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UP police books man who announced Rs. 51 lakh bounty on Karnataka MLA’s nephew

On August 11 riots broke out in Bengaluru in response to a social media post insulting Prophet Mohammad’s family

14 Aug 2020

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Uttar Pradesh police have registered an FIR against one Shahzeb Rizvi after a video surfaced on social media where he is seen announcing a bounty of Rs. 51 lakh on Karnataka Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s nephew Naveen, whose Facebook post allegedly sparked violence in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

The riots of August 11 were allegedly caused by a provocative social media post about Prophet Mohammad’s family posted by Naveen. The riots broke out in DG Halli and KG Halli areas in the eastern part of Bengaluru whereby the mob also vandalised a police station and Murthy's residence. Karnataka police have rounded-up 145 people for violence, stone-throwing and assault on police personnel.

In response to this incident, Rizvi, a resident of Falawada town in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh posted a video where he can be seen saying that anybody who gets him the head of Naveen will be offered Rs. 51 lakh. Rizvi was earlier a member of Samajwadi Party and was the former state secretary of minority cell. 

The video may be viewed here.

Times Now reported that Falawaada police has charged Rizvi for promoting enmity and for statements amounting to public mischief thus promoting hatred between classes. Rizvi has not yet been arrested as he is allegedly absconding and the police are still looking for him.

Quite evidently, hatred spreads like wildfire. The perpetrators of hate, irrespective of the religion they belong to, stop at nothing and all that gets left behind is the common man who though disconnected from these hateful political tactics, bears their brunt.

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UP police books man who announced Rs. 51 lakh bounty on Karnataka MLA’s nephew

On August 11 riots broke out in Bengaluru in response to a social media post insulting Prophet Mohammad’s family

Image Courtesy:opindia.com

Uttar Pradesh police have registered an FIR against one Shahzeb Rizvi after a video surfaced on social media where he is seen announcing a bounty of Rs. 51 lakh on Karnataka Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s nephew Naveen, whose Facebook post allegedly sparked violence in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

The riots of August 11 were allegedly caused by a provocative social media post about Prophet Mohammad’s family posted by Naveen. The riots broke out in DG Halli and KG Halli areas in the eastern part of Bengaluru whereby the mob also vandalised a police station and Murthy's residence. Karnataka police have rounded-up 145 people for violence, stone-throwing and assault on police personnel.

In response to this incident, Rizvi, a resident of Falawada town in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh posted a video where he can be seen saying that anybody who gets him the head of Naveen will be offered Rs. 51 lakh. Rizvi was earlier a member of Samajwadi Party and was the former state secretary of minority cell. 

The video may be viewed here.

Times Now reported that Falawaada police has charged Rizvi for promoting enmity and for statements amounting to public mischief thus promoting hatred between classes. Rizvi has not yet been arrested as he is allegedly absconding and the police are still looking for him.

Quite evidently, hatred spreads like wildfire. The perpetrators of hate, irrespective of the religion they belong to, stop at nothing and all that gets left behind is the common man who though disconnected from these hateful political tactics, bears their brunt.

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Bengaluru riot: 3 dead, journalists beaten up by cops, vehicles gutted

Naveen, nephew of Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy, allegedly posted communal remarks on Facebook, setting of a night of violence, arson, deaths

12 Aug 2020

communal violence

A communally derogatory social media post allegedly by a man identified as Naveen, ignited a massive communal riot on Tuesday in Bengaluru, the city that brands itself as the IT capital of the nation. Naveen is said to be the nephew of Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy, and allegedly made a provocative post about Prophet Mohammed's family on Facebook. He has been arrested, but the riots he caused have resulted in the death of three people. The MLA's house was also surrounded and vandalised by the mob. 

The riots broke out in DG Halli and KG Halli areas in the eastern part of Bengaluru. According to news reports, the mob also vandalised a police station and the residence of a Congress MLA. Around 60 police personnel have been left injured after being attacked by the mob, reported NDTV. The police have rounded-up145 people for violence, stone-throwing and assault on police personnel, stated a report in India Today.

According to the report the protesters set around two dozen cars on fire and though initially the police lathi-charged and tear gassed the crowd, they soon opened fire. The city police chief told Reuters that this was done because the police “risked being overpowered by the violent crowd.”

The Police Commissioner went to the spot and the security arrangements are still in place, say reports, which add that 60 police personnel have also been injured. India Today quoted Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant confirming the arrest, “Accused Naveen has been arrested for sharing derogatory posts on social media.” 

The riot started when the mob, allegedly incited by the derogatory post, gathered near the residence of the Congress MLA on Tuesday night and vandalised the house, and set ablaze, the vehicles that were parked outside. The mob then went on to vandalise the police station nearby, perhaps because they thought the accused was being given shelter by the cops. According to news reports the mob set fire to 10-15 cars, including police vehicles, damaged a portion of the MLA’s residence, and then allegedly entered a basement area where 200-250 vehicles were set on fire.

According to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, “The mischief in the DG village police station has led to the assault and rioting of MLA Akhand Srinivasa's home and police station. Already directed to prosecute the perpetrators against the perpetrators. . .”

 

 

While the police are said to have fired in the air, two people are reported to have been killed. According to news reports the riot raged for hours, before it was finally brought under control around 2 A.M on Tuesday. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has been quoted as saying that he has, “given police a free hand to contain the violence.” Bengaluru is now under Section 144 of CrPC, and  a curfew has been imposed in DJ Halli and KG Halli. 

 

 

Meanwhile, a group of Muslim youth got together and forme a human barrier to protect a temple in Bengaluru, during the violence.

 

 

Among those reportedly detained is Muzamil Pasha, a Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leader. He was allegedly picked up by police in connection with the DJ Halli police station violence in Bengaluru as per his party colleague Mujahid Pasha.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has been quoted by news reports saying, “Directives have been issued against perpetrators and the government has taken all possible steps to curb the situation. Attack on journalists, police and public is unacceptable. The government won't tolerate such provocations and rumours. Strict action against perpetrators is certain.”

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Murthy appealed for peace and released a video message. He said an entire community should not resort to violence over the fault committed by some miscreants, "There is no need to fight. We all are brothers. We will get the person punished as per law. We will also be with you.” Former minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan said the violence was unfortunate. "I am hopeful that police will take action against all those who are responsible for this. I also request everyone to stay calm and maintain peace in the area," Khan tweeted.

 

 

Congress leader K C Venugopal has asked for strict action against both the man behind the derogatory post as well as those who rioted.

 

 

Karnataka Congress also appealed for peace and its chief DK Shivakumar has said, “The Government must take strict and exemplary action against the person who made the derogatory social media post as well as those who indulged in rioting and arson. At this point, it is important to maintain peace.”

 

 

However, another worrying aspect came to light in the riot. After the vicious attack on The Caravan’s journalists in the communally volatile  area of Northeast Delhi, on the same day journalists covering the communal riot in Bengaluru were attacked.

A group of reporters who came to see the ground situation were attacked, that too by police. India Today reporter, Nolan Pinto who was hit, and badly injured, shared that they kept saying they were journalists on assignment when they were hit by the police. “We came as reporters to see what's the ground situation but @CPBlr your police began to attack us without any provocation. No mob was present then!!” He has shown his injuries and said “police hit my head with a pole even though we kept yelling we are reporters.” 

 

 

Another journalist, Prajwal, a reporter with The News Minute was hit on his back. “We had to run from your police to save ourselves when there was no mob present,” added Nolan. The journalists continued to do their jobs bravely, Prajwal posted more images from DJ Halli Police Station  and its surrounding areas on Wednesday morning.

 

 

While the Central government, especially the Information and Broadcasting Ministry continues to be silent on these attacks on the media who were just doing their jobs, journalists are back on the field.  Arun Dev, Karnataka Bureau Chief of The Quint posted images of  the aftermath  at the DJ Halli police station.

 

 

 

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Bengaluru riot: 3 dead, journalists beaten up by cops, vehicles gutted

Naveen, nephew of Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy, allegedly posted communal remarks on Facebook, setting of a night of violence, arson, deaths

communal violence

A communally derogatory social media post allegedly by a man identified as Naveen, ignited a massive communal riot on Tuesday in Bengaluru, the city that brands itself as the IT capital of the nation. Naveen is said to be the nephew of Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy, and allegedly made a provocative post about Prophet Mohammed's family on Facebook. He has been arrested, but the riots he caused have resulted in the death of three people. The MLA's house was also surrounded and vandalised by the mob. 

The riots broke out in DG Halli and KG Halli areas in the eastern part of Bengaluru. According to news reports, the mob also vandalised a police station and the residence of a Congress MLA. Around 60 police personnel have been left injured after being attacked by the mob, reported NDTV. The police have rounded-up145 people for violence, stone-throwing and assault on police personnel, stated a report in India Today.

According to the report the protesters set around two dozen cars on fire and though initially the police lathi-charged and tear gassed the crowd, they soon opened fire. The city police chief told Reuters that this was done because the police “risked being overpowered by the violent crowd.”

The Police Commissioner went to the spot and the security arrangements are still in place, say reports, which add that 60 police personnel have also been injured. India Today quoted Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant confirming the arrest, “Accused Naveen has been arrested for sharing derogatory posts on social media.” 

The riot started when the mob, allegedly incited by the derogatory post, gathered near the residence of the Congress MLA on Tuesday night and vandalised the house, and set ablaze, the vehicles that were parked outside. The mob then went on to vandalise the police station nearby, perhaps because they thought the accused was being given shelter by the cops. According to news reports the mob set fire to 10-15 cars, including police vehicles, damaged a portion of the MLA’s residence, and then allegedly entered a basement area where 200-250 vehicles were set on fire.

