August 17, 2008

Hindu bombers break myth; Two terrorist arrested

Posted in Hindutva tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:35 am by zarb

Hindu bombers break myth; Two terrorist arrested


Mumbai: Two Hindu “terrorists” were arrested today for allegedly planting bombs at theatres, prompting the Maharashtra chief minister to say this had shattered “the myth” that all bombers came from a particular community.

Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari, 50, and Mangesh Dinakar Nikam, 34, are accused of targeting shows of Ashutosh Gowariker’s film Jodhaa Akbar and a Marathi play that is a spoof on the Mahabharat. They are charged with two blasts that injured several people and an attempted bombing.

Police said the duo were members of the Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Jana Jagruti Samiti, organisations involved in protesting “denigration” of Hindu religious icons as in, allegedly, M.F. Husain’s paintings.

“These (the bombings) were definitely terrorist acts as they were carried out by people motivated by an ideology,” said Hemant Karkare, chief of the anti-terrorist squad that nabbed the accused.

“The arrests? have broken the myth that persons belonging only to a particular community are involved (in blasts),” chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said.

Those arrested were produced before the Mazgaon court and sent to police custody till June 24.

According to information collected by the ATS, the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti was formed by Dr Jayant Athawle in 2002. It has protested against three major issues ? paintings of Hindu deities by M F Hussain, the Marathi play Yada Kadachit now called Amhi Panchpute, and the movie Jodhaa Akbar.

“Their sphere of activities extends into the hinterland. While we do not have evidence to directly link them to the Bajrang Dal or the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, they have protested together on occasions,” said Karkare, denying any link between the two accused and the Nanded blast and adding that all three were ‘clearly terrorist acts motivated by ideology’.

The ATS has indicated that more arrests are likely to follow in this case. “Gadkari and Nikam are full-time sevaks for Sanatan for the last three years. Their links with any terror outfit is yet to be established. Nikam taught Gadkari about bomb-making and one of the two bombs was manufactured within the premises of Sanatan Ashram,” said investigating officer B B Rathor. Nikam had provided a detonator and explosives to make the bomb.

The police got the clues from the number of the motorcycle used by the bombers. The licence number was entered in the log book of the Thane theatre’s parking lot. “We have got evidence of their involvement and are looking for at least half a dozen accused in this case,” said Param Bir Singh, additional commissioner of ATS.

Posted in Minorities, Riots tagged , , , , , , at 8:25 am by zarb

Bandh turns violent in Madhya Pradesh; 5 killed in Indore

 Friday, 04 July 2008:

Bhopal: At least five people were killed several injured as communal clashes erupted in many towns of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday during the BJP-VHP bandh over the Amarnath land deal in Jammu and Kashmir. Following incidents of communal flare-up, the police imposed curfew in Pandharinath, Chatripura, Malharganj and Khajrana localities of the city.

According to police sources, curfew was imposed in four areas of Indore after members of two communities indulged in violence. A violent mob also pelted stones at Khajrana police station damaging vehicles parked in the premises, an official said, adding police resorted to lathi-charge and used teargas shells to control the situation. Protestors also damaged a Reliance Fresh store at Janjeerwala square

Indore’s Inspector General of Police Anil Kumar said four people, killed in group clashes, were yet to be identified.

The situation was tense in old city areas of Bhopal where stone pelting and arson took place as pro- and anti-shutdown groups clashed, the police said.

Half a dozen vehicles were set on fire by a mob forcing the strike near a Bhopal cinema.

Violence erupted near old Bhopal’s bus stand area and adjacent localities when activists of the BJP, the Shiv Sena and the VHP forced the shopkeepers to down their shutters.

They beat up some shopkeepers and passers-by.

A trader in Satna area set himself afire after a mob allegedly looted his jewellery shop, beat him with sticks and threatened him if he reported the matter to the police.

“Bajrang Dal activists in main Satna market reached the jewellery shop of Heera Soni and asked him to close the shop. When he refused, they barged into the shop, looted some jewellery and beat him up,” Narendra Soni, the victim’s younger brother, told mediapersons.

“The activists also threatened him following which my brother out of fear set himself ablaze. The police also beat up my brother so that he does not report the matter to the higher authorities,” Narendra alleged.

Heera was taken to Satna district hospital where he breathed his last in the evening, the police said.

Clashes between people belonging to two communities also occurred in Shahjehanabad, Budhwara, Itwara and Karond in old Bhopal.

According to reports, rioting between the workers of the BJP and the VHP and some shopkeepers also took place in Jabalpur, Indore and Dhar. Several shops were damaged in Jabalpur.

Angry over the forced closure, some people threw stones at the shutdown supporters from the rooftops of their houses, triggering minor clashes in communally sensitive old Bhopal.

Authorities later deployed personnel from the Rapid Action Force (RAF) to control the situation.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the guilty would not be spared.

“The violence was unfortunate and a thorough probe will be conducted. The situation in the state is completely under control,” he told mediapersons at his residence late Thursday evening.

In the state capital also witnessed scattered violence in many areas. Similarly, incidents of violence have also been reported from Jhabua, Satna, Sagar, Gwalior and Jabalpur. ,Section 144 has been imposed in Jhabua to control the situation, while in Satna a businessman put himself on fire even as protesters went on a rampage in other parts of the state.

Major highways that were temporarily blocked include the Agra-Delhi highway in Delhi and Western Express Highway in Mumbai. Many trains are also being targeted; Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express has been stopped near Agra.

The VHP is also taking an active part in the bandh. “The forest act issue is just an excuse,” VHP general secretary Venkatesh Abdeo said. “This is a conspiracy to stop the Amarnath pilgrimage. Tomorrow it will be Vaishnodevi and Tirupati.”

The severity of the bandh is especially strong in NDA ruled states. Major disruptions have been reported in Punjab, where BJP activists have took to the streets in Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

In many parts of MP, schools and colleges have been shutdown to prevent any untoward incident.

Amarnath row: Bandh hits normal life, 2 dead in Indore

Mumbai, July 3: The nationwide bandh called by BJP and VHP on the Amarnath land transfer row turned violent in Indore on Thursday leaving two persons killed while highways were blocked and trains stopped disrupting normal life in parts of the country.

The bandh evoked mixed response but Jammu region, the epicentre of protests since Tuesday, had no respite from violence when protesters set afire vehicles and fought pitched battles with police at several places. The bandh was called in protest against revocation of Amarnath land transfer.

Another 25 persons were injured on Thursday in Jammu region taking the total number of injured to nearly 100 while curfew remained in force for the third consecutive day in parts of the region.

Normal life was hit in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Assam and Jharkand where incidents of stone pelting and road blockade were reported prompting police to resort to lathicharge.

The bandh had little or no response in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Tripura. In Delhi, no untoward incident was reported but several arterial roads were blocked. Shops and business establishments remained closed in a few areas.

Curfew was imposed in four areas of Indore in Mahdya Pradesh after members of two communities indulged in violence.

A violent mob also pelted stones at Khajrana police station damaging vehicles parked in the premises, an official said, adding police canecharged and used teargas shells to control the situation. Protestors also damaged a Reliance Fresh store in Janjeerwala square

“Two persons have been killed in violence in Khajrana area while six others are injured,” Indore Collector Rakesh Shrivastava told reporters. One of the injured is reported to be in a serious condition.

As the situation turned violent in Indore, district administration imposed curfew in four areas including Muslim dominated Bombay Bazar and Mukeripura. Police have arrested five persons.

With the state BJP opting out in Gujarat, the bandh got a lukewarm response in the state.

Most of the business establishments, small shops and offices were functioning as usual in Ahmedabad while some malls and shopping centres remained closed.

