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Riots In India
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Who is stoking communal fire?</b>
A week ago two Indian States - Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir and Hindu majority Gujarat - were in the news for all the wrong reasons. In Jammu and Kashmir, Islamic militants shot dead 32 members of the minority Hindu community in cold blood. Having "cleansed" the Kashmir Valley of Hindus, the terrorists are now hoping to achieve similar success in other regions of the State.

In Gujarat, Vadodara witnessed a communal conflagration following Muslim protests over demolition of encroachments. The Government in Jammu and Kashmir, where the Hindus were slaughtered, is headed by Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, a Congressman and a Muslim. The Gujarat Government is headed by Mr Narendra Modi, a BJP man and a Hindu.

We need to examine the conduct of the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre in the light of these developments in order to understand its intentions. In Vadodara, the civic authorities who were clearing encroachments from public places had demolished a large number of religious shrines existing on public land. This included at least 20 Hindu shrines and a dargah in Yakutpura.
Mr Deepak Swaroop, the Vadodara City Police Commissioner, told the media that the demolition drive had been on for a fortnight and as per orders, some Hindu temples too had been demolished. He said he used to offer prayers at a Sai Baba Mandir close to his residence. However, even that had to be demolished "and I could do nothing about it". The Vadodara Municipal Commissioner said that before the demolition of the dargah, 20 temples had been demolished "with the cooperation of the Hindus".

However, while the demolition of Hindu shrines passed off peacefully, trouble broke out when the bulldozers approached the dargah. Muslims went on a rampage and clashed with the police. Soon after trouble broke out, the Gujarat High Court put its weight behind the demolition drive.

It directed the civic authorities to remove all encroachments including religious shrines. With Muslims crying themselves hoarse over the demolition of the dargah, the UPA Government sniffed an opportunity to conduct a fresh raid on the Muslim vote-bank. It despatched Sri Prakash Jaiswal, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, to Vadodara, and moved the Supreme Court for a stay on the Gujarat High Court's order.
In its pleadings before the apex court, the Centre said it was deeply concerned about the safety and security of the citizens of Gujarat and the prevailing law and order situation there. The High Court order, it said, would have an impact on the "secular fabric of the nation". Mr Jaiswal remained loyal to the Congress script. He criticised the Gujarat Government for being insensitive to the feelings of Muslims.

Displaying his bleeding heart for Muslims, this standard bearer of pseudo-secular politics indulged in suppressio veri, suggestio falsi in his utterances to the media. He hid two important facts from the people of India: One, that the removal of encroachments from public places in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat had the sanction of the Gujarat High Court, which wanted this drive to be carried out impartially and efficiently. Two, that many Hindu places of worship had come under the bulldozers before the municipal authorities turned their attention to the dargah.

When told that the Vadodara Municipal Corporation had demolished 20 temples, Mr Jaiswal told a television channel: "I don't have any information about demolition of temples." And of course he did not take cognisance of the statements of the Vadodara Police Commissioner about the demolition of the Sai Baba Mandir.

After all this, we are supposed to believe that this minister actually went to Vadodara to make an honest attempt to ascertain the truth! Mr Jaiswal is only reminding us that not every one who takes oath under the Constitution is working to strengthen and preserve it. Politicians like him have the capacity to wreck it from within.

We now come to the gory events in the Congress-ruled State of Jammu and Kashmir, which is the only Muslim majority State in the country. And how are religious minorities treated here? Islamic militants periodically form themselves into firing squads and shoot down Hindus in cold blood in Doda, Jammu and Udhampur districts in this State. In the latest carnage, 32 Hindus were pulled out of their homes and gunned down. The Congress party, however, does not seem to be unduly troubled by this dance of death.

Probably it feels that Muslim chief ministers have no secular obligations to fulfill. Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil visited the affected village in Udhampur but did not go to Kulhand in Doda. Having cried itself hoarse over the plight of Muslim rioters of Vadodara, the UPA Government had no tears to shed for Vimla Devi, the widow of village chief Gopichand, who lost 12 members of her family including her husband in this incident.