According to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, “The mischief in the DG village police station has led to the assault and rioting of MLA Akhand Srinivasa's home and police station. Already directed to prosecute the perpetrators against the perpetrators. . .”

 

 

While the police are said to have fired in the air, two people are reported to have been killed. According to news reports the riot raged for hours, before it was finally brought under control around 2 A.M on Tuesday. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has been quoted as saying that he has, “given police a free hand to contain the violence.” Bengaluru is now under Section 144 of CrPC, and  a curfew has been imposed in DJ Halli and KG Halli. 

 

 

Meanwhile, a group of Muslim youth got together and forme a human barrier to protect a temple in Bengaluru, during the violence.

 

 

Among those reportedly detained is Muzamil Pasha, a Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leader. He was allegedly picked up by police in connection with the DJ Halli police station violence in Bengaluru as per his party colleague Mujahid Pasha.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has been quoted by news reports saying, “Directives have been issued against perpetrators and the government has taken all possible steps to curb the situation. Attack on journalists, police and public is unacceptable. The government won't tolerate such provocations and rumours. Strict action against perpetrators is certain.”

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Murthy appealed for peace and released a video message. He said an entire community should not resort to violence over the fault committed by some miscreants, "There is no need to fight. We all are brothers. We will get the person punished as per law. We will also be with you.” Former minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan said the violence was unfortunate. "I am hopeful that police will take action against all those who are responsible for this. I also request everyone to stay calm and maintain peace in the area," Khan tweeted.

 

 

Congress leader K C Venugopal has asked for strict action against both the man behind the derogatory post as well as those who rioted.

 

 

Karnataka Congress also appealed for peace and its chief DK Shivakumar has said, “The Government must take strict and exemplary action against the person who made the derogatory social media post as well as those who indulged in rioting and arson. At this point, it is important to maintain peace.”

 

 

However, another worrying aspect came to light in the riot. After the vicious attack on The Caravan’s journalists in the communally volatile  area of Northeast Delhi, on the same day journalists covering the communal riot in Bengaluru were attacked.

A group of reporters who came to see the ground situation were attacked, that too by police. India Today reporter, Nolan Pinto who was hit, and badly injured, shared that they kept saying they were journalists on assignment when they were hit by the police. “We came as reporters to see what's the ground situation but @CPBlr your police began to attack us without any provocation. No mob was present then!!” He has shown his injuries and said “police hit my head with a pole even though we kept yelling we are reporters.” 

 

 

Another journalist, Prajwal, a reporter with The News Minute was hit on his back. “We had to run from your police to save ourselves when there was no mob present,” added Nolan. The journalists continued to do their jobs bravely, Prajwal posted more images from DJ Halli Police Station  and its surrounding areas on Wednesday morning.

 

 

While the Central government, especially the Information and Broadcasting Ministry continues to be silent on these attacks on the media who were just doing their jobs, journalists are back on the field.  Arun Dev, Karnataka Bureau Chief of The Quint posted images of  the aftermath  at the DJ Halli police station.

 

 

 

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Second Sarpanch shot dead in J&K in 48 hours; fourth such attack in two months

Sajad Ahmad, BJP's district vice president for Kulgam, was shot dead allegedly by a terror outfit

06 Aug 2020

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Barely 48 hours after Sarpanch Arif Ahmad was shot at in Kulgam area, around 6- kilometers from Srinagar, another Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has been shot dead. According to a news report by NDTV, Sajad Ahmad Khanday was shot dead near his home in Kulgam's Qazigund area. He was the party’s district vice president for Kulgam. The news report states that he was rushed to a hospital in Anantnag district where he was declared brought dead.

 

The attack comes less than 48 hours after another BJP sarpanch was shot at, even though the Union Territory (UT) was said to have been under a heightened security cover as it was the one-year anniversary of its creation, and of the abrogation of Article 370. 

 

The attacks have laid bare official claims that terror activities had been curbed since the new laws were enacted. This attack also seems to have exposed a pattern of attacks on sarpanchs, who lead the panchayats, or village level governing bodies. Here are those who have been attacked in the past few months:

August 2020: Sarpanch shot at close range in Kulgam district

Arif Ahmad, was at his home in Akhran village of Kulgam district, when the attackers, allegedly militants, barged in and fired at him. The Indian Express reported that the assailants entered the village on Tuesday evening and opened fire from close range. “He has a bullet in the chest… His condition remains critical,” said Dr Mohammad Iqbal, Medical Superintendent of the Government Medical College in Anantnag where Ahmad has been admitted.

July 2020: Terrorists kill BJP leader Sheikh Waseem Bari, his father and brother in Bandipore. 

The young Kashmiri politician Sheikh Waseem Bari, had 10 cops, including eight security commandos guarding him. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Bandipore District President who was just 27-years-old, was shot and killed on July 8, allegedly in a terror attack, along with his father and brother, near the Bandipore Police Station. 

June 2020: Larkipora’s sarpanch Ajay Pandita Bharti, was shot dead

Congress Party’s sarpanch Ajay Pandita was gunned down on June 8, 2020, later, Sheen, Pandita’s daughter, had put the Bharatiya Janata Party in the dock blaming them for not providing security. “My father had asked for security. No one asks for security without reason,” she had told news channels, “So why did they not give security?”

The latest  killing of a grassroot politician has shaken political workers of the UT. The Sarpanch Association has condemned the killing of Panchayat members, and asked “Why are they killing us if we are working for people. We are a part of your family. We are members of your family. We work for you, we get your roads fixed. If we have committed a wrong ask your family members why they voted for us?” the representative can be heard asking. Perhaps addressing his query to both the attackers, and the administration.

 

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Sajad Ahmad, BJP's district vice president for Kulgam, was shot dead allegedly by a terror outfit

Image Courtesy:dnaindia.com

Barely 48 hours after Sarpanch Arif Ahmad was shot at in Kulgam area, around 6- kilometers from Srinagar, another Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has been shot dead. According to a news report by NDTV, Sajad Ahmad Khanday was shot dead near his home in Kulgam's Qazigund area. He was the party’s district vice president for Kulgam. The news report states that he was rushed to a hospital in Anantnag district where he was declared brought dead.

 

The attack comes less than 48 hours after another BJP sarpanch was shot at, even though the Union Territory (UT) was said to have been under a heightened security cover as it was the one-year anniversary of its creation, and of the abrogation of Article 370. 

 

The attacks have laid bare official claims that terror activities had been curbed since the new laws were enacted. This attack also seems to have exposed a pattern of attacks on sarpanchs, who lead the panchayats, or village level governing bodies. Here are those who have been attacked in the past few months:

August 2020: Sarpanch shot at close range in Kulgam district

Arif Ahmad, was at his home in Akhran village of Kulgam district, when the attackers, allegedly militants, barged in and fired at him. The Indian Express reported that the assailants entered the village on Tuesday evening and opened fire from close range. “He has a bullet in the chest… His condition remains critical,” said Dr Mohammad Iqbal, Medical Superintendent of the Government Medical College in Anantnag where Ahmad has been admitted.

July 2020: Terrorists kill BJP leader Sheikh Waseem Bari, his father and brother in Bandipore. 

The young Kashmiri politician Sheikh Waseem Bari, had 10 cops, including eight security commandos guarding him. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Bandipore District President who was just 27-years-old, was shot and killed on July 8, allegedly in a terror attack, along with his father and brother, near the Bandipore Police Station. 

June 2020: Larkipora’s sarpanch Ajay Pandita Bharti, was shot dead

Congress Party’s sarpanch Ajay Pandita was gunned down on June 8, 2020, later, Sheen, Pandita’s daughter, had put the Bharatiya Janata Party in the dock blaming them for not providing security. “My father had asked for security. No one asks for security without reason,” she had told news channels, “So why did they not give security?”

The latest  killing of a grassroot politician has shaken political workers of the UT. The Sarpanch Association has condemned the killing of Panchayat members, and asked “Why are they killing us if we are working for people. We are a part of your family. We are members of your family. We work for you, we get your roads fixed. If we have committed a wrong ask your family members why they voted for us?” the representative can be heard asking. Perhaps addressing his query to both the attackers, and the administration.

 

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Sarpanch shot at, grenade lobbed at cops in J&K; officials deny violence!

Officials say terrorists attacks have lessened, Farooq Abdullah calls for meeting but many politicians remain under ‘lockdown’

05 Aug 2020

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Gunfire marked the eve of the day that marks one year of the abrogation of Article 370, and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir. A sarpanch (village head) was shot and critically injured even as security was tightened across the state. According to news reports the victim, identified as Arif Ahmad, was at his home in Akhran village of Kulgam district, when the attackers, allegedly militants, barged in and fired at him. The Indian Express reported that the assailants entered the village on Tuesday evening and opened fire from close range. “He has a bullet in the chest… His condition remains critical,” said Dr Mohammad Iqbal, Medical Superintendent of the Government Medical College in Anantnag where Ahmad has been admitted.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Altaf Thakur condemned the “barbaric attack” and told The Indian Express that Ahmad was associated with BJP. Since the panchayat elections in December 2018, two sarpanches have been killed in militant attacks in South Kashmir, another had been allegedly abducted by militants, her plea for mercy was filmed on video before she was let off .

Slain Kashmiri politician Sheikh Waseem Bari, had 10 cops, including eight security commandos guarding him. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Bandipore District President who was just 27-years-old, was shot and killed on July 8, allegedly in a terror attack, along with his father and brother, near the Bandipore Police Station. 

In June Larkipora’s sarpanch Ajay Pandita Bharti, was shot dead, had not been given any security. He had constantly been asking for security, his request had fallen on the deaf ears of the Jammu and Kashmir administration and the Union Government which administers the Union Territory. 

