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    Uttar Pradesh police slaps criminal charges on disabled man
    By IANS,

    Lucknow : Can a 60-year-old physically challenged man who cannot even stand on his feet "run away" after attacking a police team? The Uttar Pradesh police believes he can.

    In Etawah district, some 300 km from Lucknow, Ale Hasan, a man with 80 percent disability, has been booked for attacking a police team during a clash between two groups in Bakewar town of the district.

    "I cannot move an inch without any support and they (police) have slapped criminal cases against me," said Hasan, a resident of Kidwai Nagar in the district.

    He has been booked under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act for attacking a police team during an Aug 3 clash between two groups over a land dispute.

    Hasan came to know about the criminal cases against him when a police team Thursday raided his house while he was not present there.

    "They (police) told my mother that they would arrest me for assaulting policemen if I fail to surrender in the next two days," said Hasan, who possesses a medical certificate to prove his disability.

    To get justice, Hasan has taken the help of some local journalists to bring the matter to the attention of senior police officials, who have assured him that they will take "appropriate action" action against the erring policemen.

    "We have initiated an inquiry into the matter and stern action would be taken against the policemen who booked Hasan without carrying out proper investigations," said Deputy Superintendent of Police Harishanker Shukla.


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      Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Univ yet to start academic session

      By RINA,

      New Delhi: Almost 90% of the buildings of the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur are complete. However, due to the indifferent attitude of the State government as well as due to the political tug of war the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University could not be approved this year as well. This has caused severe damages. In fact, the academic session could not be started off this year. This is a very very serious issue. Former Uttar Pradesh Minister and the Pro Chancellor of the Mualana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Mohammad Azam Khan called a press conference here yesterday at the press club in this regard. He expressed his dismay at this sorry state of affairs.

      Mohammad Azam Khan threw a detailed light on the proposed Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. He said that despite the fact that all of the guidelines of the Supreme Court to set up any University anywhere in the country have been met, the university is yet to get green signal from the state government.

      Nearly ten lakh rupees have been paid as fees, at least fifty acres of land and on that a built area of about twenty four thousand square feet have been completed but still the University has not been approved.

      Mohammad Azam Khan pointed out that although there are certain Universities in the State which possess only thirty beegah or even less than this piece of land but, still, however, they have been granted approval.

      Azam Khan charged that the university was getting green signal when it planned to teach only Urdu, Arabic and Persian but as soon as it decided to impart education in Medical Sciences, Engineering and other professional courses some political parties could not digest this and started creating hurdles for the approval of the university.


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        Of 35 states/UTs, only 15 have minority commission

        By News Desk,

        New Delhi: Of 35 states/Union Territories in the country, only 15 have so far constituted minority commission, the Union Government told the Lok Sabha on Friday.

        Giving this information in the Lok Sabha in a written reply Salman Khurshid, Minister for Minority Affairs, said that the State Minorities Commissions have been constituted in fifteen States, namely Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

        The states which have not set up minority commission include Kerala – where Muslims are about 25%, according to Census 2001 – and Gujarat which has been in world news for bloodiest communal riots in the country

        The National Commission for Minorities has recommended to the State Governments to set up State Minorities Commission where they do not exist, informed the minister to the House.


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          Protest at Delhi Police Hqrs against growing culture of fake encounters
          By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

          New Delhi: On the eve of 62nd Independence Day when President of India was preparing to congratulate the nation, a group of students, teachers and civil and human rights activists from across the National Capital gathered near the Delhi Police Headquarters in the heart of the city to protest violations of right to life – the growing culture of encounter killings – reminding the powers that be that all is not well with the country, particularly its minorities and the downtrodden –frequent target of these encounters.
          Sporting red headbands encripted with ‘No to Encounters’ the protesters – mostly students and faculties of Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University – were shouting anti-police and anti-government slogans: Dilli Police Murdabad, UPA Down Down, Fasiwad ho Barbad, State Terrorism Down Down.
          They were protesting against the recent encounters – Sohrabuddin (Gujarat), Batla House (Delhi), Dehrdun (Uttarakhand) and Imphal (Manipur) – and demanding checks on the police and security forces.

          Encounters are simply violations of the right to life, said Jamia Millia Islamia teacher Tanveer Fazal of Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA). To counter growing culture of state terrorism, there is a need to grow the culture of resistance, Tanveer said.

          "We are not fighting for a particualr community. We are fighting for the safety and security of all citizens of the country," said Prof Akhtarul Wasey of Jamia Millia. He called upon the government not to ignore the rising unrest among the youths against the fake encounters in the country. He also lambasted the NHRC fro toeing the police line in the Batla House encounter case, and not meeting the criteria of a fair probe.
          Manisha Sethi, JTSA leader, vowed to continue the protest against the encounters particularly the Batla House encounter until the government gives in and orders a judical probe. Not disheartened with the thin presence in almost all demonstrations she organized on Batla House encounter, Manisha is confident that “like Vinayak Sen for whose release we continued protesting for two and half years until we got success, we will continue our movement till we get justice in the Batla House encounter case.”

          People from Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Manipur (CPDM), All India Students’ Association (AISA), ANHAD and other groups also spoke on the occasion. At the end of the protest a coffin of state terrorism was burnt.


