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Thane: Four people arrested for clashes at the Hajimalang Baba Dargah

While no individual was injured, local reports state such clashes between the two religious groups is a frequent occurrence

31 Mar 2021

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Thane police arrested four people at the Hajimalang Baba Dargah in Ulhasnagar city on March 28, 2021 following a dispute between two communities over a religious programme, reported Lokmat News.

According to police, members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal were performing aarti at 7:30 PM on Sunday when members of another community came and shouted religious slogans to interrupt the event. An argument ensued during which people also shoved mediating police officials.

Approximately 15 to 20 persons including Bajrang Dal and VHP members received FIRs for performing and assembling at the dargah in clear violation of the Covid-19 guidelines. However, according to local news, such clashes are routine incidents in the area.

The controversy involves followers of Hindu yogi Gorakknath who claim that the concerned mausoleum belongs to Saint Machinder Nath. Further, they state that a palanquin begins from there every year and followers worship there daily. Meanwhile, another group claims that the construction is the shrine of Sufi fakir Haji Abdul Rahman Shah Malang also known as Malang Baba who came to India from Yemen in the thirteenth century.

Both groups occupy either side of the disputed land and engage in quarrels many times. The now ruling Shiv Sena party sided with the Gorakhnath followers in the 1980s and participated in a related pooja in 1996. Nonetheless, arguments and clashes occur time and again.

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Thane: Four people arrested for clashes at the Hajimalang Baba Dargah

While no individual was injured, local reports state such clashes between the two religious groups is a frequent occurrence

haji malang dargah

Thane police arrested four people at the Hajimalang Baba Dargah in Ulhasnagar city on March 28, 2021 following a dispute between two communities over a religious programme, reported Lokmat News.

According to police, members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal were performing aarti at 7:30 PM on Sunday when members of another community came and shouted religious slogans to interrupt the event. An argument ensued during which people also shoved mediating police officials.

Approximately 15 to 20 persons including Bajrang Dal and VHP members received FIRs for performing and assembling at the dargah in clear violation of the Covid-19 guidelines. However, according to local news, such clashes are routine incidents in the area.

The controversy involves followers of Hindu yogi Gorakknath who claim that the concerned mausoleum belongs to Saint Machinder Nath. Further, they state that a palanquin begins from there every year and followers worship there daily. Meanwhile, another group claims that the construction is the shrine of Sufi fakir Haji Abdul Rahman Shah Malang also known as Malang Baba who came to India from Yemen in the thirteenth century.

Both groups occupy either side of the disputed land and engage in quarrels many times. The now ruling Shiv Sena party sided with the Gorakhnath followers in the 1980s and participated in a related pooja in 1996. Nonetheless, arguments and clashes occur time and again.

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Madhya Pradesh: Rape survivor tied, paraded with accused, as crowds chanted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' 

Six persons, including the rape accused, have now been arrested and charged under various sections of IPC, and POSCO Act

29 Mar 2021

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The horror of crimes against women and children continues to be reported in gruesome avatars. The latest is from 

Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh, where a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 21-year-old man on Sunday. However, her horror did not end with surviving this attack, she was reportdly tied up and paraded all over the village, along with the rape accused. According to multple news reptrs the local police said that six persons, including the rape accused, have now been arrested.

According to media reports a video showing the girl and the accused tied with ropes, being beaten and forced to walk in public in the village, which falls under Jobat police station, even as crowds chanted "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" had gone viral on social media. A report in the Indian express detailed that the 16-year-old girl who had allegedly been raped by a 21-year-old man on Sunday, then humiliated in public was rescued by the local police. News reports quoted Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Dilip Singh Bilwal who said that two cases were registered on Sunday on the FIRs lodged by the victim. He said that: “One of the cases was registered against the 21-year-old man who is accused of rape. Another FIR was registered against family members of the girl and villagers for parading her in the village and beating her.” According to police, the man accused of rape is the father of two children, and has has been booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

It was reported that the accused family members and relatives of the victim were booked under sections 294 (Obscene act in public places), 355 (Assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement) and other sections of the IPC.

 

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Madhya Pradesh: Rape survivor tied, paraded with accused, as crowds chanted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' 

Six persons, including the rape accused, have now been arrested and charged under various sections of IPC, and POSCO Act

MP

The horror of crimes against women and children continues to be reported in gruesome avatars. The latest is from 

Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh, where a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 21-year-old man on Sunday. However, her horror did not end with surviving this attack, she was reportdly tied up and paraded all over the village, along with the rape accused. According to multple news reptrs the local police said that six persons, including the rape accused, have now been arrested.

According to media reports a video showing the girl and the accused tied with ropes, being beaten and forced to walk in public in the village, which falls under Jobat police station, even as crowds chanted "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" had gone viral on social media. A report in the Indian express detailed that the 16-year-old girl who had allegedly been raped by a 21-year-old man on Sunday, then humiliated in public was rescued by the local police. News reports quoted Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Dilip Singh Bilwal who said that two cases were registered on Sunday on the FIRs lodged by the victim. He said that: “One of the cases was registered against the 21-year-old man who is accused of rape. Another FIR was registered against family members of the girl and villagers for parading her in the village and beating her.” According to police, the man accused of rape is the father of two children, and has has been booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

It was reported that the accused family members and relatives of the victim were booked under sections 294 (Obscene act in public places), 355 (Assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement) and other sections of the IPC.