According to a report in the Indian Express on Wednesday, former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has now called a meeting of mainstream political leaders at his residence today. However, many of those leaders are under house arrest, and much of the city has reported a curfew like situation even though officially it is said to have been lifted. 

A report by Reuters confirmed that J&K police “have been told to ensure that no political leader be allowed to leave their homes, officials and politicians said, and residents out in Srinagar were turned back by police vans fitted with loud-speakers.” 

 

 

The  IE also reported that in a separate attack, militants also lobbed a grenade on Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel in Wanpora village of Pulwama district. They quote police sources that said two policemen identified as Head Constable Khurshid Ahmad and Special Police Officer (SPO) Ishfaq Ahmad, were injured by splinters, they are reported to be stable now. 

Officially the Union Territory’s (UT) administration has lifted the curfew that was imposed on Monday, however “restrictions on movement of more than three persons” will continue. The Covid-19 lockdown in containment zones also remains in place. The meeting proposed by Abdulah even if it does not actually happen was the first such attempt to unite an opposition group as it were of non BJP political leaders since the creation of the UT, and the revoking of Article 370 on August 5 2019. Most of them were placed under arrest, house detention along with scores of activists, lawyers, and journalists since that time. 

On August 4 last year, a day before the Centre abrogated J&K’s special status and split the state into two Union territories, IE reports that many of these leaders had assembled at Abdullah’s residence and vowed to “stand united in their struggle for safeguarding identity, autonomy and special status of the state”.

Though no longer under detention, Farooq Abdullah told the IE that while  he had “planned a meeting” on August 5 2020, security had been enhanced outside his house “they have already stationed (security) vehicles outside our houses, they have closed it (entry). Is this the government”. The news reports quoted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Waheed Parra as confirming that a meeting had been planned.  “Since Mehboobaji is under detention, we have asked Fayaz (Ahmad Mir) Sahib (Rajya Sabha member) to attend the meeting, but we are not sure if the meeting will be allowed by the government,” said Parra.

The IE also quotes Peoples Conference spokesperson, Adnan Ashraf, who said that party chief Sajad Lone had “already been told by the government that he can’t move out of his house till August 6.” 

Meanwhile officials told the Hindustan Times that the security situation in Kashmir was  better and terrorists were unable to carry out grenade attacks due to a robust presence and better coordination between security forces. The HT reported that “Only 21 grenade attacks have been reported so far this year as compared to 52 during the same period in 2019.”

The HT quoted government data, and reported that the number of violent incidents in Kashmir was down to 120 from January to July, compared to 198 during the same time last year. The officials have told the HT that “the security situation in the region has not only stabilized but also progressively improved with more support from the people, multiple army, police, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).” They added that incidents of “stone-throwing incidents--102--have also significantly reduced this year”, but added that “heightened infiltration activity and the Pakistani army’s cease-fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and targeting of civilians by terror groups remain areas of concern for security forces.”


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Officials say terrorists attacks have lessened, Farooq Abdullah calls for meeting but many politicians remain under ‘lockdown’

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Gunfire marked the eve of the day that marks one year of the abrogation of Article 370, and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir. A sarpanch (village head) was shot and critically injured even as security was tightened across the state. According to news reports the victim, identified as Arif Ahmad, was at his home in Akhran village of Kulgam district, when the attackers, allegedly militants, barged in and fired at him. The Indian Express reported that the assailants entered the village on Tuesday evening and opened fire from close range. “He has a bullet in the chest… His condition remains critical,” said Dr Mohammad Iqbal, Medical Superintendent of the Government Medical College in Anantnag where Ahmad has been admitted.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Altaf Thakur condemned the “barbaric attack” and told The Indian Express that Ahmad was associated with BJP. Since the panchayat elections in December 2018, two sarpanches have been killed in militant attacks in South Kashmir, another had been allegedly abducted by militants, her plea for mercy was filmed on video before she was let off .

Slain Kashmiri politician Sheikh Waseem Bari, had 10 cops, including eight security commandos guarding him. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Bandipore District President who was just 27-years-old, was shot and killed on July 8, allegedly in a terror attack, along with his father and brother, near the Bandipore Police Station. 

In June Larkipora’s sarpanch Ajay Pandita Bharti, was shot dead, had not been given any security. He had constantly been asking for security, his request had fallen on the deaf ears of the Jammu and Kashmir administration and the Union Government which administers the Union Territory. 

According to a report in the Indian Express on Wednesday, former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has now called a meeting of mainstream political leaders at his residence today. However, many of those leaders are under house arrest, and much of the city has reported a curfew like situation even though officially it is said to have been lifted. 

A report by Reuters confirmed that J&K police “have been told to ensure that no political leader be allowed to leave their homes, officials and politicians said, and residents out in Srinagar were turned back by police vans fitted with loud-speakers.” 

 

 

The  IE also reported that in a separate attack, militants also lobbed a grenade on Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel in Wanpora village of Pulwama district. They quote police sources that said two policemen identified as Head Constable Khurshid Ahmad and Special Police Officer (SPO) Ishfaq Ahmad, were injured by splinters, they are reported to be stable now. 

Officially the Union Territory’s (UT) administration has lifted the curfew that was imposed on Monday, however “restrictions on movement of more than three persons” will continue. The Covid-19 lockdown in containment zones also remains in place. The meeting proposed by Abdulah even if it does not actually happen was the first such attempt to unite an opposition group as it were of non BJP political leaders since the creation of the UT, and the revoking of Article 370 on August 5 2019. Most of them were placed under arrest, house detention along with scores of activists, lawyers, and journalists since that time. 

On August 4 last year, a day before the Centre abrogated J&K’s special status and split the state into two Union territories, IE reports that many of these leaders had assembled at Abdullah’s residence and vowed to “stand united in their struggle for safeguarding identity, autonomy and special status of the state”.

Though no longer under detention, Farooq Abdullah told the IE that while  he had “planned a meeting” on August 5 2020, security had been enhanced outside his house “they have already stationed (security) vehicles outside our houses, they have closed it (entry). Is this the government”. The news reports quoted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Waheed Parra as confirming that a meeting had been planned.  “Since Mehboobaji is under detention, we have asked Fayaz (Ahmad Mir) Sahib (Rajya Sabha member) to attend the meeting, but we are not sure if the meeting will be allowed by the government,” said Parra.

The IE also quotes Peoples Conference spokesperson, Adnan Ashraf, who said that party chief Sajad Lone had “already been told by the government that he can’t move out of his house till August 6.” 

Meanwhile officials told the Hindustan Times that the security situation in Kashmir was  better and terrorists were unable to carry out grenade attacks due to a robust presence and better coordination between security forces. The HT reported that “Only 21 grenade attacks have been reported so far this year as compared to 52 during the same period in 2019.”

The HT quoted government data, and reported that the number of violent incidents in Kashmir was down to 120 from January to July, compared to 198 during the same time last year. The officials have told the HT that “the security situation in the region has not only stabilized but also progressively improved with more support from the people, multiple army, police, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).” They added that incidents of “stone-throwing incidents--102--have also significantly reduced this year”, but added that “heightened infiltration activity and the Pakistani army’s cease-fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and targeting of civilians by terror groups remain areas of concern for security forces.”


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Delhi Violence case: Court reprimands police for failure to get video footage

Cops yet to get relevant CCTV footage and pictures from photographers present at Jafrabad and Maujpur Metro stations

27 Jul 2020

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“They say a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a thousand pictures. Police seem to be in a state of inscrutable indolence in collection of relevant video footage. The indolence is a cause of concern as evidence in criminal matters is invariably ephemeral in nature,” Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana was stern when observing the Delhi Police’s delay in the matter.

ASJ Rana made the observations while extending the judicial custody of Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, and former Congress municipal councillor Ishrat Jahan till August 14, reported the Indian Express. They are being investigated by the Delhi Police Special Cell in a UAPA case pertaining to the Delhi riots.

The video footage is essential evidence in the investigations into the North East Delhi riots case from the Jafrabad and Maujpur Metro stations area. And even though considerable time has passed the courts have been told that the Delhi Police is yet to seize or preserve relevant video footage from cameras installed at the location, nor have they collected photographs from photographers covering the events.

According to a report in the Indian Express, the court has stressed upon “the importance of the video footage as a piece of evidence in the case.” Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana has also asked the DCP concerned to personally monitor the probe and ensure that the “sterling image of Delhi Police remains blemish-free, and the flow of the course of justice remains unsullied” reported the IE.

Delhi Police had arrested Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal of the feminist collective Pinjra Tod for allegedly taking part in anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests at Jaffrabad in February. Kalita and Narwal, both belong to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), an institution which along with the Jamia Millia Islamia University has seen the wrath of the Delhi police and central government for fighting for their rights – be it protests against hike in fees, hostel curfews for women or opposing the CAA.

The anti-Muslim riots raged through multiple areas of North East Delhi between February 23 and 27 before they was finally controlled. It is a matter of record, and once again confirmed by the Delhi Minorities Commission report that the communal violence started “almost immediately after” the volatile hate speech by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician Kapil Mishra on February 23, 2020 at Maujpur. 

As seen in a video clip that soon went viral Mishra had said that the peaceful protestors at Jafrabad in North East Delhi will be forcefully removed and that he and his supporters will take matters into their own hands. Mishra was seen and heard in the video clip as saying, “We will not listen to the police if roads are not cleared after three days...” The Deputy Commissioner of Police North East district, Shri Ved Prakash Surya, was also seen standing right next to Kapil Mishra when he said those words.

However, as noted in the DMC report, the Delhi Police did not stop him, leave alone apprehend or arrest Kapil Mishra and those who cheered his hate speech. This DMC report states that this indicates that the Delhi Police “failed to take the first and most immediate preventive step needed to avoid violence from arising and protect life and property.”