If there ever was a personal tragedy, this was it, but tears for a Hindu destitute bring no electoral dividend. For the very same reason the Centre is not troubled by "the prevailing law and order situation" in this State. Nor does it think that the slaughter of minority Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir will have any impact on "the secular fabric of the nation". On the other hand, so impressed is the UPA Government with the conduct of Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad after the latest massacre of Hindus that the Union Home Minister even praised him for having "thought of a plan" to protect Hindus.
Dr Rafiq Zakaria, who wrote Communal Rage in Secular India after the Gujarat riots in 2002, had warned Muslims to beware of politicians who will pretend to be their friends. "Many of those who show them (Muslims) sympathy or consideration are not sincere. They do so only to obtain some electoral gain. This has been proved time and time again but only the wise take the hint and correct themselves."

Mr Jaiswal has been so transparently dishonest on his recent visit to Vadodara that his conduct should put the Muslims of Gujarat on high alert. They must pay heed to Dr Zakaria's warning and see the Union Minister for what he is - an unscrupulous vote-gatherer whose parsimony with truth can only bring more trouble to them.
<b>Local BJP leader shot at, curfew clamped in old Aligarh city</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Unidentified gunmen shot at and critically wounded a local BJP leader in Aligarh on Sunday night, sparking communal violence after which curfew was clamped in some areas in the city.

Two persons, riding on a motorcycle, fired at one OP Gupta, a trader and a local BJP leader, in Kanwariganj area wounding him seriously, police said.

This 7th or 8th attack on BJP leaders in Aligarh, Agra, Hatras.
<b>Curfew on in Aligarh, toll rises to 3</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Indefinite curfew continued on Monday in five areas of this town where the situation remained tense after the killing of a local BJP leader even as two people succumbed to injuries sustained in communal clashes.

Curfew was imposed in the Delhi Gate, Sasni Gate and Kotwali areas and later extended to Banna Devi and Gandhi Park as a precautionary measure following violence incited by the killing yesterday of prominent trader OP Gupta, who was also a BJP leader.

Two persons who sustained stab wounds in communal clashes last evening

No noise from UPA after Aligarh riots. Why? Why home secetary is not rushing to Aligarh?
Why Gujarat is treated differntly tith Govt and media?
<b>In Aligarh, a pattern: 2 of 3 killed in 10 days named in April riot FIR</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->ALIGARH, MAY 29:Three murders in 10 days, the same modus operandi in each. And in each, the victim has been a prominent Hindu leader of Aligarh. Two of the three killed had been arrested for allegedly inciting mobs on April 6 which saw six Muslims die in communal clashes.
And now as tension rises in Aligarh after the murder last night of local BJP leader Om Prakash Gupta, Uttar Pradesh police point to the pattern in the killings and suspect it may be a planned, retaliatory strike.


According to police, this was exactly how two other traders, Raju Kumar ‘Samosewala’ and Raman Gupta, were shot on May 19 and May 22 respectively. Both died after being shot in the temple while returning home from work late at night. And each time, the killers melted into the night. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Local muslim police support.
<b>Hindus, Muslims clash in north Indian town, houses torched, 2 schoolgirls killed</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Rioters set fire to more than 100 houses, killing at least two girls, during Hindu-Muslim clashes in northern India sparked when <b>unidentified gunmen killed a local Hindu leader, </b>police said Monday.

The violence Sunday in the town of Pratapgarh followed the shooting death of village council leader Ashish Pathak in a crowded market, said police official Prem Prakash.

As news of the incident spread, his supporters took to the streets, destroying shops and setting fire to Muslims' homes, Prakash said.

"More than 100 houses were burned, and two girls were charred to death," he said.

Riot police were patrolling the town on Monday, but the situation was still tense, he said. Pratapgarh is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
<b>Mob, cops clash; 4 killed near Mumbai</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Four persons have been killed in clashes between the police and residents of Bhiwandi, a textile town 50 km from Mumbai.

<b>A mob allegedly lynched two policemen, while two persons were killed in police firing, as protests against the construction of a police station next to a mosque turned violent.</b>

The bodies of the two cops were recovered on Thursday morning, sources at Bhoiwada police station told PTI.

The <b>police constables </b>have been identified as <b>R Y Jagtap of the Bhoiwada police station and B R Gangurde of the Narpoli police station</b>
Two persons were killed in police firing and at least 25, mostly policemen, injured in stone pelting on Wednesday, police said.