Incidents of stone pelting and road blockades were reported in some parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and in Thane. Five BEST buses were damaged in Mumbai’s suburban Kandivili areas in stone throwing by protesters, police said.

VHP supporters halted traffic on some key roads in Vakola, Malad and Borivilli areas in north-west Mumbai and in the northeastern suburb of Ghatkopar causing hardships to officergoers, police said, adding that the saffron activists were dispersed and vehicular movement restored.

Reports of stone pelting on state-owned buses came in Maharashtra’s Thane region where BJP and VHP workers forced show-owners to down shutters.

In Punjab, scores of BJP activists stopped the Howrah-Amritsar express in Ludhiana and stopped road traffic and forced closure of shops in certain parts of the state.

elhi-Bhopal Shatabdi express was stopped by BJP and VHP workers for about 30 minutes in the cantonment station in Agra where protesters got some markets shut and a section of lawyers owing allegiance to the saffron outfits boycotted courts.

In Left-ruled West Bengal, the bandh had little impact with public transport largely remaining unaffected. Some disruption in train schedules were reported in the Sealdah section as BJP workers squatted on tracks.

VHP bandh: Curfew imposed in Indore

Indore: Curfew was imposed in Bombay Bazar and Mukeripura areas of Indore on Thursday and Section 144 has been clamped in Khajrana area following violence during the bandh called by VHP over Amarnath land issue.

Police canecharged and used teargas shells to control the situation as members of two communities indulged in violence, Indore Superintendent of Police R K Choudhry said.

Heavy police force has been deployed in the areas to prevent further flare up, he said.

Meanwhile, protestors damaged a Reliance Fresh store in Janjeerwala square. Police have arrested five persons in this connection

 

Bharath Bandh: Saffron activists forced closure of shops, blocked roads

New Delhi: Normal life was hit in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra as saffron activists stopped trains, blocked roads and forced closure of shops in the wake of an all-India bandh called by BJP and VHP on the Amarnath land transfer issue.

In Left-ruled West Bengal, the bandh had little impact with public transport largely remaining unaffected. Some disruption in train schedules were reported in the Sealdah section as BJP workers squatted on tracks.

Roads were blocked and shops and business establishments remained closed in a few areas in Delhi. Protesters blocked the Delhi-Noida flyway and some arterial roads in east and central Delhi. NH 17 was also reportedly blocked in Udupi, Kundapur and Byndoor in Karnataka and Safron activist pelted stones on vehicles.

In Punjab, scores of BJP activists stopped the Howrah- Amritsar express in Ludhiana and stopped road traffic and forced closure of shops in certain parts of the state to protest revocation of the order on transfer of land to the shrine board by the Jammu and Kashmir government.

Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi express was stopped by BJP and VHP workers for about half-and-hour in the cantonment station in Agra where protesters got some markets shut and a section of lawyers owing allegiance to the saffron outfits boycotted courts.

Shops and business establishments in several parts of Karnataka remained closed with Dakshina, Udupi, Mysore, Kodagu and Hubli-Dharwad regions being hit even as bus services were affected in certain areas.

The bandh, however, failed to evoke much response in Bangalore where government offices functioned normally and public transport plied as usual. The bandh is not being support by the BJP-ruled Karnataka government, officials said.

Incidents of stone pelting and road blockades were reported in some parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai. Five BEST buses were damaged in Mumbai’s suburban Kandivili areas in stone throwing by protesters, police said.

August 15, 2008

Posted in Minorities tagged , , , , at 10:29 am by zarb

Arthur Road Jail: cruelty on bomb blast accused continues

Mumbai: Whether it is the culprit of Mumbai local Train Bomb Blast or Malegaon Bomb Blast both are still now waiting for completion of their case in judicial custody. Even in prison they are being tortured. Police and ATS are bothering them. Their human rights are being violated and their complaints are being neglected. These were exposed by defense lawyers and relatives of the victims of Bomb Blast. In this regard a young Muslim Mohammed Ali Shaikh resident of Gowandi who was accused of Mumbai Local Train Bomb Blast had filed a complaint in MOCOCA court some days ago.

Mohammed Ali Shaikh had accused ATS officers that they were torturing him to accept the sin frequently. He is being bothered in Arthur Road Jail Too. Police is harassing Mohammed Ali Shaikh’s wife and relatives. It is learnt that police go in mid night to his home and threaten his family. Such complaints were too registered but no heed was paid towards this complaint. Nurul Huda Shamsul Huda a victim of Malegaon Bomb Blast too lodged such complaints that since last 15 months that not only police of Nagpada and Kalachauki but also local crime branch of Malegaon and officers of Azad Nagar police station are torturing him regularly which weakened him mentally and physically. He is suffering regular headache but administrators of Arthur Road Jail is not providing him medical aid. Several complaints of bad behavior with the culprits of Mumbai Local Train Bomb Blast and Malegaon Bomb Blast but the all these complaints are not changing the attitude of authority. Lawyers and relatives of Mumbai Local Train Bomb Blast and Malegaon Bomb Blast made superintend Sawati Sathe responsible for violating the human rights and bad behavior with the victims who are in judicial custody. But so far nothing has changed even after complaints. Recently several accused of Bomb Blasts had filed a case against Sawati Sathe that Swati Sathe targeted victims of bomb blast in the wake of asking, though where hearing is continue is victims’ Jail but in spite of all these reality he was forced to wear the uniform of prisoners. The lawyers and relatives of Bomb Blasts accused that cruelty is going on the victims of Bomb Blast by violating the human rights of culprits in any manifestation. Jail authority and police are birds of a feather flock to gather.

Futile attempt to link coastal Karnataka with ISI; Is it right to ban SIMI?

Since last few years the communal lobby had put all its efforts to prove the so-called existence of ISI in coastal Karnataka, particularly in and around Bhatkal and Mangalore. After the communal riots of 1993, there had been a rise in the propaganda string, after the submission of Jagannath Shatty Commission report. Efforts in this regard by Sangh Parivar lobby took momentum. However, such charges are frequently refuted by the top brass in police departments as well as Intelligence Security Agencies.

The scene is changing

At present the state of affairs in Karnataka and its coastal belt is changing rapidly. Karnataka is under major turmoil foremost because of the changes in the political scenario and the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. Political parties are making all attempts to win the elections and the Sangh Parivar does not hesitate to spread hatred and communal disharmony and gain political mileage by winning the elections.

The stories floating in the media with regard to the two youths, who were at first arrested on charges of bike theft, are now alleged as terrorists is alarming and a cause of major concern, to every peace loving citizen.

What is the reality?

The youths arrested on the charges of bike theft are also facing the charges of running terrorist camps in Uttar Kannada and Hubli-Dharwad regions and in an area near Yellapur Dargah and other ruins. The media is obviously disturbing the peace and communal harmony by creating new stories with new twists everyday. Although, the police have declared these reports to be baseless. But, it seems in the name of Islamic terrorism, fanatic groups are out to create an atmosphere of disharmony against a particular community at any cost.

Bhatkal in this regard

Fortunately, Bhatkal town has not surfaced in this matter, still informed sources claims that some people were interrogated by the local police. Some Kannada newspapers they seemed to have connected bike theft to terrorism in Bhatkal and came with a lead story. Thanks to Almighty, there were no takers for their stories. What shall follow is still unknown, but danger seems to be lurking on the town.

Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind, SIO and SIMI

Although there had been ban on SIMI for many years now, but whenever the term of the ban seems to end the name of SIMI starts echoing again and is associated with bomb blast, terrorism and conspiracies, which becomes a reason to re impose the ban. Initially the SIMI had been connected with the extremist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a Pakistan extremist group and now it is being associated with Harkat ul Jihad Islami (HuJI), a Bangladeshi extremist organization. After the official ban and the arrest of its top leaders SIMI is almost non-existent. Surprisingly, Muhammad Ghous and Asadullah arrested in Karnataka also have been connected with SIMI.

It will be interesting to note that the media has made several attempts to connect the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and its student wing SIO with extremist organization. Now by reliable sources it is learnt, Jamaat-Islami Hind has taken the matter seriously and is consulting the legal experts to take legal action against the concerned TV channel and the newspapers.

SIMI was established for the promotion and cause of Islamic support of the student and to promote the Islamic character and values in the student community. Though, established in 70’s it had extreme point of views with regard to some issues but their involvement in criminal and antinational activities was never proved, nor their links with terrorist organizations were established with concrete proof by any court of law or any tribunal till today.

Just on the basis of its so-called ideological extremism, the government is extending its period of ban every two years. The same was done this year too. The ban would have come to an end on 8th of February, 2008, but it is now extended for another two years.

In this regard the flexibility of the Law and the crime which say that no matter a criminal go scot-free but an innocent should not be punished, has been set aside. Many innocent Muslim youths in the name of SIMI, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Harkat-Ul-Jihad-e- Islami and other such alleged terrorist organizations are being arrested and are languishing in jail for no apparent crime committed by them.

Why only SIMI?

In fact disruption, destruction or terrorism must not have any place in a civilized society. But suppression and strangulation of voices against injustice, justice by labeling it as terrorism is a kind of state terrorism. The state-sponsored terrorism (as in the case of Gujarat riots), is more dangerous to the civil society. In this regard why only SIMI should be vindicated? Do the view points of the Sangh pariwar’s ABVP are not based on communal extremism and sectarian feelings? Aren’t the member organizations or outfits of Sangh Parivar are not involved in massacre and genocides of Muslim and don’t they cross the limits of madness in communal riots in the names of Durga Vahini, Bajrangdal, Hindu Jagraan Vedikke, Shri Ram Sena Hanuman Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad. To depict this, violence in Gujarat and Mumbai speaks a lot. If just and independent investigation is conducted then wouldn’t it reveal that the views of SIMI are the counter products of the practical extremism and terrorism of these militant organizations of Sangh Parivar, which has been many a time backed by law enforcing agencies and even the state it self.

If it is so and definitely it is so then why SIMI alone should be banned? Why the militant groups of Sangh Parivar are not banned? But the question is who will answer this?

August 7, 2008

India: A pattern of unlawful killings by the Gujarat police: Urgent need for effective investigations

Posted in Encounter, Human Rights tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:45 pm by zarb

India: A pattern of unlawful killings by the Gujarat police: Urgent need for effective investigations

Amnesty International today issued an urgent call for independent, impartial and thorough investigations into at least 31 unlawful killings, including those of so-called “terrorist” suspects reported to have been carried out by police officers in Gujarat (western India) since 2002.

The call follows an admission by the Gujarat state government that senior officers of the state police, who were part of an anti-terrorist squad, were directly involved in the killing of a 38-year-old man, Sohrabuddin Shaikh, and his wife, Kausar Bi, in 2005.

The admission came as a result of the intervention of India’s Supreme Court which ordered continued investigations into this case. While welcoming these efforts, Amnesty International remains concerned that the vast majority of other reported unlawful killings have yet to be effectively investigated by independent and impartial bodies.

In the case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, the Gujarat state government disclosed to the Supreme Court that he was shot dead by Anti Terror Squad (ATS) officers, and that although he had been facing criminal charges including extortion, he had not been linked to terrorism. After his killing in 2005, the ATS branded him a terrorist member of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), an armed organisation in Kashmir, and accused him of conspiring to kill senior leaders of the former ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

The state government also admitted that the ATS officers shot dead his wife, Kausar Bi, possibly because she had witnessed her husband’s killing, and later burnt her body. There is concern she may also have been sexually assaulted. Another key witness in the case, Tulsiram Gangaram Prajapati, was also shot dead by ATS officers – who were already under investigation for the killing of Sohrabuddin Shaikh. Six police officers have been arrested in connection with the case.

Human rights organisations and opposition parties have accused the Gujarat authorities of attempting to undermine the Sohrabuddin Shaikh investigation, after reports emerged claiming the perpetrators were under the orders of a criminal gang linked to the mining industry in neighbouring Rajasthan. The Supreme Court also sought an explanation from the Gujarat government as to why Geeta Johri, an investigator from the state crime branch police assigned to the case, had been relieved of this responsibility. Geeta Johri was subsequently reassigned to the investigation.

Unlawful killings since 2002

The unlawful killings in Gujarat since 2002 include both so-called “terrorist” suspects, and those accused of ordinary criminal offences (see Appendices A and B). The government of Gujarat has stated that 21 such killings took place in the state during 2003-2006. A petition filed by a journalist, B. G. Verghese, seeking independent inquiries into these killings, is pending at India’s Supreme Court.(1)

Amnesty International is gravely concerned that the common features of the killings reveal a systematic pattern:
· At least 16 of the 31 killings, including those of two women, were carried out by the present or former ATS officers.(2)
· Almost all of the victims were killed in the early hours of the day.
· The majority of these killings took place at Ahmedabad.
· Thirteen of those killed belonged to the minority Muslim community.
· The ATS claimed that those it had shot dead were “terrorists”, conspiring to either kill the chief minister or state and national BJP leaders or intending to set off explosions in Gujarat; and at least six of them hailed from Pakistan.

During the same period, at least 15 other killings were carried out by the Gujarat police elsewhere in the state.(3)

· All of the killed faced criminal charges and four belonged to the Muslim community.
· The police versions of these killings were similar in nature: police claimed that all of them died after police fired in self-defence in the course of a “confrontation” either at the time of arrest, or in custody.
· Of the 16 killings, only one appears to have been fully investigated, resulting in the conviction of the police officer concerned in a court of law.

Gujarat: entrenching a climate of impunity

The recent upswing in such killings by the Gujarat police began after communal violence in March 2002 – in which 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, lost their lives – and an armed attack on Akshardham temple in September 2002, in which 37 Hindu devotees and three security personnel were killed.

During this period, the Gujarat government repeatedly claimed it was taking action to foil a series of conspiracies against the state. It had alleged that Islamic fundamentalist militants backed by Pakistani intelligence services had planned these conspiracies in retaliation for the mass killings of Muslims during the March 2002 communal riots.

In late 2003, however, Amnesty International extensively detailed human rights violations – including illegal detentions in Ahmedabad and elsewhere — which were fostering a climate of impunity.(4)

The climate of impunity strengthened over this period. Police and other security personnel believed to be responsible for widespread violations of human rights against the Muslim minority, especially the youth, in Ahmedabad and elsewhere in Gujarat, could operate without fear of investigation or prosecution.

Persistent failures to heed calls for investigations (see also Appendix A)

In 2006, the Supreme Court ordered the Gujarat police to conduct an inquiry into the killing of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, following which six police officials including the former head of the ATS were arrested. Till then, demands for investigations into reported killings by the ATS were routinely ignored.

In one of the cases (that of Samir Khan Pathan killed in 2002), 12 persons were arrested following Samir Khan Pathan’s “confession” while he was in detention. After his killing, they were all released by courts. Subsequently, the state crime branch police had submitted a report questioning the ATS’ version of Samir Khan Pathan’s killing; the same was seconded by another wing of the Gujarat police, but no action was taken.

