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Riots In India
I dont think they have reported BJP win in AMC yet.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Does Times of India not get any news from UP? Wonder why they are so shy about reporting the riots at Mau?<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Because all dead and those lost property are Hindus. First person dead was Brahmin. They are not "News" worthy for english media.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Uneasy calm in Mau as Govt cracks down </b>
Pioneer News Service / Mau / Lucknow
An uneasy calm returned to Mau, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, for the first time on Monday after three days of arson and riots that claimed nearly a dozen lives. An all-new local administration team dealt with the situation with an iron hand and succeeded in installing a semblance of order across the district with a change of guard at the helm.

Shoot-at-sight orders, however, continue to be in force in the district and authorities in adjoining areas are on high alert. More importantly, violence, which was gradually percolating into rural areas, was also checked on Monday barring a few stray incidents.

The alacrity with which the administration responded to the situation on Monday was in stark contrast to the approach adopted during<b> the first three days to handle those indulging in violence and arson in which local independent MLA Mukhtar Ansari played an inflammatory role.</b>

<b>Trouble erupted over organising "Bharat Milap" this year.</b> Traditionally, "Bharat Milap", part of Dussehra celebrations, has been marked by communal harmony in the district. This time, however, it sparked of unprecedented trouble.

<b>Old-timers say "Bharat Milap" has been organised in Shahi Katra, dominated by Muslims, since ages and people of Mau take pride of holding a Hindu religious function near Katra madarsa.</b>

Last Thursday, "Bharat Milap" was planned as per tradition. Loudspeakers were blaring Hindu devotional songs and Hanuman chalisa as in previous years.

However, this time Muslims objected to the Hindu devotional songs. The Hindu-Muslim coordination committee held an impromptu meeting and decided that "Bharat Milap" would be held on October 29. BL Rahi, one of the members of the committee, told The Pioneer from Mau that district officials approved the proposal.

<b>The situation took an ugly turn the next day when some people staged a dharna demanding "Bharat Milap" should be held that very evening. Muslim youth from the madarsa came out in protest</b>. The war of words led to fisticuffs. Some one from the crowd opened fire, killing Ram Murth Pandey.

This killing sparked widespread violence, one of the worst since 1969, in which 12 people were killed.

All this while the district administration and police officials chose to ignore the tension that was building up. It was only after members of the minority community put up roadblocks that the district administration sat up.

By then it was too late. <b>The ominous presence of don-turned-legislator Mukhtar Ansari taking rounds of the town escorted by his armed cohorts in his open Gypsy jeep only added fuel to fire. Bolstered by his presence, Ansari's supporters unabashedly took to the streets, indulging in arson, loot and violence</b>. The police remained mute spectators, ostensibly due to the former <b>don's proximity to the powers that be in Lucknow</b>.

Some believe that the violence was not by default but by design keeping an eye on the coming panchayat elections. <b>Mukhtar Ansari led his goons, asking them to take "badla".</b>

Mohammed Tayyab Palki, said to be Mukhtar's lieutenant, wants to contest the chairmanship of Mau Nagar Palika. He is up against incumbent chairman Arshad Zamal, a noted criminal of the area.

Mukhtar, however, refuted these charges. "I never started the riot. In fact, I was first to reach there to help the riot-hit people," he told The Pioneer from Ghazipur. "I am a jan pratinidhi. I was there to help people of my constituency. I helped both Hindus and Muslims," he claimed.

Notwithstanding his claim,<b> the administration has banned Mukhtar's entry into district after his covert support to the rioters was exposed.</b> "This decision is wrong. I have spoken to Chief Minister (Mulayam Singh Yadav) regarding this," he said.

It was only after the State Government decided to deal with the situation with an iron hand and brought in a new team of officers on Monday that the violence could be curbed. Besides, the decisions not to allow politicians to visit the riot-hit areas and debar Mukhtar Ansari from entering Mau have also helped.
But there were reports of rioters raiding and partly damaging two places of worship [Hindu temple] in Amila and Surajpur villages, 40 km from Mau. Stray violence was also reported from Bahraich, Azamgarh and Ghazipur but police intervened to control the situation.

Meanwhile, DGP Yashpal Singh on Monday conceded, " The district administration failed in assessing the gravity of the situation and in reacting promptly to control the volatile situation which eventually snowballed. The lack of sufficient police force only added to the worsening of the situation."
Now read as usual lies from who else <!--emo&:mad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='mad.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Po Box 10654, Silver Spring, MD 20914.
Washington DC, October 16, 2005.