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            Two former chief ministers flay Modi

            By IANS,

            Gandhinagar: Within a day of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi completing a record eight years in office, two former chief ministers of the state, Shankersinh Vaghela and Suresh Mehta, came together to take up cudgels against his government.

            Addressing mediapersons in Ahmedabad Thursday, the two announced the formation of a citizens front aimed at "articulating the problems of the large mass of suppressed government employees who have been rendered speechless by a repressive government".

            "The Prabuddh Nagrik Shakti Manch is a non-political citizens forum which has been formed in response to an overwhelming demand for justice from sections of the government's own employees," said Mehta.

            "The gross mismanagement, repressive and wasteful ways of the present establishment needs to be exposed, and following representations in this regard we have decided to take up these problems," said Congress leader and former union textiles minister Shankersinh Vaghela.

            The two pointed out that the plight of teachers, who were the worst exploited in the present regime, would be the first issue that the manch proposed to take up.

            Mehta said there were major disparities in the salaries and facilities given to a large mass of teachers who had been recruited as 'vidya sahayaks' and were being paid a mere Rs.2,500 to Rs.3,500 per month as against the Rs.15,000 to Rs.20,000 wages of regular teachers.

            "The ad hoc teachers were additionally being utilized to perform 14 other administrative tasks by the manpower-short local administration leaving them little time to devote to their primary work of teaching children. This grave administrative anomaly bordering on exploitation, which was causing social tension besides unrest in the ranks of the employees, would be the first issue that we propose to take up," said Mehta.

            There is considerable discontent prevailing among the adhoc employees who have been recruited on a large scale during Modi's rule.

            Elections to the key municipal corporations of Gujarat-Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar are slated to be held next year, followed by those to other local self government bodies.

            The Manch, according to political analysts, is intended to dent the urban vote bank of Modi in a bid to set the tone for elections to other local self government bodies to follow.

            While Shankersinh Vaghela suffered a setback after he was defeated in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he had contested from Godhra, Mehta quit the BJP in the run up to the last Vidhan Sabha elections in the state.


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              Justice for Hafiz Modi and Narendra Saeed!

              By NM Sampathkumar Iyangar,

              Dismissal by Lahore High Court of the terror case against Jamaatud Dawa Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in early October comes weeks after the ‘honourable’ Home Minister of India P Chidambaram “demanded” justice for the victims of Mumbai terror attack. “My demand is that now that he (Saeed) has been arrested he should be interrogated on the 26/11 incidents. His role in the 26/11 attacks must be investigated,” Chiddu had declared soon after returning from a junket to US.

              India has been claiming that Saeed is the alleged mastermind behind November 2008 terror attack in Mumbai. In US, the new Indian Home Minister urged anyone who cared to meet him to intervene in the issue. Back home, he announced that ‘senior’ US officials agreed to press Pakistan to deal sternly with the ‘mastermind’ of the attack. He was commenting on the restriction imposed by Pakistan government on the movement of Saeed for the second time in this year.

              Hafiz Saeed of JuD

              Around the same time Chidambarem was ranting that the alleged terror perpetrator be handed over to his authorities to be punished, an ‘honourable’ former Supreme Court judge of India stuck to his position to not touch an alleged criminal responsible for massacre of hundreds of Muslims in India. The ‘Judicial’ Commission headed by him was singing an entirely different tune.

              The learned judges were examining a question: Were the anti-Muslim riots in 2002 in Gujarat part of an orchestrated violence as numerous quarters from across India and the world think they were? The Commission rubbished persistent claims by human rights watchers to that effect. Its order issued on Sept 18 and made public on Sept 19 characterized testimonies not just of activists but of top police officers as well as "vague allegations" and "unwarranted assumptions." It categorically refused to summon Narendra Modi to question him on his actions and inactions, which his own Party Supremo AB Vajpayee described it as a “blot” on India’s face.

              Commissioned justice

              Any person with a trace left of a sense of balance would observe the striking double standards. What is sauce for the goose must be sauce for the gander too. It is simply not fair to divorce prosecution of a scholarly Islamic ideologue for alleged crimes from interrogation of a street-smart chief scientist of the laboratory of [a barbaric brand of] Hindutva that called for the pogrom.

              Funnily enough, it was to shed authentic judicial light and bring the truth behind the actual masterminds that the (Shah)-Nanavatii-Mehta Commission is supposed to exist. Both Nanavati and Mehta have no reason to shorten their sinecure assignments, secured to reward loyalty to appropriate regimes during employment. Another dignitary – Justice KG Shah – was to originally head the panel. But, the farce of a known BJP loyalist heading the Commission was too obvious to continue. He was not outright dumped, but allowed to work under Nanavati. This he did for six years before dying in 2008 after serving the cause of 'justice' in India till the age of 73.

              Nanavati had headed a Commission to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Predictably, he could not even move his little finger against powerful cronies of Indira/Rajiv Gandhi, who ‘bravely’ taught a lesson to the whole community. From all indications, the wizened 74-year-old appears set to serve the cause of justice till in his late 80s. Given the ‘dynamic’ pace of his work, he may surpass the record of Justice Liberhan, who took 17 years to compile a monumental record of demolition of the Babri Masjid.