The <b>deceased were identified as Ramjan Khan and Abdul Malik, both residents of the town, </b>police said.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Bhiwandi quiet, Saffron on the march
Kiran Sonawane
Bhiwandi, July 8, 2006
The police have registered six cases against 5,000 people in connection with Wednesday’s riots in Bhiwandi, according to the police, and arrested 13 for the murder of two constables.

<b>The police have named Sakeel Raza, general-secretary of the Raza Academy, Parvej Anis and Gulab Nabi as the main accused in all six cases and booked them under various IPC sections, including inciting a mob and obstructing government servants in performing their duty</b>.

The 13 arrested in the murder case of two constables were on Saturday produced in a Bhiwandi court and remanded in police custody till July 13.

A mob on Wednesday went on the rampage claiming that a police station under construction was violating the cemetery space. Two rioters were killed in police firing. Later, the mob burnt buses and two policemen were killed.

While the police said the situation was under control in Bhiwandi on Saturday, BJP leader Gopinath Munde called off a visit to the riot-hit areas to “cooperate with the peace restoring process,” sources said. Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi too had declared a morcha in Bhiwandi but was denied police permission.

<b>Shyam Patil, president of the BJP Bhiwandi unit, said that the state government, by announcing Rs 1 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the two persons killed, had done wrong.</b> <!--emo&:o--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='ohmy.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Shiv Sena too criticised the compensation. “The government doesn’t have money to help debt-ridden farmers, but has enough money for those involved in the Bhiwandi riots,” party executive president Uddhav Thackeray said in Mumbai. He was speaking a few hours after Sainiks demonstrated at the Gateway of India demanding the arrest of Samajwadi Party MP Abu Azmi.

Coming down heavily on the DF government, Thackeray accused it of going easy on a particular community and asked for action against the rioters.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Killers of cop get paid. Where we can find Tetesta Westata?
<b>Mastermind of doctor's kidnapping, BJP leader's killing nabbed </b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Aligarh, July 10: A leader of a local party has been arrested for allegedly masterminding the recent kidnapping of a cardiologist and hiring the "professional killers" who shot dead a local BJP leader in May, sparking off violence in this communally-sensitive town.

"Clues thrown up during investigations into the abduction of Mannan Wasanwala on June 20 led police to <b>Parcham Party of India (PPI) leader Pervez Ahmad Khan who has confessed to hiring professional killers to eliminate BJP leader Om Prakash Gupta on May 28,</b>" Senior Superintendent of Police Akhil Kumar told a news conference here today.

Khan, who was presented before the media, said he organised the kidnapping to collect funds for paying those who carried out the vendetta killing in May.

He said he wanted to "avenge" the deaths of a number of people of his community during the violence that rocked the old city in April.

The local leader of the <b>PPI, which was floated three years ago to work for the Muslim minorities, said he chose the "method of instant justice as the system would fail to provide it" </b>and that he was solely responsible for masterminding the killing of Gupta.

The SSP said the police were looking for two other killers allegedly hired by Khan. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Killing of Muslim trader triggers off violence in UP</b>

Chandauli (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 8: The killing of a Muslim trader in Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli District has triggered off communal violence in the area.

<b>Houses of several Hindu families were razed to the ground on Monday in the wake of trader Arshad Ahmed's killing.</b>

<b>"Around three or four in the afternoon, they announced on the loudspeaker 'wherever you find Yadavs, kill the children and ransack and burn the houses. We heard the announcement and hid ourselves," </b>said Uday Yadav, an affected villager.

Yadav alleged the miscreants broke the door of his house and took away his valuables.

Police have deployed security in the area in an attempt to bring the situation under control.

"The brother of the chief of the village, Khurshid Ahmed, was going to Mughal Sarai on the Grand Trunk road. Two men followed him and fired at him. When he fell down, they fired at him from point-blank range. He died on the way to hospital," said A.K. Shukla, Additional Superintendent of Police.

<b>Grieving relatives of the trader alleged that local goons of the Yadav community had killed Ahmed. </b>

"People had threatened him if he contested the local elections they would teach him a lesson, and if he became the chief they would take revenge. They are people from the Yadav belt," said Shameem, a relative of Arshad Ahmed.

Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli is communally sensitive area and <b>there have been several incidents of violence in the past involving the Yadav community and the Muslims</b>.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--> <b>Indian intellectuals: a failure to lead</b>
Vivek Gumaste
August 20, 2006   
  The intellectual community is supposed to be the "friend, philosopher and guide" to the nation. Endowed with superior intellect, the nation looks up to this body of individuals to provide an incisive and accurate analysis of crucial events that aid the betterment of the nation. But like the kitten that finds itself entangled in a bundle of wool and is unable to extricate itself, our intelligentsia lies trapped in a psychological quagmire of its own making unable to perform any useful function.

