Posts tagged as:

Fake Encounter

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 15th, 2015

by newsdigest on June 16, 2015

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

International Yoga Day: It’s RSS, Centre’s way to propel Hindutva agenda (Jun 15, 2015, Indian Express)

Muslim leaders in Kolkata condemned the International Yoga Day to be held on June 21, terming it “the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) way to forward its agenda of Hindutva”. Shafique Qasmi, Imam of Nakhoda Masjid here, said that there already exists a physical training class in the schools and questioned the “need to impose yoga classes”.

“Yoga is a part of vedic culture and is part of Hinduism. Why should it be implemented in schools and among government officials? It would be illegal in a secular country like ours. If keeping fit is the objective, then Namaz is one of the best forms of exercise. Why can’t it (offering of Namaz) be made compulsory for Muslim students and officials?” he said while speaking to The Indian Express.

He also alleged that the International Yoga Day was the Centre’s way “to shift focus at a time when the people have started seeing through the anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government”. “It is a part of a larger conspiracy being created by the Centre,” he said.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/kolkata/international-yoga-day-its-rss-centres-way-to-propel-hindutva-agenda/

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Tripura suspends three cops for custody death (Jun 7, 2015, Times of India)

Three policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), were suspended for their alleged negligence of duty following a custodial death at Kamalpur police station in Dhalai district on Friday night.

The family members of the victim, Bijoy Deb (36), alleged that the deceased was tortured in the custody which led to his death. One of the family members said Bijoy was arrested in Noagoan village, Kamalpur, for allegedly creating nuisance in public under the influence of alcohol on Friday night. Around midnight, the sentry on duty noticed that Bijoy had collapsed inside the lockup and was immediately shifted to Kamalpur hospital where doctors declared him dead.…

This is the second such incident in the state in a month. On May 1, Noor Islam (42), a resident of Chanban village in Udaipur, died inside the lockup at R K Pur police station in South Tripura.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47568932.cms

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

UP journalist killing: Five policemen suspended (Jun 13, 2015, The Hindu)

The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday suspended five policemen in connection with the killing of journalist Jagendra Singh in Shahjahanpur. Singh was set on fire allegedly by a group of policemen and goons allied with Ram Murti Verma, State Minister for Dairy Development on June 1, 2015. He battled for life for a week at a hospital in Lucknow before he died on June 8.

In a dying declaration on video, shot before he breathed his last because of burns, Singh said, “Why did they have to burn me? If the Minister and his people had something against me, they could have hit me and beaten me, instead of pouring kerosene over me and burning me.”

Meanwhile, a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in Allahabad High Court seeking directions for a CBI probe into the death of Singh. The PIL was filed on June 11 by an NGO and is likely to come up for hearing on June 15. The petition said that the incident was so serious in nature that it calls for a CBI probe.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/up-journalist-jagendra-singh-killing-five-policemen-suspended/article7312967.ece

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Advocate Pracha threatened by Rajasthan ATS officer for defending terror accused (Jun 12, 2015, Twocircles.net)

In an unprecedented event, senior Supreme Court lawyer Mahmood Pracha was threatened directly by a Rajathan Anti-Terrorist Squad officer for defending terror case accused persons. Pracha has filed a complaint letter before the court.

The incidence happened just outside the session court chamber in Jaipur around 12.30 pm on Thursday when the ATS officer Dinesh Sharma tried to assault and straightforwardly threatened Pracha for defending accused in the case and said if he does not leave the cases, then he (Pracha) would be killed.

Confirming the incidence, Advocate Tahiwar Pathan, assistant of Advocate Pracha told TwoCircles.net, “Earlier we used to receive threats from underworld dons but now the men in uniform are threatening us. Fortunately, the incidence happened in the court premises due to which judge himself asked sir (Pracha) to file a complaint before the court.”…

http://twocircles.net/2015jun12/1434130325.html

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

RSS Activists Attack Christian Religious Gatherings In Kerala (Jun 16, 2015, Tehelka)

The Christian community in Attingal, near Thiruvanathapuram, is under fear of more attacks, as Hindu hardliners continue to target their gatherings, alleging forced religious conversions. Recently, two such religious gatherings were attacked in the place, leaving many devotees seriously injured. The incidents took place June 14, with a group of 40 or more men, belonging to local RSS unit, raising the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, stormed into the religious gatherings. They have pelted stones into the halls and unleashed attack on devotees. They even destroyed religious properties and looted many valuables.

The first of the incidents, took place on June 14, around 11.30. The gathering of Indian Pentecostal Mission, was on progress at a hall near to KSRTC bus stand. The troop of RSS activists stormed in to the hall and unleashed an attack on them. Many, including the pastor, were injured in the attack. Then this group moved to a hall at the Municipal Library and attacked another religious gathering belonging to the ‘Reaching the World with Love Ministry’.

