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Riots In India
You will be surprised to know, every year more riots take place in US than in India. There is a difference between riots in US and India. Media don’t play with incidence and always consider this as “law and order” problem. In case of India, traitor Indians report every single minor incidence with full exaggeration to US congress and visit US universities with false information just to get free ticket to US, we don't see riot victims of US reporting any incidence to Indian parliament.

US society is far more literate and 80% are above poverty and police force is well equipped.
Mr Mudy,
The microphone is in the hand of the wealthy nations.However, nothing in this world is permanent and in India's case the situation is also changing. These days when we sneeze in Delhi it is taken note of both in Washington and Moscow and also very recently in London,Brussels, Paris and Berlin.The consumer market speaks for itself.
However, as far as the Indians engaged in negative publicity are concerned,you should always remeber that it takes time for the deprived lot to change their attitude of life.The glory of being visiting speaker, NGO activist etc will soon be a matter of history as the nation prospers.
<!--QuoteBegin-Ravish+Dec 7 2005, 12:57 AM-->QUOTE(Ravish @ Dec 7 2005, 12:57 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Mr Mudy
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->you should always remeber that it takes time for the deprived lot to change their attitude of life.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Deprived of what may I ask ? Those who engage in tarnishing India & make a ruckus are not deprived. Those who are really deprived do not have a voice nor do they know where US actually is. Thus, talking of 'deprived lots' and 'change of attitude' is actually buying into their propaganda.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->it takes time for the deprived lot to change their attitude of life<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
They are not deprived lot but people with golden spoon; they are only interested in money and free first class airfare. Some noted traitors are with PhDs, some are son or daughter of Senior officials or business man or connected with royal families etc.

Famous traitors are Film maker Rakesh Sharma, actress Shabana Azmi (daughter of maxist poet), Angana Chatterji (pretty rich by marriage and by birth), Illaih, Udit Raj, Poddar family of Detroit ( stay busy between collecting donation money from NRI and bankruptcy court and ISI get together), A. Roy(multimillionaire by anti-Hindu activism, sell anti-Hinduism in US), Sandeep Pandey (Millionaire by anti- Hindu activism), Vir Singhvi (Editor of HT and son of noted commie of Bombay) ....................
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Attacks on Muslims: What individuals, events or policies are responsible for the recent attacks on Muslims in the Indian state of Gujarat?

Dr. Khilnani's Response:
We must begin by recognizing that the recent attacks on Muslims in Gujarat are qualitatively different from earlier forms of such violence -- and it is very misleading to suggest that these attacks merely represent the latest outbreak in a long-running religious conflict. The attacks were different because they occurred while both the goverment of Gujarat state and the federal government in New Delhi were dominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a party whose ideology is founded on Hindu chauvinism and xenophobia. The BJP has been pushing its agenda of Hindu chauvinism for decades, and in Gujarat the party has made deep inroads: it has propagated a divisive politics, inciting Hindus first to attack Christians (a series of such incidents occurred in the late 1990s) and now to attack Muslims. At the national level, the BJP has been a motive force in the destruction of the Babri Mosque at Ayodhya, and in the demands to build a temple on the site.

It's in this context that the incident which triggered the Gujarat violence occurred -- the awful burning of a railway carriage carrying 57 people at Godhra. These were Hindu activists returning from Ayodhya, where they had been agitating for the construction of the temple (a demand which the Indian supreme court has rejected). The incident at Godhra set in motion what appears, according to all reliable accounts (provided by the independent press and by independent groups investigating the incidents), as an orchestrated campaign of terror and violence against Muslims across the state of Gujarat in which officials of the state government (the police, civil service and elected officials) took an active lead in these attacks or at best connived in them.

It is the job of the police and courts to determine individual responsibility for the attacks. But there appears to be sufficient evidence to support the view that the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi, failed in his constitutional responsibility to protect the lives and property of citizens. There also appears to be evidence to suggest that he was at the very least aware of a planned campaign of terror and violence against Muslims, and may even have ordered such a campaign himself. In which case, he stands charged of the gravest human rights abuses.

Dr. Kak's Response:
The carnage in Gujarat was a breakdown of the rule of law. Such breakdowns occur from time to time in various parts of India (and elsewhere outside India as in the Sept 11 attacks in New York) due to a variety of reasons, some of which are local and others which are international. In India, a complicating factor is the support of terrorist activity by groups based in Pakistan. It doesn't help that nearly every week there is a massacre of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists from across the border.

Dr. Kak's Rebuttal:
<b>I don't think it is accurate to say that the unfortunate events in Gujarat represent something unique. <span style='color:blue'>There have been other situations in the past when similar charges were made. For example, during the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir in 1989, the government in Delhi was the left-supported Janata government and that in Srinagar [capital of Jammu and Kashmir state - ed.] was its ally, National Conference. At that time fleeing Kashmiri Pandits complained that the government agencies looked the other way during the killings and the burning down of their houses. In 1993, during the riots in Bombay, the Congress Party ran the government both in Delhi and Maharashtra. It was claimed then that the police did not protect the Muslims from the rioters. </span>Likewise, going back to the violence during Partition in 1947, there were charges of one community or another being massacred with the connivance of the police.

Given that many published stories related to the Gujarat riots have turned out to be false, it is important to establish the facts first and then punish the guilty. But mere rehashing of accusations is not helpful in understanding the tragedy of Gujarat.


The following is a quote from "My People, Uprooted A Saga of the Hindus of Eastern Bengal by Tathagata Roy" which once again shows that it was Hindu counter rioting that saved Hindus in Calcutta not the law and order or police which many are so fond of repeating like parrots during riots like the Gujarat ones:

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->"From the next day however, that is August 18, Suhrawardy's goons and
compatriots (some of whom had nothing to do with the riots) started
getting a taste of their own medicine. The lead was taken by the
Hindu Kalwars (ironmongers and scrap dealers) from Bihar and U.P.,
who were then joined by Sikhs and Hindu Bengalis. Armed with
crowbars, Kripan (the Sikh dagger), swords and other lethal weapons
they set out to avenge the last two days' depredations. In this they
showed an incredible ferocity that was not hitherto known to exist in
them. As with Hindu dwellings, there was also widespread torching in
Muslim areas. Suhrawardy was probably not prepared for any reprisals
from Hindus whom he must have taken as followers of Gandhi, and
therefore necessarily incapable of violence. The massacre of Muslims
in retaliation therefore took him by complete surprise. <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>It is
primarily these reprisals that forced him to call a halt to the
devilry that he had, by unspeakable abuse of state power, unleashed.
Meanwhile the atrocities rolled on to the 19th, by which time the
Hindus had more than evened the score. A senior Imperial Police
officer told Ashok Mitra that on the 18th Suhrawardy was found
sitting forlornly at the Lalbazar control room table, mumbling to
himself `My poor, innocent Muslims'!</span>

Perhaps it is illustrate what is happening in the rush to political expediency in the media. See an article from SATP/ Pinkerton in 2002.


<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Moreover, from the BJP’s perspectives at the Centre, the outcome has been disastrous, with many of its crucial coalition partners threatening to withdraw support if it did not take a unambiguous stand on Ayodhya against the Hindu fundamentalist forces, and this issue has certainly weakened the government. Despite the VHP Temple campaign, moreover, there had been no violence – and little expectation of violence – prior to February 27. The sheer fury and savagery of the Godhra incident that triggered the State-wide carnage, consequently, was entirely unexpected.

There is more than what immediately meets the eye here. <b>Investigators have now uncovered clear linkages with Pakistan-based terrorists and the leaders of the Godhra incident. Arrests include the President of the Godhra Municipal Council, and another three councillors, including Bilal Haji, are absconding. Evidence recovered includes photographs showing Haji with the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist group’s leader, Masood Azhar, as well as others of various terrorist training camps. Haji was also linked to Harkat-ul-Jehad-Islami (HuJI) cadres arrested earlier at Kolkatta in connection with the attack on the United States Information Service Centre there. Interrogations have indicated that five Pakistanis, among a number of other ‘outsiders’ had been hosted by the Municipal councillors and a local Imam at Godhra prior to the attack, and were involved in the conspiracy. Clearly, as the earlier patterns of Pakistan’s interventions in India – including support to terrorism in J&K and other theatres – become increasingly untenable, it will continue to explore and exploit alternatives rooted in the faultlines within the Indian social and political structure.</b>

Godhra was an exceptionally suitable place to hatch and execute such a plot. It has a long history of communal violence, and has, moreover, a flourishing criminal economy organised almost exclusively on a communal basis. Gujarat, in its entirety, moreover, has become a communal tinderbox, with the State government squarely rooted in the right wing ‘Hindutva’ ideology. There has also been a continuous process of Islamist mobilisation among the State’s minority community, and this has combined with a flourishing underworld that has profited immensely from the smuggling of arms, contraband and silver from Pakistan to Bombay via Gujarat. A very significant proportion of this money has been cornered by religious extremists, both Hindu and Muslim. Criminal gangs, moreover, openly take sides in communal riots, and are integral to the processes of sectarian political mobilisation.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->


a) There was none - it was all imaginary "evidence".
b) There are interests in India that actively suppress evidence of Paki complicity in terror, because the alternative would be to actually gird up and ACT against Pakistan
c) N. Modi called up P. Musharraf and told him to send some ISI Mujaheddin to Godhra to start the fires, while a 4000-strong mob of Muslim VHP fundamentalists threw stones at the sleeper coach to keep the passengers from waking up and walking out the (supposedly) open doors on the other side of the train.

