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Police Officer’s book on Bengal Muslims banned

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The West Bengal police has stopped the sale of a 101-page book on “What Muslims should do” written by serving police officer Najrul Islam. This was done after Islam’s manifesto for Muslims was branded by a pro-government Bengali newspaper as a template for dividing Bengali society and abetting communal disharmony in the state. In his book, award winning author and IPS officer Najrul Islam has accused the Trinamool Congress government of not giving due representation to minorities in the state cabinet despite their high percentage in the population of the state. He has criticised non-Muslim politicians of the state for attending Iftar parties, wearing hijab and uttering Khuda Hafiz and Inshallah at the wrong place and time. He also branded some views of a section of 19th century Bengali authors as communal.

Islam, who is presently posted as the Assistant Director General, Training, in Kolkata said, “I have moved court against the ban as I stand by my views. I have not written anything that can be termed as hate mongering or communally disruptive.”

Najrul was made a member of the Railway Board after Mamata Banerjee became Railway minister. This was after he fell out with the former Left Front for his anti-government writings. After Mamata Banerjee became chief minister, Islam was brought to the state and made an Officer on Special Duty at the secretariat before being relegated to the department of training in the home department.

Sabitendranath Roy, managing director of Mitra & Ghosh, the publishers, said, “We got a call from the Enforcement Department at 11 p.m. on Friday to stop all sales of the book immediately.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 3

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