India: Muslim mob rampages, beats up police officers, torches homes over Facebook post “disrespectful” to Muhammad


“What began as a protest soon escalated into a violent roving mob ransacking houses of the majority Hindu community in the district. It is believed that dozens of businesses, houses, and at least six police vehicles, were torched by a mob in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district….Blockades are on in at least 60 places in Basirhat and incidents of police being beaten up are also being reported.”

The worst aspect of this, aside from all the senseless destruction, is that the “offender” has been arrested. This only feeds the impression that this appalling violence is justified. Neither India nor any other non-Muslim state should be enforcing Sharia blasphemy laws. Instead, authorities should be cracking down hard on these mobs, and making it clear that the offense here was not insulting Muhammad, but rioting and wreaking havoc and attacking police over the perceived insult. The way they’re behaving, Indian authorities, like authorities in the West who condemned the Muhammad cartoons instead of the rioting and killing Muslims did because of them, are just fueling this barbarism.

“Communal violence sweeps Bengal’s Basirhat district after student’s Facebook post ‘disrespects the Prophet Mohammad,’” by Anindya Banerjee, Mailonline India, July 4, 2017 (thanks to Jamal):

Communal tensions have flared-up once again in the Basirhat district in Bengal after a supposedly disrespectful Facebook post concerning the Prophet Mohammad began circulating online.

What began as a protest soon escalated into a violent roving mob ransacking houses of the majority Hindu community in the district.

It is believed that dozens of businesses, houses, and at least six police vehicles, were torched by a mob in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.

The incident began after a class 11 student posted a ‘blasphemous’ message on Facebook.

The student in question, according to Indian news sources – a Hindu, was arrested on Sunday night and prohibitory orders were enforced.

However, the vandalism continued throughout Monday and Tuesday as the administration did not inform people about the arrest, claimed Quazi Abdur Rahim, the MLA of Baduria, where the incident happened.

Locals are claiming that the police did nothing to help and in response the Union Home ministry has now sent in nearly 400 paramilitary personnel to secure the area.

When TMC MP Idris Ali reached the spot, his car was attacked. Speaking to Mail Today, Ali said, ‘I was there to pacify things, along with a Maharaj.

‘But he used ”unparliamentarily language” that made things worse. They threw stones at my car. However, situation is under control now.’

Local sources on the contrary said the situation is still far from normal and many Hindus have fled from the affected areas.

Blockades are on in at least 60 places in Basirhat and incidents of police being beaten up are also being reported.

The Rapid Action Force has been deployed as well. Tapan Ghosh, the firebrand leader of Hindu Samhati said, ‘The accused who is a minor is already apprehended. But it was used as an opportunity to attack on Hindus.’…

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