According to the Attingal police, the prayer session was being attended by a group of 300 people, at the Municipal Library Hall opposite to the Attingal Town Hall, when RSS activists came raising the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and storming into the hall and attacking the devotes.…

http://www.tehelka.com/rss-activists-attack-christian-religious-gatherings-in-kerala/

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

CCTV footage shows Ramdev’s brother instigating attack: Police (May 30, 2015, Indian Express)

CCTV footage of the May 27 clash between security personnel of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Food and Herbal Park and a local union of truck operators, which left a truck driver dead, shows Ram Bharat, younger brother of the yoga guru, instigating the security guards to attack the protesting union members, Uttarakhand Police said Friday.

It was on the basis of this footage that Ram Bharat was arrested and booked under IPC sections relating to murder, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and sections of the Arms Act.

Haridwar SSP Sweety Aggarwal told The Indian Express: “Baba Ramdev was in the vicinity at the time of the incident. While we have recovered part of the footage that shows Ram Bharat instigating his guards to attack union members, a major portion of the footage has been erased. We are yet to ascertain if Ramdev had a role.”…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/cctv-footage-shows-ramdevs-brother-instigating-attack-police/

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Two yardsticks for two massacres: Govt U-turn on compensation vow (Jun 11, 2015, Indian Express)

After Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav declared on May 20 that compensation will be paid to victims of Maliana massacre in Meerut, the state government on Wednesday decided the “victims cannot be treated at par with Hashimpura massacre victims” and called off its plans to pay Rs 5 lakh compensation. The decision comes four days after the government released Rs 2.24 crore for the families of 42 Hashimpura victims who were allegedly killed by state PAC officials in 1987.

The government held that in the case of 73 victims of Maliana “there was no police atrocity”. “In Hashimpura there was police atrocity while in Maliana incident there was no such atrocity,” Akhilesh’s Chief Secretary, Alok Ranjan told The Indian Express.…

When reminded about the CM’s announcement, he said: “Maliana incident was part of the riots that took place. We cannot cover them with compensation at par with Hashimpura victims.” Sources informed that officials had apprised the CM that “giving compensation to Maliana victims will make other riot victims demand for compensation”.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/two-yardsticks-for-two-massacres-govt-u-turn-on-compensation-vow/

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

10 Mumbai schools with minority status issued notices (Jun 11, 2015, Times of India)

The state government has issued show cause notices to 10 minority status schools in South Mumbai including Cathedral and John Cannon school.

“10 schools in South Mumbai have not admitted minority students in the past three years. As per the records their ratio is zero per cent of admitted minority students in the schools,” said minority affairs minister Eknath Khadse.

The show cause notice asks, why the minority status of these schools should not be cancelled. The government is awaiting the schools’ replies. There are other 70-75 schools which are on the list too. The notice will be sent to them as well, said minister.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47631560.cms

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Muzaffarnagar riots: Charges framed against 4 in gangrape case (Jun 9, 2015, Economic Times)

Charges were today framed against four accused by a special court here in connection with the gangrape of a woman during the 2013 communal clashes. The court of Justice Gulab Singh framed charges under various sections, including section 376 (rape) of the IPC against Pushpender, Rupinder, Shabbir and Sanjiv.

The court will record the victim’s statement on July 1. A total of seven gangrape cases, including six in Phugana village and one in Lank village, were registered against 27 people. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the riots had found the involvement of 25 people in six gangrape cases. All 25 have been arrested.

More than 60 people were killed and 40,000 displaced during riots in Muzaffarnagar district and its adjoining areas in September 2013.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47604149.cms

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Scars of Police Torture Haunt TN Dalit Youth as CB-CID Goes Slow on Probe (Jun 14, 2015, New Indian Express)

Nearly nine months have passed but the scars of police torture continue to haunt Poovarasan as CB-CID is allegedly going slow on the case after filing an FIR directed by Madras High Court.

Poovarasan, a Dalit youth, was illegally detained and tortured by police inspector Kandiban of Kaveripakkam police station, Arakkonam taluk, Vellore district along with Mohan, special sub inspector and constables Sundar and Velmurugan on September 2014 after he allegedly protested entry of lorries into Athipattu village to reach sand quarries.…

Suresh also demanded adequate compensation for victims of police brutality. “Policemen joining hands with sand smugglers should be immediately transferred from the area, pending investigation,” Suresh demanded.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Scars-of-Police-Torture-Haunt-TN-Dalit-Youth-as-CB-CID-Goes-Slow-on-Probe/2015/06/14/article2865187.ece

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Opinions and Editorials

‘Modi’s Concern For The Minorities Is Treated Only As Empty Verbosity’ – By Rajinder Sachar (Jun 15, 2015, Outlook)

…As per press reports Modi recently warned B.J.P. members from spreading communal hatred, acknowledging that provocative comments made by some of his party colleagues were totally uncalled for and declaring that constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and non discrimination were non-negotiable. As a theoretical proposition, no one can disagree. This is consistent with accepted wisdom, namely “that in any country the faith and the confidence of the minorities in the impartial and even functioning of the State is the acid test of being a civilized State”. But how different is the ground reality.…