Which should I believe?

If, as I suspect, it is (b), then the prognosis for India is really really dim - there is no deterrence at all to massive terrorist attacks by Pakis. Including JDAMS.
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`Communal Violence Bill will not disturb federal structure'

Special Correspondent

Shivraj Patil says the Bill provides for adequate compensation to victims

BANGALORE: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Tuesday said the Communal Violence (Prevention, Control, and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill 2005 will not disturb the federal structure and it provides for adequate compensation to the victims.

Mr. Patil said: "The Bill will strike a balance between the powers of the State and Union governments. Let us not disturb the federal structure."

The Union Minister was addressing a conference to discuss the pros and cons of the Bill and elicit public opinion. The seminar is the second in the series of six such events to be held in the country.

Mr. Patil said there was no law that defined the rights of survivors of communal violence for rescue, relief and rehabilitation. The Bill has made a provision for setting up Communal Disturbance Relief and Rehabilitation Councils at the national, State and district levels for planning relief and rehabilitation measures and their coordination, monitoring and implementation.

It has powers to facilitate speedy prosecution of cases relating to communal violence.

The Centre and the States will draw up guidelines for the assessment of compensation for losses suffered during communal violence and contribute the amount, he said.

The Bill envisages immediate distribution of at least 30 per cent of the compensation.

"Funding is not going to be a problem and adequate compensation will be given." The Supreme Court has stated that Rs. 7 lakhs will be the benchmark for compensation.

The law will help prevent communal disharmony and social discrimination. All political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have supported the Bill, which was tabled in the Rajya Sabha last year and has been referred to a Select Committee, he said.

The immediate context for the Bill is the Gujarat killing in 2002 and its aftermath. The Bill has been promised in the Common Minimum Programme of the United Progressive Alliance.

The most important suggestion to emerge at the seminar was the right of the victim to participate in the case.

There is a provision to allow the victim to participate in the prosecution.

The Bill contains a provision for the protection of witnesses under Section 32, which provides for keeping the identity and address of the witness a secret.

Suggestions made at the seminar will be taken into account to make the law more acceptable and effective.

Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh said it is the duty of society to counter divisive forces.

The Bill has taken into account failures and inadequacies in dealing with communal situation in various parts of the country.

Every attempt should be made to ensure that such mistakes do not recur.

He said it is unfortunate that religion is being used by fanatics as an instrument to divide the nation and communities.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Two communities clash in Mau  </b>
11 Jan 06
Two persons were injured when members of two communities indulged in heavy stone pelting in Astupura and Pyarepura areas over a trivial incident on Tuesday morning, a top police official here said. <b>The trouble sparked off when a member of a particular community was knocked down by a cyclist in Astupura area, District Police Chief Sujeet Kumar Pandey said. </b>
(News Clippings on Communal Riots for the year 2005 )

1. 150 houses gutted, several injured in clash (7)
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEB. 27. Two persons were
seriously injured and over 150 thatched houses gutted
when a mob attacked a fishermen colony belonging to a
particular community on Poovar beach near here this
evening. Scores, including women and children,
sustained injuries. The police are searching for 600
persons in connection with the violence. Nearly 1,000
people lost their houses and belongings in the fire.
The clash started when a youth was apprehended on the
charge of theft from a house in EMS Colony at 3 p.m.
The accused was handed over to a police patrol.
However, the relatives of the youth freed him forcibly
from the police vehicle. The colony residents staged a
protest demanding the arrest of the youth. This
resulted in a standoff between members of the two
communities on the road skirting the beach. Soon the
groups started pelting stones at each other. Fifteen
policemen led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police,
Neyyatinkara, reached the spot. At 4.15 p.m., more
than 600 people armed with paddles, petrol cans and
country-bombs stormed the colony. The police party
scampered for cover while the residents fled the
colony and sought refuge in the nearby Poovar Masjid.
(The Hindu 28/2/05)

2. Night attack on Kerala mosque leaves 1 dead, RSS
workers held (7)
ALAPPUZHA, FEBRUARY 24: A 30-YEAR-OLD man was killed
in an attack on Wednesday night on a mosque, allegedly
by RSS activists, in Kerala's Alappuzha district.
According to reports, a group of men who came in two
jeeps attacked the mosque in Kathuvinal on Wednesday
night. The police have reportedly taken nine RSS
activists into custody. The mosque's Imam Muhammed
Musaliar was among the two injured in the attack.
Police believe Ashraff, who died early this morning at
the Medical College Hospital here, was an activist of
National Democratic Front (NDF), an Islamic
fundamentalist organisation. There have been frequent
fights between the RSS and NDF over the last one year
in the area. NDF's district convenor Sudheer Punnapra
denied that Ashraff was an activist but his
organisation called a bandh in protest in the taluk.
While Ashraff was buried in the presence of a large
gathering, tension prevailed in the area. A strong
police force led by I.G. Sen Kumar and DIG Sreelekha
are camping there. (Indian Express 25/2/05)

3. 3 killed during Muharram clash, curfew clamped (7)
LUCKNOW, FEB 20. Three persons were killed and about
10 wounded in a sectarian clash during a Muharram
procession in Old Lucknow even as indefinite curfew
was clamped in the area. State Principal home
secretary Alok Sinha told mediapersons here that the
condition of four of the injured, including a
policeman, was critical. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav announced an
ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs and Rs 3 lakhs to the kin of
those killed and critically injured respectively. Mr
Sinha said the curfew had been clamped in selected
troubled spots in Thakurganj area to prevent any
untoward incident. Officials maintained that situation
was tense but under control. All the deceased belonged
to a particular sect of the community, however, the
administration was yet to give names of the victims.
The bodies had been sent for post mortem. The home
secretary said the victims were wounded in firing from
.12 bore gun and later three persons succumbed. He
said two culprits involved in the firing incident had
been identified but were yet to be arrested. Mr Sinha
said the trouble started when some people objected to
the unfurling of a religious flag during a Tazia
procession this morning near Chhota Imambara. This
sparked a clash and incidents of stone throwing and
arson. (The Hindu 21.2.05)

4. Love story causes a communal flare-up (7)
Baroda, Feb. 23: One constable of State Reserve Police
unit was injured and few others reportedly suffered
minor injuries in a communal flare up in the old city
area on Monday. A mob of around 100 people from both
the communities started pelting stones at each other
on Monday at around 10 pm and also targeted few shops
in the area. Police commissioner Sudhir Sinha said,
"An affair between a Hindu girl, Krishna, and a Muslim
boy, Akbar, was the cause of the flare-up."Earlier,
some untoward incident had happened near Mehta Pol in
the evening, which went unreported. Later, miscreants
exploded Sutli bombs near a school in Mehta Pol at
night, which brought people from surrounding areas on
road. The swelling crowds added to the mounting
tension leading to people from both the communities
pelting stones at each other, he said. A mobile unit
of SRP unit soon reached the place and lathicharged
the crowd, which was dispersed only after two teargas
shells were lobbed. A complaint in this regard was
filed with the city police station by Nirmal Singh
Ravubha, the constable injured in the incident. (Asian
Age 24/2/05)

5. Couples elope, Rajnandgaon under curfew (7)
RAIPUR, FEBRUARY 10: CURFEW was clamped in Dongargarh
town in Rajnandgaon district as violence broke out
after two Sikh cousins allegedly eloped with Hindu
boys of the locality. The communities took to the
streets, burning shops and attacking each other even
as investigations were on after the girls went missing
three days ago. Curfew was clamped last night as a
precautionary measure. One of the communities,
however, attacked two shops this morning when curfew
was relaxed. "We acted very promptly to round up the
mob, which was attacking members of the other
community and torching their shops. Curfew was
re-imposed immediately," IG D.M. Awasthi said.
Dongargarh SHO Pranesh Dubey was transferred this
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Rajnandgaon. (Indian Express 11.2.05)

6. Bill to deal with Communal Violence to be tabled
soon (7)
New Delhi: A BILL to deal with communal violence is
ready and will shortly be released by the Government
for debate, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said
here on Tuesday. The Home Minister also said a draft
for this Bill which was sent to the Law Ministry for
examination was sent back to the Home Ministry
recently with some suggestions and amendments.
Addressing mediapersons after chairing the tenth
meeting of the standing committee of the Inter-State
Council here. Mr Patil said the main focus of the Bill
and discussions with the chief ministers fo-cussed on
harnessing and promoting broadmindedness and good
governance to address the problem of communal tension.
Elaborating upon the four-hour deliberations, he said
the standing committee considered two items including
a blue print of action plan on good governance and
disaster management. The meeting was attended by
chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat,
Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir besides ministers
for law and justice, shipping and transport,
information and technology and personnel, public
grievances and pensions, the Home Minister said. The
ministers and the chief ministers expressed their
views on these important topics including law and
order, security, poverty alleviation and providing
ideal conditions for trade and economic activities, Mr
Patil said. (Pioneer 31/3/05)

