Malda: 48 hours later, 10 held for mob violence

Eyewitnesses claim bombs hurled, gunshots fired in protest, cops deny.

Written by Arshad Ali | Malda | Updated: January 6, 2016 7:17 pm
The broken boundary wall of Kaliachak police station on Tuesday. (Express Photo by: Partha Paul) The broken boundary wall of Kaliachak police station on Tuesday. (Express Photo by: Partha Paul)

Nearly 48 hours after the attack on the Kaliachak police station in Malda, police have arrested 10 accused involved in the incident. The accused — Motiur Rahman, Jabdul Seikh, Sinnat Seikh, Gaffar Seikh, Ekhlasur Rahman, Benamin Seikh, Lalu Momin, Md Ashadul Haque, Farooque Seikh and Md Rashidul Haque – were produced before the Malda court Tuesday.

Following the arrests, five bombs were hurled and gunshots were fired at the market place in the area, eye witnesses said. Two RAF officials were injured. However, Dilip Hazra, Deputy Superintendent (Headquarters) denied of any such incident.

While three – Motiur, Jabdul and Rashidul – were sent to police custody for six days, the others were remanded in 14-day police custody.

“They have been arrested and booked under several non-bailable sections. We are investigating the matter and there will probably be more arrests,” said Hazra.
The accused have been charged under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc.) of the IPC among others.

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Meanwhile, members of the Idara-e-Shariya, which had organised the rally on January 3, said the protest was peaceful and it was police that instigated violence and later outsiders carried out the attack.

“We had organised a peaceful protest against the insult to our Prophet. When we attempted to burn an effigy of Kamlesh Tiwari (activist accused of making alleged derogatory remarks against the Prophet) in front of Kaliachak police station, police officials first objected to it and then lathi-charged the youngsters. This led to an altercation,” said a senior member of the group. He added that no members of the organisation was involved in the carnage.

“We had nothing to do with the destruction of the police station. It was done by anti-social elements who had mingled with the crowd and had a grudge against the cops,” he said.

A BJP delegation, meanwhile, will meet the Governor on Wednesday to seek action against “actual offenders”.

“Police have not arrested the main culprits. We demand that actual offenders, who we believe are patronised by the TMC, should be immediately arrested and for that intervention of a central investigating agency is necessary. The entire nation cried of intolerance when Dadri incident happened but after Kaliachak, we don’t see intellectuals hitting the streets. We demand that CM Mamata Banerjee stops the politics of Muslim appeasement and comes out with an official statement, condemning the act,” said BJP national secretary and former state BJP president Rahul Sinha.

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also attacked the Trinamool government over the “rampaging communalism” in Malda, alleging that the accused behind it are indulging in violence under its protection.

“Communalism is on a rampage in Malda. Police station has been burnt down, innocents are being attacked and there is mayhem… Those who are doing it are doing so under the protection of West Bengal government. It is not taking any substantial action,” Naqvi said. “People who have gone out of control and stoking communal tension must be dealt with severely to restore a sense of security.”

Congress MP from Malda South, Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury blamed “TMC goons” for the violence, and accused police for being unprepared to deal with the situation despite having prior information about the protest.

