A number of Durga Puja pandals and temples in Bangladesh had been vandalised on October 15 after social media posts exhibiting a replica of the Quran positioned on the toes of an idol went viral. Within the weeks that adopted, extra communal violence and assaults on the members of the Hindu minority had been reported in several components of the nation. To protest towards these incidents, a number of rallies had been taken out by spiritual organisations in Tripura, a few of which resulted in clashes with the police and vandalism of homes, retailers and shrines belonging to the minority group.

Incidents of violence

Whereas Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued a terse warning towards perpetrators of the violence on October 15 itself and her authorities arrested individuals concerned within the incidents over the subsequent few days, a number of social, cultural and spiritual organizations in Tripura – from each Hindu and Muslim communities – registered their protest and despatched memoranda via Bangladesh Assistant Excessive Commissioner’s Workplace in Agartala.

In protest towards the vandalism in Bangladesh, rallies had been taken out by organisations just like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM), amongst others. Throughout a few of these protest rallies, miscreants purportedly vandalised a number of homes, retailers and mosques. Contributors in a rally taken out by the VHP and the HJM at Udaipur in Gomati district on October 21 clashed with police because the latter denied them permission to enter localities with blended populations apprehending regulation and order points. Fifteen individuals together with three policemen had been injured within the incident. Related rallies had been taken out at Agartala in West Tripura, the place a number of miscreants allegedly broken a CCTV digital camera in a mosque. At Dharmanagar in North Tripura, a ten,000-strong rally was taken out on October 21 by completely different organisations together with the VHP and the HJM.

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On October 26, a protest rally taken out by the VHP at Panisagar in North Tripura traversed completely different localities like Chamtilla, Jalebasha and Rowa Bazar. A piece of the protesters allegedly vandalised a number of homes and burnt some retailers at Rowa Bazar. On the identical day, some activists who had joined the rally allegedly vandalised an area mosque at Chamtilla village, round 800 yards from Rowa Bazar.

Later within the night time, a big gathering of individuals confirmed up from minority dominated localities in Churaibari, close to the Tripura-Assam inter-state boundary. The native administration dispersed the gathering via discussions. Restrictions on public motion had been imposed underneath Part 144 at Panisagar and Dharmanagar to keep away from additional disturbances.

Worldwide Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) members take part in a rally to protest towards the alleged assault on Hindu group in Bangladesh, in Agartala (PTI)

Unidentified miscreants vandalised an area thatched-walled Kali temple at Kailashahar of Unakoti district on October 29 afternoon. Kailashahar police station officer in-charge Partha Munda mentioned the perpetrators couldn’t be recognized however there was no stress as native Hindus and Muslims got here collectively and rebuilt the temple’s thatched partitions inside a number of hours.

What has the federal government mentioned?

The state authorities has to date maintained there is no such thing as a communal stress anyplace in Tripura and it has repeatedly appealed to individuals to take care of peace and steer clear of rumours.

Minister for Info and Cultural Affairs Sushanta Chowdhury on Friday categorically denied stories of any mosque being set ablaze at Panisagar in North Tripura and alleged that a number of vested curiosity teams from outdoors the state had been concerned in a conspiracy to tarnish the federal government’s picture.

The minister added that police are completely investigating the incident.

The chief minister has introduced compensation for individuals affected in these circumstances of violence.

Hearsay mongering

Rumours had been circulating each on-line and offline over the previous few days. Whereas rumours had been rife about arson assaults in mosques in North Tripura, rumours had been additionally unfold about idols and temples being vandalised in several components of Tripura. On October 23, photographs of a damaged Shiva idol went viral on social media and netizens sharing the publish claimed that the idol was vandalised by ‘jihadis’. Police later mentioned the Shiva idol, whose head was discovered damaged, was in an deserted place atop an area hillock, the place one needed to stroll 45 minutes via thick vegetation to succeed in. They mentioned there was no technique to inform if it broke owing to pure causes or if it was damaged and mentioned the incident didn’t have any communal spillover within the locality.

Just a few days later, some individuals in Kamalasagar space of West Tripura district mentioned an deserted Kali idol was burnt by miscreants however police later dismissed the suspicions saying individuals usually left burning candles in entrance of the idols after puja. The idol’s hair might need caught fireplace from the candles, police mentioned. On October 26, movies claiming a mosque at Panisagar in North Tripura was set ablaze went viral on social media. Police later clarified the images and movies had been morphed and weren’t from Tripura.