7. Prohibitory orders clamped in Bhilwara (7)
JAIPUR, MARCH 15. The situation in Bhilwara town in
southern Rajasthan, which witnessed communal violence
following the murder of a Bajrang Dal activist on
Friday last, continues to remain tense. The Vishwa
Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal workers blocked the
Bhilwara-Bea-war road for six hours today to protest
against the lack of progress in the investigation into
the alleged killing of another activist early this
month. While a Bajrang Dal activist, Raju Bairwa, was
killed in the town allegedly by some persons of the
minority community on Friday, an instructor in the
Rash-triya Swayamsevak Sangh 'shakha', Satyanarain
Sharma, was found dead in the nearby Karjalia village
on March 1. Today's protest was focused on
Satyanarain's alleged murder with the activists
claiming that the culprits were being shielded. The
Sangh Parivar activists blocked traffic at Haripura
square - 28 km from Bhilwara -for about six hours and
raised slogans against the failure of police to nab
the murderers. The blockade was lifted only after a
message from the Home Minister, Gulab Chand Kataria,
assuring his personal attention to the matter was
passed on to the agitationists. Prohibitory orders
enforced over the week-end in Bhilwara will continue
till March 21 even as an incident of a Maulvi being
stabbed in the town on Sunday has heightened the
tension. The clergyman was hospitalised and was now
stated to be out of danger. (The Hindu 16/3/05)

8. UPA answer to communal violence: Army rule, Delhi
rule (7)
NEW DELHI, APRIL 22: IN the name of "suppressing"
communal violence, the UPA Government has drafted a
controversial Bill that not only gives the Centre
unprecedented powers over states but also equips
the armed forces with draconian powers of arrest,
search and seizure. It calls for special courts to try
cases and arms them with the power to order externment
of people "likely to commit a scheduled offence." The
draft Bill, finalised by the Home Ministry is being
studied by the Prime Minister's Office and the
National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Sonia
Gandhi. According to the preamble to the Communal
Violence (Suppression) Bill 2005—a promise made by the
UFA in its Common Minimum Programme—the Bill is in
exercise of the constitutional "duty of the Union to
protect States against external aggression and
internal disturbance." However, it turns established
constitutional principle on its head by allowing the
Centre to "prevail" over the state in declaring any
area as "communally disturbed." Once the area is
declared "communally disturbed," as per the Bill, the
Centre can deploy armed forces and nominate one or
more Central officers—not below the rank of Additional
Secretary—to "coordinate steps taken for dealing with
the situation." But it's Clause 7 to Clause 10 that
reads like a virtual reprint of the Armed Forces
Special Powers Act, an act which, ironically, the
Centre—after the Manipur protests—has committed to
reviewing. (Indian Express 23/4/05)

9. Muslims flee villages, tension in Rajasthan (7)
Jaipur, April 9: Communal tension forced Muslims to
flee villages in Bhilwara district while curfew
remained in force in Mandal town for a second day.
Curfew was imposed in Mandal on Friday following group
clashes during a procession and the death of one
person in police firing. The trouble began when a
saffron flag was hoisted on a mosque in Mandal on
Friday and violence broke out while a religious
procession was in progress. Rajasthan home minister
Gulab Chand Kataria told this correspondent an
all-party committee would be constituted to restore
communal harmony. "The committee will visit the
troubled area whenever such situations arise in the
state," he said. The home minister said the divisional
commissioner has been asked to probe the incident in
Mandal. When asked about the social boycott in
Karjalia village in Bhilwara district, he said there
was a problem and the government would try to bridge
the gap between the communities. Facing ostracism,
Muslims had migrated to safer places from Karjalia
village, where an RSS activist was killed on March 1.
(Asian Age 10/4/05)

10. Dismissal of Rajasthan Minister, CBI inquiry
demanded (7)
JAIPUR: Accusing the Rajasthan Home Minister, Gulab
Chand Kataria, of instigating violence against Muslims
in the communally- sensitive Bhilwara district, the
Sadbhav Manch and Rajasthan Muslim Forum on Monday
demanded his immediate removal and institution of an
inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
into the recent spate of communal clashes in the
district. A five-member delegation of the two
organisations visited Mandal and Bhilwara towns on
April 15 to take stock of the situation there and
found that Muslims were living in a state of shock and
terror with both the communal outfits and police
targeting them. Muslims, who were forced to migrate
from Karjalia, Kalias, Udo Ka Badia and Brah-mino Ki
Saredi villages, are finding it difficult to return to
their homes. The representatives of the two bodies,
addressing a Press conference here after failing to
get an appointment with the Chief Minister, Vasundhara
Raje, alleged that Mr. Kataria had given signals to
the district administration not to take action against
the rioters who burnt a dozen shops of Muslims in
Mandal, damaged two mosques - including the Jama
Masjid - and two tombs in the town, and drove Muslims
out of several villages. "Mr. Kataria has acted like a
hardcore Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist during
the turbulence over the past one month. The
trouble-makers felt encouraged every time he visited
Bhilwara during the period," Sawai Singh, convenor of
the Sadbhav Manch, said and added that Mr. Kataria's
"misbehaviour" with a delegation of Muslims in
Bhilwara was equally outrageous. The delegation was
told by the local people that the rioters, who were
mostly the RSS and Bajrang Dal activists, were given a
"free hand" to indulge in loot and arson during curfew
in Mandal on April 8 and even the police personnel
assisted them at some places in setting the shops on
fire. "There was evidence suggesting that policemen
provided kerosene and diesel to arsonists," said Abdul
Latif, a member of the delegation. (The Hindu 19/4/05)

11. Muslim family driven out of village (7)
A MUSLIM family has been forced out of their village
in Mansa, Punjab after a boy from the family married a
Jat girl. The village panchayat decided to throw the
family out and villagers promptly implimented the
decision. About six months ago, Angrez Khan (26) had
married Paramjit Kaur (25) apparently without the
consent of the girl's family The couple had also
sought police security Following several clashes
between the two families since the marriage, the
entire village has turned against the Muslim family.
Finally the panchayat took the decision that the
Muslim family leave the village. (Hindustan Times

12. More to probe than meets the eye in violence-hit
Rajasthan town (7)
MANDAL (RAJASTHAN): Despite the district
administration's claims of being impartial in the
investigation into the communal clashes in Mandal
early this month, justice eludes Muslims who were
targeted by the communal outfits and the police and
were left with their property destroyed, self-esteem
outraged and religious beliefs humiliated. The
violence in the town in Bhilwara district erupted
during a post-Holi procession on April 8 following an
incident of hoisting of a saffron flag on a mosque.
Violent mobs indulged in arson to avenge the alleged
pelting of stones on the procession and put a dozen
shops on fire. It was followed by the police crackdown
in which a large number of Muslims were beaten up and
their houses ransacked "before their arrest. The 27
Muslims, who have been accused of attacking the
procession, face the charges as serious as those of
attempt to murder and promoting enmity between
different communities. Though they have been granted
bail after two weeks, they are still unable to
overcome the trauma which they underwent in police
custody. Only seven persons from the majority
community have so far been arrested on charges of
burning down shops. (Indian Express 28/4/05)

13. Mass migration of Muslims after murder of RSS
activist (7)
KARJALIA (RAJASTHAN): Mass migration of Muslim
families from Karjalia village in Bhilwara district of
Rajasthan following the murder of a Rashtriya
Swayam-sevak Sangh activist recently seems to have
convinced the Sangh Parivar of the efficacy of its
strategy to use an incident as a pretext to browbeat
the minority community. Muslims have been terrorised
and boycotted in the village even after their return.
The developments in Karjalia since March 1, when
16-year-old Satyanarain Sharma - an instructor in the
RSS 'shakha' -was found dead in a field, have made an
alarming addition to the spate of communal incidents
in Bhilwara. The arrest of two Muslim boys in
connection with the murder on 'unconvincing* grounds
has left the community aghast in the village.
Satyanarain's father, Ramgo-pal Sharma, and the RSS
activists of the village - who accuse three Muslim
families of creating trouble in the past - had the
support of none other than the Home Minister, Gulab
Chand Kataria, who visited Karjalia on March 16 and
offered to resign if the accused were not arrested
within three days. Police acted swiftly and arrested
Farooq Mohammed and Moin Khan the next day. The two
boys were already in informal custody of the police
since March 4 and an atmosphere of terror and
intimidation was created in and around Karjalia. (The
Hindu 30/4/05)

14. Ten convicted in ’89 Bhagalpur riots (7)
Patna: In a significant order the District and
Sessions Judge VII of Bhagalpur on Monday convicted 10
people while letting off 13 others in the infamous
Bhagalpur communal riots case. A total of 23 people
had been named accused in the case lodged in the
Sultanganj police station on October 14, 1989. The
final verdict, however would be delivered on May 12.
It may be realled that in the Bhagalpur communal riots
five people belonging to a minority community had been
butchered in village Kamarganj on October 14, 1989.
The verdict comes after a fifteen year long wait. A
total of 1,158 people had been killed in those riots.
So far, only 500 victims have received compensation
which came soon after the riots. (Pioneer 10/5/05)