              Shielding Modi

              The 'honourable' judges also rejected the plea to summon two of Modi's lieutenants, Ashok Bhatt and Gordhan Zadaphia. The same rationale to shield Modi was employed to let them off hook. Ashok Bhatt had been a prominent don of Khadia area in Ahmedabad in his heydays. After providing “protection” to the wealthiest of traders in Gujarat concentrated in the busy locality, he became a typical Indian trade union boss, much sought after by tycoons to buy industrial peace. Becoming Modi's health minister in 2002, he became law minister and is now the ‘honourable’ Speaker of the august Assembly of lawmakers of the State. Zadaphia was the home minister who oversaw the pre-preparations and the conduct of the riots. Impatient to consolidate his power through more hawkish postures, he soon fell out with his boss. However, Zadaphia has been lucky to escape the fate of Haren Pandya – another Home Minister who fell out with Modi due to over ambitions and got bumped off under mysterious circumstances.

              As a saving grace, the Commission decided to get tough with three small-time staff of those days, who ran errands for the CM. The personal assistants Sanjay Bhavsar, Tanmay Mehta and Om Prakash Singh have been directed to file affidavits. They have been asked to recall their mobile-phone communications at the height of the riots between February 28 and March 3, 2002.

              The Commission came to this decision on an application moved on August 31, 2007 after a full two years of careful analysis. Jan Sangharsh Manch, a civil rights organization fighting for 'justice' of a different kind, incomprehensible to honourable judges of India, had asked it to summon them for questioning. The learned judges could not agree with any of the eight contentions submitted by its Counsel Mukul Sinha. The JSM Counsel had wanted to question – apart from Modi, Bhatt and Zadaphia – the three personal assistants and RJ Savani, DCP-Ahmedabad-Zone 5 during the days of disgraceful governance.

              "The commission does not think it proper to summon the chief minister or any other minister of the government and question them about the incidents merely on the basis of vague allegations or wrong and unwarranted assumptions," the panel observed in the order. At the same time, Tanmay Mehta and Sanjay Bhavsar have been asked to state if they had talked to Jaydeep Patel, a notorious VHP leader of Naroda in the city.

              The honourable judges directed Om Prakash to inform it through an affidavit whether or not a mobile phone, number 9825000836, was registered in his name or whether it belonged to him otherwise. He is to confirm whether or not he had talked with any or both of the honourable ministers (NOT the honourable CM!) over the phone. The Commission wants to know the nature of conversations if he does not choose to deny them outright. Nanavati and Mehta obviously find it difficult to sweep under the carpet the data of mobile calls collected by IPS officer Rahul Sharma about conversations between key characters during the pogrom.

              Centre-state nexus

              Jaydeep Patel had proudly taken credit for a teaching some essential lessons to hundreds of "Muslim upstarts" in the State during and after riots. He was nabbed along with Madam Maya Kodnani, a sitting minister in Modi’s Cabinet, only after the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team could not delay it any further. It is another matter that it is business as usual for both the dignitaries currently, who are happily out on bail. That should not surprise anyone conversant with trends in India ever since the country became 'free'. Ruling as well as opposition groups, whether at the State or at the Central level, have been artfully collaborating with one another to destroy any semblance of human rights that existed for minority communities under colonial rule.

              The nexus between “communal fundamentalist” State governments on the one hand and New Delhi and its supposedly independent arms on the other hand is particularly striking. Occasional "remedies" to undo injustice come about only after so much of delay as to make them a cruel joke. That too is limited to cases where international human rights groups exert tremendous pressure. Not just in Gujarat, the conspiracy to rob life and liberty of individuals is nationwide. The prosecution invariably can go on extending custody of uncomfortable suspects till they go insane. Courts have no qualms to readily deny bail to hapless victims who lack enough resources to feed parasites. In order to prove their loyalty to authorities, they have robbed hundreds of families of their breadwinners.

              A person needs to be as wealthy as Rubabuddin Sheikh – brother of Sohrabuddin Sheikh who was eliminated in cold blood by top IPS officers of Gujarat – to interest the Apex court in gross inhumanities. Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi were kidnapped in broad daylight from an APSRTC bus in connivance with top cops in Maharashtra to stage the bizarre ‘encounter’ in Gujarat.

              Often, the occasional churning of the ‘conscience’ of high-profile judges fails to have any impact either on victims / their kin or the murderers. For example, the murderer IPS officers who fraudulently cooked up a conspiracy by Sohrabuddin to kill Narendra Modi are enjoying five-star comforts in jail. It should not be surprising to see them one day as honourable ministers like Bhatt and Kodnani! Investigations by Anti Terrorist Squad into the “conspiracies to kill Modi” are still going on and the Muslim youths picked up for alleged role are rotting without trial.


              It is interesting to observe the trashing by Nanavati-Mehta duo of the widespread demands to question Modi in the light of New Delhi’s persistent demand for prosecuting Hafiz Saeed. It is not entirely impossible that the JuD Chief played a direct role in the carnage, as India claims he had. Nor is it right to rule out offhand that he has distanced himself completely from the activities of LeT, as he claims. While LeT continues its struggle to liberate Kashmir from occupation forces, JuD has been an NGO since it was formed, from all available evidence. JuD is known for deep dedication to charitable activities, efficiency and dynamic management. Like any respectable church group, the constructive work it does is beyond governments’ capabilities.

