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UP: Where armed communal vigilante groups prowl the streets

Sabrangindia 14 Jun 2021

The elderly Abdul Samad Saifi who has just survived a brutal attack by five goons led by one Pravesh Gujjar in Loni, Ghaziabad is lucky. Lucky that he is alive, lucky that he has survived abuse, and a merciless beating by five criminals, who then chopped off his beard, threatened him, allegedly at gunpoint. But perhaps his being alive is a part of the larger plan of the communal goons, for them Saifi telling and retelling his horror of being called communal slurs, of being forced to chant slogans before being beaten, and having his beard forcefully chopped off is the message of terror they want to send far and wide. 

The goons know that this act, now being reported widely after the video went viral on social media on June 14, has helped them reach their target group of fellow communal criminals in waiting. That is the reason they filmed the entire assault where a younger man is seen attacking the vulnerable old Muslim man. Another attacker then hacks off the old man's beard. They are not the first to film such abuse. They won't be the last. The arrest of the gang leader is just a minor bump for them. After all, the old man did not die did he?

According to Ghaziabad Police, a case has been registered and one Pravesh Gujjar - the man believed to be the main accused has been arrested. The police said they are still looking for the others. 

The victim, Abdul Samad Saifi was still shaking while narrating his ordeal to a group who came to see him and said into the camera, "I was made to sit in the auto when I was coming from the [UP-Delhi] border. Two more men then got in (the auto rickshaw) and told me to stay. Then they took me to a room and locked me up and thrashed me. They forced me to chant slogans... they beat me more when I took Allah’s name… they beat me so badly, and cut my beard." He alleged his attackers showed him videos of “other Muslims being attacked," and they warned him they had killed Muslims before. The person filming the ordeal of the violence seems to be doing so with practised ease. 

Attackers seemed to be on a hunt to find a Muslim to beat up

This attack, seems to be planned, and the attackers seemed to have been on a hunt to find a Muslim to beat up. The aged, and visibly vulnerable Abdul Samad dressed in a kurta pajama with a checked scarf, long beard, was an easy target. And it seems that they then let the old go after traumatising him, so their ‘terror’ got publicity. The old man once home safe, bared his back to show purple welts and swelling on his torso, and hand, and reportedly on the rest of his body too. “They hit me with whips and clubs,” he recalls, breaking down once again. 

The attack took place on June 5 in Loni in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district that is on the Delhi-UP border. According to news reports Abdul Samad was on his way to a mosque to offer prayers when he was forced into an autorickshaw and taken to a shack in a forested area. According to a report in NDTV, the attackers reportedly shouted 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Vande Mataram', and told the old man to chant it as well. He said he refused and called out to Allah instead and they beat him even more. The attackers reportedly also accused Samad of being a Pakistani spy, reported NDTV.

This was a crime that came to light after the videos of the attack and then the victim’s statement went viral, and was picked up by journalists. The tactics of communal attacks being filmed by the goons is a pattern, often seen in attacks reported from Uttar Pradesh. A state that is going to the polls in 2022. 

Uttar Pradesh is being projected by these viral videos by communal forces as a state where vigilante groups feel no fear of the law. They are often armed, and are roaming freely targeting members of the minority communities. 

‘Gau rakshaks’ attack humans, make videos viral

On June 4, a man was killed in Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by those claiming to protect cows. The victim, Sher Khan alias Shera (55) was shot dead, and six of his associates were injured. Even the local police had reportedly alleged the men, who were from Bulandshahr, were “cattle smugglers”, and were “attacked by the villagers for smuggling cows in their vehicle.” The Additional Superintendent of Police (Addl SP) Shrish Chandra told the media that a preliminary inquiry revealed that “residents of Jawa village came to know that a few cattle smugglers were transporting cows” and they “alerted their neighbours in Tumaula village. The villagers then blocked the road with a parked vehicle in and “forced the men transporting the cattle to stop.” Police claim that the alleged “cattle smugglers started firing and the villagers retaliated” they “ caught the men in the vehicle and started assaulting them with sticks and stones”. Khan was declared dead on arrival, according to the news report it is suspected that he was shot in the stomach. 

