NaMo NaMo

Namo Event

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Report on Kaligram Muharrum riot, October 2016

The report has been prepared using eye-witness accounts by social worker and technologist Bhaswar Goswami, who hails from Kaligram village and is currently working in Bengaluru.
Durga Puja is a time for celebration, Aradhana of ‘Naari Sakti’ and a way to worship mata for the emancipation of the individuals and the upliftment of the society in Bengal. It is a time when every household buys new cloths, gifts them to family and friends and celebrate the occasion with full merriment everywhere in rural and urban Bengal. But, the same is not true for the villagers of Kaligram, which is about 75 kilometers from the town of Malda in Bengal (location on the map).
This culturally rich and educated village has not known a peaceful Durga puja for at least three decades. Every year, Durga puja is accompanied by the horrors of Muslim oppression and aggression committed in the name of Muharrum celebration. This is especially true when both the festivals fall on the same day or close to each other. Each time, the Muslim procession used to cross this Hindu village, it wreaked havoc in the otherwise peaceful village. In 2015, the village saw gruesome Muslim violence [Read here]. This year the same has repeated again.
Even before the Puja started, as the villagers of Kaligram prepared with joy and devotion for the celebration, there was a fear among the Hindu households about the possibility of Muslim disruption and the flare up of communal tension, since Muharrum coincided with Durga Puja. Local administration had issued multiple discriminatory orders like ‘Hindus cannot play music while Muharrum is underway’, ‘immersion of Durga Idols cannot be done as per practice on certain days’, etc. These orders, though discriminatory were silently accepted by the Hindu villagers in order to maintain communal harmony. Yet, despite this compromise by the local Hindu community, Muslim mob attacked the village on the evening of October 14 and inflicted huge damage to Hindu lives and property.
Here is a chronological account of the incidence:

13th October, night around 9 PM: Hindus were busy taking their Durga Idol immersion procession through the village, as per Police guidance. Same night Muslims were celebrating what they call ‘Basi karbala’, a specific type of violent celebration for Muharrum practiced in Bengal.
13th October, night around 10 PM: While immersion procession was passing through the village as per prior schedule, Hindus got to know that local police led by IC Chanchal PS, had diverted ‘Basi karbala’ procession with thousands of Muslims brandishing swords, lathis and other sharp weapons. This was a clear deviation from the 24 years old court settlement that mandated no ‘Basi karbala’ procession to be allowed to pass through the village for ensuring safety and security of the Hindu life.
13th October, night around 11 PM: Hindus protested to the police and in return got flak from the IC Police. Moreover, Hindu women were insulted by the police administration.
14th October, early morning around 12 AM: Fearing the dire consequences of ‘Basi karbala’ procession passing through the village, Hindus decided to block the road by keeping Durga Idol and not to carry on with the immersion. This made the Muslims to change their mind and divert the ‘Basi karbala’ procession through outer roads.
14th October, early morning, around 4 AM: Malda police administration reached Kaligram with armed police and forced the villagers to take the Durga Idol for immersion. Villagers agreed.
14th October, early morning, around 5 AM: While most of the villagers were busy doing the immersion of their mata with heavy heart, police asked 8 Hindu youth leaders (Ratan Das, Siddharta Nandi, Suman Guha, Manish Sarkar, Gopesh Sarkar, Ajit Pramanik, Ramkrishna Das, and Advocate Himadri Das) to accompany them to police station Chanchal in order to have some discussion. After taking them to the police station, all were arrested, though they had committed no wrongs.
14th October, morning, around 7 AM: News about the arrest of the either people spread through the Village men and women decided to do ‘gherao’ of Chanchal police station in protest of the arrest.
14th October, evening, around 5 PM: Finally, giving in to the demands of the villagers SDPO apologized to the people and released the arrested eight Hindu youth leaders without any condition.
14th October, night, around 10 PM: Muslim mob gathered around the village with country made bombs, pistols, pipe guns, swords, lathis and other ammunitions, and started to loot and burn the houses. Rapid Action Force (RAF), which was deployed at the place came under attack as well. Two Police personnel got severely injured and the RAF men ran away leaving the villagers completely unguarded. Villagers called up Malda District administration in desperation, but the calls were unanswered.
15th October, around 5 PM: District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police and other officials from the administration reached Kaligram with huge police force, but by then, the mob, which had already inflicted heavy damage to the Hindu property and human life, had run away. Around 50 houses looted and burnt to ashes. Two cars and one truck were also burnt. One jewelry shop & two grocery shops were looted. Cattles were taken away. Hindu women were molested. Three Hindu temples were vandalized beyond repair and their idols Hundreds of Hindus were left homeless and lost their life savings.
Now, that the Section 144 has been imposed by the administration and the central armed forces are patrolling the village, there is a temporary relief to the Hindu villagers. In the last five days, a bustling village has turned into a riot hit desert, with hundreds becoming homeless, including children and many infants, who are now living in other’s homes and consuming community food. No relief or compensation has been provided by the administration till now.

Villagers are running pillars to post in order to file FIRs and looking for ways to bring the issue to the attention of the entire nation, while there are attempts in the local media to suppress the incident in the name of maintaining communal harmony and the administration has chosen to remain a mute spectator.

