Hindu Samhati, Matua Mahasangha played major roles
The small yet significant town of Sonarpur-Rupnagar, P.S. Sonarpur, Sub-division: Baruipur, District: 24 Paraganas (South), experienced a new event today itself and it was the desperate effort of the local administration to raze a Hindu temple, belonging to the All India Matua Mahasangha, on a trivial ground. But what will remain as the nightmare of the concerned officials was the resistance of local Hindus under the aegis of Hindu Samhati and All India Matua Mahasangha (Sonarpur Block Committee) that made them return empty-handed. However, Hindus are yet to have a sigh of relief, past experiences being a great example, and to carry forward the struggle they even blockaded the Ghasiara-Narayanpur Road, thoroughfare of the area, bringing the traffic to a standstill.
Well, the temple and its problems from the very beginning are quite interesting to go through. The temple of All India Matua Mahasangha was built in 2006 and as per local Hindus, a few cadres of CPM, reigning then, demanded a sum of Rs. 50, 000 from the Matuas which was rejected straight away. And to have a good vengeance Sri Kamal Ganguly, Chairman of Sonarpur-Rajpur municipality stepped in and terming the temple as the bastion of asocial activities made great efforts to defame it outright. Even a formal case was registered as well and in 2008, High Court of Kolkata gave a verdict terming the temple as illegitimate and the need to demolish it. Nevertheless, defiance of local Hindus at that time prevented governmental officials from moving further.
With the change of guard in the last assembly election people hoped for betterment and truly, it was noticed in the initial days of the reigning government. But within a few days, Hindu state candidly, all changed for the worse and Sri Indubhushan Bhattacharya, prominent leader of Trinamool Congress, has become instrumental to harass the temple and Matua Mahasangha (Sonarpur Block Committee) linked to it. People allege that police visited the place today owing to his pressure only.
The unified resistance of Hindus proved to be too hard for the administration to break down and indeed, any such effort would have led to a ghastly clash only. Hindus were present in the site in large numbers and finally, police requesting the Matua members to reduce sizes of sunshades of more than 4 feet retreat. All India Matua Mahasangha (Sonarpur Block Committee) has assured that the same will be done within February 12, 2012.
Later, to protest against all these Ghasiara-Narayanpur Road was blockaded for a few minutes.