In May another video of vigilante violence went viral of the public thrashing of one Mohammed Shakir, a meat seller and transporter. The attack took place in the daytime, in a public place as many watched and filmed it in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district. Shakir was mercilessly thrashed with a big stick by a man who declared himself a "gau rakshak” or a vigilante cow ‘protector. The victim was being held by the collar by two others while scores watched the attack in silence, till the victim collapsed under the blows. The attacker also filed a counter case, against the victim, and charged him of 'mischief by killing an animal', 'committing an act likely to spread infection', and 'violation of Covid lockdown guidelines'. Some arrests were eventually made. But that clearly did not deter any vigilantes. 

What do the cops do?

Sometimes the worst attacks come from those in uniform too. In the last week of May, in Unnao district, a teenage vegetable vendor was mercilessly thrashed allegedly in police custody for "violating the ongoing corona curfew''. The 17-year-old boy identified as Mohammad Faisal succumbed to the injuries caused. Unnao police suspended the policemen accused of the crime and a case was registered against them. SabrangIndia's sister organisation Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) started a petition demanding justice for Faisal.

So why does the mainstream media not ask the UP Government some tough questions? 

Because journalists who question the state, are themselves vulnerable to harassment and taakc in Uttar Pradesh. One was recently asked his religion, and allegedly threatened with arrest. Masihuzzama Ansari, a Delhi-based journalist who hails from Uttar Pradesh realised he was at ‘risk’ of becoming a headline himself, while reporting on the disputed “evictions” of Muslim families near Gorakhanath Temple in Gorakhpur. It was the Gorakhpur District Magistrate, DM K Vijayendra Pandian who allegedly asked the reporter his religion, accused him of spreading rumours, encouring Hindu-Muslim divide and told him he can be booked under the IT Act. Ansari had called to verify the claim made by 11 Muslim families that they were allegedly asked to vacate their homes located near the Gorakhnath temple. Ansari, later said he feared for his safety and has written to the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), Press Council of India, Press Club, and the Editors Guild of India, to intervene before it is too late.

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UP: Where armed communal vigilante groups prowl the streets

An old man is abducted, assaulted in Loni; meatseller thrashed in Moradabad; vegetable vendor killed in Unnao; reporter threatened in Gorakhpur… all in the past one month!

The elderly Abdul Samad Saifi who has just survived a brutal attack by five goons led by one Pravesh Gujjar in Loni, Ghaziabad is lucky. Lucky that he is alive, lucky that he has survived abuse, and a merciless beating by five criminals, who then chopped off his beard, threatened him, allegedly at gunpoint. But perhaps his being alive is a part of the larger plan of the communal goons, for them Saifi telling and retelling his horror of being called communal slurs, of being forced to chant slogans before being beaten, and having his beard forcefully chopped off is the message of terror they want to send far and wide. 

The goons know that this act, now being reported widely after the video went viral on social media on June 14, has helped them reach their target group of fellow communal criminals in waiting. That is the reason they filmed the entire assault where a younger man is seen attacking the vulnerable old Muslim man. Another attacker then hacks off the old man's beard. They are not the first to film such abuse. They won't be the last. The arrest of the gang leader is just a minor bump for them. After all, the old man did not die did he?

According to Ghaziabad Police, a case has been registered and one Pravesh Gujjar - the man believed to be the main accused has been arrested. The police said they are still looking for the others. 

The victim, Abdul Samad Saifi was still shaking while narrating his ordeal to a group who came to see him and said into the camera, "I was made to sit in the auto when I was coming from the [UP-Delhi] border. Two more men then got in (the auto rickshaw) and told me to stay. Then they took me to a room and locked me up and thrashed me. They forced me to chant slogans... they beat me more when I took Allah’s name… they beat me so badly, and cut my beard." He alleged his attackers showed him videos of “other Muslims being attacked," and they warned him they had killed Muslims before. The person filming the ordeal of the violence seems to be doing so with practised ease. 

Attackers seemed to be on a hunt to find a Muslim to beat up

This attack, seems to be planned, and the attackers seemed to have been on a hunt to find a Muslim to beat up. The aged, and visibly vulnerable Abdul Samad dressed in a kurta pajama with a checked scarf, long beard, was an easy target. And it seems that they then let the old go after traumatising him, so their ‘terror’ got publicity. The old man once home safe, bared his back to show purple welts and swelling on his torso, and hand, and reportedly on the rest of his body too. “They hit me with whips and clubs,” he recalls, breaking down once again. 

