Tripura: 25 muslim families barred from entering mosque after joining BJP
AGARTALA, June 21: CPI-M in Tripura was accused of not allowing the entry of a few Muslim families to a local mosque in South Tripura under Shantirbazar sub-division after they joined the BJP recently.
The district administration said that they have also been informed about the incident but no formal communication is yet to reach from the deprived family.
"If anybody is found interfering other's right of religion for whatever issue, the administration will take appropriate steps to secure citizens' fundamental rights", said District Magistrate of South Tripura C K Jamatia.
Meanwhile, BJP Minority Morcha President Md Jasimuddin stated that the matter was informed to Superintendent of Police (South) detailing the threats and intimidations by the CPI-M cadres. He said about 200 minority people of 25 families residing in Madhyatilla hamlet of Shantirbazar had deserted CPI-M and joined in BJP last month despite strong prevention from the ruling party cadres.
"The families were initially warned for social isolation and stop government facilities. Later, they were stopped from offering MGNREGS work and other government facilities as soon as they joined BJP. Finally, a week ago CPI-M party mobilised muslim religious leaders to stop those families there," Jasimuddin alleged.
Initially, the residents opposed the fatwa of the imam that asked them not to entire in the mosque because they joined in BJP, which favoured Hinduism and working against Islam, alleged Babul Hossain, a resident of the locality adding that the imam was forced to issue fatwa against them violating Islam code.
The BJP delegation led by Jasimuddin met the district SP demanding full security of the families and asked to ensure that they can go the local mosque to offer prayer and stated, "We have assured of deploying additional force in the village and to take appropriate action if anyone tries to prevent them from entering into the mosque".
Though the priest's fatwa was not his religious stand but at the instance of the CPI-M of which the priest himself is a leader and were openly threatened of social boycott if they don't return to CPI-M fold, Jasimuddin added.
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