Personal safety, equal treatment by State is another test by which minorities would judge Modi. Recent happenings in village Atali (Ballabhgarh, Haryana) A team of Socialist Party (India) and PUCL recent visit to Atali Village disclosed the partisan and communal face of Haryana B.J.P. Government. It was on 25th may, 2015 that a mob of Hindus attacked Muslim Houses and destroyed a part of mosque which was being built by Muslims on admittedly wakf land. Muslims in panic had to flee from the village and take refuge in Ballabhgarh Police Station and could only return on 3rd June, 2015. There is still panic and state of uncertainly. But Haryana’s B.J.P. Chief Minister has not deemed it necessary to visit the village and assure Muslims that justice will be done to them. Rather his callousness in the matter is frightening.…

B.J.P. leader Amit Shah who is really running the party is a deep quiet conspiratorial personality. He very innocently seeks to avoid entering into arguments on building Ram Temple and abrogation of Article 370 of the constitution by pleading that B.J.P. has not been given this mandate on these issues. And yet surprisingly lesser B.J.P. minions indulge in provocative slogan of completing the project of “Ram Mandir” and Abrogation of Article 370 of the constitution. Modi keeps conspiratorially silent. That is why when Modi stresses that his sole agenda is development for all it does not cut ice with the minorities, apart from the fact that in reality Modi’s development programme is corporate friendly and anti-labour.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/modis-concern-for-the-minorities-is-treated-only-as-empty-verbosity/294589

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

It’s Hindu, but not exactly: Modi sarkar assumes Catch-22 asana on International Yoga Day – By Sandip Roy (Jun 10, 2015, First Post)

The government has gotten itself into a curious yoga posture. It’s an asana known as the Catch-22 asana where they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Making sure the world understands that Yoga is #MadeInIndia has been unquestionably one of Narendra Modi’s soft power PR success stories. It’s just been a little too successful and now yoga is paying the price.

Basically right-wingers on the saffron end have wanted it both ways. They have feared that yoga’s Hindu roots have been excised, erased and elided even as yoga has become phenomenally successful in the West. It’s not an unjustified fear. In fact the more successful it has become, the more many of yoga’s western gurus shy away from its roots. Somewhat like Bobby Jindal.

On the other hand now that Narendra Modi has tried to successfully “reclaim” yoga, and its Hindu roots are showing, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has found a golden opportunity to have its moment in the sun and claim that the government is trying to foist Hinduism on everyone. The padmasana is being equated to the BJP lotus. That has led the government to twist itself into knots to appease all sides.…

http://www.firstpost.com/living/its-hindu-but-not-exactly-modi-sarkar-assumes-catch-22-asana-on-international-yoga-day-2288516.html

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Arson at Atali – By T.K. Rajalakshmi (Jun 26, 2015, Frontline)

The 1,000-odd Muslims of Atali village in Haryana’s Ballabhgarh tehsil, Faridabad district, have paid heavily for attempts to build a mosque: nearly two dozen homes and shops belonging to members of the minority community were burnt, looted and vandalised by a mob led by women and armed with hoes (pharsa, in local parlance) and other improvised weapons on the evening of May 25.

The police were hopelessly outnumbered, and they received reinforcements too late to stop anything. No one was killed, but some two dozen people of the targeted community received serious injuries. Curiously enough, not a single person in the rampaging mob was hurt.…

The Ballabhgarh police station is just six kilometres away from Atali village. Some of the victims who have taken refuge there told Frontline that they had informed the police about the mob build-up on May 25, well before the violence started. One of them said: “We made repeated calls that day. The SHO [station house officer] came, but he left leaving behind only five policemen. When we saw the mob gathering, with women in the front, we made frantic calls to the police station, only to be told that policemen were on their way. The mob used cooking gas cylinders and petrol bombs to blast our walls and burn our vehicles. We took refuge inside our homes and on rooftops. With smoke all round us and we being pelted with bricks, we were completely helpless.”…

http://www.frontline.in/the-nation/arson-at-atali/article7297894.ece

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

A Dravidian Pause In The Hindutva Surge – By Nisha Ponthathil (Jun 20, 2015, Tehelka)

Until two decades ago, Tamil Nadu was hailed widely as a state where the divisive agenda of Hindutva would not find many takers. The state had witnessed social reformation movements in the 19th and 20th centuries in which the local communities had fought valiantly against the Brahminical agenda of caste discrimination. Sangh Parivar organisations were hell-bent on making inroads into the southern state, albeit with little success.

However, in the last few years, the Hindutva outfits have succeeded in winning more followers in the Dravidian heartland through hate campaigns and forging opportunistic alliances. They are yet to win over the Tamil psyche, which continues to cherish a deep sense of social solidarity and co-existence.

The decision of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) to revoke the ban imposed on the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC) has once again proved that the saffronisation agenda of the Narendra Modi government has gone awry in the Dravidian land which still harbours radical thoughts.…

http://www.tehelka.com/a-dravidian-pause-in-the-hindutva-surge/

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Culture of impunity – Editorial (Jun 15, 2015, Indian Express)

The “encounter” in which 12 Maoists were gunned down in Palamau district of Jharkhand last week is beginning to look as disturbing as the April incident in a Tirupati forest in which 20 people were killed in an alleged “encounter” with red sanders smugglers. Only seven of the Palamau victims have been identified, of which six have no police record.