In two instances where those killed hailed from other states, those of Ishrat Jahan and Javed Shaikh (2004), police from these states launched their own investigations which went on to reveal that they had no criminal or terrorist record as alleged by the ATS. However, the Gujarat government chose to ignore these findings and failed to pursue its own investigations into the killings.

In the case of the two of the killings, those of Samir Khan Pathan (2002) and Ishrat Jagan (2004), India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sought reports from the Gujarat government as to whether the NHRC guidelines for investigating such incidents were being followed.(5). The Gujarat government failed to order such investigations until the intervention by the Supreme Court. This is despite the fact the NHRC guidelines clearly stipulate: “In cases where the police officers belonging to the same police station are members of the encounter party, it is desirable that such cases are made over for investigation to some other independent investigating agency, such as the state crime branch police”.

The duty to protect the right to life and to conduct effective investigation into all unlawful killings

Following the Gujarat government’s recent disclosures in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh case, relatives of at least three of those killed by ATS officers, and branded as “terrorists” intend to petition the judiciary for independent inquiries into the killings.

The state of India (the Union government) and the government of Gujarat have an obligation to protect the right to life as guaranteed by Article 21 of the Indian Constitution(6) and in international human rights law.

Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. Article 6(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which India is a party, states: “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life”. Article 4 of the ICCPR states that this right cannot be waived “even in times of public emergency threatening the life of the nation”. Unlawful and extrajudicial killings clearly contravene the right to life.

Under Article 2(3) (a) and (b) of the ICCPR, State parties are obliged to ensure that remedies are available to the victims of human rights violations and that those remedies are effective.

The Indian government ratified the ICCPR in 1979. By ratifying an international treaty which enshrines the right to life, India is obliged not only to respect that right in principle, but also to ensure it is not violated in practice. The ICCPR imposes a clear duty on states to investigate alleged violations of the right to life “promptly, thoroughly and effectively through independent and impartial bodies”.(7)

Such investigations are a critical factor in the prevention of further unlawful killings. Without adequate investigation of complaints of extrajudicial killings, there can be little hope of prosecuting and convicting the perpetrators.

Recommendations

    Amnesty International calls on the government of Gujarat and the Union government to:

· set up prompt, thorough and impartial judicial inquiries urgently into all the reported unlawful killings by Gujarat police since 2002;
· to make the terms of reference of such inquiries available publicly;
· and ensure that the inquiries comply fully with the requirements of Principle 18 of the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extralegal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions.(8)

    Under India’s Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the Union or state government needs to sanction the arrest or criminal prosecution of public servants, including police officers and members of the civil or armed forces. This law has not been amended to ensure that public officers who violate human rights are no longer protected from prosecution, despite repeated calls to do so from human rights organisations.

Amnesty International calls for

· Assurances from the government of Gujarat that state sanction/permission will be given for the prosecution of public servants responsible for unlawful killings
· All those responsible for such killings to be afforded due process and brought to justice in trials which comply with international standards of fairness
· Those convicted not to be given the death penalty as this punishment contravenes the right to life and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
· The family and dependents of all the victims to be adequately compensated in accordance with Principle 20 of the Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extralegal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions.(9)

    Amnesty International is concerned that the NHRC and the Gujarat Human Rights Commission have been unable to ensure that that all the complaints and reports of unlawful killings in Gujarat are adequately investigated. The NHRC has also been unable to ensure that the guidelines issued by it are fully respected by the authorities in Gujarat.

· The NHRC must review urgently its current policy and practice of monitoring unlawful killings, to ensure its guidelines on investigations are followed by the authorities.

APPENDIX A
LIST OF UNLAWFUL FILLINGS OF SO-CALLED “TERRORISTS” IN GUJARAT 2002-2006

Names etc., Case details Date, time and place Details of execution Follow-up details
1. Samir Khan Pathan   23 October 2002;
early hours;
Usmanpura Garden, Ahmedabad.
Resident of Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Police claimed he was arrested on 1 October 2002, but according to his relatives he was arrested on 27 September 2002. The court remanded him to further police custody.
Shot dead well past midnight on 22 October 2002.
Police claimed he had faced several charges including killing a constable in 1996. Police claimed that he later procured a fake passport, went to Pakistant o receive arms training, was working for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), an armed organisation in Kashmir, and was conspiring to kill Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Police claimed that he was shot dead while trying to flee from custody.
On 11 November 2002, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sought a report, within two weeks, from the Gujarat police, whether investigation into the incident was done as per its guidelines enunciated on 29 March 1997. The Gujarat police’s response to this was unknown.
On 2 January 2003, 13 persons arrested earlier on the basis of Pathan’s confession were released as per the orders of a local court. The Gujarat police challenged this order but the Gujarat High Court upheld their release as it held there was no way to verify the confession since Pathan was dead. The Supreme Court later upheld their release.
In 2003, the Gujarat CID (crime branch) police submitted an internal report questioning the ATS account of the execution; in 2005, this report was seconded by the Gujarat inspector-general (human rights and social justice) but no action was taken.
Pathan’s father now plans to move the Supreme court for an independent inquiry.
2. Sadiq Jamal Mehtar (20) DCB 3/03E;
IPC 120B, 121, 122,123, 307;
Arms Act 25A(1) (B)
10 January 2003;
0400 hrs;
Galaxy cinema, Naroda, Ahmedabad
Resident of Jashonath Chowk, Bhavnagar, Gujarat.
Shot dead. Police claimed he opened fire at them and they fired in self-defence. Police claimed he was working for Dawood Ibrahim, Chota Shakeel, the LET and Pakistan’s Inter-services intelligence agency (ISI) and was conspiring to kill Narendra Modi, former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and Viswa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia. Police claimed they received a tip-off from central intelligence agencies.
Later that year, a private complaint was filed by Mumbai-based Kiran Tirodkar before a city special court that he had met Sadiq as a domestic help in Dubai who had lost his family members and his house in the 2002 Gujarat communal violence. It claimed that, on Sadiq’s return to India, a Mumbai police officer handed him over to the Gujarat police to facilitate the extrajudicial execution.
3. Ganesh Khunte 4. Mahendra Chandrakant Jadhav DCB 8/03;
IPC 120B, 121, 121 A 122, 123, 307;
Arms act 25(1)(B)(a)
23 June 2003;
0230 hrs;
Gandhi Road, Panch Kuva, Kappad Bazar, Ahmedabad
Both residents of Mumbai city, Maharashtra.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that the two opened fire at them and they fired in self-defence.
Police claimed they were working for Dawood Ibrahim, Chota Shakeel and the ISI and were conspiring to kill Gujarat law minister Ashok Bhatt and a BJP legislator, Bharat Bhanot.
 
