Deganga in the Indian state of West Bengal is becoming a site of turmoil with the passing of each day. It is evident that the same fire is engulfing rest of the state fast and unless Deganga is restrained now, Bengal would succumb to the rising Islamic fundamentalism faster than it is comprehended.
The fresh turmoil has taken place in the village BasonaBenapur, P.S. Deganga, close to Noornagar Village Pachayat, where no less than 85 Hindu households of the locality were persecuted in the night of 17 April 2011. Hindu youths of the families were simply encircled and battered, women were molested. Definitely the word molestation would get ashamed if it goes through the harrowing experiences of Hindu women here.
What led to the turmoil? It started regarding a mere incident of digging field and BasonaBenapur PalashPriya Sangha, club dominated by Hindus in particular, has its struggle with Muslims in the vicinity for long. Even if these have being going on for years, recent India-Pakistan match and club members’ rejoicing for India’s victory led to a new problem. Muslims from adjoining villages rushed in and beat up the members.
Contractor of the activity (digging field) is Mohammed Yunus. He, as part of a conspiracy, incited 60-70 Muslim youths, equipped with deadly weapons, and attacked BasonaBenapur PalashPriya Sangha Club. Along with rabble-rousing slogans, Muslim youths lost no time to wreck the entire club. Nassir Hossain (son of Motlubar Rehman) destructed the adjoining house, destructed shop of Narayan Mondal, molested his wife and snatched her gold jewelries worth Rs. 5,000.
One criminal named Mohammed Laltu attacked Surajit Mondal, member of the said club, grievously and Surajit had to be admitted to the local BiswaNathpur Hospital; he also underwent 8 stitches at the same instant. Laltu was found to state, at the time of attacking, Hindus would not be spared and they would either be evicted or massacred before long. Mohammed Sahin, (son of Mohammed Khokon Goldar), molested and assailed Mrs. Minati Mondal.
Others were also involved in such inglorious activities. Blouses of women were torn, earrings were snatched and newly married women and teenage girls were threatened that they would be raped at any time. Even infants were also not spared. A few Muslim thugs said that infants must be put to death to make Hindus powerless. The body language of Islamic assailants was enough to make Hindus terrified.
Club members, being helpless and disclaimed by any political party, had to opt for assistance of the local administration. But they were harassed by the police personnel too and police went to the spot at least after 1 hour. Hindus lodged a complaint (FIR no.: 209/dtd. 17/04/2011) against the Islamic fanatics.
Police arrested a few Muslims promptly. Among them one has already been let free and 4 others have been delivered to the court of justice. As per Hindu villagers, the main culprits are yet to be brought under the book. They have started to think whether their greatest crime is to take birth as Hindu in India.
This is the fifth assault of Muslims on Hindus. Would the Hindus be able to live in BasonaBenapur peacefully or opt for exodus?