From A Correspondent
Agartala, June 20: Twenty five families of Madhya Tilla, a remote village of Shantir Bazar sub-division in South Tripura district could not go to the Masjid in their village to offer maj for about a fortnight as the local leaders issued a fatwa preventing their entry. The hapless families constructed a make shift Masjid to continue with their religious practices but that also was demolished at the instance of the leaders. The tube well from where they used to fetch water also was damaged.
The reason: despite being Muslim by religion these families dared to join the Hindutva party Bharatiya Jata Party. ‘No Muslim can join BJP’, the priest of the local Masjid clearly told them. Though the priest issued the fatwa it was not his religious stand. He issued the fatwa at the instance of the CPI(M) of which the priest himself is a leader. The families also were threatened of social boycott if they don’t return to CPI(M) fold.
The issue caused tension in the area as soon as the leaders of the BJP Minority Morcha reached the remote village and organized procession protesting against the highhandedness of the CPI(M) leaders. Apart from the segregated families many other minorities also participated in the procession, claimed Lal Chand Badsha, president of the district BJP Minority Morcha. He along with the BJP district president Bibhishan Das addressed a street corner meeting and described CPI(M) as a commul party.
Meanwhile, the state president of the BJP Minority Morcha Jasimuddin led a delegation and met the district SP demanding full security of the families and asked to ensure that they can go to the local mosque to offer prayer. They later told the reporters that the SP has assured of deploying additiol force in the village and will take appropriate action if anyone tries to prevent them from entering into the Masjid.
Babul Hussain, a resident of Madhya Tilla village told the reporters that they have decided to join BJP on their own and no force will be able to prevent them.