15. New dimension to communal tension in Bhilwara (7)
JAIPUR: A new aspect of alleged threats and
intimidation has been added to the growing communal
tension in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan, with the
authors of a report - exposing the role of Sangh
Parivar in the recent anti-Muslim violence in
collusion with the local police officials - being
singled out and hounded with the intention to "muzzle
criticism". The booklet, "Fasivad Ki Aa-hatein"
(Footsteps of Fascism), was published early this month
to record the findings of a four-member team of
People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) that carried
out an investigation following the violence in Mandal.
The report has blamed the Bajrang Dal leaders for
replicating the Gujarat model to target the Muslim
community in the town. The chief writer of the booklet
and a Dalit activist, Bhanwar Meghwanshi, alleged at a
Press conference here on Tuesday that while the
Bajrang Dal activists had launched a campaign to
terrorise him and enforced a social boycott against
him, police had also started harassing him and his
family members, although no legal case had been made
out against him. "The in-charge of Mandal police
station, Bhajju Ram, and the officials under him
visited my office in Bhilwara twice on May 4 and 6 and
my residence in Sir-dias village on May 9 to make
enquiries without spelling out the charges against
me," Mr. Meghwanshi said. He said the complicity of
the State machinery in the attempt to muzzle criticism
amounted to an undeclared ban on the booklet. (The
Hindu 11/5/05)

16. Communal tension grips parts of Meerut (7)
Meerut: THERE APPEARS to be an insidious pattern to
the repeated communal incidents occurring in Meerut
which threatens its fragile social fabric. On Thursday
night, a group of people beat up a father and his
12-year-old son belonging to another community for
allegedly teasing females in the walled area of the
city. Speedy intervention by senior police and
administrative officials, brought a potentially
explosive situation under control with the help of
local leaders. On Thursday the afternoon, the young
daughter of a Congress leader, was molested by two
youths on a motor-cycle, in the Kotwali area of the
city. On hearing her cries for help, shopkeepers from
the area helped rescue the girl. In the ensuing
confusion the two young men managed to flee but not
before the registration number of their mobike was
noted. Once again, the local police arrived promptly,
but by now the restive crowd protested against the
growing incidence of eve-teasing. On their part the
police, which included the Circle Officer, tried to
pacify the crowd and assured them that the offenders
would quickly be brought to book. The second incident
on Thursday took place at about 8.30 pm, when Zaheer
and his son Shadab of Ismail Nagar area were returning
home after closing their shop, near Budhana Gate. It
is alleged that somebody passed a remark at Zaheer to
which his son protested. Soon a crowd gathered and one
of them hit Zaheer's on his face. Shadab rushed home
and soon hundreds of people from Ismail Nagar reached
the spot and started shouting slogans against BJP
(City) MLA. Soon a rumour was circulated that the
local BJP MLA had been manhandled, though at that time
he was sitting safely in a doctor's clinic. The
agitated local residents started shouting slogans
against the people of the other community. The local
police informed all senior officials of district
administration about the tension between the two
communities. (Pioneer 14/5/05)

17. Communal Violence Bill takes a ‘beating’ (7)
New Delhi: Picture this: Standing in the middle of a
polluted pool of water and trying to kill the
mosquitoes around it. Wouldn't it make more sense to
simply clean the pool? This analogy was used to
criticise the contents of the Communal Violence
(Suppression) Bill, 2005, at a conference in the city.
The bill, as it's name suggests, addresses only
communal violence. There is no mention of curbing
communalism per se, the propaganda that leads to the
violence or nipping the problem in the bud by stopping
political parties from spreading such propaganda. The
draft bill was also criticised for the immense power
it had vested in the police and state machinery
Vibhuti Narain Rai, former IG of police who has
encountered several communal riots, said: "There is no
need to vest such draconian powers to the police and
state since they will use it as a licence to persecute
minorities." He also said that there had to be a
machinery to punish officers found shirking duty or
conniving with the perpetrators of violence. Justice
Verma said: "There is no need for fresh laws, existing
laws should be implemented properly. There are no
provisions for ensuring accountability of the law
enforcement machinery. There should be an
institutionalised mechanism for punishing police
officers and magistrates for then- acts of commission
and omission in a Gujarat-like situation." (Times of
India 19/5/05)

18. 1984 riot victims to get Rs 1.23 lakh each (7)
NEW DELHI, May 22. — Holding the state liable for its
failure to protect the life and liberty of citizens,
Delhi High Court has directed the Centre to pay a
compensation of Rs 1.23 lakh each to all those who
suffered injuries during the anti-Sikh riots following
the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira
Gandhi in 1984. "It is the bounden duty and
responsibility of the state to secure and safeguard
the life and liberty of an individual from mob
violence," Ms Justice Gita Mittal said in her landmark
judgment, which would benefit about 2,800 Sikhs
injured during the riots in the Capital. The court
asked the government to pay the compensation within a
month to one Mr Manjit Singh Sawhney, who was injured
and lost his sister in a mob attack which killed seven
at Tuglaqabad railway station in November 1984. It
also asked the Centre to pay him an additional amount
of Rs 11,000 as cost of protracted litigation that
went on for four years. To secure parity among all
those who suffered injuries during the riots and were
given an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2,000 only, Ms Justice
Mittal ordered that they all be paid the enhanced
amount. It took note of the fact that in the case of
Mrs Bhajan Kaur, who lost her husband in the same
place during the riots, a general order was passed in
July 1996 directing the Centre to pay the enhanced
compensation in all similar cases. The court
calculated the compensation payable to the petitioner
at Rs 75,000 with interest from the date of incident
Which was quantified at Rs 50,000. It deducted Rs
2,000 that had already been paid to him as exgratia.
(Statesman 23/5/05)

19. Victims of Gujarat riots begin a new chapter in
Delhi School (7)
NEW DELHI: Their tales tug at your heartstrings. Each
of the 25 children from Gujarat whose lives fell apart
in the wake of the communal riots that rocked the
state in 2002, has a harrowing story to narrate. After
the riots, even as these children were trying to
gather the scattered pieces of their broken lives,
living in a resettlement colony (started by Jan Vikas)
called Kashimabad near Kalol, Act Now For Harmony And
Democracy (Anhad), a Delhi-based NGO, has reached out
to them. In a quest to help them leave their sorrowful
past behind and move on, and also to enable them to go
to a school, to study, to dream, to live, the NGO
recently brought these children to the capital. These
25 children have been admitted into the Balwant Rai
Mehta School at GK II and are staying at Apna Ghar (a
recognised hostel by the school) at Jaitpur. "Many of
them have still not got over the trauma that they
underwent," says Ms Shabnam Hashmi of Anhad. It will
still take some time for the psychological wounds to
heal, she adds. (Asian Age 25/5/05)

20. Mob sets fire to 2 mosques after acid attack (7)
MANDI, MAY 27: AN angry crowd set two mosques in the
town on fire this evening after a man threw a bottle
of acid at passengers of a private bus, seriously
injuring at least 11 people, including a
five-year-old. Doctors attending to the injured said
four persons with more than 50 per cent burns may even
lose their eyesight due to the attack. Police later
arrested the culprit, Mohammad Mahboob, from
Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. He has reportedly
confessed to the crime. According to the Mandi police,
the incident occurred outside a bus stand around 3 pm,
when Mohammad threw a bottle of acid at 22-year-old
Mamta from Drubal village. Mamta was sitting inside
the bus which was leaving for Koon. As news of the
acid attack spread, crowds began pour onto the
streets. They collected in city squares and marched to
the two mosques — Moti Masjid in Ramnagar Mandi and
Janta Masjid on Jail Road. Police sources said some of
them raised slogans and incited the mob to set fire to
the shrines in retaliation to the acid attack. Those
injured in the acid attack were identified < as Mushan
(5), his mother Sheela, Shalu (all from Koon village),
Mamta (Drubal village), Champa, Puran Chand (Kataula),
Bhoop Singh (Banau), Manohar Lal (Badoh), Yog Raj,
Shankar and Roop Singh. (Indian Express 28/5/05)

21. Town tense after RSS man killed in Orissa (7)
Bhubaneswar: The death of a Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh
supporter in police firing has sparked off tension in
Champua, a tiny town in the tribal-dominated Keonjhar
district, on Wednesday, reports our correspondent. The
RSS, along with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the
Bajrang Dal, were protesting against "police inaction"
to arrest an attempted rape accused belonging to
minority community. The situation has been volatile in
the RSS stronghold Keonjhar district as the Sangh
Parivar has called for a district-wide bandh on
Thursday. Senior police officials and four platoons of
the Central Reserve Police Force and the Orissa Armed
Police Force have rushed to the spot. Over 3,000
supporters of the RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal on
Wednesday laid siege around Champua police station.
(Asian Age 9/6/05)

22. Minorities panel may probe violence (7)
MANGALORE: The State Minorities Commission is weighing
its options of conducting an investigation into the
circumstances that led to communal clashes in
Mangalore taluk on June 8. The Commission's Chairman,
K.S.M. Masood, told The Hindu here on Sunday that the
members of the commission are shocked at the frequent
communal disturbances in Dakshina Kannada district and
majority of them feel that they are being engineered
by groups or organisations with ulterior motives and
political gains. Mr. Masood said since two of the
commission members are not immediately available for
conducting an independent inquiry, he, along with
officials, will tour the affected areas on Tuesday to
undertake a preliminary study. Once the commission has
full quorum, he will lead the commission in forming an
independent body, which will undertake a detailed
probe into various incidents of communal flare ups.
Mr. Masood recalled that during the incident when two
people were stripped and paraded in Ajjarkad in Udupi
some time ago, he had recommended to the Government to
declare the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi as "`communally
sensitive and disturbed districts," but it has not
been done. (The Hindu 15/6/05 IN)

