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Madrasa student burnt alive in Bengal

Kolkata:  The killing of a madarsa student in Medinipur has enraged Muslims in West Bengal who blocked roads and trains demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident.  The student, identified as Amiruddin Khan (16), was studying in Madrassa Darul Uloom of Medinipur. He was set afire  by some unknown miscreants and succumbed to his injuries at a nursing home in Kolkata. Protests were held in parts of the state particularly in Purba Medinipur and 24-Pragna districts. The state government has ordered a CID inquiry into the incident but Jamiat-e Ulama-e Hind and other Muslim organizations have demanded a CBI probe into the incident.

According to reports, when Amiruddin set his foot outside the building of his madrasa shortly after 9 pm on October 21, he was tied to a window of the building and kerosene was poured on him and he was set on fire by miscreants whose identity is still unknown.   He was shifted to a hospital in Kolkata with 70 per cent burn where he died on October 28.

Following his death, Jamiat-e Ulama state unit called a protest demonstration on the Tamluk Digha Highway at Bajkul junction to vent anger against police for its inaction in the case.  A protest rally was also held in Beharampore town of Murshidabad district.

The burning incident came on the heels of negative propaganda by media in the wake of the Burdwan blast last month which has been blown out of proportion as a case of criminal bomb making has been turned into an international terror conspiracy.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2014 on page no. 13

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