In the last few days a Hindu-Muslim communal riot occurred in the town of Mau in eastern Uttar Pradesh. <b>The riot occurred when a group of violent Hindus attacked a mosque where congregational prayers were being held after Muslims broke their day-long fast. The marauders threw missiles, trash and dirt inside the mosque and disturbed the prayer by playing loud music and making loud noises. That resulted in a scuffle between groups of Hindus and Muslims outside the mosque. Subsequently a large number of shops of Muslim residents were set on fire</b>. The local units of the U.P. Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) used excessive force against the Muslim population resulting in injuries to many Muslims, but did not take action against the violent Hindu mob.. It is reported that as of now seven people have been killed in this communal conflagration in Mau city and district.

The Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM) appeals to Mulayam Singh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh to immediately replace the PAC units who are known to have anti-Muslim bias, with adequate number of armed police units from outside the district. We appeal to Mr Mulayam Singh to immediately post a Deputy Director General of Police in Mau with adequate police strength and with orders to immediately control the violent situation and restore order. We appeal to Mr Mulayam Singh to pay adequate financial compensation to the victims of the violence, and to conduct a through enquiry with a view to bring the guilty marauders to justice.

Kaleem Kawaja
Association of Indian Muslims of America
PO Box 10654, Silver Spring, MD 20914.
Phone: 410 730 5456
e-mail: kaleemkawaja@...<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Rumor mill is working in full gear. <!--emo&:angry:--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='mad.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Yeah right, Khawaja with his a$$ parked in Maryland is getting the latest information. Next step, congressional hearings about "rising hindu fundamentalism".
Violence continues in Mau
VANDALISED: The remains of a Sanskrit Patashala in Rauza locality of Mau. It was set ablaze by rioters on Sunday
<img src='http://www.hindu.com/2005/10/17/images/2005101707421201.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />

Moron Kaleem Kawaja should see this picture before barking again.
Chinese paper says it like it is.

Hindus were celebrating Dusherra with loudspeakers blaring devotional songs. The Bharat milap was scheduled and Muslims objected to the loudspeakers. Hindus said fine, we'll do it on Oct 29 and turned off their loudspeakers. Muslims were happy, went around and turned on their own loudspeakers. This angered Hindus. Tu-tu main main happened. First one to be killed was Hindu. Last one to be killed is Hindu - an aged grandmother nonetheless.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Three Hindus were fatally shot overnight in a tense north Indian town, bringing the total number of deaths to eight since rioting between Hindus and Muslims erupted last week, police said Monday.

One of the victims was Shushma Pandey, a grandmother who stepped out of her home in Mau, in Uttar Pradesh state, to get food for her grandchildren, said Ram Saran Srivastava, a police spokesman.

She was shot and killed by unidentified assailants, he said.

"Shops have remained closed for the past three days and there is no milk supply to this small town," Srivastava said.

Rioting started on Friday after Muslim residents objected to Hindus holding a religious ceremony in a predominantly Muslim area in Mau.

That angered many Hindus who tried to stop the Muslims from using loudspeakers during Friday prayers, leading to clashes. Rioters burned shops and attacked each other using pistols, knives and other weapons on Friday and Saturday, and outbursts of violence have erputed since then.

Authorities rushed paramilitary forces to the villages around Mau to quell violence, said Alok Sinha, the state home secretary.

Police have so far arrested 112 persons and stopped train and bus services to Mau, Srivastava said.

More than 40 percent of Mau's population of 400,000 are Muslims, mostly working as weavers in factories.

Uttar Pradesh is India's most populous state, with Muslims comprising 15 percent of its 180 million people. Mau is 300 kilometers (190 miles) southeast of Lucknow, its capital.

Muslims comprise nearly 13 percent of India's more than 1 billion people. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Mudy link for that picture please.
All the (pseudo)secular fundamentalists are now hiding in their snake pits while Mau is burning. The reports are on Nth page of their online editions. I think the www.telegraphindia.com is the worst. Other communal fundamentalists like Arjun Singh, Sonia Gandhi, CPI, CPI(M) are quiet as if nothing has happened.
<!--QuoteBegin-Dev+Oct 17 2005, 03:09 PM-->QUOTE(Dev @ Oct 17 2005, 03:09 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Mudy link for that picture please.