 

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Chhattisgarh: 5 police personnel killed, 14 injured in alleged Maoists attack

Victims were travelling in a bus Kadenar and Kanhargaon villages, and were hit by an improvised explosive device

24 Mar 2021

Chhattisgarh: 5 police personnel killed, 14 injured in alleged Maoists attack

Chhattisgarh was once again shaken by a massive attack on security personnel, allegedly by Maoists on March 23. According to NDTV, five police personnel were killed on the spot and 14 injured after suspected Maoists targeted a bus carrying 27 DRG (District Reserve Guard) troops in Chhattisgarh's Naryanpur district. According to reports the bus, which was travelling between Kadenar and Kanhargaon, was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Reports quoted Chhattisgarh DGP DM Awasthi saying the troops were returning after an anti-Maoist operation. The area was cordoned off, and a search operation launched. The 45th Battalion of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) helped evacuate the injured.

Special DG (Naxal) Ashok Juneja was quoted by Indian Express saying, “How the IEDs were planted despite regular checking needs to be investigated. We are focusing on getting our men safely out… In the morning, we will visit the spot and begin the investigation.” 

Bastar IG P Sundarraj told the media, “At least 14 men have suffered injuries including three who have been critically injured. Seven have been airlifted and are being taken to Raipur for treatment.”

The deceased have been identified as: head constables Pawan Mandavi and Jaylal Uike; constable Sevak Salam; constable Karan Dehari who was driving the bus; and assistant constable Vijay Patel.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said he had directed that the injured get the best care.

 

 

According to the Indian Express, the bus was crossing a bridge, barely 3 km from the Kadenar police camp when it was hit by three IEDs that officials say were planted by Maoists under a culvert. The blast’s impact threw the bus into the dry riverbed under the bridge. According to officials quoted by the media, the security personnel on board were travelling as part of an anti-Naxal operation in the dense Abujhmad forests. The blast occurred on Tuesday at around 4:15 P.M on the Kanhargaon-Kadenar road. The IE quoted officials saying, “DRG teams from Dantewada and Narayanpur had gone on a two-day operation. The DRG force from Narayanpur of around 90 men returned to the Kademeta camp on March 23. After that, the DRG team based at the district headquarters was on its way to Narayanpur town (300 km from Raipur) in the bus, which was targeted.”

According to media reports, this is the first major attack by the Maoists in the state in this year, although IEDs have been planted in several areas of Bastar. On March 21, 2020, as many as 17 DRG personnel were killed in an encounter in Sukma, while they were returning from an anti-Naxal operation.

 

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Chhattisgarh: 5 police personnel killed, 14 injured in alleged Maoists attack

Victims were travelling in a bus Kadenar and Kanhargaon villages, and were hit by an improvised explosive device

Chhattisgarh: 5 police personnel killed, 14 injured in alleged Maoists attack

Chhattisgarh was once again shaken by a massive attack on security personnel, allegedly by Maoists on March 23. According to NDTV, five police personnel were killed on the spot and 14 injured after suspected Maoists targeted a bus carrying 27 DRG (District Reserve Guard) troops in Chhattisgarh's Naryanpur district. According to reports the bus, which was travelling between Kadenar and Kanhargaon, was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Reports quoted Chhattisgarh DGP DM Awasthi saying the troops were returning after an anti-Maoist operation. The area was cordoned off, and a search operation launched. The 45th Battalion of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) helped evacuate the injured.

Special DG (Naxal) Ashok Juneja was quoted by Indian Express saying, “How the IEDs were planted despite regular checking needs to be investigated. We are focusing on getting our men safely out… In the morning, we will visit the spot and begin the investigation.” 

Bastar IG P Sundarraj told the media, “At least 14 men have suffered injuries including three who have been critically injured. Seven have been airlifted and are being taken to Raipur for treatment.”

The deceased have been identified as: head constables Pawan Mandavi and Jaylal Uike; constable Sevak Salam; constable Karan Dehari who was driving the bus; and assistant constable Vijay Patel.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said he had directed that the injured get the best care.

 

 

According to the Indian Express, the bus was crossing a bridge, barely 3 km from the Kadenar police camp when it was hit by three IEDs that officials say were planted by Maoists under a culvert. The blast’s impact threw the bus into the dry riverbed under the bridge. According to officials quoted by the media, the security personnel on board were travelling as part of an anti-Naxal operation in the dense Abujhmad forests. The blast occurred on Tuesday at around 4:15 P.M on the Kanhargaon-Kadenar road. The IE quoted officials saying, “DRG teams from Dantewada and Narayanpur had gone on a two-day operation. The DRG force from Narayanpur of around 90 men returned to the Kademeta camp on March 23. After that, the DRG team based at the district headquarters was on its way to Narayanpur town (300 km from Raipur) in the bus, which was targeted.”

According to media reports, this is the first major attack by the Maoists in the state in this year, although IEDs have been planted in several areas of Bastar. On March 21, 2020, as many as 17 DRG personnel were killed in an encounter in Sukma, while they were returning from an anti-Naxal operation.

 

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Battleground Bengal: Nandigram emerges as new epicenter of violence

Clashes erupt on Wednesday and Thursday; TMC moves EC, BJP demands deployment of paramilitary forces

19 Mar 2021

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Clashes broke out between party workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday, after the former alleged that Suvendu Adhikar’s security detail allegedly assaulted locals. Earlier that day, Adhikari, who is fighting the upcoming assembly election from Nandigram, was meeting booth-level workers in the region.

The Times of India reports that broom-wielding women, allegedly backed by the TMC, first tried to accost Adhikari’s convoy. Then, at around 8:30 PM, TMC Youth Congress Secretary Samrat Tapadar and party booth president Gautam Pal were allegedly attacked by BJP workers. This alleged series of attacks and counter attacks culminated into protests outside the Nandigram police station the following day.

