Dalanghata:Communal Riot on 14 July and Return Ratha Yatra Festival Passed peacefully

Posted on August 10, 2010

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Fume the Jihad - Police Jeep set on Fire by local Islamic Jihadis at Hotuganj

In Dalanghata near Diamond Harbour, Rath Festival was in full swing on 13 July. Huge crowd was there.

Muslim youths were misbehaving with Hindu girls. This is a regular feature in this district of South 24 Parganas. One Hindu girl of Bahadurpur slapped a Muslim boy for molesting her. The matter was sorted out.

Next one Muslim boy of Berandari village stole 2 saplings from one nursery shop owned by a Hindu. Mela committee volunteers caught him and thrashed him.

The Muslims targeted 2 Hindu boys. The Muslims abducted those 2 boys in the dark of night and took them to Muslim dominated Fakirpara. Mela Committee informed the police, rushed to Fakirpara and rescued the Hindu boys with the help of police.

DM declared no attack done upon any Fakirpara Mosque

The Muslims could not tolerate this.

The Muslims broke some tiles of the urinal of the village mosque, scattered them, poured some filth inside the mosque. Then they started announcing from the microphone of the mosque that Hindus have attacked and broken the FakirparaMosque.

From mosques of other villages too this rumour was being spread, e.g, Dakshin Berandari, Heliagachhi, Chandipur, Ektara, Hotuganj and Juaru.

Muslim attacked Police vehicle at Daktarkhana Mor near Hotuganj

From early morning of 14 July, about 3.00 am, huge Muslim crowd gathered in Fakirpara. After morning Namaz, they started rampaging. They started ransacking Hindu shops in Jamberia Golabari, Dharapur and Hotuganj.

They destroyed 2 Hindu temples in Jamberia Golabari and Bagaria.

Hindu Deity of Bagaria Temple thrown to pond by Muslims

At 9 am, police arrived at Fakirpara and encircled the mosque.

The Muslim mob then blocked the Hotuganj crossing of the Kakdwip Road at about 10 am.

They forced the Hindu shops to close down. Sufficient quantity of country made bombs and stones were with them.

A large number of Muslim criminals with fire arms were brought in from Lalpur and Magrahat. The notorious criminal Salim led them.

All office goers and students were barred to attend their offices and schools.

More than 50 buses and jeeps have been broken and damaged. Passengers were scared. It was a mayhem.

At 11 am police reached Hotuganj. They tried to remove the obstruction on road. Clashes started with police. The Muslim mob stoned the police heavily. The O.C. of Dimond Harbour P.S. Sanjib Banerjee got seriously injured. Other 8 police persons too have been injured.

One police jeep has been totally torched. One police wireless phone set was snatched away.

Police had to fire in blank for self protection. Police lathicharged and used tear gas.

Then RAF came to the spot. Prohibitory order Section 144 imposed. Somehow situation brought under control.

Police arrested about 20 Muslim miscreants. But all were released after all party meeting at afternoon.

Clashes spread over many villages like Kochuberia, Shyam Bosur Chak and Kulpi.

The whole Diamond Harbour sub division is tense.

The District Magistrate of South 24 Pargana Mr. Khalil Ahmed role was absolutely partisan and communal, whereas the role of the Superintendent of Police of the district Mr. Lakshmi Narayan Meena has been impartial.

On 21st July, there was Return Ratha Yatra Festival at Dalanghata in South 24

Peacefull Return Ratha Yatra Festival

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.

Hindu Confidence Restored.

Source: http://hindusamhati.org

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