Muslim woman threatens BJP supporters with riots; WB Police arrests Hindus for posting ‘communal material’

An extremely disturbing Facebook post by a Muslim woman, Sajida Mallick, has caught the attention of social media users and has been reported to Kolkata Police multiple times. However, Kolkata Police has neither taken any action against Sajida Mallick nor assured the numerous people on Twitter who have been demanding action from them. 

The post made in Bengali, on the evening of May 14th, translates to, “Will BJP leaders come to save BJP supporters in Bengal if a riot breaks out? Only your house will be set afire.” 

With Mamata Banerjee’s picture as her profile pic, the alleged TMC supporter Sajida Mallick drew massive flak from netizens for her threatening and inflammatory social media post, and immediately deactivated her account. 

But netizens had taken screen-grabs of her threatening message before she could deactivate her profile, and made multiple requests to the city police to look into the matter. Hindus, already reeling from last weekend’s rioting in Telinipara area, were hoping police would take cognisance of their complaints. Angered Bengali Hindus demanded Kolkata police arrest the woman, but were met with indifference as usual. 

The offending post was seen by many as an open threat about a riot in the offing that will be targeting homes of BJP supporters. The message also reeks of communal instigation as the BJP supporters she targets are majorly Hindu. Such messages are not just empty threats, as the systematic targeting of BJP candidates and supporters in panchayat, state and national elections of WB in the last few years has shown. 

The Kolkata Police, taking no notice of Mallick’s open intimidation, seems to have forgotten that BJP supporters too are residents of their city, and it is incumbent upon them to take actions against vile anti-social elements that openly instigate violence within their jurisdiction. 

Here, we would like to remind our readers how Kolkata police had ‘adopted’ a 10-member family of riot-accused Mohammad Sakib and supplied them with 50 kg rice, potatoes, wheat, and other massive quantities of essentials bought with tax-payer’s money. Visuals of Sakib incessantly kicking policemen  had surfaced from the Tikiapara clashes last week. 

Bengal is going through communally charged times. Recently, numerous houses and business establishments of Hindus were razed down in Hooghly’s Telinipara area by Islamists. Chandannagar Police Commissionerate, helmed by IPS Humayun Kabir, has been accused of laxity by Hindu locals and BJP leader Locket Chatterjee over the Telinipara riots, where armed Muslim mobs attacked Hindu homes for hours before Section 144 was imposed.

Instead of a meaningful crackdown on Islamists who have time and again disrupted law & order in the state, fresh evidence has emerged which suggests that West Bengal police have instead decided to crack down on Hindu activists and individuals who are raising their voice in protest. Hansraj Singh, an activist of the Hindu Jagaran Manch was apparently arrested from his North 24 Parganas residence without giving any clarity on the grounds of this arrest. 

Another activist, Prasun Maitra, who runs the social organisation Atmadeep, has just tweeted from Bizpore police station, North 24 Parganas that police is threatening to arrest him for posting ‘communal material.’

Forget ordinary Hindus, even a BJP MP is not safe in WB today. Lok Sabha MP Arjun Singh, who represents Barrackpore in northwestern Kolkata, has alleged an assassination bid on him by a senior police officer at the ruling party’s behest. Singh was with the Trinamool till last year before contesting the 2019 LS elections on a BJP ticket.

As West Bengal approaches the 2021 legislative assembly elections, a desperate Mamata Banerjee can go to any lengths to cling on to power. Seeing her credibility erode even among her hard-core Hindu voters after her disastrous handling of Covid-19, she will be even more beholden to her Islamist vote bank. The central government needs to keep a close watch, lest the situation goes totally out of hand.

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