The TMC blamed the BJP for the violence and moved the Election Commission demanding action against the alleged perpetrators of the violence. Meanwhile, Dharmendra Pradhan, who is the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, and was accompanying Adhikari during a padyatra (walking campaign) alleged that TMC workers assaulted their party men shortly after the padyatra began. Pradhan told media-persons, “Attempts are being made on the lives of our party people in a bid to intimidate us. I have faith in the Election Commission. I request that paramilitary forces be deployed in the region to maintain law and order.”

He also posted these images of injured party workers on Twitter:

But at the heart of this, lies a bigger story, one that is connected deeply with the history of Nandigram and the Singur movement. At the height of the 2007 anti-land acquisition protests, several arrest warrants had been issued against TMC party workers and protesters. 13 TMC supporters had been accused of murders that took place on March 21, 2007.

While one judicial magistrate’s court in Tamluk was looking into cases against nine accused, another was looking into cases against 4 more accused. Earlier this year, the West Bengal government moved the lower courts to withdraw the cases against all 13. Two judicial magistrates of a Tamluk court allowed the state government to withdraw the criminal cases. These orders were challenged before the Calcutta High Court.

On March 5, 2021, the Calcutta High Court stayed 10 orders passed by the jurisdictional magistrate, granting consent for withdrawal of prosecution against accused persons in criminal cases at Nandigram in East Midnapore district.

The court said, “… having considered the stereotype orders which are impugned in these writ petitions and looking into the contents of those orders, we are, prima facie, satisfied that exercise of judicial power in terms of Section 321 Cr. P.C. to grant consent to a prosecutor to withdraw has, prima facie, not been appropriately exercised. We make this cautious observation because the formation of opinion of a prosecutor to withdraw a particular case from prosecution is, itself, an activity which is regulated by the statute and the judicial precedents governing the field.”

It added, “Only when the judicial authority is satisfied that the public prosecutor has acted in terms of the sound and well-settled principles touching the withdrawal of prosecution, would the judicial authority consider whether consent ought to be granted to enable such withdrawal. We, therefore, are of the view that the 3 impugned orders deserve to have a deeper look at our hands and we are satisfied that the consequence of the orders impugned in these writ petitions should stand stayed until a final decision is taken in these writ petitions.”

The court ruled, “Resultantly, the orders impugned in these two writ petitions stand stayed and the concerned criminal courts which have issued those orders will take note of these orders and deal with the criminal cases accordingly.”

This is what set the cat among the pigeons, and TMC has been vehemently protesting this move dubbing it ‘politically motivated’. Nandigram is also the constituency from where TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting elections.

The Calcutta High Court order may be read here: 

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Battleground Bengal: Nandigram emerges as new epicenter of violence

Clashes erupt on Wednesday and Thursday; TMC moves EC, BJP demands deployment of paramilitary forces

Image Courtesy:republicworld.com

Clashes broke out between party workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday, after the former alleged that Suvendu Adhikar’s security detail allegedly assaulted locals. Earlier that day, Adhikari, who is fighting the upcoming assembly election from Nandigram, was meeting booth-level workers in the region.

The Times of India reports that broom-wielding women, allegedly backed by the TMC, first tried to accost Adhikari’s convoy. Then, at around 8:30 PM, TMC Youth Congress Secretary Samrat Tapadar and party booth president Gautam Pal were allegedly attacked by BJP workers. This alleged series of attacks and counter attacks culminated into protests outside the Nandigram police station the following day.

The TMC blamed the BJP for the violence and moved the Election Commission demanding action against the alleged perpetrators of the violence. Meanwhile, Dharmendra Pradhan, who is the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, and was accompanying Adhikari during a padyatra (walking campaign) alleged that TMC workers assaulted their party men shortly after the padyatra began. Pradhan told media-persons, “Attempts are being made on the lives of our party people in a bid to intimidate us. I have faith in the Election Commission. I request that paramilitary forces be deployed in the region to maintain law and order.”

He also posted these images of injured party workers on Twitter:

But at the heart of this, lies a bigger story, one that is connected deeply with the history of Nandigram and the Singur movement. At the height of the 2007 anti-land acquisition protests, several arrest warrants had been issued against TMC party workers and protesters. 13 TMC supporters had been accused of murders that took place on March 21, 2007.

While one judicial magistrate’s court in Tamluk was looking into cases against nine accused, another was looking into cases against 4 more accused. Earlier this year, the West Bengal government moved the lower courts to withdraw the cases against all 13. Two judicial magistrates of a Tamluk court allowed the state government to withdraw the criminal cases. These orders were challenged before the Calcutta High Court.

On March 5, 2021, the Calcutta High Court stayed 10 orders passed by the jurisdictional magistrate, granting consent for withdrawal of prosecution against accused persons in criminal cases at Nandigram in East Midnapore district.

The court said, “… having considered the stereotype orders which are impugned in these writ petitions and looking into the contents of those orders, we are, prima facie, satisfied that exercise of judicial power in terms of Section 321 Cr. P.C. to grant consent to a prosecutor to withdraw has, prima facie, not been appropriately exercised. We make this cautious observation because the formation of opinion of a prosecutor to withdraw a particular case from prosecution is, itself, an activity which is regulated by the statute and the judicial precedents governing the field.”

It added, “Only when the judicial authority is satisfied that the public prosecutor has acted in terms of the sound and well-settled principles touching the withdrawal of prosecution, would the judicial authority consider whether consent ought to be granted to enable such withdrawal. We, therefore, are of the view that the 3 impugned orders deserve to have a deeper look at our hands and we are satisfied that the consequence of the orders impugned in these writ petitions should stand stayed until a final decision is taken in these writ petitions.”