The attack took place on June 5 in Loni in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district that is on the Delhi-UP border. According to news reports Abdul Samad was on his way to a mosque to offer prayers when he was forced into an autorickshaw and taken to a shack in a forested area. According to a report in NDTV, the attackers reportedly shouted 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Vande Mataram', and told the old man to chant it as well. He said he refused and called out to Allah instead and they beat him even more. The attackers reportedly also accused Samad of being a Pakistani spy, reported NDTV.

This was a crime that came to light after the videos of the attack and then the victim’s statement went viral, and was picked up by journalists. The tactics of communal attacks being filmed by the goons is a pattern, often seen in attacks reported from Uttar Pradesh. A state that is going to the polls in 2022. 

Uttar Pradesh is being projected by these viral videos by communal forces as a state where vigilante groups feel no fear of the law. They are often armed, and are roaming freely targeting members of the minority communities. 

‘Gau rakshaks’ attack humans, make videos viral

On June 4, a man was killed in Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by those claiming to protect cows. The victim, Sher Khan alias Shera (55) was shot dead, and six of his associates were injured. Even the local police had reportedly alleged the men, who were from Bulandshahr, were “cattle smugglers”, and were “attacked by the villagers for smuggling cows in their vehicle.” The Additional Superintendent of Police (Addl SP) Shrish Chandra told the media that a preliminary inquiry revealed that “residents of Jawa village came to know that a few cattle smugglers were transporting cows” and they “alerted their neighbours in Tumaula village. The villagers then blocked the road with a parked vehicle in and “forced the men transporting the cattle to stop.” Police claim that the alleged “cattle smugglers started firing and the villagers retaliated” they “ caught the men in the vehicle and started assaulting them with sticks and stones”. Khan was declared dead on arrival, according to the news report it is suspected that he was shot in the stomach. 

In May another video of vigilante violence went viral of the public thrashing of one Mohammed Shakir, a meat seller and transporter. The attack took place in the daytime, in a public place as many watched and filmed it in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district. Shakir was mercilessly thrashed with a big stick by a man who declared himself a "gau rakshak” or a vigilante cow ‘protector. The victim was being held by the collar by two others while scores watched the attack in silence, till the victim collapsed under the blows. The attacker also filed a counter case, against the victim, and charged him of 'mischief by killing an animal', 'committing an act likely to spread infection', and 'violation of Covid lockdown guidelines'. Some arrests were eventually made. But that clearly did not deter any vigilantes. 

What do the cops do?

Sometimes the worst attacks come from those in uniform too. In the last week of May, in Unnao district, a teenage vegetable vendor was mercilessly thrashed allegedly in police custody for "violating the ongoing corona curfew''. The 17-year-old boy identified as Mohammad Faisal succumbed to the injuries caused. Unnao police suspended the policemen accused of the crime and a case was registered against them. SabrangIndia's sister organisation Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) started a petition demanding justice for Faisal.

So why does the mainstream media not ask the UP Government some tough questions? 

Because journalists who question the state, are themselves vulnerable to harassment and taakc in Uttar Pradesh. One was recently asked his religion, and allegedly threatened with arrest. Masihuzzama Ansari, a Delhi-based journalist who hails from Uttar Pradesh realised he was at ‘risk’ of becoming a headline himself, while reporting on the disputed “evictions” of Muslim families near Gorakhanath Temple in Gorakhpur. It was the Gorakhpur District Magistrate, DM K Vijayendra Pandian who allegedly asked the reporter his religion, accused him of spreading rumours, encouring Hindu-Muslim divide and told him he can be booked under the IT Act. Ansari had called to verify the claim made by 11 Muslim families that they were allegedly asked to vacate their homes located near the Gorakhnath temple. Ansari, later said he feared for his safety and has written to the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), Press Council of India, Press Club, and the Editors Guild of India, to intervene before it is too late.

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Karnataka: BJP Minister says Muslim cannot contest for Belagavi Lok Sabha seat

Sabrangindia 01 Dec 2020

Presenting communal sentiments yet again, Karnataka’s Rural Development Minister K. S. Eshwarappa on November 28, 2020 said that there was no question of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielding a Muslim for the bye-election of the Belagavi Lok Sabha seat.

“We (BJP) might give the party ticket to any community of Hindus. Whoever we might give it to - maybe Lingayats, Kurubas, Vokkaligas, or Brahmins – but there’s no question of us giving tickets to Muslims in Belagavi,” said Eshwarappa while addressing the media on Saturday.

The Belagavi seat recently became vacant after the death of Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi due to Covid-19. Although the date for the bypoll is yet to be announced by the Election Commission, Eshwarappa made it clear that he would not allow a Muslim to contest in one of the “centres of Hindutva.”