Four minors were killed – celebrating the encounter as a success, the director general of police had elaborated that the “bullet does not differentiate” on the basis of age. Predictably, none of the underaged have been identified.…

The police have an unfortunate tradition of impunity in which fake encounters, framing, the planting of fake evidence and the use of unsanctioned force are par for the course. Admittedly, the forces operate under difficult and often dangerous conditions, but that cannot possibly condone impunity or the use of disproportionate force. Every “encounter” in which the authorities and the public fail to ask probing questions about worrying details strengthens the pervasive culture of impunity. As a step towards clearing the air, the police should immediately reveal the details of the Palamau operation and the identities of the dead.

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/culture-of-impunity/

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Ringing with hate – By Lyla Bavadam (Jun 26, 2015, Frontline)

Caste tensions are simmering in Maharashtra, where in the past 12 months alone there have been seven caste-related murders. The seemingly low figure is significant because the seven people lost their lives only because of the lower social status ascribed to them by birth. And the State revels in calling itself progressive and modern. The murders were of a gruesome nature; it was as if some vengeance was being exacted.

Only some of these cases have been registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, though on the face of it there are adequate pointers to a caste angle to all of them. Analysis of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for crimes against Scheduled Castes under the Prevention of Atrocities Act from 2001 to 2012 shows that Maharashtra had 3,210 reported cases of atrocities in this period.

The State was ninth on the list, which Uttar Pradesh topped with 26,378 cases followed by Tamil Nadu with 10,845. Priyadarshi Telang of Manuski, an organisation that campaigns for social justice, says Maharashtra has an annual conviction rate of less than 3 per cent and thus holds the State “responsible for the increasing caste atrocities in Maharashtra”.…

http://www.frontline.in/social-issues/ringing-with-hate/article7297948.ece

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

{ 0 comments }

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 1st, 2015

by newsdigest on June 2, 2015

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

Hindu-Muslim bonhomie in Bihar town (Jun 1, 2015, Business Standard)

In a rare example of communal harmony, a Hindu man who brought up a Muslim girl for 20 years after she was deserted as a child by her poverty-stricken parents, has now married her to a groom from her own community. Upendra Gupta, who brought up Shabbo Khatoon as his own daughter, married her to a Muslim boy with Islamic rituals.

Gupta, a resident of Jhanda Chowk in Purnea district, about 400 km from Patna, had found Shabbo 20 years ago when she was just four years old and abandoned by her parents. He brought her up like his own daughter, but according to Muslim practices. “Though I brought her up like my daughter, I married her to a Muslim boy keeping in view her religion at the time of her birth. For me, humanity is more important than my religion,” Gupta said.

Most of the members in the groom’s marriage party were Muslims, while those in the bride’s family were Hindus. People have praised Gupta for his step. “Gupta has set an example on how to treat people with dignity and respect,” said local resident Ghulam Ansari. Mohd. Azad, another local resident, said if Gupta had wanted he could have brought up Shabbo as a Hindu girl and easily married her to a Hindu boy. “But, for him, humanity is above anything,” he said.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/hindu-muslim-bonhomie-in-bihar-town-115060101584_1.html

[Back to Top]

Ballabhgarh riot victims blame local SHO, says NCM report (May 30, 2015, Business Standard)

Riot-hit Muslim villagers in Ballabhgarh’s Atali Village in Haryana have demanded “strong action” against Station House Officer (SHO) Babu Lal for “abetting the miscreants” belonging to the majority community who attacked them on May 25. A fact-finding team of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) that visited the village on May 27 has stated this in its report, which IANS has accessed. Atali village is located about nine km from Faridabad in Haryana and a little over 40 km from Delhi.

On Monday, Babu Lal was the officer-in-charge of the local police station when a 2,000-strong armed mob attacked Muslims gathered at the site of a mosque under construction for prayers and gutted houses and shops belonging to them. The officer has since been removed from his post pending an enquiry.

“They especially named the local SHO Babu Lal, who was present at the site, and had been warned about impending trouble. According to them, he, in fact, sent away some of the personnel who had been deputed to the site and accused him of abetting the perpetrators,” said the NCM report, which will soon be submitted to the home ministry.…

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/ballabhgarh-riot-victims-blame-local-sho-says-ncm-report-115053001047_1.html

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Communal tension in Lucknow following clashes (May 29, 2015, Times of India)

Communal tension erupted in Bazaarkhala and Aishbagh areas of Lucknow after clash between members of two communities. The groups fired at each other and resorted to stone pelting, which left several injured. Heavy police has been deployed in the area. Senior officers of district and police administration are at the spot.

According to reports, a minor argument on use of loudspeaker at a function between two individuals of different communities snowballed into a clash at around 9.30pm. Miscreants also pelted stones at the police as well. Curfew like situation prevailed as all shops were closed in the area and people were asked to stay indoors by the police.