The court ruled, “Resultantly, the orders impugned in these two writ petitions stand stayed and the concerned criminal courts which have issued those orders will take note of these orders and deal with the criminal cases accordingly.”

This is what set the cat among the pigeons, and TMC has been vehemently protesting this move dubbing it ‘politically motivated’. Nandigram is also the constituency from where TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting elections.

The Calcutta High Court order may be read here: 

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Atlanta: Six Asian-American women shot in alleged hate crimes 

The shootings took place in Georgia’s capital, Atlanta; two more people were killed in the shootings, both white Americans

18 Mar 2021

Atlanta: Six Asian-American women shot in alleged hate crimes 

In separate incidents of shooting on March 16, in suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia in the US, eight people lost their lives, including six women of Asian-American descent. The shootings took place in Atlanta-area spas. After a brief man-hunt, the police arrested 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long who admitted he was responsible. He, reportedly, intended to proceed to Florida to carry out additional shootings.

The Atlanta Police Chief has said that it is too early to determine if these incidents were hate crimes and said that he has a “sexual addiction” and that the spas were "a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate,” but at the same time did not debunk suspicion of a racially motivated attack.

Meanwhile, sentiments across the country are running amok, and the Asian community in the US is living in fear. Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum was quoted by The Washington Post as saying, “The reality is this tragedy is impacting the Asian American community in ways it’s not in the other communities in Atlanta right now. If you step back a little bit, pull back the curtains a bit, and really understand the history of how this country has perceived and treated Asian American women, it won’t be a surprise to come to the conclusion that there was some racialized motivation behind what happened yesterday.”

President Joe Biden also expressed his concerns over the shootings as he has made a mention of racial discrimination against Asian Americans during his first presidential address after coming to power. “I’m very concerned, because as you know, I’ve been speaking about the brutality against Asian Americans for the last couple months, and I think it is very, very troubling. I am making no connection at this moment to the motivation of the killer. I’m waiting for an answer as the investigation proceeds from the FBI and from the Justice Department,” Biden said.

Even if the suspect while admitting to the shootings did not mention racial bias as his motive but simply a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate, the targets of his crime paint a different picture.

As per The Washington Post, Georgia state Sen. Michelle Au (D) said that regardless of what authorities determine to be the motive “it is taking place in a landscape where Asian-Americans are increasingly terrified and fearful for their lives and their safety because of these escalating threats against our people.” Further, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) blamed Former President Donal Trump for repeatedly calling Covid-19 “China virus” or “Wuhan Virus” for “stoking the flames of xenophobia against Asian Americans”. She asserted that Trump and his followers doubled down on the rhetoric and “what we saw yesterday is the result of that.”

A report recently released by Stop AAPI Hate suggests that since the beginning of the pandemic, hate crimes against Asian-Americans were on the rise reporting nearly 3,800 such incidents of racial attacks in all 50 states. AAPI stands for Asian American Pacific Islanders. The study found that 68% of the racial abuse was verbal or involved name-calling while 11.1% was physical.

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Atlanta: Six Asian-American women shot in alleged hate crimes 

In separate incidents of shooting on March 16, in suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia in the US, eight people lost their lives, including six women of Asian-American descent. The shootings took place in Atlanta-area spas. After a brief man-hunt, the police arrested 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long who admitted he was responsible. He, reportedly, intended to proceed to Florida to carry out additional shootings.

The Atlanta Police Chief has said that it is too early to determine if these incidents were hate crimes and said that he has a “sexual addiction” and that the spas were "a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate,” but at the same time did not debunk suspicion of a racially motivated attack.

Meanwhile, sentiments across the country are running amok, and the Asian community in the US is living in fear. Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum was quoted by The Washington Post as saying, “The reality is this tragedy is impacting the Asian American community in ways it’s not in the other communities in Atlanta right now. If you step back a little bit, pull back the curtains a bit, and really understand the history of how this country has perceived and treated Asian American women, it won’t be a surprise to come to the conclusion that there was some racialized motivation behind what happened yesterday.”

President Joe Biden also expressed his concerns over the shootings as he has made a mention of racial discrimination against Asian Americans during his first presidential address after coming to power. “I’m very concerned, because as you know, I’ve been speaking about the brutality against Asian Americans for the last couple months, and I think it is very, very troubling. I am making no connection at this moment to the motivation of the killer. I’m waiting for an answer as the investigation proceeds from the FBI and from the Justice Department,” Biden said.

Even if the suspect while admitting to the shootings did not mention racial bias as his motive but simply a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate, the targets of his crime paint a different picture.

As per The Washington Post, Georgia state Sen. Michelle Au (D) said that regardless of what authorities determine to be the motive “it is taking place in a landscape where Asian-Americans are increasingly terrified and fearful for their lives and their safety because of these escalating threats against our people.” Further, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) blamed Former President Donal Trump for repeatedly calling Covid-19 “China virus” or “Wuhan Virus” for “stoking the flames of xenophobia against Asian Americans”. She asserted that Trump and his followers doubled down on the rhetoric and “what we saw yesterday is the result of that.”

A report recently released by Stop AAPI Hate suggests that since the beginning of the pandemic, hate crimes against Asian-Americans were on the rise reporting nearly 3,800 such incidents of racial attacks in all 50 states. AAPI stands for Asian American Pacific Islanders. The study found that 68% of the racial abuse was verbal or involved name-calling while 11.1% was physical.

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Bhainsa communal riots triggered by Hindu Vahini: IGP Nagi Reddy

Impartial probe is being conducted, investigation is based on technical evidence, he says.

