“The people in the area are terror-stricken. For the first two days, the police and district administration did nothing to stem the violence. We have spoken to senior police officers. They have assured us that as soon as the situation is brought under control, they will start investigations against the accused,” said BJP MP Chandan Mitra.
Mitra, fellow party MP Uday Singh and former state BJP chief Tathagata Roy visited the affected areas on Thursday and spoke to villagers. They assessed the damage caused by the violence and urged locals to maintain peace and “prevent any attempt by outsiders to foment trouble”.
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Army flag march continues in Deganga, W. Bengal
Kolkata, Sep 10, 2010 at 07:33: Army continued with its flag marches for the third day on Thursday while prohibitory orders were relaxed at violence-hit Deganga in North 24-Parganas district.
“Army is still at Deganga where they staged flag marches, but the situation is under control and no fresh incident of violence was reported,” the District Magistrate said.
Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) personnel and state armed policemen were also deployed at Deganga.
Two columns of army were deployed there after paramilitary forces failed to control violence following the killing of a man on Tuesday.
West Bengal Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta visited the area on Wednesday night and asked police to apprehend troublemakers.
One person was killed and 25 others, including a DSP and seven policemen, injured in the violence after several places of worship were desecrated following clashes between two groups.
Deganga still tense, army flag marches in violence-hit areas
PTI | 06:09 PM,Sep 08, 2010
Kolkata, Sep 8 (PTI) Army jawans staged flag marches at Deganga in North 24 Parganas district even as stray clashes were reported from elsewhere in the district today. Two columns of army jawans, deployed last night to restore peace at the request of civil administration, staged flag marches this morning in some areas of Deganga after police and paramilitary failed to contain violence, police said. “Army is still at Deganga and they staged flag marches,” District Magistrate Vinod Kumar told PTI over phone. One person was killed and 25 others, including a DSP and seven policemen, were injured in the violence yesterday after several places of worship were desecrated following clashes between two groups, police said.Several houses, shops were ransacked while four vehicles and two police vans also torched. “The situation is still tense, but under control,” official sources said, adding that EFR personnel were still deployed in the area. District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Rahul Srivastava is still camping at Deganga. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were still in force in the area. However curfew was not imposed, they said.
The Hindu newspaper reports;
Parts of North 24—Parganas district were today brought under curfew and the army was requisitioned to assist paramilitary forces in restoring peace after several places of worship were desecrated following clashes between two groups.
North 24—Parganas District Magistrate Vinod Kumar said curfew has been imposed in Deganga area in the wake of violence that left a deputy superintendent of police and a civilian injured. The DSP was injured in brickbatting, while the civilian received bullet injury.
“The Army has been requisitioned for enforcing peace at Deganga. Around 200 personnel have been sent to the area to stage a flag march to instill confidence in the people,” a Defence official said.
CRPF and BSF were moved in earlier in the day to contain violence that erupted last night after clashes between two groups on the issue of taking out a procession in front of a place of worship, a senior police officer said.
Kumar said all precautionary measures have been taken to check the spread of violence. “The situation is now under control,” he said.
Clashes broke out last night between two groups on the issue of taking out a procession in front of a place of worship and later spread to other areas, a senior police officer said.
The area witnessed widespread rampage and loot. A vehicle was also torched this morning by mobs which had set up road blocks and burnt four vehicles yesterday.
Hindu Samhati reports:
September 8, 2010: NO RESPITE DESPITE ARMY PRESENCE. TODAY MORNING AGAIN MUSLIMS ARE ATTACKING DIFFERENT HINDU VILLAGES AROUND KARTICKPUR AWAY FROM THE MAIN ROAD.
HINDU WOMEN ARE FLEEING FROM BISWANATHPUR TOWARDS KARTICKPUR AS A LARGE MUSLIM MOB IS PROCEEDING FROM DOGACHHIA SIDE. POLICE IS TOTALLY HELPLESS. SEVERAL RAF PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN SEVERELY BEATEN UP BY THE MUSLIMS. EVEN ARMY IS UNABLE TO STOP THE MUSLIM MOB.
“KHEJURDANGA KARMAKAR PARA” VILLAGE JUST NOW BURNT. IT IS 2 KM. INSIDE FROM THE MAIN ROAD. ARMY IS NOT GOING THERE.
WOMEN ARE SCARED. ARMY IS NOT GOING INSIDE AS THEIR NUMBER IS TOO SMALL, ONLY ABOUT 200
SITUATION EXTREMELY WORSE. HINDUS ARE WAITING FOR MASSACRE. ALL SIDES ARE BLOCKED BY THE MUSLIMS. NO ROUTE TO ESCAPE.
Deganga, North 24 Parganas District, W. Bengal
September 7, 2010: The situation has been worsened today morning, Muslims again attacked the Hindus at Beliaghata and Kartickpur.
Temple destruction and looting of Hindu houses and shops are going on in massive scale.