The report is based on multiple testimonies collected by the fact finding teams where each survivor has shared reports of police inaction, even as they kept calling emergency numbers, and seeking help from the police patrolling the area. The police “refused saying they had no orders to act,” said the citizens. This fact finding team has stated, “The failure to prevent violence was not due to individual or sporadic breaches, but was a pattern of deliberate inaction over several days. The Delhi Police failed to exercise its prohibitory powers, under the Delhi Police Act, 1978 which enable the Commissioner of Police to promulgate orders prohibiting the carrying of weapons and arms, and the assembly of persons as “necessary for the preservation of public order”.”

The DMC report added, “Prohibitory orders were either not enforced, or were only in name with no public notification. Police also did not exercise powers to disperse unlawful assemblies110, or take measures to apprehend, arrest and detain those perpetrating violence.” In multiple cases the team found that the police delayed to register FIRs when victims of violence came to them. The victims have said that “FIRs have either been delayed or have not been acted upon.”

Now, the court, during the course of arguments on the plea by Kalita for a court-monitored probe, noted that  the investigating officer had said that the police were in the process of collecting relevant video footage, including from Metro stations and photographers engaged by police. However, that has not been done yet.

According to the IE report the court recorded, “Regretfully, ACP Hriday Bushan and inspector Anil Kumar have failed to point out the seizure of the relevant video footage.”. It added that police failed to show if any request/notice was served upon Metro officials for preservation of video footage, so as to save important footage.

“This is not the task of this court to direct police as to how and what evidence is required to be collected. However, this court is duty bound to ensure a fair investigation,” it added.

 

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Delhi Violence case: Court reprimands police for failure to get video footage

Cops yet to get relevant CCTV footage and pictures from photographers present at Jafrabad and Maujpur Metro stations

Image Courtesy:thequint.com

“They say a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a thousand pictures. Police seem to be in a state of inscrutable indolence in collection of relevant video footage. The indolence is a cause of concern as evidence in criminal matters is invariably ephemeral in nature,” Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana was stern when observing the Delhi Police’s delay in the matter.

ASJ Rana made the observations while extending the judicial custody of Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, and former Congress municipal councillor Ishrat Jahan till August 14, reported the Indian Express. They are being investigated by the Delhi Police Special Cell in a UAPA case pertaining to the Delhi riots.

The video footage is essential evidence in the investigations into the North East Delhi riots case from the Jafrabad and Maujpur Metro stations area. And even though considerable time has passed the courts have been told that the Delhi Police is yet to seize or preserve relevant video footage from cameras installed at the location, nor have they collected photographs from photographers covering the events.

According to a report in the Indian Express, the court has stressed upon “the importance of the video footage as a piece of evidence in the case.” Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana has also asked the DCP concerned to personally monitor the probe and ensure that the “sterling image of Delhi Police remains blemish-free, and the flow of the course of justice remains unsullied” reported the IE.

Delhi Police had arrested Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal of the feminist collective Pinjra Tod for allegedly taking part in anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests at Jaffrabad in February. Kalita and Narwal, both belong to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), an institution which along with the Jamia Millia Islamia University has seen the wrath of the Delhi police and central government for fighting for their rights – be it protests against hike in fees, hostel curfews for women or opposing the CAA.

The anti-Muslim riots raged through multiple areas of North East Delhi between February 23 and 27 before they was finally controlled. It is a matter of record, and once again confirmed by the Delhi Minorities Commission report that the communal violence started “almost immediately after” the volatile hate speech by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician Kapil Mishra on February 23, 2020 at Maujpur. 

As seen in a video clip that soon went viral Mishra had said that the peaceful protestors at Jafrabad in North East Delhi will be forcefully removed and that he and his supporters will take matters into their own hands. Mishra was seen and heard in the video clip as saying, “We will not listen to the police if roads are not cleared after three days...” The Deputy Commissioner of Police North East district, Shri Ved Prakash Surya, was also seen standing right next to Kapil Mishra when he said those words.

However, as noted in the DMC report, the Delhi Police did not stop him, leave alone apprehend or arrest Kapil Mishra and those who cheered his hate speech. This DMC report states that this indicates that the Delhi Police “failed to take the first and most immediate preventive step needed to avoid violence from arising and protect life and property.”

The report is based on multiple testimonies collected by the fact finding teams where each survivor has shared reports of police inaction, even as they kept calling emergency numbers, and seeking help from the police patrolling the area. The police “refused saying they had no orders to act,” said the citizens. This fact finding team has stated, “The failure to prevent violence was not due to individual or sporadic breaches, but was a pattern of deliberate inaction over several days. The Delhi Police failed to exercise its prohibitory powers, under the Delhi Police Act, 1978 which enable the Commissioner of Police to promulgate orders prohibiting the carrying of weapons and arms, and the assembly of persons as “necessary for the preservation of public order”.”

The DMC report added, “Prohibitory orders were either not enforced, or were only in name with no public notification. Police also did not exercise powers to disperse unlawful assemblies110, or take measures to apprehend, arrest and detain those perpetrating violence.” In multiple cases the team found that the police delayed to register FIRs when victims of violence came to them. The victims have said that “FIRs have either been delayed or have not been acted upon.”

Now, the court, during the course of arguments on the plea by Kalita for a court-monitored probe, noted that  the investigating officer had said that the police were in the process of collecting relevant video footage, including from Metro stations and photographers engaged by police. However, that has not been done yet.

According to the IE report the court recorded, “Regretfully, ACP Hriday Bushan and inspector Anil Kumar have failed to point out the seizure of the relevant video footage.”. It added that police failed to show if any request/notice was served upon Metro officials for preservation of video footage, so as to save important footage.

“This is not the task of this court to direct police as to how and what evidence is required to be collected. However, this court is duty bound to ensure a fair investigation,” it added.

 

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Bulandshahr violence accused expelled from post in PM Scheme after protests

Shikhar Agarwal was seen in pictures with BJP leaders at an event where he was awarded the post of the District General Secretary of the PMJKYJA Scheme

20 Jul 2020

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Shikhar Agarwal, allegedly a key suspect in the 2018 mob violence which led to the death of Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, has been expelled from the Pradhan Mantri Jan Kalyankari Yojna Jagrukta Abhiyan (PMJKYJA) after public outrage, the Hindustan Times reported.

Agarwal’s expulsion reportedly came after his photograph with a BJP leader went viral on social media. It was reported that Agarwal, who was out on bail was promoted to the District General Secretary of the scheme. He was purportedly being felicitated by Bulandshahr BJP President Anil Sisodia at the event on July 14, 2020.

 

 

BJP denies knowing Agarwal; distances itself from PM scheme

Speaking about Agarwal, Praiyatam Kumar Prem, the District President of the PMJKYJA told Hindustan Times that he got to know that Agarwal was an accused in the matter from the media, adding that the matter was discussed with the organization’s senior officials and that Agarwal had been expelled and was no more associated with the organization.

Prem also said that Sisodia was present at the function as a chief guest and the PMJKYJA did not have links with the party. However, Hindustan Times reported that the advisory panel overseeing the implementation of the PM’s welfare schemes included senior BJP leaders like Shyam Jaju, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, Narendra Tomar, Giriraj Singh and Dharmendra Pradhan, among others.

Sisodia too issued a clarification stating the same, saying that BJP did not have links with the organization and did not know who Agarwal was.

 

Yatendra Kumar Sen, Western UP Chief of the PMJKYJA too claimed that he wasn’t aware that Agarwal was out on bail, News 18 reported. The channel reported him as saying, “First of all I would like to make it clear that BJP and our organisation are not connected to each other in any way. We are an organisation who handle welfare schemes run by the central government. We have on board seven cabinet ministers and BJP National Vice President Shyam Jaju in our organisation. The BJP district chief was present in the programme as a guest and that is why he was handing over the appointment letter. The committee wasn’t aware of the fact that Shikhar Agarwal was out on bail and I thank the media for clarifying the situation. I have appraised our senior leaders of the situation.”

One, Aneet Kaushik who identified himself as the president of the organization told The Hindu that the letter given to Mr. Agarwal was a fake as they didn’t give individual letters to volunteers, adding that someone had misused their popularity.

Agarwal says party gave him opportunity

On the other hand, Shikhar Agarwal said that the party (BJP) gave him the post on basis of his dedication and service towards the people, and the PMJKYJA heads Priyatam Kumar Prem and Dr. Yatendra Kumar Sen had awarded him the post. He added that it was now his responsibility to go door-to-door and make people aware of the schemes laid out by PM Modi.

 

The Hindu also reported him as saying that the photographs were self-explanatory and he had no problems if some people wanted to disown them. “I am not facing trial for murder in the case and am out on bail. If during this period, I want to contribute to society, what’s wrong,” said Agarwal reported The Hindu.

On December 3, 2018, Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh (44) had been killed in mob violence that erupted near the Chingrawathi police post allegedly after cattle carcasses were found strewn near Mahaw village where lakhs of people had gathered for a 'Tabligi Ijtema'. An FIR against 27 named people and 50 to 60 unidentified people was registered at the Siyana Police Station. Agarwal was one of the six accused who had been arrested in the matter.

SabrangIndia’s exclusive investigation had revealed how ‘social media’ had been used to plot the killing. Videos of the accused being released emerged on Facebook and social media which showed the crowd chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ while welcoming Shikhar Agarwal and other accused with garlands and flowers.

 

Now, with all the evidence in place, are the denials by the BJP and PMJKYJA authorities just a face-saving measure?

