Hindus in West Bengal are now under attack from Muslim fundamentalists, who are mostly Bangladeshi infiltrators, with an active support from the ruling CPM. The communists in the state are desperate to woo Muslims after their humiliating defeat in the recent Panchayat and civic body elections. The communists believe that the state government’s agricultural land grab policy for industry has alienated rural Muslims from the party and is responsible for poll debacles. The party and its government are now liberally distributing favours to Muslims in the state such as setting up of Muslim religious university, named Alia University, in Kolkata’s Muslim populated area Park Circus. The Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has offered government financial assistance only to Muslim students seeking higher education. Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamul Congress is not lagging behind in Muslim appeasements. She has announced that village Panchayats and Panchyat Samities won by her party in South 24 Parganas district will be run by local Muslims only.
Emboldened by the appeasement policy of the ruling party as well as the main Opposition party in the state, a section of Muslim fundamentalist outfits is gearing up for unprecedented attacks on Hindus in South Bengal districts.