Dev: The picture is from the mother of all secularism "the Hundi"

Jagran -Hindi version
Mob destroyed railway lines.
Dalit throat was slit near railway line.
One passenger was stabbed by knife near new station.
Mob shot dead local BSP leader Birla Rao Same village fatally injured Baliram Maurya (50) and Shivaji Kushavha(25) and 4 others.
Slit one young guy throat who was on his way to nature's call.
Mob burnt hutment in same village.
Muslim mob attacked Brahmin Tola.
Lalan Tiwari (65) and his son Shivdhani were stabbed to death mob in thousand.
One unidentified dead body was found in field.
Suryabhan (65) and his son Ramdarsh Singh were fatally injured by muslim mob.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Curfew in Karbi after 36 tribals hacked to death </b>
Pioneer.com - Syed Zarir Hussain/ Guwahati
Assam's Karbi Anglong district has become a killing field. On Monday, militants brutally hacked to death 36 Karbi tribal villagers, including seven women, taking the toll in the two week of ethnic clashes to 72, officials said.  

An indefinite curfew was imposed in the violence-hit district with authorities issuing shoot-on-sight orders late on Monday.

A police official said in the first incident, 22 bus passengers were massacred at around 8.30am in village Jirikinding in Karbi Anglong district, about 320 kilometres east of Guwahati.

A group of about 40-odd heavily armed rebels belonging to the outlawed Dima Halom Daoga (DHD) stopped two crowded buses on the outskirts of Jirikinding and asked all Karbi passengers to stay inside the vehicles and others to get down.

<b>"Passengers of one of the buses sensed trouble and fled to a nearby jungle, but the militants virtually slaughtered passengers from the other bus killing 22 on the spot,"</b> Karbi Anglong district magistrate DD Tripathi said by telephone from Diphu.

The militants used spears and machetes to kill the passengers with some of them receiving bullet injuries as well. The two buses were set ablaze by the hooded militants soon after the attack. "Some of the dead bodies were later thrown inside the burning buses, thereby, charring some of the victims beyond recognition," a senior police official said quoting injured witnesses. All the victims were from the majority Karbi tribe. Five seriously injured Karbi passengers were shifted to local hospitals.

"The injured were bleeding profusely and the militants thought them to be dead and so left the area," the police official said quoting one of the injured.

In two separate attacks, armed DHD rebels attacked village Sarchim and Prasin in the same district and killed 14 more Karbi villagers. "The militants went to the two villages and set ablaze some 70 houses and hacked to death 14 villagers, including three children," the police official said. At least 20 people were wounded in the attacks in the two villages.

Army and paramilitary soldiers have since begun a massive hunt in the area to nab the rebels. The majority Karbi and the Dimasas have been engaged in a bitter turf war for many years with the situation turning violent in recent weeks with armed militants of both the tribes attacking rival community members. In retaliatory strikes, armed Karbi rebels attacked at least two Dimasa villages in the district and burnt down at least a hundred houses Monday evening.

"The villages where the retaliatory strikes took place are very remote and we are yet to get any more details from the spot," the district magistrate said.

During the ongoing violence 1500 homes have been set ablaze triggering a massive exodus of villagers from both the tribes. "An estimated 30,000 people are in makeshift shelters and the numbers are growing by the day with fresh streams of people leaving their villages out of fear," Tripathi said.

The outlawed United Democratic People's Solidarity (UPDS), a rag-tag rebel group fighting for a Karbi tribal homeland, and the DHD, a militant group fighting for a Dimasa homeland, were suspected to be behind the attacks. The majority Karbis bore the brunt in the recent attacks with armed DHD rebels killing 47 of the 58 dead so far, police said.  <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Can someone ping Kaleem Kawaja on this report. Fling it on his face will be more like it.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Mulayam says Mau a blot, MLA backing him calls the shots

MLA Mukhtar Ansari in MauNEW DELHI/MAU, OCTober 17 <b>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today admitted in Lucknow that the communal violence in Mau had tarnished the image</b> of his two-year-old government as ‘‘rioting and arson continued unabated for 48 hours.’’

<b>The reason: His administration failed to control the rioters and it was Mukhtar Ansari, an Independent MLA who supports the Mulayam government, who ‘‘took charge’’ when Mau burnt. As a minor dispute blew up into a riot, Ansari, the local MLA, roamed the streets in an open Gypsy. The curfew was on, officials and police watched.</b>

One of the five senior Mau administration officials suspended on Sunday told The Indian Express:<b> ‘‘Ansari had clear instructions to us: ‘Don’t fire at the rioters... I will calm them.’ In an open Gypsy with his henchmen, he was going up and down the Mau streets for all of Friday and Saturday. No official dared to defy him... and paid the price,’’</b> the officer said. <b>Ansari has 36 criminal cases against him and a conviction under TADA.</b>

Uttar Pradesh DGP Yashpal Singh said the police had initiated a probe into his role. <b>‘‘It was difficult to control the riots with the MLA out on the streets like this.’’ </b>Preliminary investigation reveals that a small incident on Thursday evening sparked off the riots. ‘‘Around 7.20 pm at Roza time, some Muslims objected to a loudspeaker being used for a Bharat Milap. The Ram Lila committee cancelled the show but the news spread like wildfire with clashes breaking out. By 10 pm on Thursday, curfew was in place but the required force of PAC and RAF could arrive only by 4 am,’’ said ADG Babulal Yadav.