23. Sangh Parivar activists disrupt tribunal hearing,
Prafulla Das

BHUBANESWAR: The hearing by the Indian People's
Tribunal on Environment and Human Rights on the
communal situation in Orissa was disrupted by Sangh
Parivar workers here on Tuesday. The tribunal
members, including two retired judges, were allegedly
harassed and threatened with dire consequences. "The
Parivar activists threatened to rape us and parade
us," said Angana Chatterji, a member. The public
hearings, intended to find out whether there was any
communal tension in the State and, if so, the causes
leading to such a situation, were held in Phulbani,
Keonjhar, Bhadrak and Jagatsinghpur districts during
the last few days. Tuesday's hearing was the final
session. `Highly deplorable' Justice K.K. Usha,
former Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, and
Justice R.A. Mehta, former Acting Chief Justice of the
Gujarat High Court, who were among the four members
conducting the hearing at Red Cross Bhavan, termed the
incident as "shocking, outrageous and highly
deplorable." Later, at a press conference, the
tribunal members said that several activists of the
Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had come to
depose responding to the invitations sent to their
State offices earlier. Four of them, including two
women, deposed without any hesitation and their
submissions were taped with their consent. Trouble
started when the activists received a fax message from
the organising secretary of the Vishwa Hindu
Parishad's State unit, asking them not to participate.
Activists' threat
The Parivar workers then allegedly demanded that they
be given the audiotapes containing the submissions.
When the tribunal members said that the Sangh Parivar
testimonial was necessary to the tribunal's work, the
activists threatened that they would use any means to
take possession of the tapes, Dr. Chatterji said.
Tapes destroyed With tension building up, Dr.
Chatterji destroyed the tapes in front of the Parivar
members as demanded by them. The hearing ended and the
tribunal members decided to leave the venue. As they
were proceeding towards their vehicle, the Parivar
members, comprising nine men and two women, said the
tribunal was funded by foreign agencies, she said.
They threatened to rape the women members and parade
them naked. (Source: Gujarat Development:
willy@... ) (The Hindu, , JUN.15)

24. Sangh activists threaten judges heading probe,
Satyasundar Barik

Bhubaneswar, June 14: Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu
Parishad activists threatened dire consequences to two
former high court judges who were conducting a hearing
of the Hindu nationalist organisations here on
Tuesday. Former Chief Justice of the Kerala high court
K.K. Usha and former acting Chief Justice of the
Gujarat high court R.A. Mehta were part of the Indian
People's Tribunal (IPT) which was recording deposition
from members of the Bajrang Dal and VHP on
communalism. The two former judges, while addressing a
press conference here after the derailing of the
tribunal process, regretted and deplored the
high-handed and aggressive actions of the Sangh
Parivar. The Indian People's Tribunal on environment
and human rights had been conducting a state-level
investigation on communalism in the state for the last
four days. The IPT had recorded the deposition of
members of the Bajrang Dal and Sangh Parivar at four
communally sensitive places - Keonjhar, G. Udayagiri,
Jagatsinghpur and Bhadrak. Some invited
representatives of the Bajrang Dal and VHP had come to
offer testimonies here in the morning. All was going
well until the members received a fax from the
organising secretary of the VHP directing them to keep
away from the "self-appointed Indian People's
Tribunal." After receiving the fax, Sangh Parivar
members demanded that they be given the two
microcassettes recording their sessions. The tribunal
members attempted to reason with them and persuade
them to leave the tapes in the tribunal's custody,
stating that the Sangh Parivar testimonial was
necessary to the tribunal's work. The Sangh Parivar
members who deposed had done so with informed consent,
the tribunal members argued. Subsequently, the Parivar
members aggressively responded to former Justice Usha
and former Justice Mehta. Convenor of the tribunal
Angana Chatterji alleged that Sangh Parivar members
had threatened to rape them if the tape was not handed
over to them (the Bajrang Dal and VHP). "We
immediately left the place after we heard that the
11-member-gang of Sangh Parivar called their bosses at
Cuttack for reinforcement," Ms Chatterji said.
(Source: Gujarat Development: willy@...) (Asian
Age, JUN.15)

25. Rs 7-cr suit filed against VHP, RSS and BJP (7)
Twenty one people filed compensation suits totalling
over Rs seven crore against the Vishwa Hindu Parishad,
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Bhartiya Janata Party and
VHP leader Dr Pravin Togadia in the city civil and
sessions court in Ahmedabad on Monday. This came up
following the legal notices served by the next of kin
of the Gulbarga society massacre in Ahmedabad during
the post Godhra communal riots. "The suit has been
filed for loss of life, trouble and trauma and damage
to property," said lawyer for the victims Ershad
Mansuri. Among those who have filed for compensation
include Zakia Jaffri,widow of the late MP. The
compensation cases have been based on the Kerala High
Court judgement of July 28, 1997, wherein it was ruled
that in the case of bandh calls, the caller shall be
responsible for the damage to private and public
property. This judgement was subsequently ratified by
the Supreme Court. Compensation is being sought on the
ground that death and destruction was the result of
the bandh call given on February 28, 2002 by the state
unit of the VHP and supported by the state unit of the
RSS and the BJP. It was due to this call, it has been
stated, that communal sentiments were heightened and a
section of the community attacked the Gulbarga housing
society, killing people and destroying homes and
belongings. (Pioneer 11/6/05)

26. To 'protect' Hindu girls, BJP govt orders 2
colleges to swap buildings (7)
BHOPAL, JUNE 27: This is a tale of two colleges which
threatens to divide one city right down the middle-on
communal lines. In an order that has no precedent, the
BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has ordered that two
prestigious colleges, both almost 50 years old,
''swap'' their premises. One is the MLB Girls College
in the old city, a neighbourhood with a significant
Muslim population. The other is the Hamidia Arts and
Commerce College, about 4 km away, in the New Market
area. Behind this bizarre idea is state higher
education minister Uma Shankar Gupta. His reason:
''The girl students (at MLB) were facing lots of
problems and a memorandum to this regard had also been
submitted. Since the student strength and
infrastructure in the two colleges are almost the
same, we decided to go for the swapping.'' The
''problems'' the Minister refers to are explained by
Aradhna Malakar, the Bhopal chief of the women's wing
of the BJP's Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
(ABVP): ''The decision is welcome. The students of the
all-girls MLB (about half of the 300 students are
Muslim, the rest Hindu) were being lured by the youth
of the old city neighbourhood where the college is
situated and conversions had become rampant.'' Both
the minister and the ABVP's claims run contrary to
police records. A senior police official, who declined
to be named, said that there were hardly any
complaints of ''eve- teasing'' or harassment reported
from the college. ''There could be a few cases but
such cases are routine even in other colleges situated
in the New Bhopal areas or anywhere for that matter,''
the officer said. (Indian Express 28/6/05)

27. Tension following group clash (7)
BANGALORE: There was tension on Tannery Road in K.G.
Halli Police Station limits on Wednesday following a
communal clash. Two vehicles were damaged in stone
throwing. The police said around 8.30 p.m. a youth
belonging to a particular community was committing
nuisance on the roadside when a group of youths
belonging to another community reportedly thrashed
him. The youth, who was assaulted, went home and
returned with nearly 20 people of his community. The
two groups clashed with each other and indulged in
stone-throwing. As tension mounted in the area,
shopkeepers closed down their shops, the police said.
The police rushed to the spot and brought the
situation under control. Security has been tightened
in the area. (Ref: The Hindu 23/6/05)

28. UCF Delhi condemns the act of violence at Ayodhya
The United Christian Forum- Delhi (UCF - Delhi)
strongly condemns the act of violence at Ayodhya.
President of the UCF - Delhi, Bishop Karam Masih,
urges the government to maintain communal harmony,
peace and public order and appeals to all political
parties to refrain from using this act of violence for
political gain. UCF- Delhi also expresses its sympathy
with those hurt because of the attack and appreciates
the courage displayed by the security personnel in the
face of personal danger. UCF - Delhi also urges
citizens of India to recognise this attempt to destroy
the communal harmony of the nation and prays that we
would stand steadfast in our resolve to maintain
peace. Rev. Richard Howell, Secretary, United
Christian Forum- Delhi source: EFI News,

29. IUML, Bajrang in Mataram war (7)
Bhopal, July 12: The Ayodhya attack, the London bomb
blasts, and the ruling BJP’s decision to encourage the
singing of Vande Mataram in government offices and
schools seems to have goaded communal organisations,
both Hindu and Muslim, in old Bhopal to settle scores
through a poster war. The first poster, printed in
the name of the Indian Union Muslim League, was seen
pasted on a few walls on Monday. It warned Muslims
against intoning Vande Mataram since it would be
deemed a direct affront to Allah. Co-religionists, in
fact, were told to even avoid being seen anywhere near
the anthem-singing site. Failure to comply would
invite instant retribution. The local Muslim clergy,
however, promptly took the initiative to cool off
tensions by assuring their brethren that there was
nothing to worry about since the singing of Vande
Mataram hadn’t been made compulsory. The state
government circular on the subject had only requested
optimum participation in the singing on the first day
of every month. The Bajrang Dal responded with its
very own posters during an anti-terrorism rally the
same day. Responsibility for the poster was credited
to a Delhi-based body called Akhand Hindustan Morcha,
whose address and telephone numbers were imprinted.
The creators of the poster were contacted in Delhi and
they did not hesitate to admit that they were behind
its publication. Police sources, however, told this
newspaper that there was nothing overly objectionable
in the contents. It primarily sought to inform the
public of how some misguided Islamic fundamentalists
were bent on spreading violence in the name of jihad,
the London bomb blasts being the latest evidence of
it. (Asian Age 13/7/05)

