Basirhat Reports/Part IX. Voices Of Sanity And Humanity Amid Hate Campaigns

Biswajit Roy

Biswajit is a journalist and associated with democratic movements.

Part I: The Social-political Backdrop To The Communal Violence
Part II : The Dynamics Of Communal Polarization In Bengal: A Probe Into Baduria-Basirhat Flare Up
Part III : Facebook Generation: New Pawns Of The Old Game
Part IV : How Divisive Forces Are Gaining Ground In Rural Bengal: Magurkhali, A Micro Example
Part V : The Anatomy Of Muslim Youth Rage
Part VI : The Role Of Feuding Maulanas And Pirjadas In Basirhat Violence
Part VII : Hindu ‘Resistance’ And The Sangh Penetration
Part VIII : Hindu ‘Resistance’ And The Sangh Penetration

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On the second and third day of Baduria outbreak, blockades were extended to railway tracks that connect Kolkata to Hasnabad on the gateway to Sundarbans. Suburban trains got stranded at different stations with hundreds of commuters, both Hindus and Muslims, who suffered in silence. Misplaced communal anger notwithstanding, some local Muslims arranged for the lodging and food for the commuters at Dewananti Aminia Madrasa in Haroa. “Around 150 people took the shelter. At Malatipur and other places, passengers were served food at stations. We bought fish from Basirhat-bound vendors on the train and served it cooked to those failed to reach home,” Md. Kamruzzaman said.

Locals from both communities gave shelter and food to poor neighbors in Paschim Dandirhat in Basirhat after they fled home following bombing by miscreants. A doctor refused to make distinction between injured of both faiths. Vandalized shop-owners of both communities in some localities helped each others in post-traumatic days.   Hindu neighbors came forward to protect Mazar of Pir Ruhul Amin in Basirhat town after a Hindu mob from Mailakhola area clashed with police and moved towards the city centre. “As the mob was chanting Jai Sri Ram, neighbors like Dipuda, Sourenkaku, Babluda and others formed a human chain asking the advancing group not to come closer to the Darga. They said it belongs to both Hindus and Muslims for generations,” Khobayeb Amin, the young Pirzada recalled.

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