17 Mar 2021

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Debunking false news, and conspiracy theories being fanned by right wing influencers, especially online, Telangana State police has said it was the right-wing organisation Hindu Vahini that is responsible for triggering communal riots in Bhainsa town on March 7. The riots, said the police, were started by two men identified as Thota Mahesh and Dattu Patel, according to the cops. 

Santosh is Hindu Vahini’s district president and Thota Vijay is the sitting counsellor of Ward No 8 of Bhainsa town and is the ex-president of Hindu Vahini.
 

 

Y Nagi Reddy, inspector general of police (IGP) (north zone) shared the details at a press conference on Tuesday. According to IGP Reddy, the accused Mahesh and Dattu were riding their bike, and had hit a youth named Rizwan from behind while he was walking with two of his friends Sameer and Minaj. This minor accident took place in Zulfiquar Gully, near the Zulfiquar mosque.

However, this minor incident was turned communal and flared-up by the members of the Hindu Vahini, including its district president Santosh and Thota Vijay (sitting counsellor of Ward No 8 of Bhainsa town and an ex-Hindu Vahini president), stated the IGP. Soon there was stone pelting and arson in Bhainsa, as both sides called-on more and more people to fight. Police have registered 26 cases, naming 38 accused, including four children. According to police, the accused hailing both communities have been arrested and remanded to judicial custody.

Nine civilians and three police officers were injured in the riots and four houses, 13 shops, four autos, six four-wheelers and five two-wheelers were set ablaze by the miscreants, stated the news reports. The police formed special investigation teams which then analyzed the CDRs and CCTV footage. According to the news report, the accused were identified based on footage from CCTV cameras installed in Bhainsa. 

The police added that most of those arrested are known members of the Hindu Vahini organization. IGP Nagi Reddy has said that the Telangana police’s impartial investigation is based on “technical evidence”, adding that there was “no truth behind allegations of police’s biased attitude.” 

The state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit, and right wing influencers have been alleging that the police was being biased and was “only arresting Hindu youth, and targeting them”. The right-wing eco system has also been fanning multiple conspiracy theories blaming the minority community and the BJP has accused the police of biased investigation. On March 15, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay, wrote to Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, alleging that “infiltrators” from Maharashtra, especially Muslims, were entering Telangana or Bhainsa and causing trouble, reported Siasat Daily.

The BJP State president Bandi Sanjay Kumar also directed MLAs from his party to raise the issue of the Bhainsa communal riots, in the Assembly Budget session stated news reports. Dubbaka MLA M Raghunandhan Rao told the media that “if the government had acted when communal tensions occurred last Sankranthi, the latest riots wouldn’t have happened.”

 

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Debunking false news, and conspiracy theories being fanned by right wing influencers, especially online, Telangana State police has said it was the right-wing organisation Hindu Vahini that is responsible for triggering communal riots in Bhainsa town on March 7. The riots, said the police, were started by two men identified as Thota Mahesh and Dattu Patel, according to the cops. 

Santosh is Hindu Vahini’s district president and Thota Vijay is the sitting counsellor of Ward No 8 of Bhainsa town and is the ex-president of Hindu Vahini.
 

 

Y Nagi Reddy, inspector general of police (IGP) (north zone) shared the details at a press conference on Tuesday. According to IGP Reddy, the accused Mahesh and Dattu were riding their bike, and had hit a youth named Rizwan from behind while he was walking with two of his friends Sameer and Minaj. This minor accident took place in Zulfiquar Gully, near the Zulfiquar mosque.

However, this minor incident was turned communal and flared-up by the members of the Hindu Vahini, including its district president Santosh and Thota Vijay (sitting counsellor of Ward No 8 of Bhainsa town and an ex-Hindu Vahini president), stated the IGP. Soon there was stone pelting and arson in Bhainsa, as both sides called-on more and more people to fight. Police have registered 26 cases, naming 38 accused, including four children. According to police, the accused hailing both communities have been arrested and remanded to judicial custody.

Nine civilians and three police officers were injured in the riots and four houses, 13 shops, four autos, six four-wheelers and five two-wheelers were set ablaze by the miscreants, stated the news reports. The police formed special investigation teams which then analyzed the CDRs and CCTV footage. According to the news report, the accused were identified based on footage from CCTV cameras installed in Bhainsa. 

The police added that most of those arrested are known members of the Hindu Vahini organization. IGP Nagi Reddy has said that the Telangana police’s impartial investigation is based on “technical evidence”, adding that there was “no truth behind allegations of police’s biased attitude.” 

The state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit, and right wing influencers have been alleging that the police was being biased and was “only arresting Hindu youth, and targeting them”. The right-wing eco system has also been fanning multiple conspiracy theories blaming the minority community and the BJP has accused the police of biased investigation. On March 15, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay, wrote to Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, alleging that “infiltrators” from Maharashtra, especially Muslims, were entering Telangana or Bhainsa and causing trouble, reported Siasat Daily.

The BJP State president Bandi Sanjay Kumar also directed MLAs from his party to raise the issue of the Bhainsa communal riots, in the Assembly Budget session stated news reports. Dubbaka MLA M Raghunandhan Rao told the media that “if the government had acted when communal tensions occurred last Sankranthi, the latest riots wouldn’t have happened.”

 

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Jharkhand man hacked to death for allegedly stealing bike tyre

The brother of the deceased has named 20 known persons along with 25 unidentified persons in the complaint

16 Mar 2021

Jharkhand man

A 26-year-old man identified as Mubarak Khan, was tied to a pole and beaten to death for allegedly stealing a tyre of a motorcycle in Maheshpur village, Sirka Panchayat of Ranchi District. The FIR was lodged on the basis of a complaint filed by Mubarak’s brother Tabarak Khan, but the police have not been to confirm any arrests officially, reports Indian Express. However, the newspaper’s sources have confirmed that 12 villagers who were a part of the mob have been arrested.