<b>That night and the next morning, MLA Ansari was all over Mau town.</b> ‘‘It’s my constituency, why should I leave?’’ Ansari said. ‘‘Shooting at public is not the only alternative... I am their elected representative and was trying to calm them. I took over and hit the streets as the District Magistrate and SP were totally useless.,’’ Ansari said.

While Mau remained peaceful today, reports of efforts to whip up communal passions came in from Bahraich, Ghazipur and Ballia. <b>People burnt Ansari’s effigy and shouted slogans against him. ‘‘I am being framed by vested interests. My image could be that of a mafia but I had never been known as a communal man,’’</b> Ansari told The Indian Express.
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story....t_id=80279<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->From: <b>"SHRIKUMAR"</b> <shrikumar@...>
Date: Sat Oct 15, 2005  9:44 pm
Subject: <b>NRI-SAHI </b>SHOULD CONSIDER SENDING LETTERS ON THIS ISSUE=<b>Shrikumar Poddar  </b>shrikumar@...

----- Original Message -----
From: <b>Kaleem Kawaja </b>
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Cc: <b>Building Better India </b>
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 1:12 PM
Subject: [indixxxx] Mau (U.P.) is Burning

Res. Brothers and Sisters
Mau nath Banjan a Muslim dominating district in utter Pradesh is seeing a worst communal riot since yesterday. Hundreds of shops are looted or brunt and dozens of muslims are killed there. Most painfull asopect is that UP police and PAC is a party to the riot and as know always they are siding the Goons and admionistration is adding to the situation as the UP Home secretary and Director Genral of UP Polioce visited the town this evening. As they left the town the polcie started targeting Muslim Youth to and allopwing local anti social elements to burn the house of muslims there. this clearly shows the partisan attitude of government. The riot started yesterday morning when about 150 shops were completed burnt and about 12 people killed. It all started Thursday night when a procession of Bharat Milap led By a local Hindu outfit "HIndu Vahini"took
Look all these so-called secular SOBs already started rallying in favor of muslims and soon you will see moron Kaleem Kawaja will lie in front of US Congress and will release press release on daily basis. Later xitian will add some chruch burning etc. Walla they will have field day.
We need volunteers to handle these people with counter press release.
<b>Indian media still quiet about ongoing Hindu Muslim riots in India – three more Hindus fatally shot in religious violence in north Indian town Mau, Uttar Pradesh</b>
No sceret here.
I am quite surprised that ELM more or less has been quite clear in pointing the finger this time. Although the riots remain fifth page blurbs in major papers (TOI, "Hundi"). The reason I can imagine is that the BJP is gone. (remember, taklu, Ram and A.Dirty's promise to Islamabad?). Now only if this were Bharuch instead of Mau, that pathshala a madrasa instead and the first riot victim a mullah instead of a shastri? aaah.... then things would have been different.

Infact methinks this will be used as a glorified example of how a riot needs to be quelled in its budding stages. After all, what can be a better example than the devta of secularism, Mullah Singh Yadav taking care of riots. Bhaad mein jaaye the fact that Mullah Singh completely refused to bring the army. Look for editorials taking this line.

Unfortunately professional stokers of hatred in the US - cut off that they are from reality - are thinking, this time around, more fun with our lies and deceit. More congressional hearings against evil yindootva fundoos daring to celebrate Dusherra on a friday in a muslim majority town in secular India.
<b>Mau clashes: Case filed against Ghazipur MLA </b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The case against him was registered on the basis of an application filed by the brother of a man who died in the violence on October 14.

The MLA was seen roaming around the streets in an open jeep with armed aides despite the imposition of curfew.

The FIR against Ansari and 100 others was lodged in the Kotwali Police Station area, booking them under various sections of IPC.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Why they have not arrested him yet?
<b>Tribals clash with Army in violence-torn Assam town</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Tribal militants on Tuesday clashed with Army soldiers and torched scores of houses in Assam's violence-torn Karbi Anglong district despite an indefinite curfew and shoot-at-sight orders.

A police spokesman said there were reports of militants attacking security forces in at least two places with automatic weapons.