The comment has garnered tremendous criticism towards Eshwarappa and the party.

 

 

He tried to justify this caustic comment by stating that only that candidate who wins the trust of people would be selected. However, considering the state Minister’s previous comments along with his bigoted history, the flimsy excuse hardly stands its ground.

 

On September 23, 2019, SabrangIndia had called out the Minister for using a caste slur against the Vaddar community on the eve of 15 by-elections in Karnataka.

In April of the same year, Eshwarappa in the state’s Koppal city said that BJP will not give tickets to Muslims to contest the elections because the community does not believe in the party. At the time, he had said, “We won’t give tickets to Muslims in Karnataka. Believe us and we’ll give you tickets and other things.”

Even before that, during the 2018 Assembly elections, Eshwarappa called Muslims from the Congress party “killers” while the Muslims supporting the BJP were “good Muslims.”

“Muslims who killed 22 RSS and BJP activists are with the Congress and those who are good Muslims are with the BJP," Eshwarappa had said then.

The right-wing proponent has been closely related to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) officials ever since childhood. His classmate went on to become an RSS leader while a well-known VHP leader in Shimoga encouraged him to embrace the life of an RSS activist. Even as a student, he worked with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) affiliated with the RSS.

While the BJP claims to have distanced itself from the Minister, a state spokesperson of the party Malavika Avinash defended Eshwarappa’s statement by saying that he had talked about the ticket in terms of “winnability.” If so, then it is truly saddening that a state Minister would discriminate on the basis of religion simply for increasing chances of winning a local election.

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Karnataka: BJP Minister says Muslim cannot contest for Belagavi Lok Sabha seat

The communal comment by the state Minster has attracted flak on social media for trying to further widen the gap between Hindus and Muslims in India.

Presenting communal sentiments yet again, Karnataka’s Rural Development Minister K. S. Eshwarappa on November 28, 2020 said that there was no question of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielding a Muslim for the bye-election of the Belagavi Lok Sabha seat.

“We (BJP) might give the party ticket to any community of Hindus. Whoever we might give it to - maybe Lingayats, Kurubas, Vokkaligas, or Brahmins – but there’s no question of us giving tickets to Muslims in Belagavi,” said Eshwarappa while addressing the media on Saturday.

The Belagavi seat recently became vacant after the death of Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi due to Covid-19. Although the date for the bypoll is yet to be announced by the Election Commission, Eshwarappa made it clear that he would not allow a Muslim to contest in one of the “centres of Hindutva.”

The comment has garnered tremendous criticism towards Eshwarappa and the party.

 

 

He tried to justify this caustic comment by stating that only that candidate who wins the trust of people would be selected. However, considering the state Minister’s previous comments along with his bigoted history, the flimsy excuse hardly stands its ground.

 

On September 23, 2019, SabrangIndia had called out the Minister for using a caste slur against the Vaddar community on the eve of 15 by-elections in Karnataka.

In April of the same year, Eshwarappa in the state’s Koppal city said that BJP will not give tickets to Muslims to contest the elections because the community does not believe in the party. At the time, he had said, “We won’t give tickets to Muslims in Karnataka. Believe us and we’ll give you tickets and other things.”

Even before that, during the 2018 Assembly elections, Eshwarappa called Muslims from the Congress party “killers” while the Muslims supporting the BJP were “good Muslims.”

“Muslims who killed 22 RSS and BJP activists are with the Congress and those who are good Muslims are with the BJP," Eshwarappa had said then.

The right-wing proponent has been closely related to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) officials ever since childhood. His classmate went on to become an RSS leader while a well-known VHP leader in Shimoga encouraged him to embrace the life of an RSS activist. Even as a student, he worked with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) affiliated with the RSS.

While the BJP claims to have distanced itself from the Minister, a state spokesperson of the party Malavika Avinash defended Eshwarappa’s statement by saying that he had talked about the ticket in terms of “winnability.” If so, then it is truly saddening that a state Minister would discriminate on the basis of religion simply for increasing chances of winning a local election.

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Watch: Samirul Islam on how fake news is changing the narrative in Bengal

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How has BJP managed to create communal hatred, often leading to riots, in West Bengal? How do they spread fake news? Watch this SabrangIndia exclusive, where Bangla Sanskriti Mancha’s President, Samirul Islam talks about why was it necessary to build this organisation to fight for the syncretic traditions of Bengal and spread awareness about Hindu Muslim unity in rural Bengal.