Police warns towards pretend information

Tripura Police tweeted from their official deal with late night on Wednesday saying, “Sure individuals by utilizing pretend social media IDs are spreading pretend information/rumours on Tripura. It’s knowledgeable that the regulation & order scenario within the State is totally regular”. The police additionally tweeted that opposite to pretend propaganda being unfold by some netizens, no mosque was burnt at Panisagar in North Tripura.

“Throughout yesterday’s protest rally in Panisagar, North Tripura, no masjid was burnt and the photographs being shared of burning or broken masjid or assortment of sticks and many others are all pretend and aren’t from Tripura…” the tweet learn.

Tripura Police have requested individuals of all communities to not assist and subscribe to such pretend social media IDs and never unfold pretend footage. “We’ve got already registered circumstances and authorized motion will likely be taken towards all these spreading pretend information and communally-sensitive rumours,” a tweet mentioned.

Key considerations

Tripura State Jamiat Ulama (Hind) and Tripura State Imams’ Committee – two essential minority spiritual organizations within the state – have expressed concern {that a} “microscopic group of miscreants” was making an attempt to create communal unrest and malign Tripura and the federal government’s picture.

Submitting a memorandum to the Chief Minister’s Workplace (CMO) on October 22, the Tripura State Jamiat Ulama (Hind) alleged completely different mosques and minority-dominated localities had been being attacked. Looking for intervention from Chief Minister Biplab Deb and Director Basic of Tripura Police VS Yadav, the organisation’s state president, Mufti Tayebur Rahman, mentioned individuals from the minority group in “distant areas” had been scared to get out of their properties.

All Tripura Imams’ Committee mentioned it has stories of makes an attempt of vandalism in not less than ten areas because the unrest in Bangladesh. Alleging administrative lapses within the current incidents of alleged communal disturbances, spiritual leaders sought immediate motion towards anybody making an attempt to create misunderstanding between communities in Tripura.

VHP Tripura chief Purna Chandra Mandal instructed indianexpress.com that his organistion has had no function in any kind of vandalism. He claimed a piece of outsiders might need taken benefit of the large variety of activists who joined the protest rally organized by the VHP at Panisagar and created unrest. Mandal additionally claimed that a number of youths from the minority group had been armed and tried to impress the rally.

Social Democratic Get together of India (SDPI) members stage a protest towards Tripura violence outdoors the Tripura Bhawan, in New Delhi (PTI)

How have the political events reacted?

Tripura’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya on Wednesday accused the Communist Get together of India (Marxist) of being concerned within the incident. “We consider CPI(M) has a serious function behind the current incidents. Their fundamental goal is to create unrest right here.” Bhattacharya mentioned his get together was preserving contact with everybody, particularly via the Minority Morcha, to make sure no additional flare-ups occurred.

Opposition chief Manik Sarkar mentioned, “Some condemnable incidents occurred throughout current Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh. Just a few protests had been organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) towards these incidents in several components of Tripura. Some provocative programmes are additionally being held in some locations. The incident at Chamtilla in Panisagar underneath North Tripura is one such occasion… I attraction to all sections of individuals in Tripura to ensure that the traditional Tripura custom of communal unity and integrity will not be disturbed in any manner.”

Sarkar additionally requested police and the administration to take proactive motion relating to such incidents.

Tripura ADC’s ruling TIPRA Motha get together chief and royal scion Pradyot Kishore appealed for communal concord in a video message on social media.

Within the video, he mentioned, “If anybody tries to divide Tripura on faith or unfold communal disturbances, TIPRA Motha and I shall protest it.” He additionally warned individuals towards falling prey to communal provocations on social media and mentioned Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians ought to dwell collectively.

Tripura Democratic Entrance (TDF), a newly fashioned political get together, has condemned the incidents of communal unrest and wrote to the Union Residence Secretary and sought intervention from the Authorities of India.

AISA members stage a protest towards Tripura violence outdoors the Tripura Bhawan, in New Delhi (PTI)

Excessive Courtroom intervenes

The Excessive Courtroom of Tripura on Friday admitted suo motu a Public Curiosity Litigation (PIL) primarily based on press stories of the Panisagar incident and directed the state authorities to submit an affidavit inside November 10 on its plan and preventive measures taken to scuttle the design of stoking communal ardour or perpetrate violence.

Observing that the state owes its tasks to take care of regulation and order in addition to present residents with the safety to guard their life, livelihood and properties, the Excessive Courtroom recommended the state authorities’s efforts in restoring peace and order however mentioned the steps should be expanded.

The Excessive Courtroom advisable the federal government to contemplate forming peace committees not solely at district ranges but additionally at sub-divisional and, if vital, panchayat ranges. It known as upon all political events to completely take part within the peace-making course of.

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