"We are yet to get details as the area where the encounters are believed to have taken place was very remote," Karbi Anglong district magistrate DD Tripathi said.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>For Ansari, courting controversy comes easy </b>
Bishwadeep Ghosh/ Lucknow
One name that figures right at the top of the list of those accused of fomenting three days of communal violence in Mau, near Varanasi, is that of Mokhtar Ansari, independent MLA who boasts of close proximity with the current dispensation in Uttar Pradesh.  

On Tue-sday, the police registered an FIR against him and many others for indulging in communal riots. Earlier, he was banned from entering Mau, but only after he had lit the fire that was to engulf houses, shops and a dozen lives.

Mokhtar Ansari has an unenviable track record of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Right from his infamous schooling in the grisly alleys of the world of crime to his graduation to the corridors of power, he has shown a penchant for courting controversy.

The embarrassment caused by him repeatedly to his political masters notwithstanding, he has always been forgiven - and not without reasons. This don-turned-politician exercises considerable clout in the badlands of eastern Uttar Pradesh and has bailed out different sets of powers-that-be at times of deep crisis.

Hence, his mentors have chosen to turn a Nelson's eye to his wanton acts of holding the administration to ransom, quite brazenly. Mau seems to be an exception to the rule by which Mokhtar Ansari has lived all these years. The State Government, after coming in for some shelling from the media and the Opposition, decided to act "fair and transparent", first by barring him from entering the strife-torn town and then lodging an FIR against him and 100 others for fanning trouble.

<b>Mokhtar Ansari has been named for orchestrating the murder of Ram Pratap Yadav at Salahabad locality on last Friday </b>last and instigating local residents to run riot.

But those who believe that Mokhtar Ansari is not easily daunted by FIRs and cases say that situations like this have crossed his path earlier too. The don believes that such steps are no more than gimmicks and will die with the great healer - time.

Not confined to adroitly wielding the gun, Mokhtar Ansari has also mastered the art of staying on the right side of power for his survival and done it in great style. After being booted out from Bahujan Samaj Party some years back, he did not mince words to attack party president Mayawati. That did not stop him from bailing out Ms Mayawati's Government, alongwith several eastern Uttar Pradesh legislators, on the floor of the House a few months later.

Being sent to jail has neither deterred him nor curbed his style. He has carried out his "business" from the confines of various jails of the State with very little opposition from the jail administration.

During his stay <b>in Ghazipur jail, he used a letterhead that gave District Jail, Ghazipur, as his address. Evenings were meant for hunts and the don and his entourage would reportedly return to his "five-star" barrack with the kill in the wee hours.</b> His escapades found at best passing reference in local newspapers as scribes were gagged.

But the ever-smiling MLA ran out of luck during his sojourn at Lucknow District Jail. <b>While out to attend a court date, Mokhtar Ansari went to an IG seeking the transfer of a host of constables.</b> As he was coming out, a lensman clicked him alongwith his gun-totting cohorts. The photojournalist was roughed up in the high-security DG headquarters. Fed up by his antics, Ms Mayawati ordered the don's transfer to another Jail.

A year ago, Mokhtar Ansari was in the news, once again for the wrong reasons. After manipulating his tansfer to Lucknow Jail, following the change of guard in Vidhan Sabha, <b>he held the jailor at gunpoint, threatening to kill him for his temerity to stop the don's acquaintances at the gate after visiting hours were over</b>.

Mokhtar Ansari's meteoric rise in the underworld started in 1986 when he allegedly bumped off rival and druglord Sachidanand in Ghazipur. Two years later, he eliminated Ranveer Singh in Ghazipur. In 1988, he sent ripples by snuffing out Sahab Singh in police custody in Varanasi. The deceased was a cohort of his rival, Brijesh Singh.

A year later, the daring don allegedly <b>bumped off constable Ranjeet Singh inside Varanasi Police Lines</b> for the latter's proximity to Brijesh Singh. In 1990, a police constable, Awadhesh Rai, was allegedly felled in a daring shootout in Varanasi involving the ganglord and his cohorts, including sharpshooter Munna Bajrangi.

In December 1991, to shake off a police team hot on his tail, Mokhtar Ansari and his men reportedly<b> gunned down another constable, Raghuvans Rai, in Varanasi</b>. A couple of years later, the don and his gang were at it again.

Ansari's name figured in the kidnapping of Varanasi coal merchant Nand Kishore Rungta for ransom but he managed to secure an acquittal from court. Similarly, <b>he swung an acquittal in the TADA case against him</b>. There <b>is little reason why an FIR should worry the man who went around Mau in an open jeep, assuring rioters they need not worry about the police.  </b>

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