Attacks continue in clash zone, Hindu* victims move to safer areas
Arnab Ganguly & Sanjib Chakraborty
Deganga: The deployment of Army in violence-hit Deganga in North 24-Parganas has not yet succeeded in defusing the situation. Attacks continued on Wednesday morning despite the Army and state forces’ presence on Taki Road, which passes through the area.
Around 23 houses were ransacked by attackers near Salimpukur and Hospital area, off Taki Road. The victims have taken shelter at nearby Kartikpur. The officer-in-charge of Deganga police station, Arup Ghosh, was injured during brickbatting by a mob. Women from the area held a demonstration outside Deganga police station, demanding security. Seven people were arrested till the evening.
Prodded by chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, three state ministers — Asim Dasgupta, Ranjit Kundu and Mortaza Hossain — visited Deganga in the evening and held a meeting with district officials and Army officers. Dasgupta announced compensation for those who lost their homes and shops in the violence.
Senior BJP leader L K Advani spoke to Union Home minister P Chidambaram over the situation at Deganga. A team of BJP leaders will visit the area on Thursday, it was learned.
Two more areas — Barasat’s Golabari and Berachampa — came under the purview of Section 144, even as the armed forces moved around to establish their control in the territory. Police opened fire and hurled tear gas shells at Gambhirgachhi to disperse a mob.
EFR jawans were deployed at Beliaghata, where shops were attacked, looted and set ablaze on Tuesday.
“The Army is patrolling in the area. Sporadic clashes have taken place. The situation is coming under control,” said a senior official of the North 24-Parganas district administration.
On Wednesday morning, the armed forces were at Beliaghata when a mob from Ramnathpur and Khejurdanga attacked the houses at Salimpukur.
“They have wrecked everything — TV sets, furniture. We managed to escape with our life,” said Samir Hazra, a resident of Salimpukur. Samir has fled with his family members to nearby Kartikpur. “The Army is present. We hope the attackers will not dare to come this far,” Samir said.
When a team from Deganga police station, led by O-C Ghosh rushed to the spot, the mob hurled stones at them. A bike was set ablaze and a police vehicle was ransacked. One of the stones hit Ghosh on the head. He was escorted out by his men to Kartikpur and, from there, to hospital.
The Army reached the spot around 12.45pm. A large number of women and men who had to leave their homes assembled in groups on the main road. Some of them later went to the Deganga police station, demanding protection. “The situation is under control. The Army will remain in the area,” said state home secretary Samar Ghosh.
Villages like Gambhirgachhi, Dogachhia, Falti, Doharia, Chattalpally, Ramnathpur and Khejurdanga are still tense.
“The Army and police are moving near the main road. The attackers are assembling in the interior villages and then coming forward. Unless the forces move inside, it will be difficult to bring the situation under control,” said Kanai Pal, a resident of Kartikpur.
Finance minister Asim Dasgupta has asked the BDO to prepare a list of violence-affected people. “The compensation will be handed out as soon as possible. Peace will be restored in the area at all cost,” Dasgupta said.
The Army’s presence has failed to defuse the situation at Deganga; (right) a wrecked scooter at Deganga market.
Hindu* , as the victims are all Hindu minorities there, it is included in the headline by the moderator.
Now, the culprit Muslim leaders of TMC are trying hard to establish the entire incident as a clash between TMC and CPIM after giving a political colour upon it. And both the MP ( Hazi Nurul Islam of TMC) and the MLA ( Dr. Murtaza Hossian of AIFB) keep mum about the severe loss and rampage upon the Hindus of the affected areas. Practically West Bengal facing a ethnic Hindu cleansing in many places in border districts, Muslim majority areas in the Muslim majority districts and blocks.
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Courtesy : The Times of India, Kolkata Edition & Bartaman Patrika & Hindu Samhati Website.