Today morning Muslims destroyed Khejurdanga Durgamandap, Changdana Shiv Temple, Kartickpur Kali Temple and several other Hindu temples.
The Hindu shops of Beliaghata market have been looted. Grocery shop of Jhantu Biswas at Kartickpur bus stand has been looted totally.
Houses of Tarun Bhowmik, Kuntal Das, Kalyan Dutta and many others have been looted and ransacked.
Muslims are threatening that tonight they will enjoy all Hindu women.
All these happened in front of police and RAF (Rapid Action Force).
It is reported that RAF fled from the area leaving the hapless Hindus at the mercy of the rampaging Muslims. So, Muslims are looting and destroying unhindered.
In another report it is learnt that thousands of Muslims from Falti Anchal attacked Beliaghata market. 10-12 RAF personnel has taken shelter in a shop, they closed the shutter from inside to save their lives and the Muslims poured petrol outside the shop.
Even the District Superintendent of Police is unable to enter the area, or may be he is afraid of. He is standing at Golaghata, 6 kms. away from the hot spot.
Hindus started to remove the women elderly and the children of their families to safer areas. But it is being extremely difficult for them because Muslims encircled them in all directions. Frantic calls are coming to HS workers to rescue them. HS workers are trying to enter the area from any side.
The situation is totally out of control. Administration totally failed. Now it is considering to deploy army.
First reports from Hindu Samhati
HINDU TEMPLES DESECRATED, MARKETS LOOTED, POLICE OFFICER INJURED AT DEGANGA
September 6, 2010 : Today evening after Iftar, Muslims assembled in the Deganga Mosque (Basirhat SD, North 24 Parganas) and proceeded to a number of Hindu areas, looted and ransacked many Hindu shops and Hindu temples, severely beat up many Hindus, torched 4 public buses. The life of the whole stretch from Berachapa to Kadamgachi has been frozen.
Shani Temple of Kartickpur and Kali Temple of Deganga Biplabi Colony desecrated and ransacked by the rioting Muslims.
Arup Ghosh, Officer in Charge of Deganga police station is seriously injured by the rampaging Muslims. His head and hand have been fractured. Several other policemen also injured. Police had to fire to control the Muslim mob, but with no effect.
Today at 11 am, the dispute started when some fanatic Muslims started to dig the passage of a Durga Temple in Chattal Pally village which is situated just beside the Deganga Police Station. This Durga Temple is at least 25 year old. In past, Muslims tried many times to stop the Durgapuja. Hindus resisted their ill effort. This Chattal Pally and Deganga P.S. come under the district of North 24 Parganas, and its Parliamentary constituency is Basirhat. In 2009 election, Hazi Nurul Islam of T.M.C. won this constituency defeating long time Communist M.P. Ajay Chakraborty (C.P.I). After this change of power, Hindus of the whole area are facing all types of threat, humiliation, torture and their religious practices are in danger.
When Hindus objected the digging of the Temple passage, Muslims gathered there in large number and started mayhem. Hindus informed the police. Police came and they had to face the jihadi enthusiasm of the Muslims. Officer in Charge injured at that time. Then Muslims threatened that now Roja is going on. After the end of Roja and taking Iftar, they will teach stern lesson to the Hindus. So, after afternoon, Hindus dared not to open their shops on the stretch between Berachapa to Kadamgachhi on the Barasat – Basirhat Road. By this time, large contingent of police and RAF took position. Defying their presence, Muslims gathered in large number in the Deganga Mosque and started looting and destroying the Hindu shops, not in Chattal Pally, but in the big markets of Beliaghata, Deganga and Kartickpur. A big shop of Anil Bangal, a Hindu, has been looted fully among many other shops. Anil Bangal has been seriously injured. More than 25 people have been injured.
Latest position is that Police is not allowing the Hindus to come out of their homes so that they can enquire the damage done by the Muslims and Muslims are roaming freely in front of police force. Overall situation has been worsened. It is alleged that Maqbur Rehman, Mintu Sahaji led the Muslim rioters. It is also alleged that one TMC Hindu leader Ms. Ratna Chowdhury is trying to pressurize police not to take strong steps to stop the Muslim rampaging mob. The new TMC M.P. Hazi Nurul Islam allegedly influenced the police to remain inactive.
The Muslims are majority in number in the Deganga Block as well as in Basirhat Sub division of North 24 Parganas district. According to 2001 Census report, Muslims were 69.51 percent in Deganga Block. Naturally after nine years, their percentage increased a lot and Hindus in that Block are living a life almost like Pakistan. This North 24 Parganas district, is the largest border district where the highest number of Hindu refugees took shelter after being persecuted in erstwhile East Pakistan and present Bangladesh. In spite of that, the eight Blocks among total 29 of this districts became Muslim majority blocks in 2001 census.
Today’s violence in Deganga has been reported only in the NE Bangla channel of electronic media of West Bengal. All other channels including Star Anand, as always they do, are mum and suppressing the misdeeds of the fanatic Muslims.
Reports compiled by Hindu Samhati International team.
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