Hindus defending vigorously
Shanitpur is no naïve to rise of Islamic fundamentalism and in the recent years it went through lots of such assaults. There has not been any ending to such and the proliferation in anti-Hindu activities speaks on its own.
On April 9, 2013, Maniknagarpura, P.S. Shantipur, District: Nadia remained witness to a rabid onslaught of Muslim radicals to grab Hindu properties and a desperate Hindu defence to it.
The crisis, it has been learnt, is not sudden but has been going on surreptitiously for years and it stems from the land (worth above 32 bighas) having both a Muslim burial ground and a vast area where Hindus have been living for decades, if not more. In 1992, a bitter clash regarding the same land took place between the two communities.
On the very day, April 9, 2013, local Muslims were found (all of a sudden) to fence the vast land including the area being used by Hindus as dwelling. And to thwart any counterattack from Hindus, a crowd of 5, 000 Islamists having lethal weapons had already been stationed. However, Hindu youths risking their own lives stopped the work and decided to look for legal measures to save themselves.
With this end in view, a large number of Hindus went to Abdul Salim Karikar – vice-chairman of local municipality, but he opined that Muslims were doing no wrong. Hence, there was nothing to express disapproval. Shahjahan, local councilor, said the same also.
Finding no other option, Hindus went to local police station to lodge an official complaint. A deputation signed by tens of thousands of Hindus was also sent to District Magistrate, SP, SDPO, BLRO and Officer-in-Charge – P.S. Shantipur.
On April 10, 2013, next day, Islamists (in large numbers) came to the same place once more. To save the situation, Hindus phoned police. A number of police personnel arrived there soon and stopped the work. The situation is tense still and on April 16, 2013, key members of the administration will be in an official meeting with 5 representatives of each of Hindu and Muslim groups. District Magistrate, SP, BLRO and Officer-in-Charge – P.S. Shantipur will represent the administration.
Hindus are devoid any help yet as Ajay Dey, local MLA, has expressed his helplessness outright already.
Hindus are determined and steadfast in their demand – without a legal and proper measurement of the disputed property no construction will be allowed.