5. Israr Shaikh alias Pahelwan   2003-2004
Ahmedabad
Police claimed that he was wanted in several cases.
Shot dead.
 
6. Zeeshan Johar alias Janbaaz alias Abdul Ghani.
7. Amjad Ali Akbar Rana alias Salim alias Chandru alias Raju alias Rajkumar
8. Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai
9. Ishrat Jahan Raza (female, 19)
DCB 8/04
IPC 120B, 121, 121A 122, 123, 307
Arms act 25(1) (B)(a), 27, 29;
POTA 3(3), 20,21, etc,
16 June 2004;
0430 hrs;
Lotarpur Waterworks, Naroda, Ahmedahad
Police claimed that Zeeshan was a resident of Gujaranwala district and Amjad, a resident of Sargoda district, (both Punjab, Pakistan).
Javed was a resident of Goregaon, Pune city, Maharashtra.
Ishrat was a student from Mumbra near Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Shot dead after a car chase..
Police claimed that they fired in self-defence at the car from which firing was done.
Police claimed that they were working for the LET and conspiring to kill Narendra Modi and were trying to enter Gujarat with the help of banned terrorist organisations.
The killings of Ishrat and Javed created a controversy in their home states of Maharashtra and Kerala where police said they had no criminal records or links with terrorist activities.
On 18 June 2004, the NHRC had sought a report, within six weeks, from the Gujarat police whether its guidelines on investigating such incidents, enunciated in letters dated 29 March 1997 and 2 December 2003 to chief ministers, were being followed. The Gujarat police’s response to this was unknown.
Following the findings of the investigation into the execution of Sohrabuddin, Ishrat’s mother in Maharashtra and Javed’s father in Kerala are planning to file petitions seeking independent inquiries into their killings.
10. Sohrabuddin Shaikh
11. Kausar Bi, wife of Sohrabuddin.
  26-28 November 2005; Ahmedabad and Ilol. Both residents of Jharnaya, Madhya Pradesh.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that Soharabuddin
Shaikh, who was facing a number of criminal charges, was an agent of the
LET and that he was conspiring to kill top political leaders in Gujarat including Narendra Modi. Kausar Bi went missing.
The Government of Gujarat has admitted, before India’s Supreme Court, that, on the early morning of
23 November 2005, the ATS officers had abducted the two, along with Prajapati, killed Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Kausar Bi from a bus travelling from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh to Sangli in Maharashtra; they later killed Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Kausar Bi and burnt her body.
This admission came after an investigation done by an officer of the Gujarat state police crime branch, as per the orders of the Supreme Court on a petition filed by the victim’s brother, Rubabuddin Shaikh who is fighting a legal battle.
Following the investigation so far, six police officers — including three senior officers D. G. Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandyan, M. N. Dinesh Kumar — have been arrested.
12-15.
Four youths
  17 March 2006;
0330 hrs;
Vinzol, Ahmedabad
Police claimed that at least three of the four were Pakistani nationals including Azaan, a commander of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, an armed organisation in Kashmir, and Mohammed Ayub Bhatt, another member of the same organisation. The third person was Mudasser alias Javed Ahmad Dar and the fourth remains unidentified.
Shot dead during a raid when the four fired on the police. Police fired in self-defence.
Police claimed they were working for Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and working to recruit youth, bomb places of worship and kill key political leaders.
 
16. Tulsiram Gangaram Prajapati   28 December 2006
Banaskantha district.
Resident of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was a member of the Sharif Pathan gang and that he tried to escape while being taken in a train from Ahmedabad to Udaipur in Rajasthan.
See Sohrabuddin Shaikh-Kausar Bi killings (No. 10 and 11). Ongoing investigations have revealed that Prajapati was abducted along with them on 23 November 2005. He was killed on 28 December 2006 even as the investigations were going on.

APPENDIX B
LIST OF OTHER REPORTED UNLAWFUL KILLINGS IN GUJARAT 2002-2006

Names etc., Case details Date, time and place Details of execution Follow-up details
1. Anil Bain Mishra Behari Pandesara
GR 34/03;
IPC 307;
Arms act 25;
BP act 135
11 March 2003;
1830 hrs;
Surat
Resident of Pandesara, Surat, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed he assaulted them while they were trying to recovering arms and they fired in self-defence.
 
2. Jalabhai Popat Bhai Devi Poojak (24) BDV 40/04
IPC 307, 332, 337, 188.
17 January 2004;
1730 hrs
Lavaji Crematorium, Chowraya Beat,
Rajkot
Resident of Kubli Yapas, Rajkot, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was wanted for criminal charges and that he attacked them with stones and knife and caused injuries in the course of a body search when they fired in self-defence..
 
3. Mahesh Dipak Garwali. Umra 36/04; IPC 307;
Arms act 25
21 January 2004;
0100 hrs;
Farm near City line Road, Surat
Resident of Garwali Chowki, Uttaranchal.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he snatched a revolver from the police when they were trying to nab other wanted persons and that the police fired in self-defence.
 
4. Mitho Umar Dafer (35) Vasad 35/04
IPC 395,397, 332,333;
BP Act 135
14 March 2004;
0230 hrs;
Sundar Railway Phatak, Anand
Resident of Padana, Dhanduka taluk, Ahmedabad district, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several criminal charges and that he attacked a police officer while being chased after looting a truck as part of a group. Police fired in self-defence.
 
5. Dinesh Navubha Jadeja alias Bako Bhachau police station
IPC 307
15 April 2004 Bhachau police station, Kutch Resident of Bhachau, Gujarat.
Shot dead in the police station.
Police claimed that Bako came to the police station to meet his friend Devo who had been arrested under the Goondas Act the previous day and demanded his release. Police claimed Bako tried to snatch the service revolver of a police officer. Police fired in self-defence.
The victim’s brother Mahendrasinh Jadeja, filed several petitions. In 2005, the Gujarat government ordered a CID inquiry into the case. Following the investigation, on 2 May 2007, a Gandhidham court convicted police officer Manjitbhai Dabhi and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
6. Salem Gagjibhai Miyana (23) BDV 180/04; IPC 307, 332, 337, 186, 504; 4 May 2004; 1230 hrs;
GH Board III Floor, Rajkot
Resident of G H Board, Rajkot, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several charges of bootlegging and that he attacked them with an iron rod injuring the right hand of the policeman searching his residence when they fired in self-defence.
 
7. Subhash Bhaskar Naik Vyara 94/04 IPC 307, 392, 332, 353;
Arms act 25, 27
4 June 2004;
0620 hrs;
Barekhadi Patiya,
Surat
Resident of Kallu, Pathanapuram, Kollam district, Kerala.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several criminal cases and that he snatched a revolver and fired at the police while being taken from Surat to Nawapur. Police fired in self-defence.
 
8. Kashyap Harpal Singh Dhaka (22) Kareli Bagh 227/04;
IPC 307, 224; Arms Act 25, 27
14 August 2004;
1815 hrs;
Harni village, Motnat Mahadevwala Road Canal,
Vadodara
Resident of Dhakeli Taluk, Khedka, Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was wanted in several criminal cases and that he tried to scare police using a dummy revolver. Police fired in self-defence.
 
9. Sanjay alias Sanju alias Rahul Sharad Prasad Chowdhry PS Umargam 336/04
IPC 307, 332 Arms act 25, 27
26 November 2004
0610 hrs RK Farm Nursery, Ketli village, Bilan Sanjan Road, Valsad district.
Resident of Bilad, Umargam taluk, Valsad district, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several criminal charges; when police was taking him from Valsad to Umargam, he snatched the commando carbine and fired at the police,. Police fired in self-defence.
 
10. Mer Bhima Manda Adhedara (37) Sheel 77/04
IPC 307, 506(2)
Arms Act 25
29 December 2004;
0935 hrs;
Miti village. Junagarh district.
Resident of Miti village, Junagarh district, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was facing several charges and that they had taken him to a field to recover his hidden pistol and he suddenly used another hidden pistol to fire at them injuring a policeman. Police fired in self-defence.
 
11. Rajeshwar alias Mintu   9 April 2005; 0230 hrs;
Dedarda village, Anand
Resident of Patna, Bihar.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was wanted in several criminal cases and that when they went to arrest him, he snatched a policeman’s revolver and ended up pressing the trigger twice resulting in death.
 
