Dakshin (South) Barasat happens to be an important area in District: 24 Paraganas (South) and has a railway station too in the Sealdah-Laxmikantpur section. Even if sporadic Hindu-Muslim clashes used to affect the locale, law and order was not in danger. The situation is not same any more – the earlier composition of the area has been changing drastically risking Hindus alone, according to locals.
What people are saying – a good number of Muslim families, hailing from outside regions, are increasingly occupying areas behind platform no. 2 (belonging to Indian Railway exclusively) and have built up a mosque there also without permission. Small-scale businesses of Hindus (before) have become greatest casualties and are being grabbed by the Muslim felons.
Repercussion of this terrible development is being felt in other social spheres also. It is becoming increasingly impossible for Hindu girl students to go either to school or Dhruba Chand Halder College (DCHC) nearby safely – eve-teasing coupled with sexual harassments of them by Muslim youths is rampant.
Even if Hindus have complained to the local administration repeatedly, there has been no apposite response yet; let alone adopting stern measures by police to stop such anti-social activities.
What is adding to Hindus’ woes, the number of Muslim families is rising exponentially with each day it passes.
Should Hindus remain silent still and watch their own gradual destruction? Or is it the time for them to react?