A items car carrying a gaggle of Matuas coming back from the Hindu Dalit group’s annual spiritual pageant at Thakurnagar in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district was allegedly stoned by miscreants on the evening of March 29, leaving two folks injured, Union minister of state and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member Shantanu Thakur alleged on Friday.
The car was attacked at Kazipara in the Barasat space of North 24 Parganas, alleged Thakur. The Matuas had gone to Thakurnagar to attend the Baruni pageant held to mark the start anniversary of their patriarch chief Harichand Thakur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi just about addressed the inauguration of the pageant on March 29.
“The miscreants stoned the vehicle and insulted the women travelling in it. Two men were injured. One of them is admitted in hospital. We lodged a police complaint and four people were arrested. The Matuas will start a state-wide agitation unless all the miscreants are nabbed,” stated Thakur, the MP from Bongaon in North 24 Parganas and president of the All-India Matua Mahasangha.
The BJP chief’s aunt, Mamata Bala Thakur, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and Bongaon constituency’s former MP, additionally condemned the attack.
“The state government promptly took action and four people were arrested. We urge the administration to ensure the safety of the pilgrims,” she stated.
Bengal BJP Lok Sabha member Locket Chatterjee raised the difficulty in Parliament in her speech on Friday. She alleged that the pilgrims have been attacked by members of a specific group and the ladies have been molested.
TMC state basic secretary Kunal Ghosh stated the matter was being politicised by the BJP though the police acted on the criticism.
Shortly after the Bengal BJP state committee underwent a reshuffle in January this year, Shantanu Thakur alleged that the state management ignored the Matua group whose assist helped the get together bag a number of Lok Sabha and meeting seats in 2019 and 2021.
Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar needed to dissolve the brand new cells and departments on January 13 following protests.
Shantanu Thakur has demanded implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which presents citizenship to non-Muslims who entered India from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh earlier than 2015. The TMC insists that the legislation is unconstitutional because it hyperlinks citizenship to religion in a secular nation.
The Matuas are part of the big Dalit Namasudra group that migrated from East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh) throughout India’s partition in 1947 and the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War to flee spiritual persecution.
Shantanu Thakur, 39, was made minister of state for ports, transport and waterways through the Union cupboard reshuffle final year. This was seen as a transfer by the BJP central management to maintain the Matuas completely satisfied as Thakur has been demanding quick implementation of the brand new citizenship legislation.
Thakur accompanied Narendra Modi through the latter’s go to to Bangladesh on the eve of the March-April meeting polls final year. Modi supplied prayers on the Matua temple at Orakandi close to Dhaka and praised Thakur in his speech, triggering a pointy response from chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
In February final year, Union house minister Amit Shah introduced throughout his go to to Thakurnagar that the Centre will implement the citizenship legislation as soon as vaccination throughout the nation is over and the Covid-19 pandemic ends.