12. Rafish alias Bapudi Mohammed Shah Faquir Jethpur 124/05.
IPC 307, 397, 333, 353, 188, 189;
Arms act 25(1)A, 27; Damage to property act 3, 7
18 July 2005; 2125 hrs;
Marketing yard; Jethpur.
Resident of Dharagarh,
Jamnagar district, Gujarat.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that when they took him to recover a revolver, he
snatched policeman’s revolver and
fired at them injuring a policeman. Police fired at him in self-defence.
 
13. Dongaria Himla Machar IPC 307
BP Act 135
25 August 2005; Maraigaon, Valsad district. Resident of Madhya Pradesh.
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he attacked them with a dagger when they had gone to arrest him. Police fired in self defence.
 
14. Haji Haji Ismail Suzania Umargam 244/05
IPC 307
Arms Act 25, 27
9 October 2005; Nandigram Resident of Salaya Taluk, Jamnagar district, Gujarat.
Police claimed that he was wanted in several criminal cases and that when they went to arrest him, he fired at them. Police fired in self-defence.
 
15. Joginder Singh Khattan Singh Sikh. Valsad City 11/06
IPC 307
Arms act 25, 27
2006
Nanak Wada village School Compound District Valsad
Resident of Billimoria Devsar Sikh camp, Valsad, Gujarat
Shot dead.
Police claimed that he was wanted in several criminal cases. When they went to arrest him, he tried to escape but his motorcycle slipped. Police claimed that he attacked them with a dagger and a country-made gun. Police fired in self-defence.
 

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(1) Reply to Question No. 16840, Details of encounters with police in the state 2003-2006, from the Proceedings of the Gujarat assembly, cited in Writ Petition (Criminal) 31 of 2007, B. G. Verghese vs. Union of India, State of Gujarat and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

 

(2) Those killed included persons hailing from the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala. The age of those killed wherever one finds a mention, was between 19 and 38.

 

(3) Those killed included persons hailing from the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala

 

(4) See Amnesty International Report, India: Abuse of the law in Gujarat — Muslims detained illegally in Ahmedabad, AI Index 20/029/2003, 6 November 2003). Hundreds of persons, almost all of them Muslims, suspected of involvement in a range of alleged conspiracies against the state, had been detained. Those who faced incommunicado detention had to endure torture or degrading treatment at Gaekwad Haveli and other places in Ahmedabad. Those formally arrested numbered 240, including 239 Muslims, and the various human rights violations against them were facilitated by provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA) under which they were charged. Many of them had spent long periods in illegal detention prior to their formal arrest. This widespread use of illegal detention and discriminatory use of POTA against members of the Muslim minority was reported to have intimidated the Muslim community who were too scared to make official complaints. The condition was such that only a handful of habeas corpus petitions were filed on behalf of those illegally detained, because of the overwhelming fear of retribution amongst relatives and even lawyers. Also, there was persistent harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders working with members of the Muslim community in the state. For example, see Amnesty International’s Urgent Action update, Fear for the safety of Teesta Setalvad, Rais Khan Azeezkhan Pathan, Suhel Tirmizi and other human rights defenders in Gujarat state, AI Index: ASA 20/024/2003, 2 September 2003).

 

(5) See http://nhrc.nic.in/ for Letter dated 29 March 1997 from NHRC chairperson Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah to chief ministers regarding the procedure to be followed in cases of deaths in police encounters and Letter dated 3 December 2003 from NHRC chairperson Justce A. S. Anand on Revised guidelines/procedures to be followed in deaths occurring in police encounters.

 

(6) Courts in India have repeatedly held that the right to life guaranteed by the Article 21 is inviolable. See Challa Ramkonda Reddy vs. State of Andhra Pradesh, All India Reporter, 1989 AP 235 and All India Reporter 2000 SC 2083.

 

(7) Human Rights Committee, General Comment No. 31, “Nature of the legal obligation on States Parties to the Covenant” para.15.

 

(8) Under the Principles, the inquiries should seek to determine the cause, manner and time of death, the person(s) responsible, and any pattern or practice which may have brought about the deaths. They should include an adequate autopsy, collection and analysis of all physical and documentary evidence and statements from witnesses.

 

In accordance with Principle 17 written reports shall be made within a reasonable time on the methods and findings of each inquiry. These shall be made public immediately and shall include the scope of the inquiry, procedures and methods used to evaluate evidence as well as conclusions and recommendations based on findings of fact and on applicable law. The reports shall describe in detail specific events that were found to have occurred, and the evidence on which such findings were based.

 

(9) The NHRC guidelines states that the ”question of granting of compensation to the dependents of the deceased would depend upon the facts and circumstances of each case”.

July 26, 2008

Communal Riots – 2005

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Communal Riots – 2005

By Asghar Ali Engineer

22 January 2006

Like 2004 the year 2005 was also comparatively less violent as far as communal riots are concerned. In fact it is Gujarat, which takes the cake. Perhaps for years to come nothing like Gujarat carnage is likely to take place. Communal carnage of the kind, which took place in Gujarat is not possible without active support of the state machinery. But that does not mean communal violence does not take place at all. It does.

One can put communal violence under two categories: 1) Communal violence which is carefully planned and executed with political or state support or at least with subtle state connivance. Such violence results in great losses of lives as well as properties. It goes on for a long period of time and is deliberately not controlled unless the stated goal is achieved. Anti-Sikh riots of 1984, Bhagalpur riots of 1989, Mumbai riots of 1992-93 and Gujarat riots of 2002 are its obvious examples.

2) Those riots which spontaneously break out on minor causes like dispute on land or money matters between two individuals or groups, knocking out somebody accidentally by car or scooter or construction of mosque or temple etc. Since these are unplanned and spontaneous clashes can be easily controlled, given little determination on the part of police. And in such riots few lives are lost or not much damage is done to properties.

The second category of riots takes place as a result of constant communal propaganda. It is important to note that absence of communal violence does not mean absence of communal propaganda. Communal propaganda goes on riots or no riots. Thus communal forces keep on poisoning the minds of people and keep on promoting animosity between the communities. And so skirmishes continue.

Communal Riots in 2005

It began with Vadodra, Gujarat on 4th February. Gujarat is highly communalised state today in India, thanks to BJP rule and Narendra Modi’s open hostility to Muslims. Trouble began when people in a marriage procession, accompanied by DJ and high power music system, allegedly beat up an auto-rickshaw driver passing on the same rout when he complained of traffic jam. The driver belonged to the minority community, ran away after being beaten up. Soon thereafter a mob came and pelted in stones. A posse of policemen rushed and lobbed four tear gas shells. About a dozen people including a policeman were injured. Four persons were arrested and police also seized the music system.

The rioting in Vadodra was followed by one in Jaunpur village Khetasarai on 4th February. Here it was result of dispute about a cemetery land. In this one woman was killed and 23 persons were injured. Communal tension mounted in the area subsequent to this incident. Violence erupted when some people hoisted saffron flag on the cemetery land when settlement process was on. Then people of one community set fire to two houses of another community. And in response to that people of another community set fire to one shop. Then PAC reinforcements were brought. The people of two communities gathered in large numbers and raised slogans against each other. The police arrested 23 persons from both the communities.

On 8th February communal violence broke out in Rajnandgaon of Chattisgarh. This was result of two girls having fled from their houses and two groups fought on that. Then firing began and then first 144 was clamped and then curfew in the area. There was no news, however, of any death.

Then it was turn of Azamgarh district on 9th February when dispute on distribution of kerosene in Diwali Khalsa village in which 12 persons were injured. Some people belonging to another community tried to enter the queue out of turn and situation went out of control. The police rushed to the spot and controlled the situation.

Again a village in Vadodra district witnessed communal clashes on 11th February when two cyclists belonging to different communities fought. Fifteen persons were injured including a leader of VHP. Many houses were also damaged. The police was keeping a vigil to keep control over the situation.