30. Builders want to demolish mosque(7)
Mumbai: The residents of CST Road, near the Bandra
Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai, are up in arms against
Diwan Builders because the builders want to demolish
the Hafzul Imam Masjid, which comes in the way of
their construction of a huge building tower. To
placate the Muslim residents in the area, the
developers have promised to build another mosque in
close proximity to the current one. "The real estate
prices in and around BKC are anything between Rs
14,000 and Rs 16,000 per sq ft. The builders want to
earn big bucks. Though the builder has promised us
that he will construct a masjid in the area, it is a
sentimental issue. Any place of worship being brought
down becomes a controversy in Mumbai," said Taufeeq
Ahmed, a resident of Mohammed Estate where the mosque
stands. The mosque has been there for about 35 years.
This newspaper tried to contact Mr Bhupendra Mehta,
the manager of Diwan Builders, but could not get in
touch with him. Diwan Builders has many construction
projects in this area.The construction activity falls
under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) SRA
scheme. "Under SRA rules, no house of worship can be
brought down. Also, this structure is pre-1995 and
leaves no room for the builder to demolish it," said
Mr Sirish Upadhyay of the Students and Youth
Association. (Asian Age 15/7/05)

31. Muslims angry over VHP plea to vacate houses near
mandir (7)
Lucknow : Muslim residents of Ayodhya have reacted
with anger to the VHP's petition to the President and
Union Home Minister, asking that occupants of houses
on the periphery of the Ram Janmabhoomi complex be
made to leave on the plea that they are vulnerable to
jihadi pressure and hence a security threat. Nearly
all the occupants are Muslims. Haji Mehboob, a senior
leader of the Babri Masjid Movement and president of
the Anjuman Muhafiz Muazib Avadh, dismissing the move,
said, "the VHP demand is totally unjustified. We are
not going to tolerate this. We also plan to meet the
President and Union Home Minister to put forward our
side of the story. The VHP can't be allowed to whip up
a communal divide. They have already failed in their
designs and have been exposed before the people of
Ayodhya and Faizabad." Saying that most of the houses
were at least four generations old, he justified his
stand by adding, "the VHP is simply looking for an
issue since their efforts to encash on the terrorist
strike have failed miserably for lack of public
support." There are about 50 houses and shops
belonging to the minority community in the periphery
of the RJB complex mainly in Duari Kuan, Karziana,
Panji Tola, Katra and Tehri Bazar localities
accounting for a population of nearly 3,000 families.
Ironically, when the VHP was meeting the President,
the Nehru Yuva Kendra was taking out a sadbhavna yatra
in Ayodhya to promote communal amity. However few
seemed to notice the procession on Tuesday and many
dismissed it as an "official exercise." (Pioneer

32. Communal harmony at its best (7)
Gandhinagar : Picture this camaraderie. Despite a High
Court order terming the ban on animal slaughter during
the Jain festival of Paryusan "illegal and
unconstitutional", the butchers of Ahmedabad have
struck a blow for communal differences by volunteering
to keep meat-shops closed during the eight days of the
festival. The Jain Sangh, in turn, has decided to find
a way to compensate the financial loss these meat-shop
owners will suffer on account of their decision. A
spokesman of the Qureshi Jamaat, an organisation of
meat-shop owners has appealed to all its members to
respect the sentiments of the Jain community and
refrain from doing business during the most sacred
period for the Jains. "It is a plea we have made to
the people involved in this trade and we are confident
they will respond with magnanimity," says Rizwan
Ahmed, one of the leaders heading a local organisation
of meat-shop owners., Most involved in the trade
welcomed the decision of the Gujarat High Court which
had upheld their right to carry on their business
unhindered even during the period of Paryusan.
However, they also felt that rights apart, there was
need for the communities to be sensitive to each
other's beliefs. "Mutual respect and love is the need
of the hour and we have responded in this spirit," he
said.Earlier, Vishwa Hindu Parishad general secretary
Pravin Togadia had said Hindus and Jains would not
allow the killing of animals during the holy period.
He had also urged meat-shop owners to voluntarily keep
their establishments closed during the period.
(Pioneer 5/8/05)

33. 'Communal conflagrations a thing of the past in
Hyderabad' (7)
Hyderabad : A gathering of non governmental
organisations, working for promotion of peace and
communal harmony, called for strengthening the
mechanism of bureaucratic accountability and closer
relationship between the official machinery and the
civil society organisations to check the communal
violence in the country. Non governmental, social
activists and serving senior police officials came
together on a single platform in Hyderabad over the
weekend to dissect the problem of communal violence
and other conflicts and suggest solutions. The
"Workshop of peaceful coexistence" organised by Aman
Public Charitable Trust, New Delhi and Confederation
of Voluntary Association, Hyderabad was attended by
more than 60 representatives of various NGOs to share
their experiences in different parts of the country.
The workshop heard the reports of study of communal
situation in two of the most sensitive Indian cities
Hyderabad and Bhiwandi and one of the most communally
peaceful city Bikaner in Rajasthan. Three senior
police officials from Hyderabad city police making a
presentation on how the situation in Hyderabad turned
around over the last one and a half decade said that
several factors had contributed to the change. The
Additional Commissioner of police AK Khan said that
since the last major riot in 1990, when the city was
under curfew for 75 days and 300 people lost their
lives, the city has not seen any major riots, even
though triggers were there. He gave the credit for the
change to the people, who had become mature, to the
economic prosperity, to the stake people have built in
peace and good governance. "Huge communal
conflagrations that used to happen earlier is
definitely a thing of the past," Khan declared. On the
role of the political parties, Khan said that they
were not trying to foment trouble as much as they used
to do in the past. (Pioneer 8/8/05)

34. Scared, Muslims flee workplaces (7)
Guwahati : Fear and panic have gripped Bengali
speaking Muslim daily wage labourers in Assam with
hundreds of them fleeing their workplaces, including
many from the State's main city of Guwahati,
apprehending a crackdown by authorities to deport them
to Bangladesh. A Government spokesman confirmed the
exodus and said it was a result of some 'mischievous
propaganda' by people with 'vested interests' to scare
away religious and linguistic minority people to leave
their workplaces. "There is no need for panic. We have
asked the police and civil authorities to maintain
strict vigil so that no genuine Indian citizens are
harassed by people with some political affiliations
trying to create communal tension," the spokesman
said. "We cannot say the people who have left for some
reason are all Muslims. There could be people from
other faiths as well," he added. Many of these Bengali
workers were engaged in construction works, brick
kilns, and pedal rickshaws in Assam, besides doing
menial jobs.The immediate provocation for the exodus
is the repealing of the controversial Illegal Migrants
(Determination by Tribunals) Act to identify illegal
Bangladeshis. The Supreme Court, last month, decided
to replace the 22-year-old IMDT Act with the
Foreigners Act in Assam saying the previous
legislation was a hindrance in identifying and
deporting illegal Bangladeshis from the State.Under
the IMDT Act, the onus of proving one's citizenship
rested on the complainant rather than the accused,
while it is just the reverse under the Foreigners Act.
(Pioneer 3/8/05)

35. CPI (M) calls for law to tackle communal violence
NEW DELHI: Underlining the need for a comprehensive
model law to tackle communal violence, the Communist
Party of India (Marxist) has suggested that the Centre
should take the initiative and consult all States on
this. "There is an urgent need for the Central
Government to take the initiative for consulting all
the States to evolve a mechanism by which the States'
rights and autonomy shall be maintained on the one
hand and, on the other, necessary legislative powers
should be acquired to deal with the prevention of
communal riots and providing speedy justice to the
victims," an editorial in the recent edition of the
party organ People's Democracy said. In the backdrop
of the report of Justice G.T. Nanavati Commission that
probed the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the editorial said
the question of punishing the perpetrators of communal
strife was necessary not only from the viewpoint of
humanism and compassion but it was imperative that
justice be delivered in order to strengthen the
secular democratic foundations of the modern Indian
republic. The National Common Minimum Programme of the
United Progressive Alliance Government speaks of a
comprehensive law to deal with communal violence. The
editorial said while few would disagree with the need
for such a law, concerns were expressed during the
discussions while formulating the CMP. These concerns
relate to the federal structure of the Constitution
under which the division of responsibilities and
authority between the Centre and the States places the
issue of law and order as a State subject. (The Hindu

