Chronology of recent major riots in West Bengal

Posted on September 29, 2010

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  • Army was called to control Muslim rioters in Kolkata in November, 2007. Muslim goons in the city looted Hindu shops and had beaten-up policemen in protest against writer, Taslima Nasreen’s bold view about Islam.
  • Dlanghata riot on July 14, 2010. In Dalanghata near Diamond Harbour, Rath Festival was in full swing on 13 July. Muslim youths were misbehaving with Hindu girls. One Hindu girl of Bahadurpur slapped a Muslim boy for molesting her. The Muslims could not tolerate this. More than 50 buses and jeeps have been damaged.
  • Riot broke out at Santipur in Nadia district following the brutal incident of rapes of three Hindu girls by Muslim goons in June, 2010.
  • Panchthupi Riot in Murshidabad on April 14, 2010 onwards. The clash started when some Muslim boys spat on the Hindu devotees of Shiva on the day of Charak Puja. These devotees were drinking water from a tube well.
  • Later, riots spread in adjoining villages Kutirampur, Babunia, Bhagabangola in June, 2010. Murshidabad District Magistrate, Parvez Siddiqui, played a partisan role in protecting Muslims only.
  • Riot broke out when about 15 cows were slaughtered at the Chhoto Mahara village in the Amta Sirajbati area of the Howrah district on the occasion of Eid on 28th Nov 2009. Earlier, no cow slaughters had ever taken place in this village.
  • As Rahul Gandhi begins his Bengal campaign, one of his immediate problems may be Trinamool Congress MP from Basirhat in North 24 Parganas, Haji Nurul Islam, who is accused of presiding over a four-hour mayhem on September 6 in Deganga that led to destruction of properties belonging to Hindus and the descecration of a temple. Posters have appeared in the area, 25 km from Basirhat, demanding that the MP be punished. A rattled Trinamool has launched an investigation into the matter. The violence, that started on September 6 and went on till September 9 despite deployment of Army, was triggered by erection of a wall around a Muslim cemetery at Kartikpur that Hindus said blocked entry to a temple and pandal of a Durga puja. Police resorted to lathicharge and held four Muslims to defuse the situation. But the mob soon started a road bloackade and on September 6 evening, a mob led allegedly by MP Haji Nurul, of nearby Boyra, started a march to the police station. On the way and back, hundreds of houses and shops belonging to Hindus were destroyed, apart from vehicles and police jeeps being set on fire. As the Army rolled in, CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee sent three ministers. However, the Trinamool boycotted the peace meetings. The residents have no doubt that Nurul Islam was the “main villain”. “We have written to Mamatadi on the role played by Haji,” Amiya Dey, a shopkeeper, said.
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