Next we see communal rioting in Nagazmangala town of Mandya district in Karnataka when an idol was taken from the temple and thrown on the road. However, no one knows who was the culprit. After the rouble broke out rioters, Hindus as well as Muslims went on a rampage in the town. It is said properties worth crores of rupees were destroyed. The police lobbed teargas shells and fired five rounds in the air.

Agra witnessed riots on 13th February in Tajganj near Tajmahal when someone from one community teased a girl from another community. Many houses were set afire after this incident and stoning on large scale started. The police maintained that since police inspector of Tajganj police station had gone out the rioting took such fierce form. He said there was incidence of firing also between two communities. Many illegal arms were found in the area.

Next it was Sanbhalnagar of Moradabad that communal violence erupted on the occasion of Moharram on 19th February. These are communally highly sensitive areas. Rioters resorted to firing in Sanbhalgarh. The police arrested 100 persons from both the communities.

On the same day Lucknow witnessed rioting between Shias and Sunnis in which 3 persons lost their lives and 40 were injured in the old city. Government announced compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs for every person died. 10 shops were looted. The trouble started with Muslims of one sect threw stones on Tazia procession of another sect. Many shops were set on fire. The Shia and Sunni leaders have appealed for peace. Later on 22nd February Banaras also saw sectarian violence between Shias and Sunnis in which 24 persons were injured and when dispute started on Tazia procession due to falling of tree on the way. The curfew was imposed which continued even on the third day of incidents.

Dhar in M.P. also witnessed communal disturbances on 22nd February after an explosion and curfew was clamped. Curfew was clamped after stone throwing and setting fire to properties. Ten persons were injured including policemen. An auto rickshaw was set on fire near the bus stand.

Bhilwada, thanks to activities of Bajrang Dal and VHP, has become extremely sensitive town. On 13th March town became very tense after murder of a Bajrang Dal man. For three days curfew remained in force. In Naseerabad in Ajmer District experienced communal tension when a religious leader was injured in Chaprasi Mohallah.

In Mandal, in Bhilwada district more violence erupted on 8th April when some miscreants hoisted saffron flag on a mosque. Muslims were agitated and they filed FIR and the police promised to act against the culprits. Muslims then took out a silent procession and submitted a memorandum. Then in the evening a procession of Charbhujanath was taken out and it stopped near Lakhara chowk and lot of gulal (a coloured powder) was thrown around and at that time some stones were thrown by unknown people. No one knows who threw stones. All those who live around this chowk are Hindus and stones mainly came from the roofs of Hindu houses. It could be the conspiracy of those who were involved in hoisting saffron flag on mosque in the morning.

Immediately after this situation went out of control and 11 Muslim shops and two houses were burnt to ashes and two mazars (mausoleums) were uprooted and Madina Masjid was damaged and one motor cycle was set on fire. Then curfew was imposed at 7-30 p.m. but before it a person called Kanhaiyya Das, who was among the rioters was killed in police firing. The miscreants put his dead body outside a temple and spread rumor that some Muslims entered the temple and killed him.

The police who knew better registered an FIR under pressure from BJP, VHP and even some Congress politicians and it arrested 25 Muslims and beat them up mercilessly. In search operation for illicit arms in Muslim houses many women were also beaten up. Thus Muslims had to suffer financially and physically. In Mandal there were cordial relations between Hindus and Muslims but BJP-VHP combine do not like Hindu-Muslim unity.

Then in Kareda Tehsil suddenly one found flags on Hindu temples with 786 Muslim sacred symbol) inscribed on them and some animal bones. One can well understand who must have done it. Kareda markets remained closed for 72 hours. The Sangh Parivar fixed the responsibility of this on a sufi saint of Kareda Sailani Baba and described his centre as centre of Pak agents and smugglers and demanded his removal from there and threatened that if administration did not act then it will be converted into Gujarat. Communal tension continued there for many days.

Sailani Baba who has Hindu and Muslim disciples was subjected to thorough search but nothing incriminating was found there. And one who had desecrated the temples was nothing but a Shiv Sena activist Ramratan Jhanvar. The whole conspiracy was exposed and Hindus were stunned by such blatant act.

Holi is another occasion when communal skirmishes invariably take place in some communally sensitive areas. Three persons were killed and several others injured. In Balrampur U.P. people in Subhashnagar and Gandhinagar clashed and set fire to several shops. When the procession was passing through a religious place stoning began and clashes started. The police imposed curfew. Police has filed FIR against 52 persons and have arrested 35 so far.

In Rajasthan curfew had to be imposed in Sojat town in the Pali district on 27th March following clashes between two communities during a dance procession on the occasion of Holi. A dozen persons were injured in the clash. According to the police sources, the incident occurred on Saturday evening as a traditional Holi dance procession passed through a Muslim locality and suddenly both side started pelting stones at each other. Angry processionists went on rampage and shops in the area were set on fire. Seventeen persons were injured and 20 shops were set ablaze.

On 27th March Faizabad in U.P. too experienced communal disturbances when members of two communities clashed on the question of throwing colour by Holi revellers. Members of both communities fired on each other. Four persons were injured seriously and 12 shops were set ablaze. It is reported that during Holi revelries about 6 persons died in different parts of U.P. and 50 persons injured. Police said that in Ferozpur one person was shot dead and one died of fire burns. In Fatehgarh, Farrukhabad one person was shot dead.

On 31st March on the occasion of Rangpanchmi communal disturbances broke out in Sarangpur in Rajgadh district in Rajasthan. In these disturbances several people were injured in stone throwing and police has arrested 50 persons in this connection.

Bhilwara, Rajasthan, which has emerged as most sensitive town again witnessed communal clashes on 8th April when communal rioting took place in Mandal town of Bhilwada district. Muslims from villages in the district began to flee for safety. Trouble began when a saffron flag was hoisted on a mosque in Mandal on 8th April and violence broke out when a religious procession was in progress. In Karjalia village of Bhilwada district Muslims faced total boycott and they began to migrate from there when a RSS activist was murdered on March 1. Hindu activists fanned out in the area and called for a social boycott of Muslims. Some 19 families from the village migrated to other places. No one talks to Muslims and if someone does he has to pay a fine of Rs. 11,000. No Hindu shop sells them anything. Bhilwara has become Gujarat within Rajastan.

In these disturbances 10 persons were injured, 6 shops were set afire and three religious places were burnt down. Kanahiyalal Beragi was killed in police firing but police is trying to shift blame on someone else saying he was killed in firing from unlicensed weapon. Beragi’s family maintains that he was killed in police firing and unless police officer is arrested they will not perform last rites of Beragi.

On 19th April people of to communities clashed in Morshi Taluka of Amravati district in Maharashra in which one person was killed and two were injured. This was result of fight between two youths of two communities on a shop. According to collector of Amravati district many shops were set ablaze and looted. Two Autorickshaws and two motor cycles were also burnt down.

On 7th May a Hindu a 50-60 strong mob presumably belonging to Sangh Parivar attacked with lathis on Muslims who had gathered in Kamba in Bhivandi gathered there to pray at Jannatshahwale Baba’s mausoleum. Most of the Muslims were injured. They also upturned a rickshaw and beat up two motorcyclists. They claimed it is Samadhi of Nonathbaba and not Jannatshah Baba’s mausoleum. The dargah has 100 acre property and Sangh Parivar wants to grab the land.

