Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is under pressure from leaders of the state Muslim organisations to prevent Taslima Nasreen from returning to the city.
Taslima’s return, the Muslim leaders have told Bhattacharjee, would hurt the Muslim sentiments. The Muslim leaders said they have been telling the CM for the last four months that Muslims were infuriated with Taslima and at any point this could take a violent turn.
The Milli Itte Parishad’s Joint Convenor Abdul Aziz, who is also the state vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, led a delegation of Muslim leaders and told additional commissioner of police, S.N. Sarkar, that if Taslima returns to the city then life would come to a standstill in the metro and the Muslims would hit the streets in protest and the organisation would call for a Bangla Bandh.
Meanwhile, CPM has zeroed in on Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to be one of the Muslim fundamentalist groups responsible for inciting the Muslim community in central Kolkata that led to the violence in the city on Wednesday.
This was conveyed by the CPM’s Kolkata District Committee to the party’s State secretary Biman Bose late on Wednesday. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is an all-India Muslim organisation that upholds Islamic ideology. However, the state vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Abdul Aziz denied the allegations. He said, “It is true that we have been campaigning for the last three months to see the back of Taslima. We also met CPM leader Biman Bose to press our demand but we are not responsible for the violent protests.”
According to the CPM Kolkata District Committee report, a fundamentalist section of the organisation had been working on young minds on the issue of Nasreen’s blasphemous writings. It is this group, the CPM believes, that ignited the violence.
However the CPM leaders did not that the group would transform a peaceful All India Minority Forum rally into a veritable battlefield. “We had no such party intelligence that the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind would incite violence. Had we known, we would have told the administration to stop the rally from reaching the belt,” said CPM State Committee member Rabin Deb.
“But it was definitely well-orchestrated and pre-planned. And it was kept limited to only a particular area,” added Deb.
The CPM leaders said that Idris Ali did not have the support of the majority of Furufura Sharif in the rally on Wednesday and while Ali took a backseat it was the fundamentalists that went on a rampage.