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Help rehabilitate victims of West Bengal’s post-poll anti-Hindu pogrom

Unprecedented post-poll violence has wreaked havoc across West Bengal since assembly election results were announced on Sunday. Workers and supporters of BJP, the primary opposition party, have been brutally attacked by goons associated with the ruling TMC.

Rampaging mobs have attacked and torched BJP party offices, looted homes and shops and lynched several BJP workers and their family members. Disturbing reports of mass sexual assault, including gang-rape, are also filtering in. The brunt of the violence is being borne by Hindus, with sporadic reports of properties owned by Hindu supporters of TMC also being targeted. Clearly, this is an anti-Hindu pogrom designed to terrorize Hindus of West Bengal from freely exercising their democratic rights.

Countless lives and families have been shattered by this barbaric mayhem that has raged for the last few days. Thousands of people have fled in terror to take refuge in neighbouring states like Assam, or in other ‘safer’ parts of West Bengal.

A fundraiser has now been launched to provide relief to the hapless Hindus who are reeling from this violence.

Goal of the fundraiser:

The funds raised from this fundraiser will be transferred to the victims of the Bengal post-poll pogrom. An on-ground team has gathered and verified details of all the victims of the violence. Rs. 10 lakh will be transferred to the family of the ones who lost their lives, while Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 3 lakh will be transferred to the victims who are injured/ or their properties damaged.

For more details, please refer to the fundraiser page.

While no amount of money can bring back a life, but lending a helping hand during such a time will go a long way in helping the victims of the Bengal violence overcome these difficult times. Each and every transfer will be updated on the update section of the fundraiser campaign page.

People who have been confirmed killed in the violence:

1. Gourab Sarkar (Bolpur, Birbhum).

2. Shova Rani Mondal (Jagaddal, North 24 Parganas)

3. Uttam Ghosh (Ranaghat, Nadia)

4. Abhijit Sarkar (Beliaghata, Kolkata)

5. Horom Adhikari (Sonarpur Dakshin, South 24 Parganas)

6. Momik Moitra (Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar)

7. Arup Ruidas (Indus Assembly)

About the campaigners:

This campaign is collectively managed by Dr Anirban Ganguly, Director Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation (SPMRF) and Member, BJP West Bengal; and BJP leader & a social activist Kapil Mishra.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to them on Twitter: @anirbanganguly & @KapilMishra_IND.

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