Dhulagarh communal riots: Nothing happened, after all, it was a “local issue” – now everything settled – – why Dhulagarh riots have been communalized, secularized and neutralized! (3)

Dhulagarh communal riots: Nothing happened, after all, it was a “local issue” – now everything settled – – why Dhulagarh riots have been communalized, secularized and neutralized! (3)

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TIMES NOW Report From Dhulagarh (December 23, 2016)[1]: For the past one week (13-12-2015 to 20-12-2016), a small town in Howrah, West Bengal has been simmering, boiling and burning. For the past seven days, the people of Dhulagarh have been facing unthinkable hardships – causing many to flee their homes. It all began on December 12, 2016 tension erupted in Dhulagarh when two groups reportedly clashed as a procession was brought out in the area last week. The groups hurled bombs at each other,when houses in Dhulagarh were attacked by an angry mob that hurled bombs and looted and torched people’s homes after they were not allowed to carry out a the procession. So the reportedly attacked groups hurled bombs on each other, however, the homes were targeted, as the processionists had no houses there! How then, the processionists plan to come there with bombs, where houses were there and the people were also there with bombs, so that they could hurl against them? Here, who took out the procession is not mentioned on the occasion of “Miladu Nabi”!

dulagarh-14-12-2016-rioters-in-action-mamta-nothing-happenedSo, Surojit Khara was bold enough to be there, when bombs were hurled and his house was burnt down: TIMES NOW spoke to one resident of a colony in Dhulagarh that was ransacked and torched.  “That day was normal, just like any other day. Some of my neighbours were running. I was thinking whether something was happening. Nobody was ready to talk about it. Then a hoard of people arrived, and started hurling bombs. They looted us and set our houses on fire,” said 28 year old Surojit Khara, who stands as the sole guard of his house – the others have fled the area. “My house, shops were set on fire. This entire lane was set on fire. The temple nearby was attacked with at least 25 bombs. This went on for 3-4 hours,” Khara stated. Frantic calls were reportedly made to the police, who turned up around three to four hours later. The police had to use tear gas to bring the situation under control, reports add. The residents however claim that no action was initiated by the cops even as the violence raged on[2].

dulagarh-14-12-2016-mamta-prays-for-muslimsFirst, it was reported that the Miladi Nabi processionist were Muslims and the targeted were Hindus: On 23rd December, the Times-Now could not tell that the processionist were Muslims. On 31st December, Daily Mail and India Today could identify that the processioners were Muslims and the people who were attacked by them were Hindus. Thus, the sufferings of the Hindus by the Muslim rioters have been brought out by Minhaz Merchant and Insrajit Kundu in “Daily Mail”[3]. Though, the State government announced holiday on 12-12-2016, on the pretext of the Miladu-Nabi procession, the Muslims carried out a rally cum procession, particularly on the auspicious day of “Margashirsha purnia” on 13-12-2015[4].  Knowingly, that particular area, Hindus was performing their celebrations, how the police allowed the procession is intriguing. Any careful or secular police officer would have prevented it, but, it was not done. When they were playing songs in high pitch, after the request of the Hindus, they could have reduced the volume, had they really wanted t respect the sentiments of their Hindu-brethren, but, they did not do. The riot started on 13-12-2016 and continued on 14-12-2016[5].  In fact, as, nowadays, it is common that Police used to videograph entire procession-proceedings, the could easily fix who started provocation leading to riot. Even, if riot started, they must have stopped it. But, what happened was different.

dulagarh-14-12-2016-rioters-in-action-3“Pakistan Zindabad” – would not have been shouted by the Hindus of Dhulagarh: The Hindus had to run to save their lives, leaving their houses and shops with all their belongings. At that time only, the rioters looted, poured petrol and kersine and burnt down. All valuables, cash and other things were carried away. Crude bombs were thrown to terrorize them and reducing their belongings to ashes[6]. The local police remained inactive while the mobs resorted to loot and arson. In one place the police arrived on the spot after the mobs had left. In another they ordered the residents to leave within two minutes and then watched on as the mobs looted and ransacked the house[7]. In yet another, the police came on time but they themselves fled when the mob came[8]. Just adjacent to the Manna household on Banerjee para lives the Mondal’s. Maitri Mondal, a mother of two says she heard chants of “Pakistan Zindabad” as the violent mob entered her bedroom and set it ablaze[9].  Thus, the souting of “Pakistan Zindabad” is intriguing to show their sickening mentality. Dilip Khanra was among many who had locked themselves up inside a room when the mob was nearing the village, pelting crude bombs one after another. “When the police came, we were told to leave our houses in two minutes! They didn’t even stop the mob from vandalizing our homes. They kept looting and burning as the police stood as silent spectators,” he says[10]. Again this proves the role of police in “running the riot”.

