According to HT reports, Police authorities have imposed section 144 – prohibitory orders disallowing assembly of four or more people in the area. The prohibitory orders also banned workshops after Hindus Right Wing groups blocked traffic following the alleged desecration of the two temples. Muslims are in majority in the area which also houses a government undertaking – Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers.
But, what makes Alampur incident alarming and unusual is that it is not a stray incident. There has been a pattern. Ten districts of West Bengal have seen similar such communal incidents since October 2016 which is proving to be a major challenge for the Mamata Banerjee government.
“I will not allow anarchy in Bengal,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday.
“Police is dealing with such things with a strong hand. We will soon bring a strong legislation against arson, where anyone setting fire to government or private party will be have to pay. One political party is trying to fan violence,” she said, attacking BJP party without naming them.
BJP leader Babul Supriyo Earlier Tried to incite communal violence
BJP Union minister Babul Supriyo was in controversy earlier for cow vigilantism in October 2016, he caught few cattle herders and alleged them to be cow smugglers who were taking cows and bulls.
The minister inquired and found out that the cows were brought from a rural cattle market at Lalganj and being taken to a nearby abattoir. The minister confronted the four people who were manhandled by his supporters and sent to police.
The police detained the cows but later released them after the men furnished documents related to the purchase.
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BJP blaming TMC government
For its part, the BJP had submitted a representation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on October 21 demanding Central intervention on ground that the government has failed to control law and order.
“Attacks on Hindus are going on in different parts of the state. Metiabruz is the latest in the series and the administration has failed to control them,” said Sayantan Basu, state BJP secretary.
Over the past few months incidents of communal clashes have been reported in over ten districts of Bengal.
The clashes have eerie similarity with such incidents in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh last year. For instance last October, Bihariganj town in Madhepura district of Bihar and Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh saw such low scale communal clashes with similar reasons.
Since October, pockets and villages in Kaliachak, Chanchol (Malda district), Jalangi (Murshidabad), Chandannagar (Hooghly), Bhagabanpur (East Midnapore), Kharagpore (West Midnapore), Hajinagar, Kanchrapara (North 24 Parganas), Sankrail, Dhulagarh (Howrah), Katwa, Jamuria and Kaksha (Burdwan) have witnessed clashes.
On October 11 and 12 last year, a series of small clashes took place in different parts of Bengal over Durga Puja immersions and Muharram processions which coincided on the same day.
On December 12 and 13, clashes in Dhulagarh (26 km from Kolkata) began after Muslims took out a religious procession through the main market road in Banerjeepara neighbourhood. Hindus objected, but the procession was allowed by the police.
Houses and shops were set ablaze which left hundreds from both Hindu and Muslims communities homeless after the clash. Police arrested 65 people but the clashes continued for the next few days.