36. No relief for riot victims: CPM (7)
New Delhi, Aug. 16: Observing that relief for the
victims of Gujarat riots does not appear near and that
the Nanavati Commission’s report on the 1984 anti-Sikh
riots has singularly failed to establish culpability,
the CPI(M) has reiterated the necessity of enacting a
comprehensive law to deal with communal violence in
order to improve the justice delivery system.
Recalling the mention of such a law in the national
common minimum programme of the UPA government, the
editorial, published in the latest issue of the CPI(M)
mouthpiece People’s Democracy, said there was an
urgent need for the Union government to take the
initiative of consulting all states to evolve a
mechanism by which the states’ rights and autonomy
shall be maintained on the one hand and, on the other,
necessary legislative powers should be acquired to
deal with the prevention of communal riots and
providing speedy justice to the victims. The
editorial, titled "Punish the perpetrators of communal
strife", also said it was an "ironic coincidence" that
on a day when the government tabled the action taken
report on the Nanavati Commission report, the Supreme
Court came out with a blistering comment that the
Gujarat police was either "conniving with the accused
or worthless". The editorial read: "For three long
years after the gruesome state- sponsored communal
carnage in Gujarat, the guilty are yet to be
apprehended, while the victims continue to languish.
This, despite a huge array of circumstantial evidence
available through media reports and eyewitness
accounts." "While the various cases concerning the
Gujarat carnage continue to be heard in various
courts, neither relief for the victims nor the
elimination of fear and insecurity for the minorities
appears near. It is once again ironic that the same
Justice Nanavati is now to probe the Gujarat carnage!"
(Asian Age 17/8/05)

37. In Rae Bareli, how a routine crime acquired
communal overtones (7)
DALMAU (RAE BARELI), AUGUST 21: A group of small-town
tough guys tease a girl. A man from the girl’s
locality objects to it. An altercation takes place,
then a fistfight and finally gunshots, killing the
man. A revenge killing follows. This scene is common
in Uttar Pradesh. But its entire complexion changes
when you throw in the fact that the tough guys were
Muslims. That the man who objected was a Hindu, a
Dalit, and an Army jawan posted in Jammu & Kashmir’s
Rajouri area. And that Dalmau village, where it
happened, is a stone’s throw away from Rae Bareli,
constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. A
clinical look at the incident doesn’t give it a
communal colour—nothing similar has happened before in
Dalmau. Neither is there a political setting that may
have planted the seeds of communal hatred here. In
fact, it could well have passed off Friday last as any
other incident, and it quite did. Yet, this incident
has now filled the air with communal tension in a
village of around 20,000 people. At first, it was only
between Bachchi Ali—and his boys—and Ramesh Sonkar,
the jawan. Now, it is They and Us, Hindus versus
Muslims. ‘‘Most communal fires at many places across
India have started from such incidents, especially
eve-teasing,’’ says a senior IPS officer. Indeed,
there are now more policemen than people in the Miya
Ka Tola pocket, where people disappear behind
half-closed doors at the first sight of ‘‘outsiders’’.
And, in the smaller pocket of butchers within Miya Ka
Tola, they have all fled in fear after Naeem Mohammed,
one of them, was lynched in retaliation to Sonkar’s
killing. (Indian Express 22/8/05)

38. Mau on boil for 3rd day (7)
Lucknow: EVEN AS shoot-at-sight orders were issued in
riot-torn Mau, a fresh bout of violence on Saturday
claimed two more lives, taking the total death toll
in the Dussehra-triggered communal clash to five. The
State Government, however, claimed that only three
persons had been killed, nine injured and 30 shops
either looted or set afire. Eighty nine persons have
been arrested. Mau was dogged by violence for the
third consecutive day despite the State Government's
Friday claim that the situation "is under control and
the administration has done a commendable job." The
Saturday bout had Principal Secretary (Home) Alok
Singh and DGP Yashpal Singh scurrying for a situation
assessment of the riot-torn town on Saturday even as
four senior police officers and five companies each of
the PAC and the RAF were battling the situation under
curfew conditions. Communal tension was sparked off in
the township on Thursday after a group clash over the
use of loudspeakers during a Bharat Milap procession.
This snowballed into violence, arson and
looting.Despite curfew on Friday, miscreants roamed
the streets indulging in arson and violence. A dozen
were seriously injured after miscreants lobbed bombs
into the Brahmin Tola locality. Anti-social elements
armed with semi-automatic firearms opened
indiscriminate fire near the branch of Oriental Bank
of Commerce injuring several persons. In Kathupurwa
locality, houses of two local journalists were set
afire. The violence resulted in the exodus of a
particular community. Despite a flag march by the RAF
and PAC personnel, marauders pelted the Shahganj
passenger train with stones, compelling the Railways
to divert several trains, including the Lichhavi
Express, from Ballia. (Pioneer 16/10/05)

39. Violence spreads in Mau, two more are killed (7)
Lucknow: Violence continued unabated in Mau district
for the third consecutive day on Sunday after a
communal flareup that has claimed seven lives so far.
Two more persons were killed and five others injured
in a fresh bout of violence on Sunday. While one
person was shot dead near the railway station, another
was killed in mob violence near Madanpura. Three dead
bodies were also recovered from the riot- affected
areas. More than 180 persons have been arrested in
connection with the riots that began on Friday,
following a dispute over use of microphone during the
traditional Bharat Milap programme that is a part of
the Dussehra festivities. Four senior officials,
including the commissioner, the district magistrate,
the deputy inspector-general of police and the senior
superintendent of police, have been suspended. While
Mau town remained largely peaceful on Sunday, communal
violence spread to the suburban areas and outskirts of
the township, from where sporadic incidents of
communal clashes were reported throughout the day.
There were reports of a school being burnt down by
rioters even as the paramilitary forces continued to
stage flag marches in the township. The state election
commission has, meanwhile, deferred the panchayat
elections in Mau district, where polling was scheduled
for October 17 and 20. The state’s principal home
secretary, Mr Alok Sinha, told reporters that curfew
was on in Mau town and the district administration had
been asked to make arrangements for the supply of food
to residents. (Asian Age 17/10/05)

40. Peace meets held, no fresh violence (7)
MAU: Shoot-at-sight orders remained in force as
additional forces were deployed in sensitive areas and
peace meetings were organised on Monday to defuse the
situation in this curfew-bound town where communal
riots have claimed seven lives. Additional security
personnel were rushed to areas where fresh incidents
were reported on Sunday and a close vigil was being
maintained, according to official sources. While
senior police officials including the DIG (Range) are
camping in the town to monitor the situation, meetings
of peace committees were being organised to diffuse
the tension. Essential commodities were being provided
to the people residing in curfew-bound areas, they
said. So far 32 people have been injured while 180
arrests made in connection with the riots that broke
out last week over Dussehra festivities. Meanwhile,
the local independent MLA Mukhtar Ansari, denied
allegations of inciting violence saying the BJP had
hatched a conspiracy to trigger communal violence
``with a view to gain political mileage and malign my
image''. He demanded that the town be handed over to
the army for maintaining law and order and
registration of cases against the suspended
Commissioner, District Magistrate, Superintendent of
Police and Circle officer. Several long and short
distance trains passing through Mau or originating
here had either been cancelled or diverted to other
routes as a precautionary measure, sources said.
Movement of roadways buses coming here from Gorakhpur,
Azamgarh and Ballia had also been suspended. Ten
companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and
two of the Rapid Action Force had been deployed in the
town where senior officials,

What is the history behind Bhojshala ? Does anybody know ?
About Bhojshala:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->5. Dhar

This is a famous town in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, and head-quarters of a distinct of the same name. It was the capital of the renowned Bhoja Parmãra who ruled between AD 1000 and 1055. It has a mausoleum known to be that of Shykh ‘Abdullãh Shãh Changãl, now in ruins. The doorway of the entrance to the mausoleum has a long inscription in Persian which, after singing fulsome praises of the Shykh, says:

“This centre became Muhammadan first by him (and) all the banners of religion were spread… This lion-man came from the centre of religion to this old temple with a large force. He broke the images of the false deities, and turned the idol temple into a mosque. When Rãi Bhoj saw this, through wisdom he embraced Islãm with the family of his brave warriors. This quarter became illuminated by the light of the Muhammadan law, and the customs of the infidels became obsolete and abolished. Now this tomb since those days has become the famous pilgrimage-place of the world. Graves from their oldness became levelled (to the ground), (and) there remained no mound on any grave. There was [no place] also for the retirement, wherein the distressed dervish could take rest… The Khaljî king MaHmûd Shãh who is such that by his justice the world has become adorned like paradise; he built afresh this old structure, and this house with its enclosure again became new… From the hijra it was 859 (AD 1455) that its (the building’s) date was written anew…”25

The inscription was put up by Mahmûd Shah Khaljî of Malwa, who overthrew the independent Ghurî dynasty of that province in AD 1436 and ruled as the founder of the independent Khaljî dynasty of Malwa till 1469. Nothing is known about ‘Abdullãh Shãh Changãl except that he hailed from Medina and was one of the earliest crusaders of Islam in Malwa. G. Yazdani who has published and translated this inscription speculates that “Abdullãh belonged to the army of Mahmûd of Ghaznî who fought with Rãjã Bhoja” and though he “might have converted only a few Hindus to Islãm, after a period of four hundred years, can easily have been believed to have converted Rãjã Bhoja with all his family and others to Islãm.”26 It is, however, more probable, as some other scholars have surmised, that the Hindu king was Bhoja II who ascended the throne at Dhar in AD 1283 and during whose reign Jalãlu’d-Dîn Khaljî (AD 1290-1296) of Delhi is known to have invaded Malwa. In that case Abdullãh Shãh Changãl seems to have been a Muslim missionary who accompanied the army of Islam from Delhi, destroyed a Hindu temple, built a mosque in its place, and forced the Hindu king to profess the faith of the victor.
So this is another case of religion of peace in action, Hindus were lathicharged to prevent them from praying at the site, its more like Pakistan not Hindustan.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Triumph of Dharma </b>
The Pioneer Edit Desk
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan deserves to be congratulated for his firm yet tactful handling of the situation at Bhojshala complex at Dhar last Friday. The complex, maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, includes both a Saraswati temple and a mosque. Last Friday, according to one Hindu almanac, was Basant Panchami when devotees worship Goddess Saraswati.