              Perhaps, Hafiz was indeed involved in the Mumbai attacks, in which ten terrorists went on a 60-hour rampage that killed 166 people. Perhaps, what the Lahore High Court found to be mere “hearsay & conjectures” on examining the dossiers prepared by the Indian authorities was only a part of the unveiled facts. It must be recalled that Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Maharashtra’s CM Deshmukh had been quietly removed from public view after the attacks, apparently to keep disturbing facts about highly placed Indian dignitaries in the dark.

              Bulky dossiers

              Be that as it may, the “crime” was more than a full 6-1/2 after close to 2000 innocents were slaughtered and thousands more driven off from habitats in 2002. The whole world is aware of the person whose actions and inactions fueled the pogrom. He allegedly instructed the administration not to restrain rampaging Hindutva goons from taking revenge. He justified the violence as “action-reaction phenomenon” for the burning of two rail coaches full of passengers and said the mobs must be allowed to “vent their anger.” Yet, the Nanavati-Mehta Commission supposed to facilitate dispensing justice “does not think it proper to” to inconvenience the gentleman by questioning him, let alone arresting him!

              The only work that India’s security agencies have managed in the last ten months, apart from staging fake encounters and stepping up security to VIPs, has only been to produce bulky dossiers. P Chidambaram, who became the boss of New Delhi’s internal security machinery after the sacking of Shivraj Patil did not bat an eyelid to claim: “Evidence is in Pakistani soil. When Pakistan says give us evidence, evidence is not on Indian soil, all the evidence against Hafiz Saeed is on Pakistani soil. . . Therefore, one must investigate in Pakistan and find the evidence in Pakistan!”

              It is not that Chidambaram is so naļve as to be blind to the problems of the fledgling civilian government in Pakistan to bow to the diktats of the big brother even if want to. Unfortunately, the governmental structure in that country is different from India’s. For one thing, courts elsewhere are not as pliable as Indian courts. It is possible in India to keep anyone, particularly a Muslim, in jail without trial with courts’ nod by following “proper” procedure. Arbitrary picked up suspects of terror dramas can be convicted and sentenced to death based solely on “confessions” extracted in custody. The interior minister of Pakistani Rehman Malik has repeatedly told the Indian high commissioner that their judiciary wants authentic documents “particularly that information which we need from India.”

              When the JuD chief was put under house arrest for the first time, the courts directed his release because the charges were “sketchy”. Currently, Saeed has been booked in two cases under Anti-Terrorism Act in Faisalabad for making “provocative speeches, urging people to wage a jihad against infidels.” No self-respecting judge anywhere in the world will consider sympathizing per se with a struggle against suppression of popular aspirations in an occupied territory as terrorism. In any civilized country, prosecution can be based only on specific offences and no one can be punished simply for beliefs.

              Chidambaram, however, crossed all limits of diplomatic decency when he termed the Lahore High Court’s verdict setting Hafiz Saeed free on grounds of insufficient grounds as “charade.” It is anyone’s guess whether the independent judiciary will sanction indefinite detention of the Professor, as long as Indian rulers attempt doctoring their dossiers, blacking out disturbing facts about Indian citizens, without whose knowledge such an attack could not have taken place. It is uncomfortable for both the ruling elite and the ones in opposition to admit that the countless terror bomb blasts, including the Mumbai attacks, cannot be blamed on JuD or Syeed alone. The runaway radicalization in the country leading to terrorism has its roots in gross injustices and is directly proportional to the marginalization of vast sections of the society.


              Warmongering with a neighbour, already badly bruised in a different conflict, happens to be a compulsion to the ruling elite of India. It needs to cover up not just glaring intelligence and security lapses on in case of the Mumbai attack. All round tyranny has led to breakdown of constitutional institutions and failures of all governing structures. No wonder, numerous foreign affairs bureaucrats, high profile politicians and the Media were pressed to mount a strident rhetoric, short of declaration of war. Scaring the neighbour and the international community about a flare up between nuclear armed adversaries, the rulers calculate, can secure some sort of “triumph” over the imaginary enemy. Showcasing the imaginary ‘triumph’, achieved at mindboggling costs to the public, has repeatedly been successful in drumming up patriotic frenzy to let them continue reigning over the masses.

              The Indian political class has managed to erect an invisible apartheid system, right since the British Empire vacated all its colonies, transferring power to home-grown leaderships. The apartheid affected the minority community of 27 million Christians only to a limited extent, mainly because of their highly developed institutions in economic and social spheres. The 160-plus million Muslims who are comparatively poor and backward due to the migration of a big chunk of the well-off sections to Pakistan and elsewhere, on the other hand, are the worst victims.

              Perpetration of the apartheid system is the main objective for provoking conflicts deliberately and repeatedly. It is also behind the simmering dispute over Kashmir. Stationing of seven lakh troops in the disputed territory, resulting in routine human rights abuses, can only fuel retaliatory terror. After every incident of terrorism and riots, it is normal to pick up a number of Muslim youth “on suspicion” and let them rot without trial in jail indefinitely with courts’ consent. Also, any disapproval from this section for suicidal war advocacy is equated to treason. In the cruelest manifestation of the apartheid system, Muslims are expected to declare their unconditional allegiance to the powers-that-be after every riot and every outbreak of conflict, or face social ostracism.