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Bulandshahr violence accused expelled from post in PM Scheme after protests

Shikhar Agarwal was seen in pictures with BJP leaders at an event where he was awarded the post of the District General Secretary of the PMJKYJA Scheme

Image Courtesy:hindustantimes.com

Shikhar Agarwal, allegedly a key suspect in the 2018 mob violence which led to the death of Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, has been expelled from the Pradhan Mantri Jan Kalyankari Yojna Jagrukta Abhiyan (PMJKYJA) after public outrage, the Hindustan Times reported.

Agarwal’s expulsion reportedly came after his photograph with a BJP leader went viral on social media. It was reported that Agarwal, who was out on bail was promoted to the District General Secretary of the scheme. He was purportedly being felicitated by Bulandshahr BJP President Anil Sisodia at the event on July 14, 2020.

 

 

BJP denies knowing Agarwal; distances itself from PM scheme

Speaking about Agarwal, Praiyatam Kumar Prem, the District President of the PMJKYJA told Hindustan Times that he got to know that Agarwal was an accused in the matter from the media, adding that the matter was discussed with the organization’s senior officials and that Agarwal had been expelled and was no more associated with the organization.

Prem also said that Sisodia was present at the function as a chief guest and the PMJKYJA did not have links with the party. However, Hindustan Times reported that the advisory panel overseeing the implementation of the PM’s welfare schemes included senior BJP leaders like Shyam Jaju, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, Narendra Tomar, Giriraj Singh and Dharmendra Pradhan, among others.

Sisodia too issued a clarification stating the same, saying that BJP did not have links with the organization and did not know who Agarwal was.

 

Yatendra Kumar Sen, Western UP Chief of the PMJKYJA too claimed that he wasn’t aware that Agarwal was out on bail, News 18 reported. The channel reported him as saying, “First of all I would like to make it clear that BJP and our organisation are not connected to each other in any way. We are an organisation who handle welfare schemes run by the central government. We have on board seven cabinet ministers and BJP National Vice President Shyam Jaju in our organisation. The BJP district chief was present in the programme as a guest and that is why he was handing over the appointment letter. The committee wasn’t aware of the fact that Shikhar Agarwal was out on bail and I thank the media for clarifying the situation. I have appraised our senior leaders of the situation.”

One, Aneet Kaushik who identified himself as the president of the organization told The Hindu that the letter given to Mr. Agarwal was a fake as they didn’t give individual letters to volunteers, adding that someone had misused their popularity.

Agarwal says party gave him opportunity

On the other hand, Shikhar Agarwal said that the party (BJP) gave him the post on basis of his dedication and service towards the people, and the PMJKYJA heads Priyatam Kumar Prem and Dr. Yatendra Kumar Sen had awarded him the post. He added that it was now his responsibility to go door-to-door and make people aware of the schemes laid out by PM Modi.

 

The Hindu also reported him as saying that the photographs were self-explanatory and he had no problems if some people wanted to disown them. “I am not facing trial for murder in the case and am out on bail. If during this period, I want to contribute to society, what’s wrong,” said Agarwal reported The Hindu.

On December 3, 2018, Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh (44) had been killed in mob violence that erupted near the Chingrawathi police post allegedly after cattle carcasses were found strewn near Mahaw village where lakhs of people had gathered for a 'Tabligi Ijtema'. An FIR against 27 named people and 50 to 60 unidentified people was registered at the Siyana Police Station. Agarwal was one of the six accused who had been arrested in the matter.

SabrangIndia’s exclusive investigation had revealed how ‘social media’ had been used to plot the killing. Videos of the accused being released emerged on Facebook and social media which showed the crowd chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ while welcoming Shikhar Agarwal and other accused with garlands and flowers.

 

Now, with all the evidence in place, are the denials by the BJP and PMJKYJA authorities just a face-saving measure?

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Sheikh Waseem Bari shot dead despite 10 cops being assigned to guard him! 

He was killed outside his shop, near the police station. With or without official security, local politicians continue to be targeted in Kashmir Valley.

09 Jul 2020

wasim

Slain Kashmiri politician Sheikh Waseem Bari, had 10 cops, including eight security commandos guarding him. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Bandipore District President who was just 27-years-old, was shot and killed on July 8, allegedly in a terror attack, right outside the Bandipore Police Station. According to police, the police personnel assigned to guard the politician and his family were not near them when the attack happened.

Hours later, around 10 policemen have reportedly been arrested for their alleged negligence in protecting the leader, and his brother who was also killed in the attack that took place in north Kashmir’s Bandipore District. News agency PTI in a Twitter post, quoted the local Police as confirming seven arrests.

These two killings, the second of a local political leader in the Kashmir Valley, after the Congress Party’s sarpanch Ajay Pandita was gunned down on June 8, 2020, has shaken up the political establishment across party lines yet again. The biggest impact understandably is in the state unit of the BJP that has called the slain leader a martyr. 

Dr Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Ind Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region. MoS PMO, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked about, and condoled the killing over a telephone call. He tweeted, “Over the telephone, PM
@narendramodi enquired about the gruesome killing of Wasim Bari. He also extended condolences to the family of Wasim.”

 

 

Party leader Ram Madhav shared a photo with the young Kashmiri leader and said he was “shocked  and saddened by the killing”. He tweeted, "Shocked and saddened by d killing of young BJP leader Wasim Bari and his brother by terrorists in Bandipora. Bari’s father who is also a senior leader was injured. This despite 8 security commandos. Condolences to d family."

 

 

According to IE J&K Police have arrested 10 of its personnel assigned to Bari’s security detail, for “failing to protect them.” The security detail was not present with Bari and his family when the attack happened, said police. This is one of the most shocking killings in recent times in the Bandipore area. Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar is quoted by IE as saying, “The three were shot by some unidentified men. They were critically injured and succumbed later.” In a late-night statement, reported by IE and other media, the J&K Police said, “Ten policemen were deployed for his (Bari’s) security but none was kept along by him at the time of incident… Officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime besides why he was without any security… The men deployed for his security are being detained for negligence under (the) police Act.”

Bari’s killing despite the large security detail given to him is in contrast to the killing of Larkipora’s Sarpanch Ajay Pandita Bharti on June 8, exactly a month ago. Pandita had been shot and killed, allegedly by militants in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. Pandita was a Congress leader and was killed in his native village in the evening. Pandita had constantly been asking for security, his request had fallen on the deaf ears of the Jammu and Kashmir administration and the Union Government which administers the Union Territory. Girish Chandra Murmu, a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Services officer, is the first Lieutenant Governor of the Union territory that was formed under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. Murmu is a handpicked officer of the Gujarat cadre.

After his death, Sheen Pandita, his daughter, repeated what her father had been saying that the government had not provided him the security he had asked for on multiple occasions. She had demanded answers from the Union government and sought justice for her father.

A popular face of the BJP in the Valley, Wasim Bari had joined the mainstream party after he had fought and lost in the 2014 Assembly elections as an Independent candidate. “It is a big loss for the party. It is an attack on nationalist thought and those behind it are frustrated. His brother was coordinator for the BJP’s youth wing in Kashmir province,” BJP national vice-president (Youth Wing) Er Aijaz Hussain told The Indian Express. Party president J P Nadda said the Bari and his family’s “sacrifice will not go in vain”.

The Indian Express reported details of the militant attack on Wednesday that targeted Wasim, a member of the BJP’s state executive committee, his father Sheikh Bashir Ahmad and brother Sheikh Umar, both of who were active in the BJP and were  also office-bearers of the party. The IE reported that the attack happened just outside the Bandipore Police Station, when the three men were at their family shop, that they ran from their home.

The IE has quoted its sources and reported that a review of the security protocol of mainstream politicians in the Valley may soon be launched. It added a crucial finding that “after the imposition of governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, and the subsequent abrogation of its special status, the security of a large number of mainstream politicians has been withdrawn or downgraded.”

Ironically, many parts of Kashmir observed a shutdown as Monday, July 8 was the fourth death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani, who was shot dead in south Kashmir in 2016. According to a report in the Tribune, the shut down was partial as shops mostly remained shut but private vehicles ran, and government offices were not affected in Srinagar. However, a complete shutdown was observed and security was strengthened to avert any protest on the death anniversary of Wani in south Kashmir, reported tribune. Restrictions were most stringent in Tral, where Wani hailed from. As is now norm, the “low-speed mobile Internet was also suspended in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure,” stated the report. Wani (22) was a Hizbul commander, and was hailed a “poster boy of Kashmir’s new-age militancy”. His killing in a gunfight with security forces on July 8, 2016, had triggered a five-month-long unrest in Kashmir that left nearly 80 people dead.

 

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Sheikh Waseem Bari shot dead despite 10 cops being assigned to guard him! 

He was killed outside his shop, near the police station. With or without official security, local politicians continue to be targeted in Kashmir Valley.

wasim

Slain Kashmiri politician Sheikh Waseem Bari, had 10 cops, including eight security commandos guarding him. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Bandipore District President who was just 27-years-old, was shot and killed on July 8, allegedly in a terror attack, right outside the Bandipore Police Station. According to police, the police personnel assigned to guard the politician and his family were not near them when the attack happened.

Hours later, around 10 policemen have reportedly been arrested for their alleged negligence in protecting the leader, and his brother who was also killed in the attack that took place in north Kashmir’s Bandipore District. News agency PTI in a Twitter post, quoted the local Police as confirming seven arrests.

These two killings, the second of a local political leader in the Kashmir Valley, after the Congress Party’s sarpanch Ajay Pandita was gunned down on June 8, 2020, has shaken up the political establishment across party lines yet again. The biggest impact understandably is in the state unit of the BJP that has called the slain leader a martyr. 

Dr Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Ind Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region. MoS PMO, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked about, and condoled the killing over a telephone call. He tweeted, “Over the telephone, PM
@narendramodi enquired about the gruesome killing of Wasim Bari. He also extended condolences to the family of Wasim.”