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Watch: Bengal faces huge crisis amid lockdown

Sabrangindia 14 May 2020

In the midst of the ongoing lockdown, Bengal is one of the many states, where people, below poverty line, are facing huge difficulty in terms of managing food and livelihood. Impoverished families have no means to fight the acute food crisis. Help has poured in from a lot of human rights group and student led organisations but it is not enough to provide relief to every single person who are affected. Watch this video to catch a glimpse of this huge crisis.

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Amit Shah targets ‘tukde tukde’ gang Instead of condemning JNU violence, hate speech?

Sabrangindia 07 Jan 2020

Amit Shah seldom does what a country’s Home Minister is expected to do. His constant order of business is to ensure that his countrymen feel safe and secure in their “home” and that there is no internal threat to them while ensuring that law enforcement agencies maintain law and order. He barely ever seen talking about maintenance of law and order and on the contrary is seen fanning the flames of sentiment against the opposition parties or the sometimes just the Left.

He not only failed to command the police force to ensure safety of the JNU students, but also blatantly ignored the incident offering absolutely no condemning remarks or condolence for the injured students and teachers in the University who were attacked by masked goons. These goons are known to be chanting “Desh ke gaddaro ko goli maaro saalo”, a slogan that has been raised by right-wing organizations and BJP workers on many occasions referring to the anti-CAA protestors.

The Home Minister, though, seems to care only about escalating a sentiment of hate against all anti-CAA protestors. While the ‘tukde-tukde gang’ is a Right-wing coinage that initially referred to a section of JNU students after the 2016 campus unrest in which then JNUSU (Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union) President Kanhaiyya Kumar was accused of sedition for allegedly raising anti-India slogans.

Our take: Now this ‘tukde tukde gang’ reference is being liberally used by the right-wing hate peddlers for anyone and everyone who is protesting against the discriminative CAA. At an official event that he attended, first one after the JNU violence of masked goons, it was expected that he at least makes a mention of the incident and condemn an attack on JNU students, alas, he did not. He instead resorted to accusing Arvind Kejriwal of protecting the members of the tukde-tukde gang, thus using the public event as an election campaign for the impending Delhi elections of February 2020.

 

Amit Shah targets ‘tukde tukde’ gang Instead of condemning JNU violence, hate speech?

Amit Shah, while laying the foundation stone for Delhi cycle walk consciously ignored the whole masked goons entering JNU and attacking students incident, in which the police controlled by his government did little to curb the menace. He instead resorted to escalate the ‘tukde tukde’ rhetoric and create a negative sentiment about JNU.

Amit Shah seldom does what a country’s Home Minister is expected to do. His constant order of business is to ensure that his countrymen feel safe and secure in their “home” and that there is no internal threat to them while ensuring that law enforcement agencies maintain law and order. He barely ever seen talking about maintenance of law and order and on the contrary is seen fanning the flames of sentiment against the opposition parties or the sometimes just the Left.

He not only failed to command the police force to ensure safety of the JNU students, but also blatantly ignored the incident offering absolutely no condemning remarks or condolence for the injured students and teachers in the University who were attacked by masked goons. These goons are known to be chanting “Desh ke gaddaro ko goli maaro saalo”, a slogan that has been raised by right-wing organizations and BJP workers on many occasions referring to the anti-CAA protestors.

The Home Minister, though, seems to care only about escalating a sentiment of hate against all anti-CAA protestors. While the ‘tukde-tukde gang’ is a Right-wing coinage that initially referred to a section of JNU students after the 2016 campus unrest in which then JNUSU (Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union) President Kanhaiyya Kumar was accused of sedition for allegedly raising anti-India slogans.

Our take: Now this ‘tukde tukde gang’ reference is being liberally used by the right-wing hate peddlers for anyone and everyone who is protesting against the discriminative CAA. At an official event that he attended, first one after the JNU violence of masked goons, it was expected that he at least makes a mention of the incident and condemn an attack on JNU students, alas, he did not. He instead resorted to accusing Arvind Kejriwal of protecting the members of the tukde-tukde gang, thus using the public event as an election campaign for the impending Delhi elections of February 2020.