DIG police RK Chaturvedi, who was on the spot, said that the situation is under control now. The police are talking to both the sides to resolve the issue, he added. Religious heads of the sides have also been called to pacify members of their respective communities, he said. He also appealed people not to spread or pay attention at rumors of large scale violence circulated on social media.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47475012.cms

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Fifty Gujarat NGOs “join hands” with Congress, AAP, Swaraj Samvad, decide to start “mega agitation” against Modi (May 27, 2015, Counterview)

In a rare show of unity of opposition to the ruling BJP in Gujarat, around 50 Gujarat-based non-government organizations (NGOs) shared stage in Ahmedabad with senior state Congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki, on one hand, and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sukhdev Patel, on the other, to decide on launching an anti-Narendra Modi protest movement in the state, starting on August 9 and ending on August 15.

On August 15, a resolution passed at the end of the meet said, a mega national flag will be unfurled in Gandhinagar, Gujarat capital, after different organizations organize demonstrations across Gujarat starting on August 9, which happens to be the martyrs’ day.…

Another academic Hemantkumar Shah said intellectuals of Gujarat will have to seriously consider their options vis-a-vis the recently passed draconian anti-terrorist Act and the anti-democratic law that makes voting compulsory. “An atmosphere will have to be created to challenge and defeat those who proudly proclaim that their line of development alone is correct”, he added. Litterateur Prakash N Shah said, “Time is ripe to tell the people who all are indulging in lies, tall talks and hearsay. He insisted on the need to agitate against “anti-democratic, communal forces, devastating development.”

http://www.counterview.net/2015/05/fifty-gujarat-ngosjoin-hands-with.html

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

‘Ghar Wapsi’ victims, Sikh rights group file lawsuit to name RSS a ‘terror’ body (May 27, 2015, DNA India)

Three Indians, alleging forcible conversion to Hinduism by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, have joined a Sikh rights group in filing an amended lawsuit appealing a US court to designate RSS a “terror group”. Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) said the three are victims of the “Ghar Wapsi” campaign of alleged forcible religious conversions launched by the RSS.

The amended complaint has been filed by Micheal Masih, Hasim Ali and Kulwinder Singh, belonging to the Christian, Muslim and Sikh faiths along with SFJ and seeks the terror label for the RSS. The complaint alleges that after the BJP came to power in 2014, its “ideological mentor” is “attempting to forcibly convert their families to Hinduism.”…

“In the amended complaint, we have invoked International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) of 1998 which was enacted to express United States foreign policy with respect individuals persecuted in foreign countries on account of religion and to authorise United States actions in response to violations of religious freedom in foreign countries,” SFJ Legal Advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said.…

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-ghar-wapsi-victims-sikh-rights-group-file-lawsuit-to-name-rss-a-terror-body-2089711

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Man accused in 2002 terror case acquitted (May 25, 2015, Times of India)

The court of the additional sessions judge recently acquitted Mumtaz Mian, who was booked under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2002 (POTA) for hatching a conspiracy to wage war against the nation. Earlier, Justice Naseemuddin Siddique had also discharged the Rampur resident from charges of terrorist activities in 2004. The case dates back to August 14, 2002 when the Special Task Force arrested three youths from near the Raza Degree College on suspicion of terrorist activities.

The youths during interrogation had alleged that their accomplice Mumtaz Mian had been providing information to Pakistan’s ISI from Rampur. On August 17, Mumtaz Mian was also arrested from his house. STF had then slapped the section 3 (1) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2002 and section 121 (attempt to wage war against the Government of India), 121A (conspiracy to commit offences against the Government of India) and 123 (concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war against the nation) of Indian Penal Code and sent all the four arrested youths to Rampur’s district jail.

After a 13-year-long court battle, when Mumtaz Mian got the session’s court orders on Saturday, he said that he “felt vindicated since he had always maintained that he was innocent.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47421264.cms

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

IIT-Madras bans student group for criticising PM Modi, his policies (May 29, 2015, Times of India)

In a controversial move, IIT-Madras has banned a discussion forum for students following an anonymous complaint that it tried to spread “hatred” against Prime Minister Modi by mobilizing SC/ST students to question government policies on the use of Hindi and the ban on cow slaughter.

The decision followed after the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) made an inquiry regarding the anonymous complaint it had received on the activities of the Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle (APSC) on the IIT campus. The complainant had enclosed one of APSC’s pamphlets reproducing a speech which criticized the Modi government and its policies.…

A week later, on May 24, the IIT dean (for students), Sivakumar M Srinivasan, sent a terse email to the coordinators of the APSC informing them that they had been “derecognized”. Members of APSC are now up in arms pointing out that the HRD ministry’s action and the IIT’s decision to ban their activities was based on an anonymous complaint by right-wing groups and that they were denied a hearing.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47463535.cms

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Police inspector linked to militants, remove him from probe into encounter, Mizoram HM tells Manipur Dy CM (May 28, 2015, Indian Express)

Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana has requested neighbouring Manipur’s Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam Gangmei’s personal intervention to remove a police inspector tasked with investigating the encounter killing of the HPCD militant group’s “Sergeant” H C Malsawmkima. The inspector, the Home Minister has said, is allegedly “hand-in-glove” with the group and even transported several hundred rounds of ammunition for the militants when he conducted a spot visit on May 21.

