Mr. Prashanta Das, a Hindu businessman and resident of Chingripota, near Budge Budge, Kolkata had an unwanted stranger on August 14, 2010, Officer in Charge, Mr. Rajiv Sharma of BojBoj Police Station. The item of contention was a statue of Hindu icon Lord Hanuman on the gate of the businessman's house. The newly appointed officer visited Mr. Das' house without any notice and threatened him for allegedly provoking the local devout Muslims and hurting their religious sentiments by having this deity.
The police officer further stated that the Muslims who were coming to offer namaz (Muslim prayer) complained that “to see this Hindu idol while doing Namaz is anti-Islam and blasphemous and should be immediately brought down”. (The mosque where the Muslims pray is next to the Das residence and is built illegally on a plot of land which was illegally confiscated from the Das family by the Muslim fanatics). Hence, the officer repeatedly insisted that statue had to be altered, faced inside or taken down.
After listening to this, Mr.Das was speechless, did not know how to react to such an outrageous insane complaint and that too coming from a senior Police officer.
Mr. Das stated that “Pavan putra Hanuman may appear as an eyesore to the local Muslims but in our family, He is our revered family deity and we respect Him supremely; As part of our religious freedom and right, we installed the statue on my place, on my residence. I did not illegally occupy any body's land and install it”. Mr.Sharma was very angry hearing such straight-forward reply and gave Mr. Das an ultimatum that "Either you cover the statue or remove it immediately otherwise I will be pressing criminal charges against you.” Mr. Das told Mr. Sharma, "I will not remove the statue because this deity is on my property and I have, as a citizen, every right to put anything on my property and no body can stop me doing that”
Prashanta Das has sought the direct help of Hindu Samhati to retain the statue of Lord Hanuman in his home. Hindu Samhati is providing legal and logistical help to ward off the threat from the police administration which is itself turning into an instrument of the local Islamists.
Hindu Samhati requests readers to write to their local Member of Parliament (MPs), and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLAs), and the maistream media to stop their Islamic appeasement policy, and prevent discrimination against Hindus in Bengal. Please write to us for more information on this issue.
Police Station: Budge Budge, Calcutta 700140
(near Batanagar), District s 24 Pargana....
West Bengal, India