cow as well.  

On the word of Anup Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police in Cooch Behar, a team comprising Bangladeshis entered the Indian mainland to appropriate and then smuggle cows into Bangladesh. However, local villagers caught one of them red-handed and the mob fury led to his death. The slain youth, later on, was identified as Aminur Rahman and a citizen of Bangladesh and hence, his body was transferred to the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) after complying with official procedures.

But there are other facts as well and this was revealed after talking to villagers. In accordance with villagers, smuggling of cows has become a regular affair in the realm of bordering districts and whether it is North Bengal or South Bengal, the picture remains same and without doubt, the situation, thanks to administrative indifference or compulsions, is worsening steadily. And Mekhligunj in the district of Cooch Behar happens to be one of the worst affected areas.  

In accordance with villagers, a team of seven Bangladeshi cow smugglers entered the Indian soil through Kuchilbari border in the dead of night on February 6 and at 2 am they tried to barge in the village of Hemkumari. When locals got cautious and started to pour out of their residences in large numbers, all criminals tried to run away. When villagers chased the team, six of them could manage to cross the border and enter Bangladesh. One of them, as reported already, was caught red-handed and was thrashed in public leading to his death. However, villagers remained tight-lipped of the death. For that reason, even if local police of Kuchilbari patrolled the entire area, they couldn’t find out the slain body. It was found in the morning on Thursday.  

On February 7, locals in the village of Bhagni within Dinhata caught four people red-handed for stealing cows and following a good thrashing in public, two cows were recovered. Later, they were handed over to the local police.  But residents in the village of Hemkumari are found to be apprehensive of a lethal attack before long and according to them, cow smugglers, including six who had fled to Bangladesh, would come with lethal weapons for a reprisal. When asked of reasons behind such an apprehension, these types of attacks, after any failed attempt, was termed as common in the area. But at this time, instead of depending on police and BSF, villagers are preparing themselves to stave off any tragedy.

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.