Hindus remain stranded
Malancha, situated in Sub-division: Basirhat, District: 24 Paraganas (North), has been a hotspot of animosity between Hindus and Muslims for years and village: Sastitala, one of the many villages in it, witnessed a corresponding flare-up once more on February 19, 2012. However, the basis of this hostility is quite unusual and it’s regarding a transformer (an electrical device by which alternating current of one voltage is changed to another voltage). Each of the Hindu and Muslim localities in the village enjoys a separate transformer; Islamist bid to exploit the Hindu locality’s transformer initiate the bloody crisis.
It is not a secret in Sastitala and its neighboring villages as well that Muslims use their transformer rampantly and hence, it burnt down completely a few days back. However, to get the supply of electricity a few Islamists came to the Hindu area at 7 pm on the very day and started to make use of it all of a sudden (without feeling the need of informing Hindus there). When Hindus objected, a clash started – the gang of Islamists simply pounced on Hindus and the ferocious bid was retaliated by Hindus vehemently.
To stall any further development of the bitterness, Hindus lodged a formal complaint against the Muslim felons in the police station of Haroa. But police, strikingly, was found to be reluctant to adopt any measure in this regard. Thanks to the strange indifference of the administration Hindus remained confounded, it is needless to say.
Hindus, being desperate and to put an end to the police’s strange mind-set, went en masse to the police station on February 21, 2012 (Tuesday) at 11 am. Nonetheless, police personnel did not even care to speak to them till 2 pm and Hindus were left stranded. The step motherly treatment of police proved to be more than enough to make Hindus impatient and they burst into loud protests altogether. In consequence of the topsy-turvydom police, ultimately, buckled under and pledged to take criminals into custody before long.
Whatever it is no arrest has taken place yet and it is being alleged that an influential Islamist lobby is trying hard to prevent police and administration from adopting necessary methods and also to nab the criminals.