Dictated by narrow ideologies in lieu of factual evidence, it is a confused body that is incapable of seeing the larger picture or defining the true destiny of the nation. In short, in the battle against terrorism, our intelligentsia has proved to be more of a distraction sometimes with a deliberate intent to misguide, as coverage of the Mumbai blasts indicate.

By their writings in editorials and columns of leading newspapers, these scribes, instead of presenting the nation with a meticulous exposition of the issue with possible solutions, have shown themselves to be ardent apologists for the terrorists supplying them with ample reasons to justify their ghastly attacks.             

Time and again, Gujarat 2002 has been held up as the sentinel event that is the genesis of terrorism in India. An editorial in the Indian Express (July 14) claimed: "The Gujarat riots of 2002 stoked deep-seated resentments in local Muslim communities that jihadi  outfits-which earlier given much less quarter-could exploit for their own nefarious purposes."

Again holding communal riots to be the instigating factor Muzamil Jaleel in an op-ed in the same newspaper remarks: Chand Khan, the man who ferried fidayeens  from South Kashmir to Akshardham-had told his interrogators in Srinagar that he joined the jihadi  group only after Gujarat riots. Azam Ghauri's evolution in becoming one of India's most wanted militants has its roots in communal riots. According to the investigations, Ghauri-who had a Naxal past-was present at a meeting organised in Bhiwandi soon after communal violence had ripped it apart in1985.                                                                                                                                         
Then there is Jalees Ansari-a doctor who was arrested in 1994. He decided to leave his job and plant bombs on December 6, 1992-the day of the Babri demolition. Ansari joined the Tehreek-Islahul-Muslimeen (Movement for Reform among Muslims)-an extremist group founded in Mominpura (Mumbai) to "avenge communal violence against Muslims".

These conclusions are erroneous to say the least.

<b>Firstly, to postulate a direct linear relationship between a perceived injustice or communal riots and terrorism is naive and simplistic. The Hindu relatives of the Godhra victims did not heed a call to terror</b>.

<b>Seething in a cauldron of injustice, deprivation and suppression, a potent recipe for terror, the internally displaced Kashmiri Hindus should have spawned numerous terror groups.  Again that did not happen. </b>

Secondly, what sort of a warped logic is this, may I ask?

One wrong does not nullify another or mitigate the magnitude of a crime, period, let us be clear about that. This a precept that even the common man on the street understands, how it fails these so-called intellectuals I find it hard to comprehend.

If the ghost of Gujarat 2002 can be invoked to justify every subsequent terrorist act or the foray of Indian Muslims into terrorism, then by the same token, the slaughter at Noakhali or the carnage of Somnath can be used to rationalise not one but a hundred Gujarats.

Moreover, such a claim does not even conform to a logical sequence. The Kandahar hijacking and the sensational assault on our Parliament both preceded Gujarat 2002. Let us not make excuses for a crime that is innately evil.

In addition to propagating a cause and effect theory, these so-called intellectuals make every attempt to temper these savage acts by unjust comparisons and wilful distraction in order to alter public perception of these events.

An example of this is the lay of the op-ed page of the Indian Express dated July 25, 2006. In the centre of the article (an interview of KPS Gill by Shekhar Gupta on the Naxal threat) is an outsized image of KPS Gill, the security icon and archenemy of terrorists. But what is even more striking is the caption splashed boldly across the entire page atop the picture: <b>The only time I've slept badly in my life was in Gujarat. Just hearing the descriptions. Never before, never after</b>.

How this headline is relevant to the topic of the interview, the Naxal threat escapes me, initially that is. A little thought makes the intention clearer. With the country still recovering from the Mumbai blasts just a week ago and the focus squarely on the Islamic community, how else do you deflect the scrutiny: Resurrect Gujarat 2002.

