The Hindu Samhati held a massive rally in Kolkata on Tuesday afternoon to protest the increasing radicalism in the state. The rally, held on the occasion of Hindu Samhati’s 9th anniversary, was attended by around 1 lakh people.
Leaders addressed the gathering and spoke about how the Trinamool Congress government led by Mamata Banerjee has been shielding the Islamists who are hell bent upon destroying the otherwise syncretic culture of the state by attacking Hindu symbols of worship and Hindu homes.
Addressing the massive gathering at Esplanade in the heart of Kolkata, Hindu Samhati founder Tapan Ghosh criticised the state government for ignoring the Islamic radicalism and pointed out that illegal immigration from Bangladesh is actually vitiating the atmosphere of West Bengal.
“In 2016 attack against the Hindu community started with the burning of the Kaliachak Police Station of Malda by the Islamic radicals. It ended with the misery of the Hindus in Dhulagarh in Howrah. Kaligram, Ramganz, Ilambazar, Tufanganz, Chopra, Naihati, Kharagpur, Shankrail, Mallarpur, Baduria, Mohammadbazar, Barchandghar, Jalangee, Toltoli and many more places saw Hindus facing the brunt of Islamic radicalism,” he said.
On a giant screen installed at the venue, messages by former top cop K.P.S Gill and Major General (Retd) G.D. Bakshi were displayed.
Ajay Chrungoo, chairman of Panun Kashmir, urged the Hindu community to unite and help persecuted Hindus such as those from Kashmir re-establish their homeland.
He pointed out that despite having been thrown out of their homes, Kashmiri Hindus have not become terrorists.
Secretary of Hindu Samhati Debtanu Bhattacharya said that Hindu Samhati is an apolitical organisation.
Though many turned up, Hindu Samhati leaders accused the ruling party’s members of trying to sabotage it.
Today’s event huge success. BUT at what cost? Our a dozen workers seriously injured in the attacks of TMC jihadi goons. 6 vehicles damaged. pic.twitter.com/k1skDFYlIt
— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) February 14, 2017
The chief guest of the rally was R.S.N Singh, ex-officer of Military Intelligence and R&AW.
The rally is unprecedented and unexpected in the city especially because even the RSS had a very tough time organising a rally in Mamata’s state. Organisers say that the state government did not give them permission to hold the rally because of fear of Islamists yet they went ahead with it.
— Prasun Maitra (@prasunmaitra) February 13, 2017
It should be noted that Mamata Banerjee’s government had forced the prestigious Calcutta Club to cancel a conference on Pakistani atrocities in Balochistan to be addressed by Tarek Fatah and other anti-Islamist and anti-Pakistani voices.
The situation of Hindus is Bengal is so dire that schools are attacked by Islamists, most of whom are radical illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Schools are prevented from holding Hindu religious festivals and, as was seen last year, Durga idols are vandalised in some places.