Islamists flaunting muscles still; police remains spineless onlooker
There has been a sudden ascension in onslaughts on Hindus by Islamists throughout
Bengal and in the
majority of cases the circumstances appear to be quite the same. While in most
cases the police stand as a hopeless, spineless bystander (with no discretion
to stop Islamic fanatics), administration appears to be a greater cohort to all
those (responsible for) hatching the conspiracy. It is found to be prompt
enough to adopt an anti-Hindu position (at any time) through harassing or even
rejecting formal complaints of Hindus in these riotous situations.
It will be too early to knock the ruling clique to mastermind ongoing attacks; the situation was similar in the earlier regime too. But with each day it passes, the situation is getting murkier. Hindus are already at the receiving end; they are found to lose faith on and to have any justice from the administration.
How Islamists remain outfitted (round the clock) to harass and also thrash Hindus got apparent yet again on May 15, 2012, at village: Santoshpur, P.S. Jangipara, Distirct:
Hindus have been observing Raksha Kali Puja there for decades and as a part of
the program, on the fateful day, Hindus, most of whom were women, were carrying
Gangajal (holy water of River Ganges) from Sheoraphuli Ganga ghat to Santoshpur
along with the holy deity (this convention has also been continuing for
decades). Musical instruments were also being played in the procession and
undoubtedly, the environment was joyful. Almost 50 policemen were also guarding
the long procession.
But all joys ended soon. At 6 pm, police stopped the elated procession at No. 31 route for 40 minutes at a stretch. When inquired, police replied that all were done to let the namaz (being performed at the Santoshpur mosque) remain undisturbed. Hindus got agitated and reacted strongly; they also blocked the road to give vent to their hurt feelings but police stated barefacedly that everything was being done as per order of SDO.
The religious procession started at 6.40 pm once again and the moment it reached Santosphur crossing, it was stopped by a pack of armed Islamists (at least 100) led by Sahabuddin Mallik, Samsuddin Mallik, Rezwan Ali (known as strong-armers in the neighborhood). The Hindu religious procession was attacked at once, Hindu women were thrashed with bamboo sticks, some were even stoned and sustained grave injuries, as a result.
All these happened before police (a spent force by now) and only when Hindus were witnessed to hit back, police stopped Islamists and dispersed the gang. However, Islamists, from a safe distance, continued to warn Hindus.
Kali puja completed under a tight security of police.