              It is ironic to find the Muslim leadership in India has routinely herded the masses steeped in ignorance and backwardness to back the Congress party. This translates into covertly supporting the apartheid policy, because it was Congress that had sown and has been nourishing the invisible apartheid. It will be no exaggeration to state that the likes of BJP and Shiv Sena have only taken advantage of this policy to a limited extent. In most cases, including in the eyewash probe into the Gujarat pogrom, they have been partnered by the Congress top brass and the constitutional authorities that have been thoroughly corrupted.

              Take the unceremonious burial given to Sri Krishna report into the Mumbai riots; Take the ‘effective’ follow-up actions on Liberhan’s 17-year eyewash of probing Babri demolition; ; Take the Apex Court’s wisdom behind jailing an unfortunate riot victim on contempt charges for flip-flopping in her deposition before it, frightened to the spine by powers that the court is powerless to touch; Take the indifference to the plight of the POTA-accused in the Godhra train burning incident in 2002, who had to rot in jail for seven years without bail after POTA itself had been repealed but their release was stayed while the court took its own sweet time to dispose off a challenge to the repeal itself; Take the hundreds of thousands of breadwinners behind bars in several States ruled by the “secular” parties: Take the case of NHRC’s clean chit for the fake encounter at Batla House. These are just a few of the nightmarish fruits of blindly allying with hypocritical groups that promote the apartheid. Unless the minorities assert themselves and bravely raise their voice against the bogey of war advocacy, it will be impossible to escape the vicious circle.

              It is time that Indian rulers are forced to dismantle the invisible apartheid and end State-orchestrated terrorism within the country rather than spoiling for deadly conflagrations, which only add to the agony of the people. As popular outrage gets out of control, there is every risk of instability through terror attacks. This can be averted only by instilling a sense of justness in State machinery and not by terrorizing people who demand that. Crying hoarse demanding prosecution of foreign citizens running NGOs to serve the people there cannot be the substitute for credible prosecution of highly placed ruffians responsible for mass murders. India must give utmost priority to purge the machinery of human rights protection and justice dispensation of rent-seeking elements. The entire structure needs to be cleansed of parasites that use their top positions of office to sabotage justice from within, if India is not to implode.


              The author is an independent analyst of South Asian issues, based in Ahmedabad, India.


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                Maharashtra elections: Muslims are moving beyond the status-quo

                By M. Zajam and Kashif-ul-Huda for

                On the face of it, Muslims have been able to maintain the status-quo in the new assembly of Maharashtra but scratch the surface and witness the emergence of a community gaining political strength.

                Outgoing Maharashtra assembly had 11 Muslim MLAs, and the latest election also returned 11 Muslim MLAs. The 2009 result saw 5 Muslim candidates coming second, three of those with a margin of less than 10,000 votes. In 2004 elections, 7 Muslim candidates ended up runner-ups and four of these with less than 10,000 votes. So, if we include runner-ups in our analysis it seems Muslims in Maharashtra have lost some political ground.

                In 2004 elections all Muslim MLAs belonged to either the Congress (INC) or its ally, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Between 2004 and 2009, Muslims of Maharashtra saw multiple anti-Muslim violence, fake encounters, and arrests of Muslim youth after terrorist attacks. Muslims felt helpless and lacked security while the ruling alliance which got overwhelming Muslim votes in 2004 elections did nothing to protect them.

                Increasing incidence of communal riots saw many Muslim corporators of both INC and NCP resigning from their positions. This grass root revolt against the ruling parties by the Muslims of the state saw more than hundred Muslim party officials quitting their party positions or elected seats but none of the MLAs joined cause with them.

                2009 election has returned same number of Muslim MLAs as the last assembly but with a major difference that 4 out 11 belong to non-INC and non-NCP parties. Three of the four seats are of Samajwadi Party (SP) of which two seats won by SP state chief Abu Asim Azmi and one by Mufti Mohammad Ismail who contested on Jan Surajya Shakti party ticket.

                Mufti Ismail celebrating his victory in Malegaon. [ photo]

                Mufit Ismail represents the increasing loud voice of Muslims’ frustration with Congress inaction when it comes to Muslim issues. He came to the limelight by winning the Malegaon municipal election after forming his own political party. His lead of around 18,000 this election gives indication of strong Muslim resentment against Congress-NCP government.

                For Congress, Minster of State Baba Siddique won a third term as MLA from Vandre West in a close fight. Young Municipal Councillor, Aslam Shaikh won Malad West defeating R. U. Singh of BJP. In Mumbadevi where Muslms form 50% population, Amin Patel had an easy ride.

                Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan, the first Muslim to be Minister of State for Home (Urban) of Maharashtra since the state came into existence in 1960 was contesting from Chandivali. Two-time MLA from the Kurla assembly constituency, Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan came into light during the 1992-93 communal riots in Mumbai when he played a key role in setting the first peace committee in suburban Ghatkopur. Arif Naseem Khan defeated Dilip Bhausaheb of MNS by margin of 33.715 votes. In Silod, Abdul Sattar Abdul Nabi had maintained lead right from the beinging and sealed the victory with margin of 26,753 votes.