Mubarak is survived by three children. To earn a living he used to drive a bread container for deliveries. The complaint stated: “… Around 1 AM at Sirka village near Thakur Thepa, Mubarak was tied to an electricity pole and was beaten to death.”

The complaint states that Mubarak was beaten up by 20 identified and 25 unidentified persons and Tabarak mentions that one Saheb Ram Mahato had threatened Mubarak a few days prior to the incident. The complaint names Saheb Ram Mahato, Durga Mahato, Dhani Ram Mahato, Raju Munda Durag Munda, Balram Mahato, K, SaviChandra Mahato, Kaamlaal Mahato , Dilip Mahato, among others as accused.

Former pramukh (chief) of the village, Anwar Khan, told IE that he was the first to receive a call from one Roshan Munda at 2.45 AM that Mubarak from Maheshpur village had died. “On his neck, there were welts where a rope was possibly tied. There were injuries on his feet from a pointed object. It was clear that he was beaten up,” he said. 

In a similarly egregious incident last week, a 22-year-old Sachin Verma was assaulted by a mob on suspicion of theft in the Upper Bazaar area of Ranchi. Three policemen were suspended for dereliction of duty and two labourers were arrested.

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Jharkhand man hacked to death for allegedly stealing bike tyre

The brother of the deceased has named 20 known persons along with 25 unidentified persons in the complaint

Jharkhand man

A 26-year-old man identified as Mubarak Khan, was tied to a pole and beaten to death for allegedly stealing a tyre of a motorcycle in Maheshpur village, Sirka Panchayat of Ranchi District. The FIR was lodged on the basis of a complaint filed by Mubarak’s brother Tabarak Khan, but the police have not been to confirm any arrests officially, reports Indian Express. However, the newspaper’s sources have confirmed that 12 villagers who were a part of the mob have been arrested.

Mubarak is survived by three children. To earn a living he used to drive a bread container for deliveries. The complaint stated: “… Around 1 AM at Sirka village near Thakur Thepa, Mubarak was tied to an electricity pole and was beaten to death.”

The complaint states that Mubarak was beaten up by 20 identified and 25 unidentified persons and Tabarak mentions that one Saheb Ram Mahato had threatened Mubarak a few days prior to the incident. The complaint names Saheb Ram Mahato, Durga Mahato, Dhani Ram Mahato, Raju Munda Durag Munda, Balram Mahato, K, SaviChandra Mahato, Kaamlaal Mahato , Dilip Mahato, among others as accused.

Former pramukh (chief) of the village, Anwar Khan, told IE that he was the first to receive a call from one Roshan Munda at 2.45 AM that Mubarak from Maheshpur village had died. “On his neck, there were welts where a rope was possibly tied. There were injuries on his feet from a pointed object. It was clear that he was beaten up,” he said. 

In a similarly egregious incident last week, a 22-year-old Sachin Verma was assaulted by a mob on suspicion of theft in the Upper Bazaar area of Ranchi. Three policemen were suspended for dereliction of duty and two labourers were arrested.

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RSS worker killed in clash with SDPI members in Kerala’s Alappuzha

Eight persons arrested after the 23-year-old RSS worker, identified as Nandhu, was hacked to death

26 Feb 2021

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Image: Twitter/amitmalviya
 

Eight persons were arrested after a 23-year-old man, identified as Nandhu, was hacked to death, allegedly by Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) workers. The SDPI workers had allegedly clashed with a group of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers in the Alappuzha district of Kerala on Wednesday night. According to news reports, Nandhu has been identified as an RSS worker. Police said the clash occured after provocation from both sides, reported the Muslim Mirror, adding that a total of eight SDPI workers have been arrested in the case so far.

Nandhu, was killed allegedly by Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) workers after they clashed with RSS men near Vayalar town in Alappuzha. The SDPI is the political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI). According to the police, Nandhu was attacked with sharp objects was taken to a hospital but he succumbed to his grievous injuries on the way, reported the Muslim Mirror. Nandhu was cremated on Thursday. 

Times Now reported that senior BJP leader and Union Minister V Muraleedharan said that the Left, as well as Congress, were encouraging "terror outfits like Popular Front of India" to nurture their vote bank. BJP state president K Surendran alleged that the Popular Front of India (PFI) is a 'terror organisation' and urged the Pinarayi Vijayan government to impose a ban on the outfit. It may be noted that SDPI is a political offshoot of the PFI.

At least six others, belonging to both the SDPI and the RSS, who were also said to be injured in the clash have been admitted to various hospitals in Alappuzha and Ernakulam. One of the injured workers of the RSS is said to be serious, stated the news report.

According to a report in Times Now, hundreds of BJP-RSS workers gathered outside the Government Medical College Hospital, where a postmortem of the body was carried out. Nandhu’s body was carried to the crematorium and the procession was taken out. Section 144 has been imposed in two districts of Kerala after violence was reported in parts of the district on Thursday.  Meanwhile, the situation remains tense in the Alappuzha district of the state, where 17 people are still believed to be absconding, reported Times Now.

Meanwhile, the BJP had announced a shutdown in the Alappuzha district on Thursday, to protest the violence against their workers. According to news reports, tension had been brewing in the area following a recent march by the SDPI in protest against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath’s visit to inaugurate BJP’s Vijay Yatra from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram, stated news reports. It was then that the area had back-to-back protest marches by the two groups.

