West Bengal: Madrasa Hafiz-e-Quran student set afire; communal tension builds up in village

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)

Negative propaganda by media post-Burdwan blasts, a mysterious incident of attempted burning of a Madrassa student in a village near Kolkata, allegedly by a suspected radical group, has given rise to communal tension.

Amiruddin Khan (16), a student was set afire by unidentified persons after tying him to a window of the Madrasa Hafiz-e-Quran at Bhagwanpur Madrassa Darul Uloom late at around 9.15 pm on October 21. he suffered 70% burns and is fighting for life at a nursing home.

Head Mudarris of Bhagwanpur Madrassa Mufti Yahia Khan told “On Tuesday night around 9.15pm, Amiruddin, a student of Hifz department, went to the pond just behind the Madrassa premises for Wazu. Barely few minutes later, we heard shouts of ‘save save’ from outside. When students and teachers went outside, they saw Amiruddin tied up to the Madrassa window. He was set afire.”

There are about 175 students and 17 teachers at this Madrassa. Most of the students come from poor families.

Being in a critical situation, Khan was shifted from Bhagwanpur Primary Health Centre to Tamluk District Hospital and later transferred to Kolkata for better treatment.

Mufti Yahia Khan said, “When he could speak, Amiruddin told us about the incident. When he had stepped out for Wazu, then four unknown person picked him up and tied him to the iron grill of the Madrassa window. One of them poured kerosene on his body and set him fire. Moments later, they fled on motorbikes.”

The incident has raised communal tension in Bhagwanpur area, which falls under the Bhagwanpur police station of Purba Medinipur district. Police have started the investigation but no one has been arrested till October 23. “A case has been filed at Bhagwanpur police station, we will take necessary action,” police superintendent of Purba Medinipur district Sukesh Jain said.

Meanwhile, the Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Hind observed a ‘Dua day’ on Friday. State secretary of Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) Samir Putatunda has demanded a CBI investigation into the incident.

Member of the Bhagwanpur Panchayat Samity Abhijit Das, local social activist Safiullah Mallick visited the madrassa next morning and appealed locals to maintaining peace and communal harmony.

Beside the NIA investigation, Putatunda also demanded a CBI enquiry into the incident.

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