"One incident has happened, you judge it. Take action against those behind it. If someone has committed a crime, take action a thousand times. But you cannot blame the whole community and say it is doing bad work. We are constitutionally a secular country," the chief minister said on Tuesday.
But the matter has become a flashpoint between the Jamiat, which held a rally in Burdwan on Monday and the BJP which followed suit the day after.
"No madrasa in India is anti-national. No Muslim in India is anti-national," said Jamiat's Sidiqullah Chowdhury. "The ones who come from outside are anti-nationals. Indian Muslims or madrasas are not terrorists."
But BJP's Debi Prasad Mallik said, "All unrecognised madrasas have to be shut down."
Today, members of Burdwan's Muslim - 133 professionals - society met to voice their anxiety about the growing unease.
Retired professor Shahidul Haque added, "The community in general should not be targeted as terrorist." Asked if that was happening, he said, "No but there are apprehensions."
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