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  1. मनीष
    Jan 6, 2016 at 5:42 am
    Islam is a religion of peace. What happened in Malda is a way of showing their respect for others and consution of the country.
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    1. मनीष
      Jan 7, 2016 at 4:29 am
      Its time for Indians to take action. Stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop buying anything from a Muslim owned store/business.
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      1. मनीष
        Jan 8, 2016 at 3:24 am
        There are two types of Muslims: The Extremists and the Moderates. Technically there is no difference between them. The Extremists will cut your throat for not believing in pedophile M0h@m@d, and the Moderates would like Extremists cut your throat for not agreeing with them. Islam is a deadly disease, its followers should find a different religion or become atheist.
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          Varun Chaitwal
          Jan 6, 2016 at 3:54 am
          Muslims!! Always Muslims
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            Ashwini Kumar
            Jan 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm
            It is time to forget the divisions within. All Hindus must unite. Chalk out strategy to counter aggression.
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              Kaliyug
              Jan 6, 2016 at 7:22 pm
              It is high time that the Bangla Deshis are deported and law and order is restored in Malda. Mamta is the real problem for Bengal, her government is unable to achieve anything good in Kolkata, all she does is nothing.
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                harshbaheti
                Jan 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm
                Ab sare tolerance ki murtiya kaha gyi. na toh srk ko na aamir ko .aesa secularism khi bhi nhi dekha jaha majority ko minority dba dete he or sarkar or secular neta kuch nhi karte.sb muslim vote ke piche pde hai
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                  Krishna
                  Jan 6, 2016 at 4:55 pm
                  Why tolerance champions are silent on Malda, West Bengal violence? Why they were silent on destruction of Heraka Mandir in Nagaland?
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                    Baba
                    Jan 5, 2016 at 7:54 pm
                    Islamic protest and PEACEFUL.....
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                      LS
                      Jan 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm
                      Religion of peace!!
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                        madan gupta
                        Jan 6, 2016 at 2:47 am
                        ममता के घुंडे हिन्दुओं को मारने में लगे हुए हैं.
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                          murty
                          Jan 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm
                          Whre is Amir Khan and NDTV team on this issue of intolerance????
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                            Partha Saha
                            Jan 6, 2016 at 6:51 am
                            hindus of all India should unite or some day this will be ur turn....and for Bangali hindus who thought they r intelligent....u ppl r most dumb in d w world
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                              Punya
                              Jan 8, 2016 at 9:56 am
                              Now all eyes are closed, because hindus are dying. When Muslim majority(mainly Bangladeshi Muslims) tortures Hindu minorities; Rahul hi and his intolerant and secular netas are silent. If it happens other way, it will be head line news, these people will come for a political debate.
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                                Punya
                                Jan 8, 2016 at 9:59 am
                                When Muslim majority(mainly Bangladeshi Muslims) tortures Hindu minorities; Rahul hi and his intolerant and secular netas are silent. Mamata can not see this as an issue.
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                                  Rajiv Pande
                                  Jan 6, 2016 at 8:40 pm
                                  For decades people of W Bengal have felt closer to Bangladesh (fondly called East Bengal) than the rest of the country. They will suffer for this mistake.
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                                    Prakash Chakraborty
                                    Jan 6, 2016 at 7:24 am
                                    “Communalism is on a rampage in #Malda. Police station has been burnt down, innocents are being attacked and there is mayhem… Those who are doing it are doing so under the protection of West #Bengal government. It is not taking any substantial action,”
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                                      Kholman Pandey
                                      Jan 7, 2016 at 8:16 am
                                      Medea will not publish in reality . Its VOTE BANK POLITICS
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                                        Giri
                                        Jan 29, 2016 at 3:32 am
                                        All pseudo seculars are only active to please minorities How long will this keep happening? NDA in power is no different from UPA in power. All parties just want to hang on to power. Look at AAP how it has transformed after being in power, a party which was against UPA and Lalu has started supporting them, this is because all are hungry for power with vested interests taking priority over governance, not sure how many more generations need to see this. The guilty are not punished and the moment we see any issue (whether it is anti-national elements, road rage, communal issues, fraud – loans not paid back etc. The list is never ending) all the rules are for common man, general merit, tax-payers, and poor people with no political backing. Now a days any wrong doing is linked either to a community, caste and the real culprit escapes, or a cowardly act is glorified
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                                          Pradeep
                                          Jan 6, 2016 at 7:09 am
                                          Soon Bengal will be safest place for Islamic extremist............"DIDI.....the great"
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                                            Binu
                                            Jan 7, 2016 at 10:44 am
                                            Someone made some comment on Prophet (pbuh). It was not tolerated and reaction was fatal. Are there anyone now to talk of 'intolerance' ? Where is Yetchury, Singhvi, Manish Tiwari and the like? Where are those fake 'award wapsi' heroes? Tongue down or mouth filled with sand? Shameless creatures !!
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