 

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BJP’s Kapil Mishra says ‘shoot the traitors’ at pro-CAA rally

Sabrangindia 23 Dec 2019

Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in August this year is back in the news for making provocative statements. At a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest which he was leading on Friday night in Delhi despite Section 144 being imposed there, he and his followers were heard chanting “shoot the traitors” as they marched on with their protest. This was an apparent reference to the people who were opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

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In his further tweets he went on to criticise the anti-CAA protestors saying that the crowds coming out of mosques were secular, but the Hindus were deemed to be communal; that the people who vandalized public property were peaceful, but Hindus were considered violent.

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He was told off by many prominent Twitter users for his provocative slogans.


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However, Mishra continued to be defiant and asked his critics what he should call the ones who were burning stations, trains, police stations, buses, etc – innocents or traitors?

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However, these open calls for violence by the BJP have gone unnoticed by the police. Nobody has questioned the pro-CAA crowd who was on the street in spite of the Section 144 being imposed. The police only attacked the ones who opposed the Act.

Mishra has been a repeat hate speech offender. In October a complaint was registered against him when he tweeted, “"If you want pollution to come down, then you should reduce these firecrackers and not the ones burst on Diwali." He had put up a picture of a Muslim family in his tweet.

BJP has now resorted to communal politics after unexpected protests against the CAA. Karnataka BJP minister CT Ravi too threatened the public saying that if the ‘majority’ (Hindus) would lose its patience, there would be a ‘Godhra-like’ situation in the country.


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BJP’s Kapil Mishra says ‘shoot the traitors’ at pro-CAA rally

This is not the first time he has used hate speech against the minorities

Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in August this year is back in the news for making provocative statements. At a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest which he was leading on Friday night in Delhi despite Section 144 being imposed there, he and his followers were heard chanting “shoot the traitors” as they marched on with their protest. This was an apparent reference to the people who were opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

Tweet

In his further tweets he went on to criticise the anti-CAA protestors saying that the crowds coming out of mosques were secular, but the Hindus were deemed to be communal; that the people who vandalized public property were peaceful, but Hindus were considered violent.

Twwet1

He was told off by many prominent Twitter users for his provocative slogans.


Tweet

 

Tweet

 

Tweet

However, Mishra continued to be defiant and asked his critics what he should call the ones who were burning stations, trains, police stations, buses, etc – innocents or traitors?

Tweet

However, these open calls for violence by the BJP have gone unnoticed by the police. Nobody has questioned the pro-CAA crowd who was on the street in spite of the Section 144 being imposed. The police only attacked the ones who opposed the Act.

Mishra has been a repeat hate speech offender. In October a complaint was registered against him when he tweeted, “"If you want pollution to come down, then you should reduce these firecrackers and not the ones burst on Diwali." He had put up a picture of a Muslim family in his tweet.

BJP has now resorted to communal politics after unexpected protests against the CAA. Karnataka BJP minister CT Ravi too threatened the public saying that if the ‘majority’ (Hindus) would lose its patience, there would be a ‘Godhra-like’ situation in the country.


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Concerned Citizens' Group demands Ceasefire During Ramzan in J&K

13 May 2018
The Concerned Citizens Group has issued a statement appealing for a complete ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. The entire statement may be read here:
 
The Concerned Citizens' Group strongly endorses the joint demand of the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir for a ceasefire during the
sacred month of Ramazan. The security forces must observe the ceasefire strictly and should fire only when fired upon. The Government
of India must initiate a purposeful dialogue in the meanwhile with all stakeholders in a time-bound manner.  
 
We also appeal to all concerned in J&K to abjure violence during Ramazan as well as the ensuing Amarnath Yatra and respond positively
to the initiative of the government if it takes such an initiative.
 
Yashwant Sinha
Wajahat Habibullah
Kapil Kak
Bharat Bhushan
Sushobha Barve

Concerned Citizens' Group demands Ceasefire During Ramzan in J&K

The Concerned Citizens Group has issued a statement appealing for a complete ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. The entire statement may be read here:
 
The Concerned Citizens' Group strongly endorses the joint demand of the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir for a ceasefire during the
sacred month of Ramazan. The security forces must observe the ceasefire strictly and should fire only when fired upon. The Government
of India must initiate a purposeful dialogue in the meanwhile with all stakeholders in a time-bound manner.  
 
We also appeal to all concerned in J&K to abjure violence during Ramazan as well as the ensuing Amarnath Yatra and respond positively
to the initiative of the government if it takes such an initiative.
 
Yashwant Sinha
Wajahat Habibullah
Kapil Kak
Bharat Bhushan
Sushobha Barve

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