Real Time Experiences behind the recent Dhulagarh riots, Why can’t Mamata Banerjee prevent these atrocities?

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Truth behind the Dhulagarh riots:

On 13 December, the occasion of Milad-ul-Nabi, a procession was going on in Dhulagarh, a small town in West Bengal barely 20 km from the state secretariat. Suddenly the procession turned into a mob and started hurling country made bombs into the houses of local Hindu families. The Hindus were scared and fled for their lives and as they narrated the incident later, the mob seemed well prepared with weapons and bombs and appeared to have come with the purpose of attacking primarily the local poor and helpless Hindu families even without any provocation. Once the families fled the mob looted the houses, stole the money, jewellery before setting the houses on fire.

The violence didn’t stop there, next day a Muslim mob came again and attacked the Hindu families, they looted the shops and set them ablaze. Policemen rushed to the spot but instead of protecting the people they warned them to vacate the place within two minutes to save their lives. The rioters were looting and burning houses in front of the police and the police stood there and watched.

‘We can’t live here anymore. We have taken shelter in our relatives’ place elsewhere,’ said Rampada Manna, as his wife Seema struggled to gather whatever belonging was left after the riots.

We are very poor. We somehow managed to buy a laptop for our son but they took it away. They also stole Rs 65,000 we had kept for LIC,’ wept Seema, the horror of that day entrenched on her face.

Adjacent to the Manna household on Banerjee para lives the Mondals. Maitri Mondal, a mother of two, says she heard chants of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and ‘kick the Hindus out of here’ as the mob entered her bedroom and set it ablaze.

‘My son will appear for his Board exams in February, but they have destroyed everything. All his books are gutted and my son is in trauma now,’ she says, pointing at the charred pages on her son’s study desk.

This is the story of Dhulagarh where most of the local Hindu families have deserted their houses and can’t even return there as their houses have been burned and property has been looted. The govt. is adding insult to injury by offering 35 Thousand INR as financial help to the families affected by riots, with that amount I can hardly fix anything laments Namita Sanpui, who lives in the same locality.

The Mamata Banerjee govt. has banned Zee news from entering the area to prevent the reporting of the riots in fact the govt. has slapped a non-bailable offence against three employees of the TV channel Zee News, including editor Sudhir Chaudhary, West Bengal correspondent Pooja Mehta and cameraperson Tanmay Mukherjee under Section 153A (promoting enmity) of the Indian Penal Code.

When BJP leaders tried to enter the town they were prevented by the police which did not allow them to enter without any previously issued notice. Later even CPM and Congress leaders were barred from entering the region as the govt. did their best to cover up the riots.

Mamata Banerjee when asked about the riots reportedly stated that nothing has happened there and the media houses should be ashamed of themselves for asking such questions to her. If nothing has happened there why she stopped media houses and opposition leaders from getting into the town?

Mamata Banerjee hasn’t been able to prevent the atrocities on Hindus in Dhulagarh because she does not wish to prevent it. We can accomplish something only if we have the willingness to do it however the govt. is unwilling in preventing this form of Jehad because Muslims in Bengal are a big vote bank for Mamata and her party TMC. Bengal has been burning for decades, the communists were horrible and violence was mainstream under them but TMC has taken it to another level altogether.

Apart from Zee News the other media houses like NDTV, ABP News, Aaj Tak etc. did not bother to report it as they are selectively secular and selectively honest. They have a very simple modus operandi, first check if the victims of any incident are Muslims/Dalits/Christians, then check if the govt. in power is BJP, if yes then telecast 35 shows, 13 debates and 7 panel analysis per day on the incident however if the conditions are not met they can forget about it and show analysis on tourism in Goa.

Is Bengal becoming a graveyard for Hindus?

I can’t speak about entire Bengal but I must say after last year’s incident in Malda and the recent riots in Dhulagarh and the way the Bengal govt. is trying to cover them up instead of trying to prevent them, the signs are not good. There is a sloka in Sanskrit which says

Sanaih kantha, Sanaih pantha, Sanaih Parvata langhanam,
Sanaih vidya, Sanaih dhanam, panchetani Sanaih Sanaih.

Slowly one stitches rags, Slowly one traverses the path, slowly one climbs to the top of the mountain, slowly one educates himself and slowly one earn and accumulates money.

So yes, may be it is becoming a graveyard Sanaih Sanaih (slowly).

Why are the Hindus in Bengal not uniting against these continuous atrocities?

I don’t know, I am not a Bengali however I can understand, speak and read Bengali, I have been to Bengal many times and have always been overwhelmed by the source of intellect that Bengal has been to this nation. It is the land of legends like Rabindranath, Vivekananda, Netaji Shubhas, Shri Aurobindo, Rama Krishna Paramhansa, Jagadish Chandra Basu, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Ashutosh Mukherji. Will the land of such people be able to stand up united against such atrocity, only time will tell.

P.S. I have the videos of the interviews of the victims of Dhulagarh riots, I am not sharing them here because they are not in English and I don’t want my answer to get collapsed, if anyone wants them you can inbox me or put a comment.

Somnath Mishra

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