In riot-hit Basirhat, Muslims pool money to help Hindu neighbours

Muslims in this patch of North 24-Parganas on the Bangladesh border, where tensions erupted at the beginning of the week after a teen’s objectionable post on social media, are pooling money to help Hindu neighbours rebuild their gutted shops and businesses.

Written by Ravik Bhattacharya | Basirhat | Updated: July 9, 2017 4:50 am
Basirhat communal riot, Basirhat incident, North 24 Paergana communal clash, West bengal, Mamata Banerjee, indian express, India news, latest news A burnt vehicle seen at a road after a communal riot at Baduria in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal on Wednesday. PTI Photo

At the heavily guarded Trimohini crossing in Basirhat, a small crowd has gathered around Md Noor Islam Gaji and Ajay Pal. They are standing outside Pal’s ransacked paan bidi shop — one of many in the area that were vandalised and looted during Tuesday’s communal violence. Gaji and several other Muslim men are talking to Pal, urging him to reopen his shop, pressing him to accept Rs 2,000 from them to get started again.

Muslims in this patch of North 24-Parganas on the Bangladesh border, where tensions erupted at the beginning of the week after a teen’s objectionable post on social media, are pooling money to help Hindu neighbours rebuild their gutted shops and businesses. Nearly a hundred shops and homes were vandalised in Basirhat.

“Even after the demolition of the Babri mosque, our town remained peaceful. What happened since Tuesday was not right. Some outsiders and some of our local boys are to blame. But now we are pooling money for our Hindu neighbours. We want them to forget the losses and start afresh,” Gaji, a local businessman, said.

“I lost goods worth over Rs 15,000 when hundreds of people came and ransacked my shop on Tuesday. They took away everything. I do not know why. My neighbours and Muslim friends are now offering me money to restart my business. I will take a decision soon,” said Pal.

Like him, Ruma De, who owns the next shop, too, has been offered Rs 2,000 for a start. Similar initiatives have been taken by Muslim residents of Masjidpara, Bhyabla, Chapapara and other areas of Basirhat. “We are all linked in one way or another. I have Hindu friends whom I have known from childhood, and business associates who are Hindu. We have told them that we will do our best to help them start their businesses, and even repair their damaged homes,” said Ershad Ali Gazi of Masjidpara.

It was because of Ershad that his childhood friend Binay Pal and his family escaped the mob that rampaged through the neighbourhood on Tuesday night. “Everyone told me to leave my home and flee to save myself. Hundreds of people were swarming the street in front of my house. I called up Ershad, who told me to stay put and rushed to my house. He stayed with us and ensured that we were safe,” said Binay, who has a wife and two children. His pharmacy downstairs was, however, ransacked.

“It is not a hollow promise. We have told local shopowners that we will give as much as it takes, Rs 2 lakh or Rs 5 lakh. We will help you, whether by pooling money or by collecting subscriptions to cover your losses. Whatever has happened has happened, do not worry anymore, or have any hard feelings. The tradition of Basirhat has been tarnished. This has never happened before,” said Ershad.

Continuing latent tension, shut businesses, schools and colleges, and a heavy presence of police and security forces notwithstanding, Basirhat and Baduria have been calm since Thursday. Two peace meetings have been held in Basirhat, at which leaders of both communities and police were present.

“It was decided that Hindu-Muslim joint groups will keep vigil at night not only in neighbourhoods, but also at religious places. Outsiders will not be allowed in the area. Outsiders of both communities played a key role in the riots,” said Babu Gaji, councillor of ward number 14 in Basirhat.

Both Hindus and Muslims have accused police of not taking action as the tension spread and violence began.
“We called police when hundreds tried to attack our neighbourhood, but they did not come. We were forced to defend ourselves. Our women came out in thousands and thwarted the mob. Police later lobbed teargas shells at us,” said Shyamal Biswas of Mandirpara. Haji Muhammed Ali Gaji said, “My medicine shop was set on fire. All the papers which were kept in the shop for GST were damaged. Even cash in the shop was partially burnt.”