According to news reports, SDPI issued a statement on Thursday, claiming that “The attack by RSS against the march by SDPI was planned. There should be an inquiry into the death of RSS worker” it added that four SDPI workers have been hospitalised with serious injuries.

According to the SDPI it was “holding rallies in each constituency ahead of elections when the rally reached Vayalar,” it claimed that the “RSS workers tried to disrupt the rally but SDPI continued and the RSS workers, who came with weapons, attacked our workers.”

The BJP also alleged that the killing of an RSS worker was planned, and that two of its workers are in critical condition.       

 

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RSS worker killed in clash with SDPI members in Kerala’s Alappuzha

Eight persons arrested after the 23-year-old RSS worker, identified as Nandhu, was hacked to death

RSS workers
Image: Twitter/amitmalviya
 

Eight persons were arrested after a 23-year-old man, identified as Nandhu, was hacked to death, allegedly by Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) workers. The SDPI workers had allegedly clashed with a group of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers in the Alappuzha district of Kerala on Wednesday night. According to news reports, Nandhu has been identified as an RSS worker. Police said the clash occured after provocation from both sides, reported the Muslim Mirror, adding that a total of eight SDPI workers have been arrested in the case so far.

Nandhu, was killed allegedly by Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) workers after they clashed with RSS men near Vayalar town in Alappuzha. The SDPI is the political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI). According to the police, Nandhu was attacked with sharp objects was taken to a hospital but he succumbed to his grievous injuries on the way, reported the Muslim Mirror. Nandhu was cremated on Thursday. 

Times Now reported that senior BJP leader and Union Minister V Muraleedharan said that the Left, as well as Congress, were encouraging "terror outfits like Popular Front of India" to nurture their vote bank. BJP state president K Surendran alleged that the Popular Front of India (PFI) is a 'terror organisation' and urged the Pinarayi Vijayan government to impose a ban on the outfit. It may be noted that SDPI is a political offshoot of the PFI.

At least six others, belonging to both the SDPI and the RSS, who were also said to be injured in the clash have been admitted to various hospitals in Alappuzha and Ernakulam. One of the injured workers of the RSS is said to be serious, stated the news report.

According to a report in Times Now, hundreds of BJP-RSS workers gathered outside the Government Medical College Hospital, where a postmortem of the body was carried out. Nandhu’s body was carried to the crematorium and the procession was taken out. Section 144 has been imposed in two districts of Kerala after violence was reported in parts of the district on Thursday.  Meanwhile, the situation remains tense in the Alappuzha district of the state, where 17 people are still believed to be absconding, reported Times Now.

Meanwhile, the BJP had announced a shutdown in the Alappuzha district on Thursday, to protest the violence against their workers. According to news reports, tension had been brewing in the area following a recent march by the SDPI in protest against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath’s visit to inaugurate BJP’s Vijay Yatra from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram, stated news reports. It was then that the area had back-to-back protest marches by the two groups.

According to news reports, SDPI issued a statement on Thursday, claiming that “The attack by RSS against the march by SDPI was planned. There should be an inquiry into the death of RSS worker” it added that four SDPI workers have been hospitalised with serious injuries.

According to the SDPI it was “holding rallies in each constituency ahead of elections when the rally reached Vayalar,” it claimed that the “RSS workers tried to disrupt the rally but SDPI continued and the RSS workers, who came with weapons, attacked our workers.”

The BJP also alleged that the killing of an RSS worker was planned, and that two of its workers are in critical condition.       

 

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Lakha Sidhana spotted at Bathinda farmers rally, police says no order to arrest the man

The Republic-Day-violence accused appealed to all present to support the farmers’ struggle and intensify the movement.

24 Feb 2021

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Gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana, accused of inciting the Red Fort violence on Republic Day, was spotted at a farmers’ rally in Mehraj village of Bathinda on February 23, 2021 where Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh called on people to intensify the struggle, said media reports.

According to The Tribune, Sidhana, also known as Lakhbir Singh, was present on the stage for nearly an hour before leaving the venue on a motorcycle. Delhi police earlier announced a reward of Rs. 1 lakh for any person who shared information regarding Sidhana.

News of his attendance was already announced by Sidhana on his social media while he called for a rally at Mehraj on Tuesday. However, the accused was not arrested.

Speaking to SabrangIndia, Senior Superintendent of Police Bhupinderjit Singh Virk said that Delhi police had not sent out a warrant for his arrest either during or after his attendance.

Meanwhile, Sidhana dared Delhi Police to arrest Punjabi youth booked in the Republic Day violence case stating that people should gherao police if personnel try to detain any villager. He further said Chief Minister Singh would be held responsible if Punjab Police were involved in arrests.

Regarding the farmers’ struggle, Sidhana called it a “fight for existence.” He also said that the “historic gathering” at Mehraj conveyed to the Delhi government that farmers will fight despite FIRs, arrests and beating.

“We will not come back on suspension of laws for three or four years, as these public movements are not built again and again, so we will win and come back only after repealing these laws,” said Sidhana, who faces at least 10 criminal cases, including land-grabbing and murder.

He called on Dalits, traders, commission agents for active participation against the three farm laws of the central government and claimed that he stood with farmers organisation Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM.) The farmers group on their part previously clarified that it distances itself from Sidhana and Deep Sidhu, another accused in the Republic Day violence.

Apart from him, the gathering was addressed by journalist Mandeep Punia, who was arrested by Delhi police while covering farmers' protest. Kotkapura AAP MLA Kultar Singh also attended the rally, but did not address it.

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Lakha Sidhana spotted at Bathinda farmers rally, police says no order to arrest the man

The Republic-Day-violence accused appealed to all present to support the farmers’ struggle and intensify the movement.