                For NCP, Nawab Malik, Mushrif Hasan Miyalal won Anushakti Nagar and Kagal respectively.

                The list of 174 candidates released by the Congress had 12 Muslim names while the NCP’s list of 113 candidates had four Muslims.

                Though there are 10.6% Muslim in Maharashtra and about 48 constituencies with a significant Muslim presences only 11 Muslim candidates are able to win for the last two assembly elections but result this year provide strong evidence that Muslims are getting organized and gaining political strength on their own. Congress and other secular parties will get votes only if they had no choice. And choices they are getting- many Muslim led parties are moving in to Maharashtra – United Democratic Front (UDF), Rashtriya Ulema Council (RUC), and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) have made their entry in the state in recent months.

                Message for the secular parties- listen to the community and deliver; Muslims can not be taken for a ride anymore. New INC-NCP government can start by implementing Sri Krishna Report, speeding trials in cases of fake encounters and arrests of Muslim youth on terror charges, controlling and punishing the guilty of communal riots.


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                  Marad clashes of 2002: Five acquitted
                  By Staff Correspondent,

                  Kochi: Five persons have been exonerated in the case of looting and setting a house ablaze amidst the Marad clashes of 2002.

                  Kuttichantakath Rafeeq (35), Kuttichantakath Sakkeer (32), Kinattinkalakath Basheer (45), Kinattinkalakath Noufal (30) and Kinattinkalakath Faisal (35) were acquitted by the Special Additional District Sessions Court Judge KP Prasannakumari. All the accused were residents of Marad. The court reportedly pointed out in the judgement that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against the accused.

                  The incident leading to the case took place in the night of January 3, 2002. The case was that the accused looted and set fire to the house of Arayachantakath Jeejabhai. Jeejabhai’s husband T Suresh was a former secretary of the Araya Samajam.

                  PD Ravi appeared for the prosecution and MT Shameer appeared for the accused.

                  This is one of the 67 cases registered in connection with the incidents including the five murders that took place on the coastal village of Marad in Kozhikode district. The clashes took place on January 3 and 4, 2002.


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                    SIO team visits minority ministry to press reforms in scholarship schemes

                    By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

                    New Delhi: A high-level delegation of the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) yesterday visited the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs office in New Delhi and had a detailed meeting with officials related to the minority scholarship schemes. The delegation headed by SIO National Secretary Shahnawaz Ali Raihan apprised the ministry about the problems being faced by candidates, and also suggested ways to make the schemes more effective.

                    While appreciating the scholarship programs as a good step towards eliminating the educational backwardness of minorities in India, the delegation told the ministry there were scopes to make the schemes more outreaching and hassle-free. They urged the ministry to make proper advertisement in local media about the schemes, to enhance scholarship amount, to simplify forms and other procedures and to fix a calendar for the entire process -- from announcement to disbursal of funds -- of scholarship schemes.

                    SIO Jharkhand State President Shariq Ansar, a member of the delegation, shared his experience -- how SIO played major role throughout Jharkhand to make students aware about scholarship programs and what kind of hurdles his team faced. He said that schemes were not properly publicized.

                    “Though being a positive and sincere step the scheme to an extent has not been successful in reaching the deserving rural and urban candidates of the country. On the very first year of its inception, the scheme was not advertised by the state authorities and scheme was going unnoticed. In Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand and various other states SIO pressed the state governments to extend the deadline by a month and also advertise it in all the newspapers widely read by the minorities,” Shahnawaz Ali Raihan told Apart from this, there are many hassles and procedures, at the local level, which a common student can surely not sustain and get through the scheme, he added.

                    “The candidates have to face great hardship in getting the income certificate. At times some colleges do not know about the scheme or they refuse to accept the forms only because they did not receive any GR on it. On the other the pre-condition of opening a bank account has also been a major reason of students not being benefited from the scheme,” Raihan said.

                    Since its inception in the year 2007, SIO has been propagating the schemes among the minorities throughout the country. During the course, it experienced different odd scenarios and understood the need of candidates. “Therefore, on behalf of the minorities, especially Muslim community, SIO suggested and demanded to the Govt. certain things to make the scheme more outreaching, viable and hassle-free,” Raihan said.

                    Raihan told TCN that the officials positively listened to their points. They told us that the ministry was thinking on corrections to remove hurdles in the schemes, and thanked the delegation for apprising the ministry of the related issues at the right time.”


                    Merit-cum-Means Scholarship

                    ● It is the fact that daily need and livelihood in recent days is becoming dearer, therefore, under the merit-cum-means scheme the maintenance allowance should be increased from the present Rs 5000 and should be reviewed as the beneficiary elevates to higher classes.

                    ● Voter ID card should be considered as the residential proof of a candidate and if in any case the candidate does not have a voter ID only than he/she should be asked to file an affidavit of residence.

                    ● There are certain professional courses which are not included under Merit-cum-Means scheme. Therefore, we urge you to extend the purview of the scheme and accommodate a wide range of professional courses.

                    ● The format of application form should be simplified.

                    ● There should be a separate application form for renewing the scheme which should be more simple. And the candidate should not be asked to again file a domicile.

                    ● There should be a fixed calendar for the announcement of scholarship and allotment of the same.

