Murshidabad district has almost 65% Muslims population and is bordering Bangladesh. Most news media has blacked out the news for obvious reason. This report from Express India is followed by an update from the blog Hindu Samhati.
Kolkata Four persons were killed, including two in police firing, as communal clashes broke out on Friday at a village in Beldanga in Murshidabad district.
The death toll is likely to go up as several people were missing after the clash and about 15 houses and 20 shops were set on fire by rampaging mobs. Curfew has been imposed in the area.
A deputy superintendent of police was also seriously injured in the incident.
Murshidabad District Magistrate Perwez Ahmed Siddiqui on Saturday said the situation, though tense, was under control.
The incident has put the police in a spot as Murshidabad district includes Jangipur, the home constituency of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who is scheduled to visit his constituency on Sunday.
According to district administration sources, the clashes erupted on Friday evening and continued till the early hours of Saturday in at least three adjoining villages under Nowda police station. Police had to resort to firing and lob teargas shells to quell the disturbance. Two companies of BSF have been called to enforce law and order.
Tension has been brewing in Jhaubona high school in Beldanga between Hindus and Muslims over holding of namaz and Saraswati puja on the premises. About a year ago, Muslim students objected to Saraswati puja being held in the school and it had to be abandoned. Similarly, a long-standing demand from the Muslim community to allow students to hold namaz on the school premises was being blocked by Hindus.
On Friday, at around 1 pm, when some Muslim students were reportedly trying to offer Friday prayers in the school, Hindu students objected and a scuffle ensued. People from both the communities soon rushed to the spot and it soon snowballed into a major showdown between the two communities. Violent mobs form both sides started setting houses ablaze. A mob moved to Trimohini market nearby and attacked houses.
A contingent of police rushed to the spot and tried to control the violence but failed. The violence soon spread to adjoining villages, including Chaitanyapur, Begunbari, Kazishau and Dudhsau. Both groups fought each other with guns, crude bombs and daggers.
According to police, they had to resort to firing a couple of rounds at Trimohini market, which claimed the lives of Khursheed Alam and Atarul Sheikh, both locals. Later, the body of one Madhab Mondol was recovered from near his residence in Jhaubona school. Another person, Najibur Sheikh, also a Jhaubona resident, who was injured in the clash died at Berhampur hospital on Saturday.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
MURSHIDABAD COMMUNAL RIOT : UPDATE
Although district administration and West Bengal govt trying hard to suppress the news of the riot and casualties, etc, more news are coming out.
Names of 2 Hindus who were killed by the Muslims with sharp weapons are Manik Mandal and Gopal Mandal of Jhaubona. Another Hindu, Sumanta Mandal got serious injury on shoulder and left hand. He is now fighting for life at Amtala Hospital.
One Muslim student of class XI, name Minarul, died in hospital after he got injury in scuffle in the school. Minarul was adamant to perform Namaz in school. He challenged all Hindu students to stop him to perform namaz.
Today 2 headless deadbodies were found in the nearby field of betel leaves. Identity of these bodies could not be established till now.
All Hindu shops at Trimohini market have been looted and burnt.
All 25 Hindu houses of Darapara village (a part of Jhaubona) have been looted and burnt.
The whole attack on Hindus was pre planned. Notorious Muslim criminals were brought in and were lodged in the large mosque at Trimohini market.
At about 2.30 pm, provincial police force and RAF led by District Superintendent of Police Mr. Saratlal Meena rushed to the spot to stop the rioters. At that time, announcement was made from the local mosque that this police force is not actual police force, those are false policemen sent by Kartik Maharaj from Beldanga Bharat Sevashram Sangha to attack on the Muslims. Hearing this announcement from mosque, Muslims started pelting stones and attacking the police force with redoubled vehemence. Even after that the S.P. did not order firing. As a result, 10 policemen were injured and the car of Addl. D.M. was broken. After one hour being at receiving end, when lives of police personnel were in danger, then only S.P. ordered to fire. In this firing, it is learnt that some Muslims were injured and died in this police firing.
BSF searching in 2 Muslim villages named Kajisaha and Kapasdanga is going on.
All roads towards Jhaubona have been sealed by police. Nobody is being allowed to enter the area. In Beldanga town, prohibitory order of sec. 144 has been clamped restricting any gathering.