West Bengal will witness the assembly elections this year. And we are seeing the hints of that in WB. Violence breaks out in Malda when the protesters came across a North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) bus trying to cross the rally. It’s been almost three days now since an angry mob turned violent during a rally and torched Malda’s Kaliachak police station along with over a dozen vehicles. However, so far only 9 out of 130 accused have been arrested. Also, 6 of 9 were let off on bail hours after the arrest. Tension gripped up, public properties were damaged in this riot. Ahead of elections, communal violence and riots have become fashion nowadays. Let it be in Bihar, UP or West Bengal. Political ‘goondas’ are killing innocent people. These riots are very strategic and political involvements are for sure.
If Malda police has to be believed then the entire incident was pre-planned and it was not a mere religious gathering by Muslims groups protesting against the hate speech of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari. A strong anti-Hindu sentiment in the locality, reportedly propagated by all three political parties-ruling Trinamool Congress, Congress and CPI(M)-turned into massive violence in which the local Muslims turned hostile towards the state administration. In a fit of rage, they torched buses and police vehicles, ransacked government properties and set the Kaliachak police station on fire. The protesters held tall green flags and marched on the National Highway (NH)-34.
Meanwhile, an Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari’s remarks on Prophet Muhammad was uncalled for. When we don’t want any other religion to comment on our God and beliefs then we should refrain ourselves from commenting on other’s religion. Although, the Hindus and Muslims had been living together for centuries in the Indian sub-continent, yet there had never been any signs of merger of the Hindu and Muslims societies. The two have always remained as two distinct social systems, two separate cultures and two different civilizations. The condition of the Indian Muslims after 68 years reveals the truth of the so-called Indian secularism. The hate and rift between Hindus and Muslims was the outcome of divide and rule policies of the British era. Regretfully, today’s politicians are still refining on this evil practice and playing dirty politics by creating Hindu-Muslims riots on sensitive issues. West Bengal is probably very sensitive in this matter as compared to other states.
These incidents speak volumes of the inefficiency of the state administration and the political masters who are heading the government. West Bengal may become a ‘hot spot’ and an epicenter for all anti-national activities. Communal hatred is only perpetrated by political parties for selfish interests. The police in Bengal seem to be already politicized like the police force in UP. The ‘intolerant brigade’ seems to be mute to the happenings in West Bengal. If the same had been in any BJP ruled states, they would have voiced their ‘concerns’. The flip side of the Kaliachak rampage tells a different story. Security agency officials and police sources revealed that the motive behind the massive rally and subsequent attack on a police station was something else. CCTV footage of the attack at Kaliachak police station is now being examined to identify the people who actually carried out the act of violence and ransacked the barrack.
In various joint operations, the police and security agencies had seized many FICN (Fake Indian currency notes) consignments that came to this side of the border through the help of locals, but could not be distributed in other parts of the country. The local police and BSF personnel had prepared a detailed list of suspects who were involved in the fake notes racket in the border belt and were keeping an eye on their movements. This is said to have infuriated a section of Muslims in the region who were allegedly involved in anti-national activities.
Tiwari, who claims to be the working president of Hindu Mahasabha, had called Prophet Muhammad the first homosexual in the world. He is currently behind bars on charges of hate speech. However, a BJP MLA – Shamik Bhattacharya – has been arrested as a preventive measure to thwart further escalation in the already tensed area. BJP has accused Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government of shielding the accused and acting against the saffron party members. Around one lakh Muslims gathered in Muzaffarnagar, demanding death penalty for Tiwari. Similar protests against Tiwari have been reported from Bengaluru and Delhi, no wonder if entire India too gets burned in the fire.
Even after several hours of inactivity, most residents still choose to stay indoors and shops remain closed. The situation continued to be tense as Section 144 is still imposed in the area. God knows, when this ‘hate’ saga will end in India. I hope BJP is not planning something worst to win the elections in West Bengal. There are very thin chances for the saffron party to win assembly elections in that state.