Malda violence explained: Muslim mob ransack police stations, burn vehicles

Serious communal clashes in Malda district of West Bengal have been reported. The violence-related incidents were reported from Sujapur, a Muslim-dominated village in Kaliachak block of Malda district.

The reason why the fierce protest erupted in Malda is a statement given by self-proclaimed Hindu leader Kamlesh Tiwari on Prophet Mohammad, that termed him as 'gay'.

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) supporters taking out a protest rally against Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari over his remarks against Prophet Muhammad in New Delhi

Here's all you need to know about the recent violence and clashes in Malda, ahead of assembly elections in West Bengal this year. Hindu population is said to be only 30% in Kaliachak area. [Malda Mayhem: 10 people arrested; BJP slams Trinamool for violence]

How a Muslim mob of 2.5 lakh strength protested?

  • Anjuman Ahle Sunnatul Jamat (ASJ), a Muslim organisation had held a protest rally to demand the arrest of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari for making derogatory statement against Prophet Mohammad.
  • ASJ members alleged that a BSF vehicle could not made way from the road, where they were rallying. That led to an altercation between the BSF jawans and ASJ members.
  • Kaliachak Police station, block development office and public property were vandalised on Sunday, Jan 3.
  • Several vehicles were set ablaze and over 30 persons including police officers were injured.
  • Vehicles and a NBSTC bus were stranded on NH-34 and protesters squatted on railway tracks of Khaltipur railway station for over six hours, that led to disruption of train services. When police intervened, clashes broke out.
  • Shani-temple, Durga Temple and other Hindu temples were also attacked at Baliadanga, a residential area behind the police station and other places. Around 25 Hindu houses and shops were also ransacked.
  • It took hours for police to bring the situation under control, after several shots of blank firing. Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel were also called in.
  • A 22-year-old RSS activist Gopal Tiwari sustained a gunshot. However, there is no curfew like situation, as of now.
Muslim community taking out a protest rally against Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari over his remarks against Prophet Muhammad in Karad, Maharashtra
Action against Kamlesh Tiwari
  • Following protests all across the country, the self-proclaimed Hindu leader Kamlesh Tiwari was arrested in Lucknow, over his alleged remarks. The police also imposed a case of National Security Act. 
  • Meanwhile, Hindu Mahasabha distanced itself from his remarks and said that he is not a part of their outfit.
  • On Dec 3, 2015, he had called Prophet Muhammad, the world's first homosexual. 
  • A case under IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between groups on ground of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) was registered against Tiwari at Lucknow's Naka Hindola police station, DailyMail reported.
  • Tiwari's statement had come after Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan called RSS leaders as homosexuals and said that is why they don't get married.
Muslims gather in front of Dargah to protest over the derogatory remarks made by Kamlesh Tiwari of Hindu Mahasabha against Prophet Muhammad, in Ajmer.

Why media is silent?

On Sept 28, 2015,  when 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi was killed by a Hindu mob in Bisara village near Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, all media houses had given full coverage to the sensitive issue, but the same media houses are maintaining a mute silence on the recent Malda incident. [Azam Khan urges Centre to ban 'terrorist' RSS]

Most of the West Bengal media has refrained from covering Malda clashes, as it may hamper peace and communal harmony in the poll-bound state.

Muslim community members gather for a protest meeting over the derogatory remarks made by Kamlesh Tiwari of Hindu Mahasabha against Prophet Muhammad, in Karad, Maharashtra.

Some pertinent questions:

  • Is Mamata Banerjee trying to appease Muslim voters?

By taking no action, the Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal government is trying to appease and woo Muslim voters. Shockingly, there has been no arrest in the protest led by Muslim mob. [Will liberal media raise its voice? Hindus have no right to celebrate Durga puja since 3 years]

  • When police and BSF could not protect themselves, then how will they protect minority Hindus in Malda?
  • Is BJP in West Bengal ignoring Hindus? 

A news report said that under the newly-elected WB BJP President Dilip Ghosh, the rights of Hindus are not addressed properly.

  • Isn't it intolerance and why no award-wapsi now? 

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