Minorities shocked and upset over government decision on EiD congregation

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Updated: July 31, 2020, 11:20:04 AM   

The Muslim minorities of the state have expressed shock and dismay over the state government's decision to stop EID congregation tomorrow on the occasion of 'Bakri-Eid' despite the communities readiness to perform 'Namaj' in mosques in small numbers by maintaining complete social distancing and complying with all norms. A delegation of leaders representing minorities met in deputation with the education minister Ratan Lal Nath and requested him to permit EiD congregation in the state's biggest 'Gedu Miah Maszid' in small numbers . "We had requested the minister to allow us to congregate in the mosque in small numbers with fifty persons offering 'Namaj' at a time in the sprawling mosque which can accommodate two thousand people but the minister did not agree; we are shocked and dismayed because we are prepared to maintain full social distancing and comply with all norms" said a leader of the Muslim community. He also rued that , unlike previous years, this year the state government has not sanctioned any extra 'sugar and Maida' on the occasion of E-u-D which was the regular norm during  the earlier left front regime.

Apart from this, the pitiable condition of altogether 43 minority families living beyond the barbed ware fencing on the border in Akhaura checkpost and nearby areas has also become a major source of discontent. The BSF jawans posted on the border have not been allowing the members of the 43 families to come over to this side even to meet their medical needs. "You will feel shocked by the suffering of these people ; they have produced beautiful vegetables and they also have good and attractive stock of fishes in their ponds but they can not sell any thing because they can not come over to this side while the BGB of Bangladesh do not allow them to proceed to nearest markets in Bangladesh for selling their products ; as a consequence they are on the verge of starvation" said resident of border Gol Chakkar area. He said that but for the generosity of the local ration dealer these unfortunate families on the no-man's land would have by now starved to death . "This kind-hearted ration dealer takes all the items closest to the border fencing area and  gives them over to the beneficiaries by throwing sacks and bags over the head of border fencing" said the resident.


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