Image Courtesy:in.news.yahoo.com

Gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana, accused of inciting the Red Fort violence on Republic Day, was spotted at a farmers’ rally in Mehraj village of Bathinda on February 23, 2021 where Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh called on people to intensify the struggle, said media reports.

According to The Tribune, Sidhana, also known as Lakhbir Singh, was present on the stage for nearly an hour before leaving the venue on a motorcycle. Delhi police earlier announced a reward of Rs. 1 lakh for any person who shared information regarding Sidhana.

News of his attendance was already announced by Sidhana on his social media while he called for a rally at Mehraj on Tuesday. However, the accused was not arrested.

Speaking to SabrangIndia, Senior Superintendent of Police Bhupinderjit Singh Virk said that Delhi police had not sent out a warrant for his arrest either during or after his attendance.

Meanwhile, Sidhana dared Delhi Police to arrest Punjabi youth booked in the Republic Day violence case stating that people should gherao police if personnel try to detain any villager. He further said Chief Minister Singh would be held responsible if Punjab Police were involved in arrests.

Regarding the farmers’ struggle, Sidhana called it a “fight for existence.” He also said that the “historic gathering” at Mehraj conveyed to the Delhi government that farmers will fight despite FIRs, arrests and beating.

“We will not come back on suspension of laws for three or four years, as these public movements are not built again and again, so we will win and come back only after repealing these laws,” said Sidhana, who faces at least 10 criminal cases, including land-grabbing and murder.

He called on Dalits, traders, commission agents for active participation against the three farm laws of the central government and claimed that he stood with farmers organisation Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM.) The farmers group on their part previously clarified that it distances itself from Sidhana and Deep Sidhu, another accused in the Republic Day violence.

Apart from him, the gathering was addressed by journalist Mandeep Punia, who was arrested by Delhi police while covering farmers' protest. Kotkapura AAP MLA Kultar Singh also attended the rally, but did not address it.

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30-year-old AC mechanic arrested for Republic Day violence

Delhi Police claim accused “was seen in a video swinging two swords at Red Fort with intent to motivate or radicalise and energise violent anti-national elements”

17 Feb 2021

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The Delhi police have arrested another suspect in connection with the January 26, 2021 violence at the Red Fort. The accused has been identified as Maninder Singh, a 30-year-old mechanic and was arrested on Tuesday evening near a bus stop in Pitampura area of Delhi. According to a report in the Scroll and other media, the police have said the accused was a frequent visitor to the farmers protest site at Singhu border. Police added that he was ‘highly motivated’ by speeches delivered there.

Maninder Singh has been accused by the Police of “swinging swords” and this ‘motivating’ the protesters present at the red fort that day. According to news reports, police have recovered two swords from Singh’s Swaroop Nagar residence in Delhi. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah was quoted as saying: “Singh was seen in a video swinging two swords at Red Fort with intent to motivate or radicalise and energise the violent anti-national elements indulging in brutal assault or attack on police persons on duty with swords, iron rods, axes, sticks, etc, and damaging historical monument Red Fort on Republic Day.”

According to the police, Singh has also “disclosed” that he was “radicalised” after seeing provocative Facebook posts on various groups. Police have reportedly said that Singh runs a sword-training school near his home and he had also “motivated” six people in Swaroop Nagar area to join the protests. Police said, “All six of them, riding upon bikes, had accompanied tractor rally of farmers heading from Singhu border towards Mukarba Chowk on 26/01/2021… as per their plan, accused along with his five associates and other unknown armed miscreants entered in Red Fort and Maninder did sword dancing/swinging. That sword dancing had motivated violent protesters to cause more mayhem at Red Fort...”

A video purportedly of Singh swinging swords at Red Fort on Republic Day was found in his mobile phone, the police told the media. Delhi Police have already arrested Iqbal Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Deep Sidhu. There are the eight key suspects named in the Red Fort violence case by the Delhi Police.

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The Delhi police have arrested another suspect in connection with the January 26, 2021 violence at the Red Fort. The accused has been identified as Maninder Singh, a 30-year-old mechanic and was arrested on Tuesday evening near a bus stop in Pitampura area of Delhi. According to a report in the Scroll and other media, the police have said the accused was a frequent visitor to the farmers protest site at Singhu border. Police added that he was ‘highly motivated’ by speeches delivered there.

Maninder Singh has been accused by the Police of “swinging swords” and this ‘motivating’ the protesters present at the red fort that day. According to news reports, police have recovered two swords from Singh’s Swaroop Nagar residence in Delhi. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah was quoted as saying: “Singh was seen in a video swinging two swords at Red Fort with intent to motivate or radicalise and energise the violent anti-national elements indulging in brutal assault or attack on police persons on duty with swords, iron rods, axes, sticks, etc, and damaging historical monument Red Fort on Republic Day.”

According to the police, Singh has also “disclosed” that he was “radicalised” after seeing provocative Facebook posts on various groups. Police have reportedly said that Singh runs a sword-training school near his home and he had also “motivated” six people in Swaroop Nagar area to join the protests. Police said, “All six of them, riding upon bikes, had accompanied tractor rally of farmers heading from Singhu border towards Mukarba Chowk on 26/01/2021… as per their plan, accused along with his five associates and other unknown armed miscreants entered in Red Fort and Maninder did sword dancing/swinging. That sword dancing had motivated violent protesters to cause more mayhem at Red Fort...”

A video purportedly of Singh swinging swords at Red Fort on Republic Day was found in his mobile phone, the police told the media. Delhi Police have already arrested Iqbal Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Deep Sidhu. There are the eight key suspects named in the Red Fort violence case by the Delhi Police.

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