Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to the Hindu community to protect the safety of Muslims as the state of West Bengal has been witnessing a surge in communal clashes in recent days. She expressed concern over the possibility of more violence during the Hanuman Jayanti celebration on Thursday.
Banerjee claimed that there are plans afoot for another round of violence in the state on Thursday and urged Hindus to ensure that minorities are “not tortured”.
“I will entrust a responsibility to my Hindu brothers to see that minorities are not tortured on April 6 (Hanuman Jayanti),” Banerjee said.
She was addressing a programme in Purba Medinipur district on Monday.
The Trinamool Congress supremo also alleged that some peop carrying arms and bombs are taking out Ram Navami rally in Muslim areas purposely even as the festival got over five days back, to incite violence.
“Why will the processions continue for five days after Ram Navami? Do it on the day of the festival. We have never had objections. But they cannot do rallies with guns and bombs, or without necessary permissions from the police,” Banerjee said.
Banerjee also urged Hindus to give protection to the Scheduled Caste and Adivasi communities.
Violence and vandalism have marred Ram Navami Processions in several states of India, targeting Muslims. Hate speech and stone-pelting against places of worship and shrines were common in all the incidents, which occurred in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal, and Gujarat.
West Bengal has been witnessing anti-Muslim violence and vandalism in several districts including Hooghly, Howrah, and others since last week.