On July 29, 2012 (Sunday), at 12 pm, the residence of Mantu Krishna Mandal, village: Salika, P.S. Mograhat, District: 24 Paraganas (South), was attacked by a Muslim contingent involving Dhandu Qazi, Sarafuddin Qazi, Bapi Qazi, Afjal, Sona Qazi, Ansar, Kalu Qazi, Saidul (all dreaded Islamists) and others.
The gathering not only threatened but thrashed him mercilessly also and in addition, warned him of dire consequences, if he doesn’t change his decision. What is the main reason then? It has been learnt that Mantu Krishna Mandal owns a biri (slender indigenous cigarette) shop in Salika market and Islamists are making great efforts to bring his business to halt and replace it with an Islamist-owned shop.
Mantu Krishna Mandal was coerced a great deal to abide by the decision of Islamists. But his insistence to fight against Islamists led to the devastation.
Mantu Krishna Mandal along with his family, at this point in time, is panic-stricken and apprehending more attacks in coming days.
Before I end, there is a need to go through the saga of Mograhat.
A breathtaking rise in the number of Islamists in Mograhat block, District: 24 Paraganas (South) – in 1981 Hindus in Mograhat formed 87% of the entire populace but came down to mere 47% in 2001 – is no longer a talk of the town. What is being witnessed at the moment is a further decrease in the numbers and that the void is being filled by a momentous rise in Islamic communalism.