                    Post-Matric Scholarship schemes

                    * Rate of scholarship should be enhance as [email protected]/month for outside home students and [email protected]/month for residential students. This maintenance should be reviewed as per the inflation rate.

                    * For the religion proof self declaration of student should be accepted.

                    * For the residential proof certificates regarding voting rights should be allowed. At last affidavit should be must.

                    * Father/Guardian income cert. /affidavit depending upon the nature of employee of the father/guardian.

                    * The format of application should be simple.

                    * The bank account should be demanded only after the grant of scholarship. The process will be allotment of time duration to the selected students for the submission of the bank a/c.

                    * The format of renewal should be separate with minimum requirement. There should not be demand of domicile and income certificates.

                    * The last date of submission of form and result should be fixed every year.(Aug to oct)

                    Pre-matric Scholarship Scheme

                    ● The maintenance allowance for the students from class 1 to class 5 should be Rs 400/ and for class 6 to 10 it should be Rs 600/ a month.

                    ● Under the residential proof, father’s/guardian’s Voter ID should be considered. However, if in any case parents/guardians don’t have the voter IDs only than they should be asked to file an affidavit of residence.

                    ● The format of application form should be made more simple.

                    ● There should be a separate application form for renewing the scheme which should be more simple. And the candidate should not be asked to again file a domicile certificate along with it.

                    ● There should be a fixed calendar for the announcement of scholarship and allotment of the same.

                    Other demands

                    The SIO delegation also demanded that there should be regular follow-up from the central government to check whether the state governments are implementing the scheme to the lowest level.

                    The centre should ensure that the state government widely advertises the scheme at the time of its announcements in all major regional dailies, at least three times, in the course of time.

                    The centre should ask the state governments to distribute the applications forms and ensure that it reaches up to sub divisional level.

                    The Central Minorities ministry should check with the state governments that all the DEO, BDO, BEO, DSC, Vice Chancellors and school and college heads also issue notice of the announcements of the scheme.

                    All the state governments should launch information centre, may be a website, where students can check the announcements and allotments of the scheme.




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                      One convicted for 1989 Bhagalpur riots

                      By IANS,

                      Patna : A court in Bihar Saturday convicted Kameshwar Yadav, accused of killing a Muslim teenager during the 1989 communal riots in Bhagalpur.

                      Bhagalpur Additional District and Sessions Judge Arvind Madhav found Kameshwar Yadav guilty of shooting dead Mohammad Qayyum, 15.

                      Yadav was charged with firing upon Qayyum while leading a mob of rioters Oct 24, 1989.

                      The police had earlier closed the case against Yadav, citing lack of evidence. He was later even given a citation by the state police in 2004 for maintaining communal harmony.

                      However, the case against Yadav, who was also the prime accused in the killing of a Muslim shop owner, was one of the first in the 27 cases Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered to be reopened for investigation in 2006.

                      Qayyum's father Mohammad Naseeruddin, in his complaint to the police, had said when he came out of his house on hearing sounds of gun shots and bomb blasts, he saw Yadav, along with some other rioters, gun down his son who was trying to run for safety.

                      He also said that the body of his son was taken away by the mob as he hid in his own house due to fear.

                      In 2007, Yadav was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by the court in another case of communal violence in Bhagalpur in 1989.

                      Over 1,000 people, a majority of them Muslims, were killed in the month-long riots in Bhagalpur city in October 1989.


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                        Undertrials accuse Delhi trial court judge of communal bias
                        By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

                        New Delhi: Three undertrials lodged in Tihar Central Jail have in an affidavit alleged that the Delhi district court judge who is hearing their case, has shown communal bias and used objectionable remarks against them during the proceedings. They said they have lost hope of justice from the court as the judge seems to have reached conclusion even before the conclusion of the trial.

                        In affidavits separately filed in the court of District & Sessions Judge G P Mittal, the accused said: The attitude and conduct of the Ld. Presiding Officer is biased and before conclusion of the trial, the Ld. Presiding Officer has reached the conclusion that we are guilty as on number of times, the Ld. Presiding officers has passed remarks which are absolutely unwarranted.

                        In the affidavits, the undertrials have mentioned some remarks of the learned judge. At one occasion, they alleged, the judge told the accused that they were Ajmal Kasab’s brother and they were all of the same clan.

                        “Ld. Presiding Officer passed remarks by addressing all of us ‘That Ajmal Kasab is your brother. You all are of the same clan but now you are not owning him,” the affidavits read.

                        According to the affidavits filed on November 3, two accused -- Shafaquat Iqbal @ Iqbal S\o Abdul Gani and Shabbir Ahmed S\o Mohd. Shafi – are from Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir while Mohd. Hassan @ Abu Qasim S\o Mohd. Hussain is from Punjab province in Pakistan

                        All lodged in the Tihar Central Jail are facing trial under IPC Sections 121,122,123 etc and Section 4\5 of Explosive Substance Act. Their case is pending with an additional sessions court of Delhi. They were detained under the FIR No 28/07 by Special Cell.

                        The accused have also made a serious allegation that the judge once told them that they were lucky to be in jail otherwise they would have been killed.

                        “On one occasion, the Ld. Presiding Officer has said that “You are lucky being inside jail otherwise you would have been dead,” they said.

