Assam: Hindus reclaim worshipping rights in Mahadevtilla, reinstall Shivling at site desecrated by Christian miscreants

On November 24, OpIndia reported how Christian miscreants had uprooted a Shivling and Trishul and cut down century-old sacred Banyan tree that worshipped by Hindus in Mahadevtilla in the Katigorah Tehsil of Cachar, Assam. Following the incident, members of the Hindu organisations like the Hindu Rakshi Dal and Hindu Chhatra Sangh in Assam had submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, district Cachar, Assam.

Today, we got in touch with a member of the Hindu Rakshi Dal to follow up on the case. Subhasish Choudhury told us that the Manipuri Hindus, with the help of members of Hindu organisations like the Hindu Rakshi Dal and Hindu Chhatra Sangh, have restored their right to worship in Mahadevtilla, Assam, where Khasi Christian miscreants allegedly desecrated the site on November 17.

According to Subhasish Choudhury, Hindu Raksha Dal, more than 100 Hindus climbed up to the Mahadevtilla on November 29 and performed puja there. The Shivling was re-installed amid prayers and chants, and a new Banyan tree sapling was planted where the previous, at least 250-year-old sacred Banyan tree, had been felled by Khasi Christians.

The local Hindus participated in the event enthusiastically.

 

Members of the Hindu Chatra Sangha, Hindu Rakshi Dal, and RSS were present at the site to work with local Manipuri Hindus and the Mahadevtilla Seva Samiti, whose efforts to restore their ancestral worshipping site has resulted in this quick reclaim, added Subhasish Choudhury.

Members of Hindu organisations in Assam submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, ask him to take action against some local Christian miscreants

It may be recalled that on November 22, members of Hindu organisations like the Hindu Rakshi Dal and Hindu Chhatra Sangh in Assam had submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, district Cachar, Assam. In the memorandum, they have asked him to take action against some local Christian miscreants for vandalising a Hindu place of worship in Mahadevtilla in the Katigorah Tehsil of Cachar, Assam. The place where the incident took place has a large settlement of people belonging to the Khasi community, 85 per cent of whom have embraced Christianity.

The group, in its letter, accused some Khasi Christians to be behind the attack.

The Hindus of Manipur had also protested and filed a complaint with the Forest Department and the Cachar Police. The police advised them to wait a few days, but residents claim that the cops aren’t doing much in the matter.

OpIndia had reached out to Aninda Dev, Hindu Chatra Sangh, who had then alleged police apathy in the case. “The local police are not taking any action against the miscreants. Instead, they threatened the local Hindus to stay away from the Christians,” Dev had alleged.

We also reached out to Subhasish Choudhury, Hindu Raksha Dal, who narrated the whole incident.

We tried reaching out to the Deputy Commissioner but could not connect. Meanwhile, Cachar SP Ramandeep Kaur said, “The information you have received is incorrect. There was a banyan tree that locals worshipped. A case under Forest Act has been filed and local SI is investigating the case. Investigating in the matter is underway to find if it is an act of mischief or tree was cut inadvertently.”

Source : OpIndia


Assam: Christian miscreants uproot Shivling and Trishul, cut down century-old sacred Banyan tree worshipped by Hindus

On November 22, members of Hindu organisations like the Hindu Rakshi Dal and Hindu Chhatra Sangh in Assam submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, district Cachar, Assam. In the memorandum, they have asked him to take action against some local Christian miscreants for vandalising a Hindu place of worship in Mahadevtilla in the Katigorah Tehsil of Cachar, Assam. The place where the incident took place has a large settlement of people belonging to the Khasi community, 85 per cent of whom have embraced Christianity.

The group, in its letter, accused some Khasi Christians to be behind the attack. They said that the miscreants desecrated a Shivling and a Trishul that had been installed beneath a Banyan tree in the area more than a century ago. The Hindus in the area considered the Banyan tree extremely sacred and worshipped the Shivling placed beneath it every day.

Letter written to Deputy Commissioner of the Cachar district by the Hindu outfit
Letter written to Deputy Commissioner of the Cachar district by the Hindu outfit

The letter said that the local Khasi Christians cut down the Banyan tree, uprooted and desecrated the Shivling and the Trishul placed there. They also threw away the other religious things placed beneath the Banyan tree. The Christian miscreants threatened the Hindus with dire consequences if they returned to worship.

The Hindu organisation asked the Deputy Commissioner of the Cachar district in Assam to ensure that the place is vacated from the clutches of the miscreants. They also demanded that the Shivling and Trishul be restored in the same place. They suggested that the area be barricaded with iron rods to prevent future accidents. They also asked the authorities to adopt adequate security measures to safeguard the Hindus in the area. The Hindu outfit warned the authorities that if appropriate action is not taken within a month, they would be forced to take up the matter in their hands to restore the sanctity of the place.

The Hindus of Manipur protested and filed a complaint with the Forest Department and the Cachar Police. The police advised them to wait a few days, but residents claim that the cops aren’t doing much in the matter.

Meanwhile, a report by the local newspaper Barak Bulletin suggests that while a section of locals opined that the Banyan tree was axed inadvertently, most believe that the act was intentionally carried out to intimidate the Manipuri and Bengali Hindus living in the locality.

Locals claim that the Christian conversion groups have recently become a major threat for them. Local Hindus believe that these Christian evangelists are aiming to violently expand the Christian presence in the area by either converting or eliminating Hindus.

“People from the Khasia Punji (Khasi Settlement) intentionally cut the tree to threaten us against any sort of Hindu practices. They have been doing such activities for a long time. This is the extreme step that they have taken,” a local resident said on the condition of anonymity. The local who belonged to the Manipuri community said that a complaint about “Khasiya aggression” has been submitted to the local forest office.

Source : OpIndia

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