Beef thrown into Kolkata temple: Bengal govt worried as communal incidents rise

Considering cases of communal incidents from last October where 10 districts of West Bengal have seen flare-ups, it can be said that the Alampur issue is not a stray one

Beef thrown into Kolkata temple: Bengal govt worried as communal incidents rise

Kolkata is witnessing communal tension and strife after beef chunks were thrown into a temple in Alampur near Metiabruz on January 23. Since the police have been unable to arrest anyone for the act which can lead to Hindu-Muslim clashes, the neighbourhood where the incident happened, Alampur, is still tense.

Authorities have come up with prohibitory orders not allowing the gathering of more than four people in the area where people from both slums and high rises live. Following the Hindu groups blocking roads in protest, the administration has banned workshops. Muslims dominate the population in the area which also houses the government undertaking-Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers.


Considering cases of communal incidents from last October where 10 districts of West Bengal have seen flare-ups, it can be said that the inflammatory act is not a stray one.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday: “I will not allow anarchy in Bengal.”

"Police is dealing with such things with a strong hand. We will soon bring a strong legislation against arson, where anyone setting fire to government or private party will have to pay. One political party is trying to fan violence,” Mamata said, without naming the BJP.

BJP had submitted a letter to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on October 21 asking for Central intervention, adding the state government has failed to control law and order.

“Attacks on Hindus are going on in different parts of the state. Metiabruz is the latest in the series and the administration has failed to control them,” state BJP secretary Sayantan Basu said.

The other Opposition parties such as Congress and Left have also said that the situation was getting "dangerous" in Bengal.  “Trinamool Congress brought in communal politics in Bengal by appeasing communities for political gains. Now things are going out of control,” said Abdul Mannan, Congress MLA and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.