Naresh Fernandes, while writing in the New York Times on the topic of the Mumbai bomb blasts finds it imperative to pull in the "Hindu Shiv Sena" into the picture, never mind the irrelevance or the insignificance of the protest (no lives were lost) he highlights. He graphically comments: As we settled down to brunch on Sunday, our TV sets brought us the chilling sight of buses being ransacked and burnt across Mumbai by cadres of the Hindu nativist Shiv Sena party. They claimed that a statue of their leader's late wife had been vandalised and they were protesting in the only way they knew how.

<b>Lacking the courage to target the real culprits or the acumen to perform a critical analysis, pseudo- intellectuals use these acts of terrorism to sermonise the Hindu community instead.</b>

Sudheendra Kulkarni indicates (Indian Express, July 14): But 7/11 has a lesson for the Hindu community too. Quite often in the past, some Hindu organisations have fallen to the provocation. They too haven't done enough and honest enough, self-introspection. They think that Hindu fanaticism, which was responsible for the barbaric post-Godhra violence in Gujarat, is the answer to Muslim fanaticism. They routinely feed anti-Muslim prejudices, or at least condone those who do so. They know not the disservice they are doing to India, and to themselves.

Carefully dissect this excerpt to fully realise the undiluted hypocrisy and double standards that have become the hall mark of the Indian intellectual scene; an inspiring doctrine for continued Islamic terrorism in India.

The Gujarat riots are cited to justify Mumbai 7/11 but a similar correlation between Godhra (Hindu victims) and Gujarat 2002 escapes the writer. While the post-Godhra riots are described as barbaric, the Godhra incident, itself, in which 59 Hindu men, women and children were roasted alive to the taunts of a jeering mob, is conveniently overlooked: a deliberate attempt at obfuscation.

Coming back to the crux of the matter: you can crucify Modi for Gujarat 2002, you can pontificate endlessly on the non-existent bogey of Hindu fanaticism and claim perfidiously that Hindus were the first suicide bombers, or that other groups are equally guilty of such heinous crimes, but does any of this provide a solution to the problem? The answer is, no.

And therein lies the greatest failure of the Indian intelligentsia: a lack of clear thinking and an inability to lead.

Vivek Gumaste is our regular surfer and can be reached at gumastev@yahoo.com

All views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the surfer and do not necessarily represent those of HindustanTimes.com.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Violence rocks Mangalore </b>
DH News Service Mangalore:
Mobs went on the rampage during the bundh called by the Bajrang Dal activists to protest against the illegal transportation of cattle in the district.

Police opened fire in the air and lobbed scores of teargas shells to quell the sudden outbreak of violence in Mangalore and Bantwal taluks on Thursday. Mobs went on the rampage during the bundh called by the Bajrang Dal activists to protest against the illegal transportation of cattle in the district.

Forty-two persons, including seven police personnel were injured and public property worth lakhs of rupees damaged in the violence, which continued almost throughout the day. The police have imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.Pc. in Mangalore and Bantwal taluks for three days and detained more than 70 persons.

For slaughter

The trouble began on Wednesday night when a mini truck carrying cattle to a slaughter house was involved in two separate accidents with two jeeps. The jeep drivers reportedly chased the mini truck upto the slaughter house, where a mob gathered and pelted stones and bottles at the jeeps. Before the police rushed to the spot, some other vehicles and a hotel was attacked. But the situation was soon brought under control.

The Bajrang Dal activists, who have a running battle with a particular community over the slaughter of cows, had called for a Mangalore bundh on Thursday.

The city, which had ignored a statewide bundh call on Wednesday over the Belgaum issue, virtually downed shutters with schools, colleges, banks, shops and other business establishments being closed. Public transport, including buses and autorickshaws, stayed off the roads.

Caning too

But, different parts of the City witnessed violence during the bundh with mobs resorting to pelting of stones and torching private vehicles. The police opened fire in the air at Farangipet area.

They also lobbed several rounds of teargas shells and resorted to repeated caning in many areas including Mangalore City, Farangipet, Kannur, Adyar and Surathkal.

Superintendent of Police B Dayanand told Deccan Herald that around 75 persons had been arrested in connection with the violence.

Later in the evening he said the situation had been brought under control.

Deputy Commissioner M Maheshwar Rao has ordered closure of all educational institutions in the district till October 7.

He has appointed special magistrates to monitor the situation.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Curfew in Mangalore as fresh violrnce erupts </b>
Agencies | Mangalore
Seven people were injured in a fresh incident of violence even as curfew remained in force and shoot-at-sight orders issued in this city and three nearby areas hit by communal violence that has claimed one life.

