Canning: Residents of a village in Canning in South 24 Parganas that was virtually destroyed by senseless violence, are picking up their lives the best they can, after a mob attacked it. Forty five-year-old Padma Adhikary lost everything she owned and she still doesn't know who is responsible and why.
"They came from everywhere from all sides. I don't know who they were. I have never seen them," she said.
The violence broke out after a local man, Ruhul Kuddus, was found shot dead on Tuesday. A mob of over a hundred people attacked the village later that night and torched houses and vandalised cars.
The villagers alleged inadequate response by the police to the intruders as they were grossly outnumbered. They now blame the administration for lack of response and relief measures after the clashes.
Prashanta Adhikary lost all his crop. Fighting his tears, he now does all that he can to help his neighbours. "I have lost everything but there are people who have suffered more. All we can do is help each other," he said before breaking down.
The police have so far arrested 46 people from the surrounding areas. The probe into the alleged murder of Ruhul though is yet to make headway. Curfew has been imposed. The bigger worry for the administration though, is to scotch rumours that the violence in Canning has led to sporadic clashes in other parts of the district.