West Bengal : Muslims cancelled Muharram Procession to help cancer ridden Hindu brethren

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Magnanimity ascended when Muslims residing in west bengal cancelled their procession for raising fund for their hindu neighbour who is suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.

Samaj Sangha Club, who organises Muharram procession in Kharagpur’s Puratan Bazar, will raise Rs 50,000, the amount needed for the celebration and they have already contributed Rs 6,000 for Abir Bhunia (35), who is mobile recharge shop owner and he has lost his grandmother and both parents last year, and lives with his wife who is a homemaker, and they are expecting their first child.

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Bhunia’s neighbour Ranjan Ash pointed out that some community Durga Pujas in the locality, but none of them thought of “curtailing their expenditure and help the youth and we are overwhelmed.”

Abhir Bhunia needs Rs 12 lakh for a treatment that includes bone marrow transplantation and is undergoing chemotherapy at Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre in the southern fringes of Kolkata.

Amjad Khan, secretary of Samaj Sangha said Muharram processions can be organised every year. But we have to save the life first and also added that they have started raising money. On Friday, after the namaz we will ask the imam in the mosque to announce a donation drive for Abir. We hope to raise a bigger amount than the budget for our procession,”

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Overwhelmed by this magnanimous gratitude Bhunia said “I don’t know whether I will be cured finally. But what my neighbors did for me have touched my heart”

Mohammad Bilal, a member of the Muharram committee of Puratan Bazar, said God would be satisfied “if we serve the people”. “He is suffering from cancer and fighting with death. We should stand by him.”

As the kind gesture from muslim community spread, Pradip Sarkar, chairman of Kharagpur municipality, said they would try to help Bhunia. Tushar Chowdhury, local councillor from Trinamool Congress, saluted the gesture.

Chowdhury also pointed out that there is a temple for goddess Sitala (worshipped in Bengal as a protector against pox) nearby, for which the Muslim community had raised money to build a gate. He also said that food items offered to the goddess are distributed to Muslims.

Source : HT

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