The challenge before the administration was how to ensure that Hindus offered prayers and the Muslims performed their special Friday namaz without there being any communal violence of the kind witnessed in the past. In terms of action, it had to ensure that the Hindu devotees, whom the ASI had permitted to offer puja until 12.30 pm and then again from 2.30 pm until evening, left the complex enabling the Muslims to enter and perform namaz. This it managed very well and both yagna by Hindus and namaz by Muslims continued only a few yards apart.

There no doubt was violence when a procession led by the Hindu Jagran Manch tried to enter the complex earlier than the time allotted for performing puja. It was, however, not allowed to snowball by the Government, which had deployed 10,000 police personnel including 16 companies of the Special Armed Forces and two companies of the Rapid Action Force at Bhojshala. Its success was doubtless considerably due to the fact that the police did not use excessive force but dispersed processionists, who were trying to force their way into the shrine, by resorting to teargassing and a lathi charge. A curfew was also imposed in parts of Dhar as soon as the situation threatened to turn ugly and was lifted in the evening.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan kept his promise of observing Raj Dharma, announced prior to last Friday when the situation seemed to be heading towards a violent denouement. He had not only made elaborate police arrangements but also sent the Public Works Department Minister, Mr Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is also the minister in charge of the district, to ensure that law and order was maintained. It is, however, not surprising that the Congress and a section of Muslims have been making critical noises. Both have their vote-banks to nurse. Unfortunately for them, Mr Chauhan's deft handling of the situation has deprived them of an opportunity to make political capital out of human misery.

Not only that, as a Chief Minister owing allegiance to a party that has been accused of being communal and aggressively Hindu, Mr Chauhan has demonstrated that the rights of Muslims are secure under his dispensation. In the process, he has lent further credence to repeatedly articulated BJP claim that it is in the States ruled by it that Muslims are most safe. On the other hand, by failing to notice this and switching to a hostile mode, the Congress has only underlined its own political bankruptcy - as have a section of Muslims leaders. The Centre, which reportedly sought last Friday morning a report on the arrangements made to prevent violence, would do well to lay off. Its interference can only make matters worse.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>One person killed in Bareilly clash </b>
One person was killed in a communal clash in Bareilly on Monday. Gun shots were exchanged as trouble erupted over the route of the Sant Ravi Das Jayanti celebration procession. Two companies of PAC have been deployed in the strife-torn Aliganj village and IG Bareilly zone is also campaign there. According to reports reaching the state headquarters, Muslims opposed the plan to take out the Sant Ravi Das Jayanti celebration procession from a particular route in the village. After a heated exchange of words, both communities indulged in stone-pelting and used fire arms. <b>One Ishitaque died of gun shot injuries</b>. Principal Secretary (Home) Alok Sinha, however, denied that the clash communal. He said the reason for the unrest was being probed.

As usual Islam religion of peace.
<b>NDA hails fresh probe into Bhagalpur riots</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The Nitish Kumar Government's decision to institute a fresh judicial probe into the Bhagalpur riots of 1989 in which over 1,000 people were killed, evoked a mixed reaction.

NDA constituents BJP and JD(U) hailed the decision as "historic" but opposition RJD and Congress termed it a "political stunt."
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Tension in Hyderabad after damage to temple </b>    
By Indo Asian News Service, Saturday February 25,  06

Hyderabad,  Feb 25 (IANS) Tension prevailed in the sensitive Karwan area of the city  <b>Saturday after miscreants vandalised a portion of a temple</b>, according to  police sources.

Local people became agitated when they found statues of  two tigers damaged in front of the Maisamma temple in the city. Police  suspect that the <b>incident occurred Friday night</b>.

Policemen were deployed  in large numbers in Karwan, Talagadda and adjoining localities after a  mob protesting against the damage to the temple attacked three shops. Some  passing vehicles were also damaged.

Police resorted to mild caning to  disperse the protesters. Four people were taken into custody.

Activists of  the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and  Bajrang Dal staged protests demanding the arrest of the vandals.

Police  have sealed roads leading to Karwan to prevent outsiders from entering the  area. They have also intensified patrolling in sensitive  localities. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Any news from Kaleem Kawaja's relatives in UP? I'm expecting this to be pinned on Hindu singing kirtans.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Anti-Bush stir gets communal
- By Amita Verma


Lucknow, March 3: <b>Anti-Bush protests here on Friday led to large-
scale communal violence in which two minors were killed and over
three dozen people seriously injured. </b>Curfew has been imposed in the
Wazirganj and Qaiserbagh police circles of the city.

<b>Protesters vandalised and looted over 20 shops before setting them on
fire</b>. A building that houses a nationalised bank was also set on
fire. Over two dozen vehicles, including three jeeps, were set on
fire in the riot-affected areas and three police personnel were among
those injured.

According to reports, <b>an organisation called Mohammadi Mission had
given a call for observing Friday as "Yaume Bad-dua" in protest
against US President George W. Bush's visit to India.</b> The processions
began from various mosques after the Friday prayers in the afternoon,
and as soon as one procession reached the congested Maulviganj
locality, some boys began forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters.

A few shopkeepers who resisted were beaten up by the youths. The
shopkeepers regrouped themselves in large numbers and returned to
attack the protesters. The two groups pelted stones and threw bottles
filled with acid while some miscreants opened fire from rooftops.
Boys armed with iron rods and cycle chains could be seen targeting
people belonging to a particular community.

As soon as news of the violence spread across the city, clashes began
in Nazirabad, Aminabad, Charbagh, Aishbagh, Nakkhas, Model House and
Cantt Road localities. Even the posh Hazratganj area was not spared,
and miscreants vandalised several shops in the area and damaged
private vehicles parked there.

The outbreak of communal violence, incidentally, coincided with
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's visit to the state capital on Friday
evening. Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was also present
in the city when the riots took place. Several roads leading to the
venue of the function at which the President and the former Prime
Minister were guests were blocked, and the entire administration
remained on tenterhooks until the VVIPs left for Delhi in the evening.

District magistrate R.N. Tripathi told reporters that a minor dispute
had led to the escalation of violence, while principal home secretary
Alok Sinha said that four companies of the Provisional Armed
Constabulary and Rapid Action Force had been deployed in the
communally-sensitive localities.

The officials, however, refused to confirm the death of a minor, even
though TV news channels showed the body of the child lying on La
Touche Road. The officials also denied that the police had opened
fire on the rioters, but the injured persons who have been admitted
to Balrampur Hospital told reporters that the police had targeted
them and fired. Most of the injured have been hit by bullets either
in the legs or in the neck. Some of the injured persons have suffered
serious burn injuries caused by acid attacks.

The situation in Lucknow remains tense, though violence has been
contained to a large extent.

Be it cartoons or Bush the Momeen are ready to kill Hindus. But Hindus are sadly not renowned for their memory regarding Momeen. Politico-economic entanglement with US is only going to make it harder in the future to bringing the rioting Momeen to book- for after all you see Uncle can wield the minority stick to put any uppity hindus in place.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Five hurt as communal riots break out in Goa
By Bosco de Sousa Eremita

Panaji (ICNS) -- For the first time, communal riots broke out in Goa after Muslim and Hindu groups clashed at Curchorem, 45 kilometers south of here, injuring at least five, with police bursting tear gas shells in a bid quell the rioting mob last night.

Shops and vehicles, predominantly belonging to Muslims, were targeted by rampaging mobs, even as the police found themselves in a minority, until the Rapid Action Force joined in to salvage the fast deteriorating law and order situation.

Section 144 has been imposed and a bandh call has been given today.

The rumor that armed Muslims from Bhatkal and Hubli were specially brought to cause panic and terror, following damage caused to a Muslim prayer house earlier on Wednesday was attributed to have incited the local Hindus, leading to violence.

Police said a mob of over 500 persons who gathered near the chowk started damaging buses and cars belonging to Muslims, some of whom retaliated. In the free-for-all, window panes of vehicles were smashed and some overturned, shops were broken open and goods looted.

Trouble began on Wednesday, when a Muslim prayer house, which was illegal but was in existence on government land for many years was razed in the night by Hindus, after a stay was granted on its demolition. Hindus feared that a mosque would be built. Seven persons involved in the demolition were arrested.

On Friday, Muslims addressed a protest rally over the demolition, but RSS and VHP organization affiliates who were blamed to for the trouble reportedly surrounded Muslims and indulged in stone throwing, leaving them stranded for several hours until they were allowed to move out of the site with police escort.

A 300-strong contingent of Rapid Action Force is patrolling the area, even as Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane has appealed for peace.

Goa has been traditionally known for communal amity, with Hindus and Catholics who constitute the chunk of the population having common ancestry.

After rabble rousing by mullahs during friday prayers, muslims need to kill kafir Hindus as sacrifices to keep peaceful and kind Allah happy.

It is sad that Shiv Sena has declined. Shiv Sena in its prime was capable of crushing such public nuisance.

Bal Thackrey has turned in to a duck from a lion.

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