Saturday, 8 March 2014

New spate of attacks to construct illegal mosque in Kolkata Leather Complex

The village of Gangapur within the jurisdiction of KLC Police Station in Bhangor no. 1 Block in the District of 24 Paraganas (South) experienced a fresh onrush on January 23, 2014. Local Hindus were assailed once more by a large group of Muslims with lethal weapons and hell bent to construct a mosque illegally within the area. What makes the confrontation deadliest is the presence of an ancient Hindu temple and it is at a distance of 20 feet away from the disputed site. The temple is venerated by Hindus in the neighborhood highly and the main objective behind recurrent attacks is to oust Hindus from the area and the bid to construct the illegal mosque is the first step, as per locals. However, this is not new; Hindus had premonitions and therefore, to ward off any sinister development, they had submitted a mass petition signed by almost 1100 villagers to the District Magistrate. But the administration remained lackluster as usual and exploiting it, Muslim youths attempted still.       

It is worth mentioning, the village had witnessed similar onslaught on December 24, 2013 and it was also on the same issue. Even if the trouble died down due to persistence of Hindus then, it has surfaced yet again. Nevertheless, to create amity, local police had organized a meeting at the KLC Police Station on January 9. But it failed to have any solution and hence, another meeting for resolution was convened on January 24. And the dreadful attack took place on the day before it.    

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