Officials said seven people travelling in an ambulance were attacked by a mob about 20 km from the city centre.

Curfew in the city, Mangalore rural police limits, Konaje and Ullal will continue till 1900 hours on Sunday, they said. Barring stray stone throwing, no untoward incidents were reported from most of the areas, the officials said.

<b>Abdul Gafoor, 22, of Sulia taluk on Saturday succumbed to injuries sustained in a stone throwing incident </b>yesterday, District Superintendent of Police B Dayanand said.

In Bangalore, Home Minister MP Prakash said the <b>state government suspected the hand of "communal fundamentalists" in the violence </b>that also left 67 people injured and brought life in Mangalore district to a standstill for two days.

Prakash had last night said the <b>banned Students Islamic Movement of India, VHP, Rama Sena and Hindu Jagran Vedike could be involved in fomenting the communal trouble</b>.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said the home department is ascertaining whether SIMI activists had any role in the violence, which erupted after Bajrang Dal activists stopped a vehicle carrying cattle to a slaughter house on Wednesday.

Karnataka Police chief BS Sial, who is camping here, said a meeting will be held on Sunday morning to decide whether curfew should be relaxed.
Looks like very serious situation.
<b>Mangalore on slow boil</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Since Babri, Mangalore has become divided on sharply communal lines.<b> The BJP’s emerged as a strong force constantly gaining territory from the Congress. The 2004 elections saw the BJP make a virtual sweep of the 11 legislative assembly seats from the district. Mangalore played a key role in the BJP’s emergence as the single largest party in the 2004 polls and its current presence in a ruling coalition with the Janata Dal Secular.</b>

The politics in the district is now often played out on the knife-edge of the divide between Hindus and Muslims. Several new flashpoints for communal violence have emerged from the issue of transportation of cows in violation of a state law to eve teasing to inter-religious relationships.

The deep distrust between Hindus and Muslims has been heightened by the perception of the minorities of the local administration’s bias against them, since the BJP is the partner of the Janata Dal Secular in the state coalition government and Mangalore district is under the charge of a BJP minister.<b> On the flipside, the mayor of Mangalore city is Congress’ K Ashraf. </b>........................

The prolonged curfew of the past week has had common people losing livelihood, resulting in a demand for a ban on fundamentalist groups and bandhs in the district. Peace has returned to Mangalore for the time being. People are back to their normal lives. <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>But, simmering below the surface is a powder keg of communal emotions.</span> <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>One killed in UP communal clashes</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Tension prevailed in communally sensitive Muzaffarnagar and Bulandshahr districts of western Uttar Pradesh on Sunday following clashes between two communities over bursting of firecrackers during Diwali celebrations on Saturday night. While one person was killed in clashes in Muzaffarnagar, at least half a dozen people were injured in Bulandshahr in exchange of fire and brickbatting.

According to information some youth objected to bursting of firecrackers late Saturday night in Muzaffarnagar. While the youth of other community refused to stop bursting crackers after midnight, the other side started brick batting resulting into the spread of violence in Kotwali area of the town. One person Pankaj Kumar was killed when some unidentified miscreants opened fire from a country made pistol. Pankaj succumbed to gun shot injuries on Sunday morning.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday announced compensation of Rs five lakh to family members of Pankaj Kumar. A FIR was registered against five persons and one accused had been arrested.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday announced compensation of Rs five lakh to family members of Pankaj Kumar. A FIR was registered against five persons and one accused had been arrested.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Mullah Mulayam has done his duty, this man is the true son of Babur and Aurangzeb with the blood of countless Hindus on his hands.

Meanwhile the persecuted Muslim community do their regular duty of killing the accursed kaffirs for daring to disrespect the wishes of the master race.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Bangalore on alert after violence
Saturday, January 20, 2007 10:04:03 am

Atleast 20 people including ten police men were injured and about 40 vehicle damaged or burnt after a protest against the hanging of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein turned violent in Bangalore.

Things are calm now, over 200 assailants mostly teenagers armed with swords,kniefs and lathis were behind this attack. On the other hand, police fired in the air to disperse a violent crowd.

Additional Commissioner of Police Bipin Gopalakrishna said, “Few shops were burnt and people injured in the stone throwing incident. The situation was brought under control when DCP reached the place, absolutely no loss of life and no major injuries were reported. Policemen were also injured.”

