The violence and the fault lines that have been drawn in Dhulagarh are illustrative of the polarisation across West Bengal. In a different form, the religious polarisation is also visible in Assam.
“There was a procession and when it reached the club, the people on the mini trucks threw bombs and set houses and shops on fire,” said a resident whose house is in proximity to the club.
The procession was a convoy celebrating Milad un Nabi that passed through Dewanghat in Dhulagarh and its neighbouring areas on December 13. Residents claim that violence erupted near the club and the trigger could have been a personal rivalry or disagreement over a business deal, but within hours, houses and shops had been set ablaze. Whatever the reason, the violence paved the way for a Hindu-Muslim clash that saw properties of both sides destroyed.
News Source : Hindustan times