dulagarh-14-12-2016-zee-tvTaking strict action against Dhulagarh rioters & compensating: The Governor ordered the DGP to submit a report on the riots and that brought pressure on the government[11]. Meanwhile, top officials at the state home department said SP Howrah (Rural) Sabyasachi Raman Mishra was transferred in the wake of violence in less than a fortnight of his appointment[12]. The West Bengal government today said it had taken strict actions against those involved in the Dhulagarh riots in Howrah district and also started compensating the affected[13]. Rs 30,000/- was announced for the families who lost their houses burnt, but, they told that the compensation was meagre, as they lost everything in their house including money and day-to-day usage articles. A top official at the state secretariat said the government has already started compensating the families affected by the violence which rocked the district earlier this month. “Families in Dhulagarh which have been affected will be compensated. We have also decided to rebuild the houses damaged during the riots,” the officials said on 28-12-2016. Asked if persons involved in the riots were booked, the official said, “The state government has already taken strict action in the matter and arrests have been made… Law will take its own course.” Sources in the district police said people are wary of returning to their homes and thus have to remain homeless, barely 20 km from the state secretariat[14].

secularized-and-neutralized-as-if-nothing-happened-dhulagarh-riotsSecularization of riots, communalism and historiography – is it Marxist or Mamta way?: How Dhulagarh riots have been secularized has been explained above. How “secularism” discourse is used always against “communalism”, where, the former is linked with “Islamism” and the latter with “Hinduism”, reportedly followed by the “Sangj Parivar”. This has been the topic of the seminar held at Thiruvanathapuram by the IHC-experts and a part of IHC, as coincided, decided and attended by the elite, eminent and emeritus historians like Romila Thapar and also Marxist CM-politician Prannayi Vijayan. Last year, there was a coincidence that the Malda riots started just after the IHC session held there. But, how the Dhulagarh riots were completed, and the IHC started with “Secularism” seminar. However, much of secular discourse was carried on Mamta there the TMC-CM, just like Rolima Thapar. Now both are over and we have to wait and see as to Thiruvanathapuram, i.e, Kerala would go in the “Malda way” or “Mata way”, as Mamta appears to have donned the “Marxist garb”!

© Vedaprakash

04-01-2017

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[1] TIMES NOW Report, From Dhulagarh: The Story India Isn’t Reporting, Dec 23, 2016 | 21:03 IST | SOURCE : Times Now

[2] http://www.timesnow.tv/india/video/times-now-report-from-dhulagarh-the-story-india-isnt-reporting/53364

[3] Daily Mail-UK, How Mamata tore the secular fabric of Bengal into shreds, by Minhaz Merchant, Published: 23:58 GMT, 28 December 2016 | Updated: 10:50 GMT, 31 December 2016

[4] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-4071842/How-Mamata-tore-secular-fabric-Bengal-shreds.html

[5] Daily Mail-UK, ‘We can’t live here anymore’: Terrified Dhulagarh riot victims who suffered mob violence claim Mamata Banerjee government is trying to cover it up, by Indrajit Kundu, Published:  00:38 GMT, 30 December 2016; Updated:  18:37 GMT, 1 January 2017

[6] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-4074336/We-t-live-anymore-Terrified-Dhulagarh-riot-victims-suffered-mob-violence-claim-Mamta-Banerjee-government-trying-cover-up.html

[7] India Today, Rather than protecting, Bengal polica gave two minutes to flee our own homes: Dhulagarh riot victims tell India Today, Indrajit Kundu | Posted by Ashna Kumar, December 28, 2016 | UPDATED 13:25 IST.

[8] http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dhulagarh-riots-howrah-kolkata-mamata-banerjee-milad-ul-nabi/1/844203.html

[9] India Today, Rather than protecting, Bengal polica gave two minutes to flee our own homes: Dhulagarh riot victims tell India Today, Indrajit Kundu | Posted by Ashna Kumar, December 28, 2016 | UPDATED 13:25 IST.

[10] http://www.timesnow.tv/india/video/times-now-report-from-dhulagarh-the-story-india-isnt-reporting/53364

[11] DNA, Dhulagarh riot: Pressure mounts on Bengal govt as Governor summons DGP, Pooja Mehta, Thursday, December 22, 2016, 09.35 pm.

[12] http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-bengal-governor-summons-bengal-dgp-over-dhulagarh-communal-clashes-2285541

[13] India Today, Taking strict action against Dhulagarh rioters & compensating, PTI, December 29, 2016 | UPDATED 21:55 IST

[14] http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/taking-strict-action-against-dhulagarh-rioters-andamp-compensating/1/845666.html

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