Corona Stigma: A Bengal Locality Burnt Down

On Sunday, 10 May, the locality of Telinipara in West Bengal's Hooghly district saw massive clashes between its Hindu and Muslim residents.While police say the the situation was calm on 11 May, Tuesday, 12 May, saw a fresh spate of violence. Internet services in the area remained suspended as the forces conducted raids and routine marches to nab the miscreants. Clashes had erupted in the Telinipara area last week after members of a community were allegedly taunted and addressed as "Corona" by a handful of other people of another group. The police had invoked Section 144 of the CrPC in the area and laid down certain prohibitory orders. Chandannagar Police Commissioner Humayun Kabir, stated that the communal clashes were triggered after Muslims were allegedly taunted by ‘corona’ jibes. Following the verbal spat, the Hindus barricaded the public toilets used by the Muslims which led to violence. Bombs were tossed and shops plundered in Telinipara and its adjoining Chandannagar and Sreerampore areas, following which the law enforcement officials baton-charged the miscreants and brought the situation under control. As of now, atleast 125 people have been arrested in relation to this incident. Chandannagar Police on Saturday filed a case against BJP’s Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee and Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh for allegedly inciting violence at Telinipara in Hooghly district. According to police sources, the case has been registered at Chinsurah police station in Hooghly district. “A case has been registered against both the BJP MPs,” said a senior police officer of Hooghly district.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 5 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed Not Applicable
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Chinsurah police station in Hooghly district.

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory :The police arrived on the scene promptly during the occurrence of the incident. The area was brought under control with Section 144 of the CrPC being invoked and the internet being disrupted for a certain period of time. Current status Under investigation :As of 16th May, as many as 129 people have been arrested in relation to this incident
Charges Filed However, the police did not disclose the IPC sections that had been slapped against the BJP MPs. Other details
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Main Information
Date of incident: May 10, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Attack on religious festivals/worship
  • Communal tension/Violence/Riot
  • Demolition/Attack on property
  • Causal factors
  • Manufactured Rumour
  • No. of People Injured 1
    Name of the victim : Mohammed Mustaque,Shabana Khatun, Mohammed Ansari, S.K. Shamsuddin, M.D Salim, among several others
    Name of Perpetrator
    State West Bengal
    District/City Hooghly (Chinsurah)
    Party In Power / Incidents TMC - Trinamool Congress
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