Malsawmkima, a Mizoram Police defector, was the main accused in the April 28 ambush on a convoy of three Mizoram MLAs near the inter-state border. The militants killed three policemen and injured six others, including two civilians, in the course of the attack. Malsawmkima, who decamped with two rifles from an armed police camp in mid 2014 to join the HPCD, was identified as the leader of the group that waylaid the convoy.

R Lalzirliana’s letter details how the Mizoram Police team that shot dead Malsawmkima at Tiaulian (a village near the inter-state border within Manipur) in a pre-dawn operation immediately evacuated the body and evidences from the spot and later filed an FIR at Sakawrdai Police Station in north Mizoram, and how the FIR was transferred to Manipur Police which handed over the probe to Inspector Tlangthanzuala, the officer-in-charge of the Parbung Police Station. “However, a technical input indicated that Inspector Tlangthanzuala is hand-in-glove with HPC(D) and was instigating them to take reprisal action [against] Mizoram Police. This fact was conveyed to the Manipur Police but with no appropriate positive outcome.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/police-inspector-linked-to-militants-remove-him-from-probe-into-encounter-mizoram-hm-tells-manipur-dy-cm/

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Muslim woman alleges she was asked to vacate flat in Mumbai because of her religion (May 27, 2015, Hindustan Times)

A 25-year-old woman in Mumbai has alleged that she was asked to vacate a flat because she is a Muslim, reports said on Wednesday. Misbah Quadri, who moved into a 3-BHK apartment at Sanghvi Heights in Wadala, was told by the broker that the housing society did not accept Muslim tenants a day before she was to shift, according to the Hindu.

Her flatmates – two working women – had found her on Facebook. “I have been in Mumbai for 5 and a half years. This is not the first time I have faced this issue. Sometimes brokers did not even show me houses. But this time, I was asked to leave the house within a week because I am a Muslim,” Quadri told ANI.…

Quadri moved in even though she did not agree with the terms because the notice period at her previous flat expired and her flatmates supported her and she hoped things would be fine later. The agent contacted her again within a week. “He threatened to call the cops and throw me out of the flat. It got very ugly,” Quadri was quoted by the Hindu as saying. When she approached the builder’s representative, she was told that it was “a policy” of the company not to have Muslim tenants. She was then served an ultimatum to vacate the house and was forced to leave. Her flatmates too had to vacate the house.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai/muslim-woman-alleges-being-thrown-out-of-mumbai-flat-because-of-her-religion/article1-1351720.aspx

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Activists decry gag order on Nanded mosque against beef ban protest (May 25, 2015, The Hindu)

The police issued notice to the Sumayya mosque in Nanded, asking its office-bearers to refrain from criticising the Maharashtra government’s ban on the sale of beef and to desist from participation in protests on the ban. The notice has been issued under Section 149 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which says: “Every police officer may interpose for the purpose of preventing and shall, to the best of his ability, prevent the commission of any cognisable offence.”

Former Chief Minister and Congress State president Ashok Chavan asked: “what kind of a fatwa is this?” He accused the BJP-Sena government of attempting to polarise the State “religiously and socially” while lashing out at it for curtailing the right to protest.

The police have called for a departmental inquiry into the case, and Subash Rathod, inspector who issued the notice, has allegedly been transferred to the control room. Superintendent of Police, Nanded, Premjit Singh Dahiya was quoted by a news agency as saying that a grammatical error may have given the notice an entirely new dimension. Mr. Rathod may have missed the word “provocative” in his notice and mistakenly typed only “speech”, Mr. Dahiya said.…

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/activists-decry-gag-order-on-nanded-mosque-against-beef-ban-protest/article7242319.ece

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Married woman accuses ‘godman’ of rape (May 22, 2015, The Hindu)

A 35-year-old married woman has accused a local spiritual leader of raping her in Rohini. The police have arrested the 58-year-old accused. The alleged rape occurred in Rohini’s Sector 17. According to her complaint, she had been acquainted with the accused, Madan Goyal alias Guruji, for quite sometime.

“He allegedly called the woman on Tuesday evening to attend a spiritual programme and took her to an isolated room on the pretext of collecting some items,” said a senior police officer.

He offered her soft drinks which caused her to lose consciousness. When she regained her consciousness, she realised that she had been raped.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/married-woman-accuses-godman-of-rape/article7233415.ece

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Opinions and Editorials

Not a sprinkle, but a spread of saffron – By Manjari Katju (May 26, 2015, The Hindu)

…Over the past year, the manner in which the Parivar has conducted itself shows its enthusiasm in spreading Hindutva in India. As it believes that the BJP government is its own, it also apparently believes that it can stride confidently ahead by injecting vigour into Hindutva programmes. With the BJP’s victory, the Sangh Parivar feels that it has got a mandate and an opportunity to make all possible efforts to Hinduise social spaces, implement its ideology and show the minorities their “rightful place”.