The trouble broke out when a banner relating to "Virat Hindu Samajotsav" was removed by a group of people on way to attend the rally, which led to tension and stone-pelting, police said.

At a rally held at Shivajinagar stadium, leaders of political parties from the state, including Congress leaders C K Jaffar Sharief and former chief minister N Dharam Singh and SP leader S Bangarappa, attacked the US' Iraq policy.

The protesters, who had gathered at the rally, burnt the portraits of US President George Bush and shouted slogans against him and the US. The rally was held under the banner of "People's Front".

The police is in mood to take chances and will continue to keep a close watch. 

They don't have time to protest when Mumbai blasts happen or when the Saudi king visits India, shows where their priorities lie.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Bangalore bleeds again: cops fire on mob, 1 dead

Posted Sunday , January 21, 2007 at 16:57

Bangalore: One person was killed and over 15 injured when Police opened fire in the Shivaji Nagar area of Bangalore where an angry mob went on a rampage burning several vehicles, pelting stone and closing shops on Sunday.

Violence broke out in many parts of east and north-east Bangalore with Shivaji Nagar being the worst-hit area in the city. Curfew has been imposed in Bharti Nagar area of Bangalore from 2200 hrs (IST) on Sunday to 0700 hrs (IST) on Monday.

While a 12-year-old boy was killed when police opened fire, 15 people were injured including eight police constables. A constable Thimmaiah was stabbed by a mob in Shivaji Nagar. The injured have been admitted to Bowring Hospital.

Trouble began on Sunday afternoon right next to a convention of Virat Hindu Samaj Utsav. While three buses were burnt in the Bamboo Bazaar area, three autos were damaged near Ulsoor lake. Stray incidents of violence have also been reported from other areas in Bangalore Contonement, Shivajinagar and Old Madras Road.

The other troubled areas in the city are Kamaraj Road, Armstrong road, Sappers road, Commercial street, Shivchetty garden, Bamboo Bazar, Coles park, Cock Burn street, Ulsoor lake, Assay Road, Gangadhara Chetty road, Old Madras Road, and Indira Nagar.

Mob violence had rocked the Shivaji Nagar and Bharati Nagar areas of the city on Friday after clashes during a demonstration against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s execution.

The violence left at least 20 persons injured. Police had to fire in the air to disperse a violent crowd prior to a massive rally by the Muslim community.

There were stone-throwing and group violence between the two groups in Bharti Nagar police limits. Trouble broke out when a banner relating to 'Virat Hindu Samajotsav' was removed by a group of people on their way to attend the rally, which led to tension and stone-pelting, police said. An unspecified number of police personnel and civilians were injured in the incidents.

Around 400 police personnel had been deployed in the two places, which officials said are tense but under control. A police two-wheeler and two shops were set on fire. Several private vehicles were also damaged in the incidents.

The Bangalore Police chief said more than 300 people were arrested or detained on charges of riots and prohibitory orders were clamped on all trouble-torn areas.

At a rally held at Shivajinagar stadium, leaders of political parties from the state, including Congress leaders CK Jaffar Sharief and former Chief Minister N Dharam Singh and SP leader S Bangarappa, attacked the US' Iraq policy. The protesters, who had gathered at the rally, burnt the portraits of US President George Bush and shouted slogans against him and the US.

The rally was held under the banner of 'People's Front'. Though the situation is under control in Bamboo Bazaar and the Contonement areas, Ulsoor remains tense.

"It is now under control as the we lathicharged. We have clamped section 144 and arrested many in connection with the clash," Commissioner of Police told CNN-IBN.

The bastards should all be deported to Iraq where the US army can send them to their jannat.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Saffron activists, minority groups clash in Indore

Press Trust of India

Indore, January 22, 2007

Police on Saturday used tear gas and batons to break a clash between saffron activists and members of a minority community in Mukeripura area of this town.

The trouble erupted when a group belonging to the minority community brandished swords in front of an office bearer of a saffron outfit, Superintendent of Police Anshuman Singh Yadav said.

He said this led to a clash between the two groups which pelted each other with stones and a police force had to be rushed to the area.

They fired tear gas shells and used batons to get the situation under control, he said.

"Mukeripura area is tense, but under control" and police forces were deployed in the area to monitor the situation, Yadav said.

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