10 Days Of Mob Frenzy, Hazinagar Still Burns

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Barrackpore: Amid police action Hazinagar area of Naihati locality is still reeling under various tensions between separate communities. Ten days ago local hooligans started violence in name of religious processions. From then local people both Hindus and Muslims are  living under a state of fear, nobody knows who will be the next target.

The Barrrackpore Commissionerate of North 24 Parganas police stated that preventive measures are taken. The RAF has been deployed in the turbulent area. But the residents could not feel very safe because of dangerous rumours and whispering terror campaign.  In this situation the allegations and counter allegations are also catered, obviously by political interests. One of the local opposition leader alleged that the ruling nexus of the locality are threatening many young guys. So hundreds of boys fled the area due to ruling party’s threat and police inaction. He also alleged that police refused to take complaints and even stood mute spectator during the arson.

As per reports, the violence started on October 12, when a Tazia procession taken out by the muslim community turned violent and ransacked around 30 shops belonging to the Hindu community.

The initial violence was localised around Hazinagar’sNaihati Jute Mill area where the Jama Masjid is situated, and the neighbourhood around Nelson Road that has homes of both Muslims and Hindus. By Thursday, the violence had spread to nearby Patterson Road, a Hindu-majority area adjoining the Muslim-dominated colony around HazinagarChhoti Masjid.

Alleged Muslim mob also ransacked the office of BJP councilor Ravi Shankar Singh of ward nu-23. Eye witnesses stated that the attackers arrived on a firebrigade truck.

The Opposition has alleged that Bengal has witnessed communal incidents on account of the government’s order to prohibit immersion of Durga idols on the day after VijayaDashami as it coincided with Muharram. The order was partly struck down by Calcutta High Court, which deemed it an “endeavour” to “appease the minority section”.