However much one disagrees with or feels for Prime Minister Modi’s development agenda, the fact is that the Parivar comes first – before any individual or office.… While Mr. Modi might express unhappiness when forced to, about the outrageous public conduct of his Sangh family members, the latter has been working overtime to communalise social relations and saffronise the polity. … The question we need to ask therefore is not whether Mr. Modi is for development or Hindutva, but rather how Hindutva has moved in the last one year.…

All this has been happening in a context of low intensity violence against minorities. Attacks against Christians and Muslims have gone up, and they have been reported from all across the country. The impact of these skirmishes in terms of the spread of religious intolerance is the same as that of religious riots. The problem of such localised attacks is that Hindutva moves forward, minorities voices are marginalised and social hatred spreads, but the political order escapes the blame for dividing people.…

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/all-those-who-want-to-eat-beef-can-go-to-pakistan-mukhtar-abbas-naqvi/article7244981.ece

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Modi Government: In service of Corporates and Hindutva – By Praful Bidwai (May 28, 2015, Free Press Journal)

When first-time MP Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi to be sworn in as India’s Prime Minister, he flew in a private aircraft belonging to the Adani Group, although he could have taken a commercial flight or hired a chartered plane. On landing, Mr Modi was greeted raucously with the slogan Har Har Modi, patterned on communal-military lines.

The two events showed where Prime Minister Modi’s loyalties and priorities would lie: with Big Business and Hindutva, both of which he had served with pious zeal in Gujarat since the anti-Muslim pogrom of 2002 and through the many crony-capitalist deals he cut later.

Over the past year, he has showered favours on both constituencies, and antagonised many classes and groups, including some who voted for him out of the naive belief that he would bring “development”. His honeymoon period has ended, but he doesn’t seem to have grasped that.… This illusion, partly based on the search for a messiah, is breaking down. People are realising that the “56-inch-chest” man is a hollow caricature of his manufactured bloated image. Mr Modi’s troubles are set to worsen in the coming months.

http://www.freepressjournal.in/modi-government-in-service-of-corporates-and-hindutva/

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Fifty kilometres from Delhi, hundreds of Muslims have become refugees overnight – By Anumeha Yadav (May 29, 2015, Scroll.in)

The normality of the evening was deceptive. A little before 6 pm on May 25, most residents of Atali village in Ballabhgarh, in Haryana’s Faridabad district, were out tending to their cattle. A few were in their homes cooking dinner. Zahida Parveen had just settled down on the second storey of her home in preparation for the asar ki namaz. Suddenly, there was a loud noise.

“I looked out and saw 14-15 men enter the gate of the house armed with bricks, sticks and swords,” said Parveen, a slender woman in her early 20s. “I heard them break the door to the ground floor of our house.” She bolted the door to the second floor and hid in a room. The sounds of destruction continued drifting from below, glass being smashed and things being hurled around. She could hear the men rush up to where she was. “They were breaking down the door,” Parveen said. “I hid inside the bathroom. They entered my room, shouting ‘Let these people die in the fire, if not at our hands.'”

Parveen doesn’t remember how long she stayed hidden while mayhem played out on the other side of the bathroom door. The men smashed a washbasin, overturned furniture and set fire to three cars downstairs before eventually walking away. Parveen and her relatives escaped from the roof when, after what seemed like hours, the police arrived. Three days on, Parveen and her family were still living in fear at the Ballabgarh police station along with 200 other Muslims from Atali.…

http://scroll.in/article/730652/fifty-kilometres-from-delhi-hundreds-of-muslims-have-become-refugees-overnight

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Anti-Muslim bias in employment must be tackled by law – By Saurav Datta (May 24, 2015, DNA India)

…Within moments of sending in his application for a job, Khan was told by the firm’s Mumbai office that Muslims were not welcome as employees. Leave aside that farce of an “apology”, and the even more farcical company line- that one Muslim name in its rolls shows that the company doesn’t practise communalism. Also ignore the misguided FIR against the firm, because by invoking IPC provisions regarding hate speech and communal violence, it has itself ensured its demise if at all the case goes to court.

Instead, let’s ask how can there be a legally sound and sustainable way of holding private sector organisations to account when they indulge in blatantly discriminatory practices? Let’s ask what legal recourse can be had, when a corporation discriminates on the grounds of religion, caste, sex, or any of the grounds listed in the constitution. A writ petition is out of the question since there isn’t any fundamental right against discrimination by non-state actors. A more specific question, extremely germane to the present context is how to stop an individual’s beliefs from dictating corporate policies.…

For far too long, deep-seated prejudices of myriad types have been allowed a free rein. A jaundiced view of liberty and liberalism has paved the path for liberal application of discrimination. It is imperative to tear off this cloak of impunity from India Inc.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/analysis-anti-muslim-bias-in-employment-must-be-tackled-by-law-2088774

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

No house for Mr Zaidi: How difficult it really is for Muslims to find a place – By Sana Shakil (May 30, 2015, Times of India)

…Ask Delhi’s Muslims and they will tell you how difficult it really is to find a place to rent or buy in upscale localities. Without options, they are forced to confine themselves to ghettoes in Jamia Nagar, Okhla, Bhogal etc, and suffer all the problems that plague those areas, both civic and social—all of that just for not belonging to the majority faith.