                        In view of these incidents, the accused said, they have lost faith in the court.

                        “In view of the biased and prejudiced attitude of the Ld. Trial Court, we have no faith in it and we are hopeful that we will not be getting justice as the Ld. Trial court has reached the conclusion that we are guilty before the conclusion of the trial.”


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                          MUSA president interrogated

                          UDALGURI, Nov 9 – Badrul Islam, president of Muslim Students’ Union of Assam (MUSA), was interrogated by Udalguri police on Sunday at Udalguri PS in connection with a case related to killing of Dipak Rabha on August 14 last year during the Assam bandh called by his organisation. It is to be noted that he was arrested at Hatigaon in Guwahati very recently in this connection.


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                            Bhagalpur riots convict sentenced to life imprisonment

                            By IANS,

                            Patna : A court in Bihar Monday sentenced a man convicted of killing a Muslim teenager during the 1989 communal riots in Bhagalpur to life imprisonment.

                            Bhagalpur Additional District and Sessions Judge Arvind Madhav sentenced Kameshwar Yadav to life imprisonment Monday.

                            Unhappy with the court's judgement, many of Yadav's supporters shouted slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

                            Two days ago, the court had found Yadav guilty of shooting dead Mohammad Qayyum, 15.

                            The police had earlier closed the case against Yadav, citing lack of evidence. In 2004 he was even given a citation by the state police for maintaining communal harmony.

                            However, the case against Yadav, who was also the prime accused in the killing of a Muslim shop owner, was ordered to be reopened for investigation in 2006 by Nitish Kumar.

                            In 2007, Yadav was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by the court in another case of communal violence in Bhagalpur in 1989.

                            Over 1,000 people, majority of them Muslims, were killed in the month-long riots in Bhagalpur city in October 1989.


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                              Bloody Friday 2002 at Adhiapara: A tale of tears and fear
                              Photo and text by Anjuman Ara Begum for

                              December 1, 2002 is a day that the people of Adhiapara under Hajo PS, Kamrup, Assam will never forget. On that day ten persons including one Army Major were killed in a fierce encounter between the villagers and the armed officers.

                              Adhiapara Masjid

                              The incident was sudden and quite unexpected. It was a day of the holy month Ramadan and being the day of the Friday, villagers were busy with their daily works as usual when a group of Army personnel belonging to Assam regiment entered the Adhiapara village in a Tata Sumo vehicle (registration number AS 01- M 3714). The vehicle stopped near the house of recently retired school teacher Tomiziddin Ahmed on the suspicion that he was hiding arms and ammunition and also providing shelter to ULFA members.

                              One Mohammad Ali, who the villagers now suspect to be an informer, succeeded in persuading the army group to believe that Tomizuddin is providing shelter to ULFA members. Mohammed Ali was a surrendered ULFA member and offered himself to be an informer for the Army.

                              Azizur Rahman still suffering from different complications

                              The army group was led by company commander, Major Rah Thabah, hailing from Meghalaya. Villagers informed that Ali’s game plan was to try to extort money from a school teacher of that village, and so he told the Assam Regiment battalion that there was a group of ULFA militants in the school teacher’s house. When Major Thabah’s group operating in civil clothes came to the village, the villagers mistook them to be ULFA militants. The major along with his associates entered the house of Tomizuddin around 1 pm. There was no one at home as the male members of the family were gone for the Friday prayer.

                              All the members of the army group were inside when villagers gathered and attacked them. Major Thabah tried to explain but there was hardly anyone to believe him. The army group started firing to save themselves. Several villagers were injured in the process. All persons holding AK -47 in civil cloth must be terrorists belonging to ULFA, the villagers thought. When villagers encircled the house of Tomizuddin with daggers, big knives, sharp trident shaped weapons, the Major came out first and tried to negotiate. Unfortunately Major Thabah and Jawan Debojit Deori were killed on the spot. Other members of the group in order to find a way to escape started firing indiscriminately. They came out of the house and continued to fire while running away. Seven ordinary Muslim villagers were killed in the process and several injured. Meanwhile villagers also burnt down the Tata Sumo vehicle and the driver was severally beaten by the villagers. The drive later succumbed to the injuries. Those killed are

                              1. Tofid Ali, son of Himan Biwi, 17 years old
                              2. Meser Ali, 45 years old
                              3. Farmud Ali, 48 years old
                              4. Mohnur Ali, 40 years old
                              5. Ali Akbar, 48years old
                              6. Mohiuddin Ahmed, 57 years old
                              7. Nizan Ali, 55 years old
                              8. Major Thabah, 40 years old
                              9. Debojit Deori
                              10. Chandan Rajbanshi ( driver of the Tata Sumo)

                              Memorial built by the villagers at Adhiapara

                              The incident completed 9 years now. Villagers of Adhiapara still remember the day with tears and fear and pray that such an incident never happens again. State government has also instructed the security personnel not to believe in the information provided by the surrendered militants without verification.

                              The Government of Assam provided rupees 1 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed vide letter no. RR.146/2006/69 dated April 26, 2007 and the injured were given rupees 10 thousand for treatment.

                              Samser Ali was injured during the firing

                              Himan Bibi, mother of Tofid Ali

                              Funeral prayers for the dead [archive photo]



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