Hindu activist from West Bengal allegedly being threatened for making tweets about Raniganj and Asansol riots

After almost a week from Ramnavami, the communal tensions slowly seem to be calming down in West Bengal. But the political tensions are upwards since last few days. Both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) have laid the blame on each other for the clashes that erupted on Ram Navami. While CPIM and Congress held both BJP and TMC equally responsible for the incident and accused them of trying to polarize the voters on religious lines.

Amidst all this, a new allegation of trying to suppress the people’s right of expression on social is being made against the ruling TMC regime.

Gaurab Mondal, a Hindu activist from West Bengal who regularly tweets about various issues regarding the Hindus of West Bengal, has alleged that the Kolkata police is putting pressure on him to delete his tweets that he made about the communal clashes in Raniganj, Asansol and other areas of West Bengal.

Gaurab alleged that the Kolkata police is constantly pressuring him to delete his tweets and is threatening him of strong actions. In a conversation with SatyaVijayi, he said at first the police called his father and then called him directly twice. “They told me that my posts are not suitable for social media and should be taken down immediately. But I had only retweeted the tweets from Asansol MP Babul Supriyo’s verified account,” he told SatyaVijayi.

Screenshots of Gaurab and his father’s call records.

The West Bengal Government has blocked the Internet services in areas with communal tensions till 4th April 2018. Section 144 is still imposed in areas such as Raniganj and Asansol. Meanwhile the opposition parties have alleged that by imposing section 144 and blocking the Internet services, Mamata Banerjee led government is trying to suppress the information of ground level from going out to the country.

On Saturday the governor of West Bengal visited areas where clashes between communities took place and appealed to maintain peace.

A clash broke out between two groups centering a Ram Navami procession in Raniganj on Monday. A person was allegedly hacked to death while the Deputy Commissioner of Police lost a hand after getting hit by a bomb. Tension soared high as several shops and houses were vandalized and set ablaze. Police have arrested 19 people so far for fomenting trouble.