 

 

Party leader Ram Madhav shared a photo with the young Kashmiri leader and said he was “shocked  and saddened by the killing”. He tweeted, "Shocked and saddened by d killing of young BJP leader Wasim Bari and his brother by terrorists in Bandipora. Bari’s father who is also a senior leader was injured. This despite 8 security commandos. Condolences to d family."

 

 

According to IE J&K Police have arrested 10 of its personnel assigned to Bari’s security detail, for “failing to protect them.” The security detail was not present with Bari and his family when the attack happened, said police. This is one of the most shocking killings in recent times in the Bandipore area. Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar is quoted by IE as saying, “The three were shot by some unidentified men. They were critically injured and succumbed later.” In a late-night statement, reported by IE and other media, the J&K Police said, “Ten policemen were deployed for his (Bari’s) security but none was kept along by him at the time of incident… Officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime besides why he was without any security… The men deployed for his security are being detained for negligence under (the) police Act.”

Bari’s killing despite the large security detail given to him is in contrast to the killing of Larkipora’s Sarpanch Ajay Pandita Bharti on June 8, exactly a month ago. Pandita had been shot and killed, allegedly by militants in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. Pandita was a Congress leader and was killed in his native village in the evening. Pandita had constantly been asking for security, his request had fallen on the deaf ears of the Jammu and Kashmir administration and the Union Government which administers the Union Territory. Girish Chandra Murmu, a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Services officer, is the first Lieutenant Governor of the Union territory that was formed under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. Murmu is a handpicked officer of the Gujarat cadre.

After his death, Sheen Pandita, his daughter, repeated what her father had been saying that the government had not provided him the security he had asked for on multiple occasions. She had demanded answers from the Union government and sought justice for her father.

A popular face of the BJP in the Valley, Wasim Bari had joined the mainstream party after he had fought and lost in the 2014 Assembly elections as an Independent candidate. “It is a big loss for the party. It is an attack on nationalist thought and those behind it are frustrated. His brother was coordinator for the BJP’s youth wing in Kashmir province,” BJP national vice-president (Youth Wing) Er Aijaz Hussain told The Indian Express. Party president J P Nadda said the Bari and his family’s “sacrifice will not go in vain”.

The Indian Express reported details of the militant attack on Wednesday that targeted Wasim, a member of the BJP’s state executive committee, his father Sheikh Bashir Ahmad and brother Sheikh Umar, both of who were active in the BJP and were  also office-bearers of the party. The IE reported that the attack happened just outside the Bandipore Police Station, when the three men were at their family shop, that they ran from their home.

The IE has quoted its sources and reported that a review of the security protocol of mainstream politicians in the Valley may soon be launched. It added a crucial finding that “after the imposition of governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, and the subsequent abrogation of its special status, the security of a large number of mainstream politicians has been withdrawn or downgraded.”

Ironically, many parts of Kashmir observed a shutdown as Monday, July 8 was the fourth death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani, who was shot dead in south Kashmir in 2016. According to a report in the Tribune, the shut down was partial as shops mostly remained shut but private vehicles ran, and government offices were not affected in Srinagar. However, a complete shutdown was observed and security was strengthened to avert any protest on the death anniversary of Wani in south Kashmir, reported tribune. Restrictions were most stringent in Tral, where Wani hailed from. As is now norm, the “low-speed mobile Internet was also suspended in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure,” stated the report. Wani (22) was a Hizbul commander, and was hailed a “poster boy of Kashmir’s new-age militancy”. His killing in a gunfight with security forces on July 8, 2016, had triggered a five-month-long unrest in Kashmir that left nearly 80 people dead.

 

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Did Hindutva extremists mobilise rioters in NE Delhi in February?

Chargesheets accessed by various media houses show that the members of a Whatsapp group 'Kattar Hindu Ekta' talked about killing minorities and making them chant Jai Shri Ram

07 Jul 2020

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'Kattar Hindu Ekta', a WhatsApp group which literally means Extremist / Radical Hindu Unity, has been named in three chargesheets filed in connection with the alleged killing of three men during the riots in Northeast Delhi that took place this year in February, The Indian Express reported.

The group reportedly had as many as 125 members and chargesheets that have been filed against nine, reportedly detail how the group was used to mobilize rioters and get them to coordinate; how armed men stopped passersby and asked them their name, address, ID proof and told them to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, IE reported. It also reported that the police now plan to use these WhatsApp conversations as “extrajudicial confessions”.

The police also said, “This ‘Kattar Hindut Ekta’ group was created on 25.02.2020 at 12.49 hrs. Initially there were 125 members… total 47 had exited the group by 08.03.2020,” IE reported.

The police added, “They (the accused) resolved to kill Muslims, whoever they came across. From February 25 afternoon to February 26 midnight, these murderers/accused persons, bludgeoned nine Muslim persons to death, whoever they come across or (if they) found someone, (and) injured several persons in Bhagirathi Vihar and other areas.”

Alleged messages in the group

The police reportedly shared some messages from the WhatsApp group from Lokesh Solanki – allegedly identified as the “key accused” and others.

Allegedly, the first message on the intervening night on February 26 and 27 at 11.39 pm was: “Bhai, I am Lokesh Solanki from Ganga Vihar. If there is any problem or a shortage of people, let me know. I will come with the entire Ganga Vihar team. We have everything necessary — bullets, guns, everything.”

At 11:44 Lokesh allegedly posted, “Around 9 pm, near B.Vihar, your brother has killed two Muslims and thrown them into the drain along with my team. Vinay, you know that your brother is always in the front in accomplishing this kind of a job.”

The Wire, which had access to some of the messages from the group, said that the messages not only spoke about murder and violence, but were also posted with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

One of the messages accessed by The Wire read, “Ganga Vihar, Gokul Puri, Jhoripur, In sab jagha gumha Hu. Or 23 mullao k sir faade hai (I have been to Ganga Vihar, Gokul Puri, Jhoripur. And burst open 23 mullahs’ heads.)”

On February 28, a message accessed by The Wire read, “Aaj hmne Bhagirathi Vihar Gali No. 1 me Namaz nhi padne Di Bhaga Diya Mullo ki (Today, we didn’t let Mullahs offer namaz in Bhagirathi Vihar’s Lane no. 1).”

Alleged reference to Kapil Mishra

The group also allegedly made references to BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who on February 23, at a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally had threatened to take to the roads with his supporters if the police did not clear the anti-CAA protestors from Jafrabad and Chand Bagh.

The Wire reported that a video of Mishra’s speech was repeatedly posted on the Kattar Hindut Ekta WhatsApp group with the caption: “Kapil Mishra ki iss video ko sunein, samjhein, aur bahut mehnat karke poore Hindustan me bhejein kyun ki ye bahut sahi hai hundred percent desh hith me hai, itna toh kar hi sakte hain mere dost (Listen to Kapil Mishra on this video, understand it and make the effort to send it across India because it is in favour of the nation. Friends, you can do this much at least).”

Alleged reference to RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal

It was reported that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh (RSS), the parent organization of the BJP, also surfaced in the group chat a couple of times.

One of the alleged messages accessed by The Wire was, “Brothers, people from RSS have come here to support us in Brijpuri.” Another message read: “Aur 9 mullo ko maar diya gya hai Brijpuri puliya pr (Nine more Muslims have been killed on the Brijpuri bridge).

A report by The Quint had said that 16 members of the RSS had been booked following a complaint by Sahil Parvez in which he had said that his father was murdered by a group of men on February 25. The Quint had confirmed that the 16 accused were either active members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), post-holders (zimmedaar), or had visited the local shakha on and off.

Not only this, according to the media, this groups also makes mention of ‘love jihad’ and ‘Hindu khatre mein hai (the existence of Hindus is in danger), mentions of which will be found all over right-wing groups on social media, signaling that there are many more such people baying for the blood of the minorities on social media’s communal echo chamber.

Plethora of Kattar Hindu Ekta groups on social media

While the police have taken cognizance of the WhatsApp group after chargesheets were filed, it has done nothing to cull such radical Hindutva groups from social media. There are several ‘Kattar Hindu Ekta’ groups and hundreds of ‘Kattar Hindu’ pages on Facebook which regularly post offensive and objectionable content against minorities. However, neither the social platform itself nor the police has done anything to take down these groups.

Below are some of the posts from a group called Hindu Ekta 🚩

 

In another group called कट्टर हिन्दू संगठन 🚩 some posts are as follows –

These are just two examples from the several radical Hindutva groups that are active on social media. All over the world when a group with a certain name is in operation and makes use of social media to pose veiled threats like above, the police works to ensure that the gang is deactivated. Though in India the police have taken cognisance and banned such organisations, it has failed to take action on violent groups that are affiliated to the Hindutva ideology.

While these groups may have no connection to the WhatsApp group ‘Kattar Hindut Ekta’ which is in the news now, they still pose a threat to peace in India and echo similar sentiments and in fact lay the groundwork of hate by vilifying minorities and spreading communal hatred so deep that some people actually act out on it.

It is appalling that people are so fearlessly and proudly declaring themselves to be ‘radical’ Hindus and now there is evidence of these individuals or members of a group being a part of organized violence. It is unfortunate to see that social media platforms like Facebook have not taken any action against such groups and nor has the Cyber police taken cognizance of such messages.

In 2019, Equality Labs conducted a research, ‘Facebook India – Towards the Tipping Point in Violence: Caste and Religious Hate Speech’ which found that 93 percent of all hate speech posts reported to Facebook continued to remain on Facebook. It was also found that 100 percent of all Islamophobic hate speech was later restored. The platform struggles with tackling hate speech when it comes to multiple languages. Times of India reported that Facebook had reported that its hate speech detection algorithms worked in around 40 languages. It is important that Facebook employ more human hands to identify such hate mongering which calls for segregation and social exclusion of the minorities, thus violating hate speech guidelines set by the social media platform. It is also necessary that the platform localizes its hate speech policies and upgrades its algorithms to identify and curb hate speech in the Indian context.