TOI did a reality check and found that discrimination is more widespread in upscale areas such as Vasant Kunj, Defence Colony, Rohini etc, while it’s somewhat less stressful to find a house to stay in places such as Mukherjee Nagar, New Ashok Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Karol Bagh and Janakpuri.…

Farah Zeba, an MBA in finance, had a similar story to tell. She was bluntly told once to look for a house in only “your Muslim areas” like Jamia Nagar when she went house hunting. “When my non-Muslim friend, who was along with me that day, reacted to the woman’s comment, she said it was only for my own safety,” she said. Farah eventually found a house, but the landlord insisted that the rent agreement would only be in her friend’s name, a Hindu.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47476848.cms

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

Politics at IIT: Praise Modi to avoid trouble? – Editorial (Jun 1, 2015, The Tribune)

The Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle at the IIT, Madras, has been derecognised for spreading “hatred” against the Prime Minister. It published a pamphlet reproducing the speech of a Dravidian university academic, R Vivekananda Gopal, on Dr Ambedkar in which the Modi government was accused of following a “Hindutva agenda”, “assisting multinational corporates to loot Mother India” and “communally polarising the people by the ban on cow slaughter, ‘ghar wapsi’ and promoting Vedas”. Someone sent a complaint to the HRD Ministry, which forwarded it to the IIT. The action taken against the student group has sparked protests and debates. The Congress and the Left parties have seized the issue for making political capital out of it.

It was a controversy the Modi government could very well do without. Why should an institute as prestigious as an IIT act on an anonymous complaint? Why should the HRD Ministry forward it to the IIT? Had the ministry thrown the complaint into the dustbin, the matter would have ended there. But then the HRD Minister has a talent for creating opportunities for keeping herself in the limelight. Her frequent interference in the affairs of autonomous IITs, IIMs and universities has created more problems than she can handle. Her attempts at “saffronisation” of education and encouragement of Hindutva elements in institutes of higher education have attracted attention.

Since the rise in the academic world now depends on how well you carry forward the Parivar agenda, the IIT Dean was perhaps just trying to endear himself to the minister in Delhi. He did not care to uphold the autonomy of his own institute, stand for free speech and expression, or respect the students’ right to dissent. Students these days don’t restrict themselves to the given syllabus. They react to larger issues around them, mostly through social media. It is a happy sign that they value their freedom.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/editorials/politics-at-iit/87685.html

SEE ALSO:

[Back to Top]

{ 0 comments }

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 4th, 2015

May 5, 2015

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Indian Americans urge India, US to heed USCIRF’s recommendations on safeguarding religious freedom in India Communal Harmony A worthy example for communal harmony News Headlines Bid to evoke ‘Godhra’ in UP town US panel questions RSS, VHP over attacks against minorities; slams “ghar wapsi” US asks India to […]

Read the full article →

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 27th, 2015

April 28, 2015

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Hazaribagh: ABVP threatens two Christian schools, forces one to close Humanity not found! 7 Muslims alleged of forced religion conversion arrested, but the TRUTH will shock you ‘That’s not us': RSS steps in to deny Nepal rescue act tweet VMC yet to solve row over houses for […]

Read the full article →

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 13th, 2015

April 14, 2015

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Anti-Muslim massacre overshadows Modi visit Arrest Sanjay Raut, de-recognise Shiv Sena, demands Aam Aadmi Party Activists, organisations deprecate fake Telangana encounter; demand CBI probe Red sanders smugglers’ killings: 2 encounters, 20 bodies, several unanswered questions Post-mortem report gives new twist to Nizamabad custodial death The new anti-terrorism […]

Read the full article →

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 9th, 2014

June 10, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Muslims safeguard Hindus in Hadapsar post the Pune Muslim techie murder News Headlines ‘Hinduize politics, militarize Hindus’ is slogan of group suspected of Pune techie’s murder First wicket has fallen, say killers of Pune Muslim youth 18 policemen guilty in fake encounter case Delhi policeman found involved […]

Read the full article →

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 26th, 2014

May 27, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements All Indians need to be vigilant in safeguarding secularism say Indian Americans News Headlines The SC release of Akshardham suspects raises questions about PM Modi ‘They asked me to choose: Godhra, Pandya or Akshardham’ Goa professional booked for anti-Modi post, people call it an attempt to muzzle free […]

Read the full article →

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 24th, 2014

March 25, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Death threats to Advocate Pracha and intimidation of online media are unacceptable, say Indian Americans News Headlines Rakesh Maria should be arrested for conducting activities which are terror related: Advocate Pracha Two Haryana policemen get life sentence for fake encounter ‘Reject The Closure Report Filed By SIT’ […]

Read the full article →

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 1st, 2013

April 2, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines US lawmakers paid Rs 9 lakh each to praise Modi: report Did aggressive Hindutva agenda cost BJP dear? Police make 5 dead accused in Dhule riots Mumbai police face defamation suit for false terror circular Eight policemen convicted in Gonda fake encounter case Civil group to […]

Read the full article →

IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 25th, 2013

February 26, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Indian Americans outraged over bomb blasts in Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad News Headlines Hyderabad blasts: Interruption of Hindutva organizations CJI expresses concern over ‘media trial’ Indian-Americans condemn Hyderabad blasts No change in policy on visa to Modi: US IPS officer arrested in Ishrat fake encounter Ishrat Jahan […]

Read the full article →