Hindu temples in Malda, premier district in Bengal, have become latest target of burglars and with each day it passes, more and more temples are becoming victims to theft while the administration continues to witness the horrid episode helplessly. Only on the night of January 22, 2013, four temples became victims raising the number of thefts to 12 in the last 4 days.
According to sources, during the night of January 22, 2013, the 300-year-old Bura Kali temple, located in the Kalitala area, was robbed. While the temple is at a few yards away from the office of Krishnendu Chowdhury, reigning Minister of Tourism, Bengal and also chairman of
it is close to district party offices of both CPI and CPIM as well. The lock of
the temple was found completely broken in the following morning; gold ornaments
with valuables, including Khadaga of Devi Kali made of 1 kg. silver and box containing
offerings of Hindu devotees, were also stolen. If the words of Bhattacharya
Mahashaya (priest in the temple) are believed, the loss exceeds at least Rs. 10
On the same night two more Kali temples and one Devi Manasa temple positioned in Baluchar area suffered the same fate.
On the night of January 19, 2013, five more Hindu temples, located at various parts of the Malda town, were victimized such and as per available reports, ornaments with valuables looted from temples worth Rs. 5 lakhs.
The administration is yet to respond firmly even if three police teams, reportedly, are patrolling the entire town during night.
Who is behind this wicked design? Even if police and administration appears to remain innocent, substantial evidences prove that Muslim radicalism is being given a free rein in Malda. And it has become stronghold of illegal Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh by and large. All these factors stimulate Islamic fundamentalism to raise its head posing a grave threat to Indian integrity fast. Hindus temples in Malda have become the first casualty of Muslim radicalism, hence.
(Hindu Temple in Malda)