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Did Hindutva extremists mobilise rioters in NE Delhi in February?

Chargesheets accessed by various media houses show that the members of a Whatsapp group 'Kattar Hindu Ekta' talked about killing minorities and making them chant Jai Shri Ram

Image Courtesy:indianculturalforum.in

'Kattar Hindu Ekta', a WhatsApp group which literally means Extremist / Radical Hindu Unity, has been named in three chargesheets filed in connection with the alleged killing of three men during the riots in Northeast Delhi that took place this year in February, The Indian Express reported.

The group reportedly had as many as 125 members and chargesheets that have been filed against nine, reportedly detail how the group was used to mobilize rioters and get them to coordinate; how armed men stopped passersby and asked them their name, address, ID proof and told them to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, IE reported. It also reported that the police now plan to use these WhatsApp conversations as “extrajudicial confessions”.

The police also said, “This ‘Kattar Hindut Ekta’ group was created on 25.02.2020 at 12.49 hrs. Initially there were 125 members… total 47 had exited the group by 08.03.2020,” IE reported.

The police added, “They (the accused) resolved to kill Muslims, whoever they came across. From February 25 afternoon to February 26 midnight, these murderers/accused persons, bludgeoned nine Muslim persons to death, whoever they come across or (if they) found someone, (and) injured several persons in Bhagirathi Vihar and other areas.”

Alleged messages in the group

The police reportedly shared some messages from the WhatsApp group from Lokesh Solanki – allegedly identified as the “key accused” and others.

Allegedly, the first message on the intervening night on February 26 and 27 at 11.39 pm was: “Bhai, I am Lokesh Solanki from Ganga Vihar. If there is any problem or a shortage of people, let me know. I will come with the entire Ganga Vihar team. We have everything necessary — bullets, guns, everything.”

At 11:44 Lokesh allegedly posted, “Around 9 pm, near B.Vihar, your brother has killed two Muslims and thrown them into the drain along with my team. Vinay, you know that your brother is always in the front in accomplishing this kind of a job.”

The Wire, which had access to some of the messages from the group, said that the messages not only spoke about murder and violence, but were also posted with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

One of the messages accessed by The Wire read, “Ganga Vihar, Gokul Puri, Jhoripur, In sab jagha gumha Hu. Or 23 mullao k sir faade hai (I have been to Ganga Vihar, Gokul Puri, Jhoripur. And burst open 23 mullahs’ heads.)”

On February 28, a message accessed by The Wire read, “Aaj hmne Bhagirathi Vihar Gali No. 1 me Namaz nhi padne Di Bhaga Diya Mullo ki (Today, we didn’t let Mullahs offer namaz in Bhagirathi Vihar’s Lane no. 1).”

Alleged reference to Kapil Mishra

The group also allegedly made references to BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who on February 23, at a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally had threatened to take to the roads with his supporters if the police did not clear the anti-CAA protestors from Jafrabad and Chand Bagh.

The Wire reported that a video of Mishra’s speech was repeatedly posted on the Kattar Hindut Ekta WhatsApp group with the caption: “Kapil Mishra ki iss video ko sunein, samjhein, aur bahut mehnat karke poore Hindustan me bhejein kyun ki ye bahut sahi hai hundred percent desh hith me hai, itna toh kar hi sakte hain mere dost (Listen to Kapil Mishra on this video, understand it and make the effort to send it across India because it is in favour of the nation. Friends, you can do this much at least).”

Alleged reference to RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal

It was reported that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh (RSS), the parent organization of the BJP, also surfaced in the group chat a couple of times.

One of the alleged messages accessed by The Wire was, “Brothers, people from RSS have come here to support us in Brijpuri.” Another message read: “Aur 9 mullo ko maar diya gya hai Brijpuri puliya pr (Nine more Muslims have been killed on the Brijpuri bridge).

A report by The Quint had said that 16 members of the RSS had been booked following a complaint by Sahil Parvez in which he had said that his father was murdered by a group of men on February 25. The Quint had confirmed that the 16 accused were either active members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), post-holders (zimmedaar), or had visited the local shakha on and off.

Not only this, according to the media, this groups also makes mention of ‘love jihad’ and ‘Hindu khatre mein hai (the existence of Hindus is in danger), mentions of which will be found all over right-wing groups on social media, signaling that there are many more such people baying for the blood of the minorities on social media’s communal echo chamber.

Plethora of Kattar Hindu Ekta groups on social media

While the police have taken cognizance of the WhatsApp group after chargesheets were filed, it has done nothing to cull such radical Hindutva groups from social media. There are several ‘Kattar Hindu Ekta’ groups and hundreds of ‘Kattar Hindu’ pages on Facebook which regularly post offensive and objectionable content against minorities. However, neither the social platform itself nor the police has done anything to take down these groups.

Below are some of the posts from a group called Hindu Ekta 🚩

 

In another group called कट्टर हिन्दू संगठन 🚩 some posts are as follows –

These are just two examples from the several radical Hindutva groups that are active on social media. All over the world when a group with a certain name is in operation and makes use of social media to pose veiled threats like above, the police works to ensure that the gang is deactivated. Though in India the police have taken cognisance and banned such organisations, it has failed to take action on violent groups that are affiliated to the Hindutva ideology.

While these groups may have no connection to the WhatsApp group ‘Kattar Hindut Ekta’ which is in the news now, they still pose a threat to peace in India and echo similar sentiments and in fact lay the groundwork of hate by vilifying minorities and spreading communal hatred so deep that some people actually act out on it.

It is appalling that people are so fearlessly and proudly declaring themselves to be ‘radical’ Hindus and now there is evidence of these individuals or members of a group being a part of organized violence. It is unfortunate to see that social media platforms like Facebook have not taken any action against such groups and nor has the Cyber police taken cognizance of such messages.

In 2019, Equality Labs conducted a research, ‘Facebook India – Towards the Tipping Point in Violence: Caste and Religious Hate Speech’ which found that 93 percent of all hate speech posts reported to Facebook continued to remain on Facebook. It was also found that 100 percent of all Islamophobic hate speech was later restored. The platform struggles with tackling hate speech when it comes to multiple languages. Times of India reported that Facebook had reported that its hate speech detection algorithms worked in around 40 languages. It is important that Facebook employ more human hands to identify such hate mongering which calls for segregation and social exclusion of the minorities, thus violating hate speech guidelines set by the social media platform. It is also necessary that the platform localizes its hate speech policies and upgrades its algorithms to identify and curb hate speech in the Indian context.

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Can there ever be an ulterior motive when serving a langar: D.S Bindra

The lawyer-activist who has been sent a notice and questioned in the Ratan Lal murder investigation, by the Delhi Police says he is not scared

25 Jun 2020

CAAImage Courtesy:thequint.com

Lawyer DS Bindra’s caller tune is “waheguru’, the chant he says gives him strength to do whatever he does. These are the toughest times for the lawyer who had spent most of Delhi's freezing winter months cooking, and feeding hundreds who gathered at Shaheen Bagh during the historic  anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests. He had not found it tough and remembered that things just fell into place for his free kitchen service since the day he started. “It started when the Sikh farmers group that had come from Punjab to support the sisters at Shaheen Bagh asked me to send the food grains they had brought along to a gurdwara, when they were returning home.” Bindra thought it was best to ask if the langar could possibly  be cooked at the well equipped and well manned Gurudwara kitchens and brought back to Shaheen Bagh to feed the hungry protesters who sat there 24 hours. To his shock no one was willing to collaborate with him. “I will never name them, but once some people heard the food was meant to go to Shaheen Bagh they objected,” recalls a disappointed Bindra. Perhaps the people who wanted to stay away were merely doing so in self preservation, or to avoid controversy, or the wrath of the authorities. 

None of these mattered to Bindra who then set up an open kitchen near the Shaheen Bagh protest site, hired vessels and cooks from a wedding caterer and began cooking, and serving fresh vegetarian meals to whoever wanted a plate. Soon the system fell into place, people began volunteering however they could. Some would serve, some would help get water, some others would donate grains or vegetables. “I thought the protest would end soon, but it went on for a long time. And so did the langar I was preparing,” the devout Sikh who has volunteered for langa seva for years, remembers the camaraderie at Shaheen Bagh, “we served whoever wanted a meal. That is it. This seva was not of my own doing, it was the divine one, my Guru who showed me the way. I was just there at that moment and place.”  The protest was called off in greater public interest as Covid-19 began to create havoc and the national lockdown was strictly implemented, banning all gatherings. Bindra’s langar seva kitchen too closed down. 

“After that I did not go there, or anywhere else,” says Bindra, who got the biggest shock of his life when he was slapped with a notice by the Delhi Police special cell. “Is setting up a langar, and feeding the hungry a crime? Is helping people a crime?” asked Bindra, who is now undergoing one of his biggest challenges yet. 

Bindra reportedly sold his flat to fund his campaign to feed the hungry protesters. He also organised langar at the Chand Bagh sit-in protest site in Mustafabad and also in Khureji for around five days, helping feed hundreds of protesters. Now, his name has been added to the list mentioned in a chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in the matter of the killing head constable Ratan Lal. 

As reported by SabrangIndia then, some of the accused named in the chargesheet have mentioned DS Bindra as one of the organisers of the sit-in protest at Chand Bagh, and that he ordered that tents be set up at the site and langar be cooked and served. The accused also stated that at an allegedly secret meeting with other organisers, Bindra spoke about the CAA as being anti-minorities and that the Sikh community was here to support them so that the barbarism of 1984 was never repeated.