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    M Shukla
    Jul 12, 2017 at 12:58 pm
    BJP is trying hard to foment violence in Bengal for Electoral gains. BJP cadres post false images to inflame rioting and then blame the party in power of minority appea t. It is the same game plan everywhere. BJP paid trolls further flame passions by advocating the lies of BJP on every media . Just read some of the paid troll comments and those who are discerning will see the game. This party is bent on breaking India. Those who love India should ensure that the BJP does nor succeed in its nefarious designs
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      Ranjit kr.Sahay.
      Jul 11, 2017 at 7:59 am
      Misunderstanding between two communities caused riot resulting in great loss to innocent people of Basirhat.For their rehabilitation,they expressed their desire of cooperating by all means.
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        SUKUMAR BHATTACHARYA
        Jul 10, 2017 at 11:52 am
        Can you see a definite pattern in recent violence ? First: Kaliachak, Second: Dhulagarh, Third: Basirhat. Actually it is a part of larger game plan hatched by Arab trained Sunni Wahabists to to establish caliphate in India. It is not at all impossible if a Muslim TMC cadre has planted the post to whip up violence in West Bengal at the behest of Mamata Government. She may do it to consolidate her muslim vote. It is unbelievable that a class X boy would post such things. Mamata knows very well that it is very easy to point finger at BJP or RSS. And communists super-secularists, Cngress are ready to convene a peace march to white wash. Islam is never compatible with other religion. Their mantra is: either you kill or get killed. Of course Islam is religion of peace when everybody has been converted to Sunni Islam. Mamata has ordered judicial probe to save her chair. Her sole concern is her chair, not welfare of West Bengal. Probably the judicial probe report will never see daylight
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          Dr JAMES
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            christina
            Jul 10, 2017 at 4:48 pm
            bhai.. jitna paisa lete ho utna hi bolo...ye bohot jyada ho gaya... its getting clear from your self explanation that Khud Hi Chor, Khud hi Kotwali kar rahe ho.... people are helping each other, because they are not the one who are doing riots, it the paid goons who works on the ground and Fake id's who quickly works on the news paper comments... some of them are even caught posting movie pics to create problems...dont you see...???!!!
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              Kaalkut
              Jul 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm
              Bhottacharjee da, aagey kokhono ayerokom riots hoini keno Poschim Banglay? Ekhoney keno jokhon BJP Banglay asthe chaychhey? TMC, lumpen elements a bhora. Ora to Left Front key pitye nirlupto korey diyecchey, poyshar loubh dekhye. Ekhon jaara aschhey tadeyer kachhey arro onek poysa acchey aar era ekhon tomadeyer songgey giye mischhey.. Tomar Party jey Statey probesh kortey jayye rokteyer khelatey shuru hoi tomader Political khela. Bangaleera eyerokom ekdom e noye. Bangla ke sesh korey phelo na jeymon bhabey pooro desh takey sesh korccho.
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              George Cruz
              Jul 10, 2017 at 4:05 am
              The news media like the NDTV is trying put on some kind of spin on the atrocities committed by the illiterate, worthless Bangladeshi Muslim scums on the peacefully/inclusive Hindu community. There is nothing good about these illiterate, illegal, worthless Bangladeshi Muslim scums who commit atrocities on peaceful Hindu families in W.Bengal just based on postings on the Facebook. This is the reminiscence of the atrocities committed by the departing Muslims on Hindu families in major cities like Calcutta/Mumbai during the par ion in 1947. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) and its leader Mamata Banerjee has courted millions of illiterate Muslims for vote bank politics/self-interests, and now she is witnessing the atrocities the Muslims can inflict on the peaceful Hindu communities. It is just like feeding milk to poisonous snakes which could bite back anytime.
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                Dr JAMES
                Jul 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm
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                Paban
                Jul 10, 2017 at 3:36 am
                It will be wrong to demand for President's rule in WB. The situation there still is not out of control. State govt should take urgent measures to bring back normalcy. NGOs need involvement to bring back harmony among Hindus and Muslims living there peacefully for long.
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                  Dr JAMES
                  Jul 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm
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                  Debadyuti Bhattacharya
                  Jul 10, 2017 at 1:41 am
                  Press ute. When they vandalised Hindu shops, you remain stolid. Now damaging goods worth ₹15,000/- is compensated by a meagre amount of 2,000/- is like a slap in the face. Rubbing salt on the puncture wounds will cause blisters.
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                    Dr JAMES
                    Jul 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm
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                      Dr JAMES
                      Jul 10, 2017 at 2:48 pm
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                    Ram
                    Jul 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm
                    perfect example of al-taquia. Anyway what else you expect from islamist funded IE/NDTV except carry out al-taquia of their masters! Anyway Hindus are finaly awake and WB Momota/CPM will see same fate as UP SP/BSP. No anti-national media can stop that from happening, for India's own good/security.
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                      Dr JAMES
                      Jul 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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                      ayesha siddiqui
                      Jul 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                      Muslims have every right to defend honour of our Prophet, India was ruled by muslims for thousand years, hindus shud know their limit, only your houses are burnt, dont cry like you being thrown out your house,
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                        Babloo
                        Jul 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm
                        Once Hindus do to Muslims what Muslims have done to Hindus in every muslim majority area of south asia, then perhaps will the followers of the dirty arabic cult of violence, appreciate Hindu tolerance.
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                          Jai SHRI Tam
                          Jul 9, 2017 at 8:13 pm
                          Ayesha ur a fundamentalist you should be kicked out of india
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                            Indian
                            Jul 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm
                            Either this guy is a Sanghi commenting with a Muslim name "Ayesha Siddiqui", or she is a Pakistani. An Indian Muslim girl won't speak like this
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                              Dr JAMES
                              Jul 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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                                Dr JAMES
                                Jul 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm
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                                  Dr JAMES
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                                    Dr JAMES
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