Here are three video clips showing the damage to Hindu property in the attacks.
 Source: indiafacts


  1. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

    Digital Marketing Company in Chennnai

  2. This is an awesome post.Really very informative and creative contents. These concept is a good way to enhance the knowledge.I like it and help me to development very well.Thank you for this brief explanation and very nice information.Well, got a good knowledge.

    web designing training in chennai

  3. Excellent ! I am truly impressed that there is so much about this subject that has been revealed and you did it so nicely.
    Security Services in Chennai

  4. It's interesting that many of the bloggers to helped clarify a few things for me as well as giving.Most of ideas can be nice content.The people to give them a good shake to get your point and across the command .
    GMAT coaching chennai

  5. All the details are explained clearly with the great explanation. Thanks for this wonderful blog. Step by step processes execution are given clearly.Know the details about different thing.
    Web Designing Training in Chennai

  6. This post is really nice and informative. The explanation given is really comprehensive and informative..
    ios Training in Chennai

  7. This post is really nice and informative. The explanation given is really comprehensive and informative... Fire Safety system Chennai

  8. This blog is having the general information. Got a creative work and this is very different one.We have to develop our creativity mind.This blog helps for this. Thank you for this blog. This is very interesting and useful...
    Jobs in Delhi
    Jobs in Hyderabad

  9. Thank you for sharing such a nice and interesting blog with us. I have seen that all will say the same thing repeatedly. But in your blog, I had a chance to get some useful and unique information. I would like to suggest your blog in my dude circle.
    Jobs in Chennai
    Jobs in Bangalore
    Jobs in Delhi
    Jobs in Hyderabad
    Jobs in Kolkata
    Jobs in Mumbai
    Jobs in Noida
    Jobs in Pune

  10. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable information. We strive to provide our candidates with excellent care and we take your comments to heart.As always, we appreciate your confidence and trust in us
    Digital Marketing Company in India

  11. Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, It's very helpful for this blog.Also great with all of the valuable information you have Keep up the good work you are doing well.

    Digital Marketing Company in Chennai

  12. Its very useful to me. Wonderful blog.. Thanks for sharing informative Post.

    Installment loans
    Payday loans
    Title loans

  13. Interesting blog which attracted me more.this blog shows that you have a great future as a content writer.keep updating.
    Digital marketing company in Chennai

  14. It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions.You can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it..
    Home Interior Decorators in Chennai
    Home Interior Designers in Chennai
    Home Interiors in Chennai

  15. Really, these quotes are the holistic approach towards mindfulness. In fact, all of your posts are. Proudly saying I’m getting fruitfulness out of it what you write and share. Thank you so much to both of you.
    Digital Marketing Training in Chennai
    MSBI Training in Chennai
    VMWare Training in Chennai

  16. its really very useful topic. it should be help us more and then thanks to post article like this.

    Digital Marketing Company in India

  17. onderful post and very helpful, thanks for all this information. You are including better information regarding this topic in an effective way.Thank you so much

    Web Design Company in Chennai

  18. i really like this blog.And i got more information's from this blog.thanks for sharing!!!!
    SEO Company in Chennai

  19. excellent blog it is very impressive for readers to read such a blog keep on updating.
    android training in chennai
    ios training in chennai

  20. Thank you for your sharing information..Its very interesting and useful.. awesome article
    SAP HR Training in Chennai
    SAP ABAP Training in Chennai
    SAP FICO Training in Chennai

  21. This idea is mind blowing. I think everyone should know such information like you have described on this post. Thank you for sharing this explanation.Your final conclusion was good. We are sowing seeds and need to be patiently wait till it blossoms.
    Vitiligo Treatment
    Dry Skin Treatment

  22. Wow.. Thanks much for sharing.. My friend also recommended you so that i can have a helping hand to make my blog as effective as possible.
    Pimple Treatment
    Pigmentation Cream
    Acne Cream

  23. this is very nice blog.this is very nice article interesting thanks for this articles.

    Informatica Training in Chennai

  24. This information is impressive; I am inspired with your post writing style & how continuously you describe this topic.
    Antifungal Cream
    Vitiligo Medicines

  25. i really like this blog.And i got more information's from this blog.thanks for sharing!!!!
    Best Interior Designers in Chennai
    Architects in Chennai
    Home Interiors in Chennai

  26. I appreciate your style of writing because it conveys the message of what you are trying to say. It's a great skill to make even the person who doesn't know about the subject could able to understand the subject . Your blogs are understandable and also informative. I hope to read more and more interesting articles from your blog. All the best.
    Dandruff Shampoo

  27. its really very useful topic. it should be help us more and then thanks to post article like this.
    Hadoop Training in Chennai

  28. wonderful post and very helpful, thanks for all this information. You are including better information regarding this topic in an effective way.Thank you so much
    Self Employment Tax
    Tax Preparation Services
    Tax Accountant
    Tax Consultant
    Tax Advisor

  29. It's a wonderful post and very helpful, thanks for all this information. You are including better information regarding this topic in an effective way.Thank you so much.

    Allergy Medicines
    Ayurvedic Medicine For Immunity
    Hyperpigmentation cream
    Viral Fever Medicines

  30. its really very useful topic. it should be help us more and then thanks to post article like this.
    Eczema Treatment
    Psoriasis Oil
    Hyperpigmentation Treatment

  31. Really it was an awesome article...very interesting to read..You have provided an nice article....Thanks for sharing..
    Android Training in Chennai
    Ios Training in Chennai

  32. Anybody want to know How to trace the mobile with location and get more details for tracking.Read this blog...

    Mobile Number Tracker | Phone Number Tracker With Location | Mobile Location Tracker | How To Track A Phone Number | Phone Number Tracker | Phone Number Search

  33. It’s really amazing that we can record what our visitors do on our site. Thanks for sharing this awesome guide. I’m happy that I came across with your site this article is on point,thanks again and have a great day. Keep update more information..

    Selenium Training in Chennai

  34. Content is very clear and easily explained it is very interesting aswell. I hope you postagain soon.

    Python Training in Chennai