Bindra has not been named as one of the accused, but his presence at the location, and his alleged  role as one organisers of the protest is being stretched to suggest that Bindra, with his words and actions, may have instigated the riots that took place in the area later in February, specifically an instance in which head constable Ratan Lal was killed on February 24, 2020. 

The notice is a firm indicator that he is under the Delhi Police scanner. His langars have been set up in full public view and  were covered by the media that was stationed at protest sites.

"It is an indication that democracy is endangered if feeding langar, and standing with the truth is categorised as a crime, and a notice is sent by the police” he said. However, the lawyer says he is not scared and that he draws even more strength from all this. “I had begun my langar seva by mankind and serving tea,” says Bindra who does most of his social work under the banner of ‘Hind Army’ that he co founded. This banner too is under the police scanner. 

“I have been sent a notice under many sections including instigating riots, they said I started a langer to gather a crowd and then provoked them,” he said adding that he had nothing to do with the Chand Bagh protest. “Can there ever be an ulterior motive when serving a langar?  They can slap as many notices against me or even lodge an FIR, I will not be scared, nor will I stop my langar seva wherever needed,” he said, “I will continue to serve the people.”

However, those associated with him say they are worried about their mentor. “He has already been called by the police to come to the Lodhi Colony police station for questioning a few days ago. I think he was there for over seven hours on June 15. The police even came to his office, I was told, but they could not find anything,” said a young man who considers the lawyer a friend he looks up to, “Bindra sir  is always helping people so I do not understand why is the police doing this to him?”

Bindra is seeking legal advice and continues to say his social work will not stop at any cost. He has also found support from many including members of a group named Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) who recently held a rally in his support in Canada.

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Can there ever be an ulterior motive when serving a langar: D.S Bindra

The lawyer-activist who has been sent a notice and questioned in the Ratan Lal murder investigation, by the Delhi Police says he is not scared

CAAImage Courtesy:thequint.com

Lawyer DS Bindra’s caller tune is “waheguru’, the chant he says gives him strength to do whatever he does. These are the toughest times for the lawyer who had spent most of Delhi's freezing winter months cooking, and feeding hundreds who gathered at Shaheen Bagh during the historic  anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests. He had not found it tough and remembered that things just fell into place for his free kitchen service since the day he started. “It started when the Sikh farmers group that had come from Punjab to support the sisters at Shaheen Bagh asked me to send the food grains they had brought along to a gurdwara, when they were returning home.” Bindra thought it was best to ask if the langar could possibly  be cooked at the well equipped and well manned Gurudwara kitchens and brought back to Shaheen Bagh to feed the hungry protesters who sat there 24 hours. To his shock no one was willing to collaborate with him. “I will never name them, but once some people heard the food was meant to go to Shaheen Bagh they objected,” recalls a disappointed Bindra. Perhaps the people who wanted to stay away were merely doing so in self preservation, or to avoid controversy, or the wrath of the authorities. 

None of these mattered to Bindra who then set up an open kitchen near the Shaheen Bagh protest site, hired vessels and cooks from a wedding caterer and began cooking, and serving fresh vegetarian meals to whoever wanted a plate. Soon the system fell into place, people began volunteering however they could. Some would serve, some would help get water, some others would donate grains or vegetables. “I thought the protest would end soon, but it went on for a long time. And so did the langar I was preparing,” the devout Sikh who has volunteered for langa seva for years, remembers the camaraderie at Shaheen Bagh, “we served whoever wanted a meal. That is it. This seva was not of my own doing, it was the divine one, my Guru who showed me the way. I was just there at that moment and place.”  The protest was called off in greater public interest as Covid-19 began to create havoc and the national lockdown was strictly implemented, banning all gatherings. Bindra’s langar seva kitchen too closed down. 

“After that I did not go there, or anywhere else,” says Bindra, who got the biggest shock of his life when he was slapped with a notice by the Delhi Police special cell. “Is setting up a langar, and feeding the hungry a crime? Is helping people a crime?” asked Bindra, who is now undergoing one of his biggest challenges yet. 

Bindra reportedly sold his flat to fund his campaign to feed the hungry protesters. He also organised langar at the Chand Bagh sit-in protest site in Mustafabad and also in Khureji for around five days, helping feed hundreds of protesters. Now, his name has been added to the list mentioned in a chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in the matter of the killing head constable Ratan Lal. 

As reported by SabrangIndia then, some of the accused named in the chargesheet have mentioned DS Bindra as one of the organisers of the sit-in protest at Chand Bagh, and that he ordered that tents be set up at the site and langar be cooked and served. The accused also stated that at an allegedly secret meeting with other organisers, Bindra spoke about the CAA as being anti-minorities and that the Sikh community was here to support them so that the barbarism of 1984 was never repeated.

Bindra has not been named as one of the accused, but his presence at the location, and his alleged  role as one organisers of the protest is being stretched to suggest that Bindra, with his words and actions, may have instigated the riots that took place in the area later in February, specifically an instance in which head constable Ratan Lal was killed on February 24, 2020. 

The notice is a firm indicator that he is under the Delhi Police scanner. His langars have been set up in full public view and  were covered by the media that was stationed at protest sites.

"It is an indication that democracy is endangered if feeding langar, and standing with the truth is categorised as a crime, and a notice is sent by the police” he said. However, the lawyer says he is not scared and that he draws even more strength from all this. “I had begun my langar seva by mankind and serving tea,” says Bindra who does most of his social work under the banner of ‘Hind Army’ that he co founded. This banner too is under the police scanner. 

“I have been sent a notice under many sections including instigating riots, they said I started a langer to gather a crowd and then provoked them,” he said adding that he had nothing to do with the Chand Bagh protest. “Can there ever be an ulterior motive when serving a langar?  They can slap as many notices against me or even lodge an FIR, I will not be scared, nor will I stop my langar seva wherever needed,” he said, “I will continue to serve the people.”

However, those associated with him say they are worried about their mentor. “He has already been called by the police to come to the Lodhi Colony police station for questioning a few days ago. I think he was there for over seven hours on June 15. The police even came to his office, I was told, but they could not find anything,” said a young man who considers the lawyer a friend he looks up to, “Bindra sir  is always helping people so I do not understand why is the police doing this to him?”

Bindra is seeking legal advice and continues to say his social work will not stop at any cost. He has also found support from many including members of a group named Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI) who recently held a rally in his support in Canada.

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Judges on way to court attacked by unknown persons in UP’s Auraiya

The investigation of the matter is underway under the supervision of forensic teams and the police

25 Jun 2020

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On the morning of Tuesday, June 23, unidentified miscreants near Dibiyapur in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya allegedly attacked a car carrying two judges who were on their way to the district court, The Indian Express reported.

Amar Ujala reported that while the judges were on their way to the Kakor court complex, some persons in a white Bolero allegedly followed the car and pelted stones on it. While the windowpane broke, the judges escaped unhurt.

The police said that the two judges – Additional (ADJ) – I Rajesh Chaudhary and Additional District Judge (ADJ) Fast Track Court – I Ram Net lodged an FIR against unknown persons at the Dibiyapur police station. The police are also investigating the absence of a gunner who was previously assigned to one of the judges, said IE.

The Superintendent of Police (Auraiya), Suniti, told IE, “The gunner tasked with providing security to Judge Chaudhary had not informed his superiors on whether he was going on leave or not.”

Giving the details of the attack, the SP said that in their complaint, the judges mentioned that their car was attacked from the left by unidentified persons while they were on their way to court. They raised doubts that the attack could have been in relation with one of the cases they were hearing. In light of the attack, the police has now roped in two forensic teams – one from Kanpur and the other from Lucknow, to help investigate the matter.

The Royal Bulletin has reported that seeing the sensitivity of the matter, the forensic team had begun the investigation under the leadership of scientist Hakim Singh from the Forensic Science Laboratory, Lucknow. The investigation was carried out by simulating the incident with the help of the driver under the supervision of the forensic teams and police officers from the Auraiya Kotwali and Dibiyapur police station.

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Judges on way to court attacked by unknown persons in UP’s Auraiya

The investigation of the matter is underway under the supervision of forensic teams and the police

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On the morning of Tuesday, June 23, unidentified miscreants near Dibiyapur in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya allegedly attacked a car carrying two judges who were on their way to the district court, The Indian Express reported.

Amar Ujala reported that while the judges were on their way to the Kakor court complex, some persons in a white Bolero allegedly followed the car and pelted stones on it. While the windowpane broke, the judges escaped unhurt.

The police said that the two judges – Additional (ADJ) – I Rajesh Chaudhary and Additional District Judge (ADJ) Fast Track Court – I Ram Net lodged an FIR against unknown persons at the Dibiyapur police station. The police are also investigating the absence of a gunner who was previously assigned to one of the judges, said IE.

The Superintendent of Police (Auraiya), Suniti, told IE, “The gunner tasked with providing security to Judge Chaudhary had not informed his superiors on whether he was going on leave or not.”

Giving the details of the attack, the SP said that in their complaint, the judges mentioned that their car was attacked from the left by unidentified persons while they were on their way to court. They raised doubts that the attack could have been in relation with one of the cases they were hearing. In light of the attack, the police has now roped in two forensic teams – one from Kanpur and the other from Lucknow, to help investigate the matter.

The Royal Bulletin has reported that seeing the sensitivity of the matter, the forensic team had begun the investigation under the leadership of scientist Hakim Singh from the Forensic Science Laboratory, Lucknow. The investigation was carried out by simulating the incident with the help of the driver under the supervision of the forensic teams and police officers from the Auraiya Kotwali and Dibiyapur police station.

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