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Matua Women Beaten Up Trinamul Activists In Santipur

2015-11-22 23:50


Santipur, Nov. 22: Drunken youths with close allegiance to Trinamul Congress had allegedly beaten up some lady members of Matua Mahasangha in Nadia’s Santipur on Sunday morning when they came to know that their husbands went to police station to lodge complaint against them for hurling liquor bottles on neighboring houses and damaging some huts on Saturday night.

Sources said, the youths had organized a ‘Shiva puja’ inside a Matua temple premise, who in drunken state attacked the houses of neighboring Matua community members with whom they have been fighting a legal battle to settle dispute over a land.

On Saturday night, the youth allegedly hurled bottles and stones damaging tiled and corrugated sheet top of the huts of the neighbor. Later in the morning they mercilessly had beaten up women knowing that police complaints were lodged.

The members of the Matua group organized a protest demonstration in front of the Santipur police station accusing the police of inaction despite two separate complaints.

Four homemakers injured in the attack were taken to Santipur state general hospital for treatment, who was, however, released after primary treatment.

Complainant Jhuma said: “The youths led by Khokon and Haru Ghosh attacked the women. I tried to resist. They had beaten me up with a stick. They were also using abusive words. I suffered injuries on my hand, leg, back”.

The incident ignited tension in the area. The Matua Mahasangha leaders of Nadia had also appraised the incident to Sangha-Mata” Mamata Bala Thakur who is also Trinamul’s MP from Bangaon.

Mamatabala called party colleague and local Trinamul MLA Ajoy De for his intervention into the matter.

“She called me and requested to look into the matter. However, I have found a legal dispute over the land where the temple is located. The matter is subjudice”, De said.

Local sources said that, a section of the village who are the follower of Matua cult has set up a temple six months ago. However, there is another section who claimed their right over the land for setting up a ‘Nataraj temple’.

Sudipta Pal, who is in favor of Nataraj temple said: “A few years ago the 7-cottah land was purchased from one Govinda Saha by the villagers for setting up Nataraj temple. But, some Matua later forcefully set up the Matua temple. We filed court case against this illegal occupation. The local youths last week wanted to organize Nataraj puja at the premise. But they raised objection. Later the police intervened and allowed us to organize the puja”.

Pal, however, refused the allegation of any attack on Matua community members. “No such incident was occurred at all”, he said.

Chandrakanta Biswas, president of the local Matua body said: “It is true that the land was purchased in the name of Nataraj temple committee. But as most of the people in area are Matua, it was unanimously deiced for setting up the Matua temple. The temple was set up only after the Nataraj temple committee given us written consent (anumoti patra). We have done nothing illegal. Nevertheless, some youths who are activists or ruling Trinamul Congress repeatedly attacking our members. We lodged police complaint and also sought help from local MLA Ajoy De, but he did nothing. Despite that we allowed Nataraj puja as police requested us, but the youths attacked our houses, hurled liquor bottles. On Sunday when we went to lodge police complaint, they against attacked and beaten up our women members”.

Santipur police, however, yet to start a case on the complaint.  

A senior police officer said: “We are examining the allegation”.

Matua Mahasangha’s Nadia youth wing Secretary Khagendra Nath Barui said: “If police do not arrest the culprits we will launch agitation against Santipur police and gherao the police station”.

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