Next Surat came under spell of communal violence on 16th May. Disturbances started after a minor collision between a Muslim Scooterist and a Hindu Kahar Autorickshawwala. Nadeem alias Kaliyo, the Scooterist was injured and shifted to civil hospital and his people came demanding compensation from Autorickshaw owner. An argument began and stoning and acid bulbs were thrown along with soda water bottles. Several people were injured. 27 persons were arrested in this connection. The mob also set fire to one rickshaw and two cycles. Rumours that Dhansukh Kahar was kidnapped and killed began doing rounds until he was found sleeping near the Tapti bank.

Dhar in M.P., another communally sensitive town came under bout of communal violence after some dispute between persons of two communities in which two persons died and 11 were injured. One Raju Bherivi was killed in these skirmishes. Then a Hindu mob armed with swords and other weapons went and killed one Muslim named Allah Noor. It was result of fight between children of two families, which assumed such grave proportions. Curfew had to be imposed on the town.

Badoda (Vadodra) witnessed another bout of communal violence in Mughalwada and this happened, according to the police, due to gamblers. It is gamblers who were interested in provoking violence to earn money. One gambler has been arrested in this connection. Police had to do lathicharge, had to throw teargas shells and open 8 rounds of fire in the air. In this firing one person i.e. Mohammad Saeed was killed. According to the police apart from gamblers, some politicians and media people also might have been involved.

Major Riot in Mau (U.P.)

Mau, in U.P., again a highly sensitive town and went up in flame in October on the occasion of Dasehra. Mau has significant population of Muslim weavers. It is primarily a weavers’ town. Unofficial figures of casualties after proper investigation stand at 14 dead in all and properties worth crores of rupees were reduced to ashes. Many shops were looted. Hospitals, schools and other properties belonging to minority community were totally destroyed.

The dispute started on the question of loudspeaker. Taravih prayers were going on in the mosque nearby due to month of Ramzan and in nearby Dasehra maidan loudspeaker was being used for songs. Some Muslims requested to stop it and Hindus, including one BJP leader agreed to it. But next day some activists of Hindu Yuva Vahini led by Yogi Aditya Nath objected and started playing loudspeaker again and some Muslim youth snatched the equipment. A Hindu Yuva Vahini leader fired and several Muslims were injured. This incited some Muslims to attack Hindus and loot their shops.

But next day the Hindu miscreants took over and killed, looted and set fore to Muslim properties and police looked on. A high police officer from Lucknow told me that it appears that Mulayam Singh government deliberately allowed this mayhem and pillage to balance what happened to Hindus on the first day to ward off BJP criticism. However, whatever the truth fact remains that Muslims suffered great loss of properties although casualties seem to be equal in both the communities.

The role of the media, particularly Hindi media, as usual, was far from satisfactory. It published inflammatory headlines about massacre of Hindus. One T.V. Channel also seems to have doctored a video about the independent M.L.A. Mukhtar Ansari as if he was provoking riots in presence of police bodyguards. The video clip showed only his gestures but there was no sound. All this shows media remains a part of the problem rather than part of solution. Unfortunately administration never takes any action against the media for spreading rumours and hatred.

While disturbances were going on in Mau, Agra once again witnessed communal skirmishes on 23rd October as a result of a small incident in which one woman was accused of theft in a cloth shop and the servant of the shop searched her bag under suspicion. This small incident led to communal clashes when other shopkeepers also joined in. Many anti-social elements suddenly appeared with firearms and began looting shops. Hundreds of people went up on their roofs and began stoning from there. This area around Jami Masjid in Agra is communally very sensitive.

On 20th December communal clashes took place between Hindus and Muslims in Vasundari village under Titwala police station. The clashes started on the question of digging earth. While some Muslims were digging earth, some Hindus attacked them with lathis, iron rods and pickaxes. Seven persons were injured. The injured were admitted to Sion Hospital, Mumbai. One Rohidas Pandurang Jadhav succumbed to his injuries and this led to further tension in the village. On hearing of Jadhav’s death many Muslim women fled from the village as many Muslim men had already been arrested. There was ongoing dispute between Zamir Nazir Pawle and Ganesh Haribhav Jadhav about digging the earth for brick kiln. His brick kiln was also destroyed.

Thus it will be seen that except for Mau riots in October 2005 all other riots were minor and result of small incidents here and there. Such violence is also result of constant hate propaganda by communal forces and regrettably governments of various states do not take any action against hate propaganda. And this propaganda helps communalists for planning major communal violence whenever needed as in Mau this year. It is only vigilance by the people and committed members of civil society that major clashes can be prevented.

The author is director, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai. He may be contacted at csss@mtnl.net.in

July 19, 2008

Kashmir Voilence Update

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Kashmir Voilence Update

9 Indian soldiers killed, 16 injured

Srinagar, July 19 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, nine Indian soldiers were killed and 16 others were injured on Saturday at Narbal on Srinagar-Baramulla Highway. The incident occurred when an army vehicle drove over a land mine in the area.

Troops martyr one innocent Kashmiri youth

Kashmiris’ pledge to continue struggle reaffirmed

Srinagar, July 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one innocent Kashmiri youth during a military operation at Arin in Bandipore.

A ember of Indian Army sponsored Village Defence Committee was killed and two others injured in an attack at Lamban Gath in Udhampur.

Addressing a seminar in Srinagar on the occasion of the Accession of Kashmir with Pakistan Day, today, the speakers including senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, Mian Abdul Qayoom and Z G Muhammad pointed out that India’s strategy to suppress Kashmiris indigenous movement by force had failed. They urged India to accept the ground realities and take concrete steps to resolve the conflict over Kashmir, once and for all. A resolution passed at the end of the seminar maintained that the people of Kashmir would continue marching towards the destiny, marked by them on this day in 1947.

The President of Kashmir Bar Association, Nazir Ahmad Ronga in a statement in Srinagar welcomed the recent resolution unanimously passed by the European Parliament in Strasburg about the discovery of unnamed mass graves in occupied Kashmir. He appreciated the European Parliament’s role in raising the issue of human rights violations in the occupied territory.

Troops martyr one innocent Kashmiri youth

Srinagar, July 19 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one innocent Kashmir youth in Bandipore district.

Personnel of 14-Rashtriya Rifles killed the youth during a military operation at Arin in the district. Unidentified gunmen killed in an attack a Village Defence Committee member and injured two others at Lamban Gath in Udhampur.

Meanwhile, the District Magistrate, Kupwara has imposed ban on assemble of more than two people in Kupwara district.

Troops martyr three more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, July 17 (KMS) In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred three innocent youth in Bhaderwah town.

The personnel of 4-Rashtriya Rifles shot dead the youth during military operation at Dhak Mohalla in the town. Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and killed Ghulam Mohammad at Ludna in Doda.

Troop mercilessly beat up without any reason Hilal Ahmad Khan at Soura in Srinagar and Farooq Ahmed at Warpora in Sopore while Village Defence Committee members and Hindu extremists jointly beat up ruthlessly Mushtaq Ahmad with gun butts in Bhaderwah.

Meanwhile, police personnel abused and roughed up media persons and tried to prevent them from performing their professional duties during the operation at Warpora in Sopore on Wednesday. They warned the media persons including photo and video journalists against taking the shots in which they were seen beating the protesters, including women by troops during protest against Indian state terrorism. The President of the Photographers Association, Farooq Javed, said that the policemen had prevented them from discharging their professional duties when they were covering the protests in Sopore.

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Troops martyr 2 innocent Kashmiri youth in Sopore

Srinagar, July 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two innocent Kashmiris, whose dead bodies were recovered from the debris of two residential houses destroyed by the troops at Warpora in Sopore.

Earlier a trooper was killed and thirteen others including an officer were injured in an attack in the same area.

Meanwhile, an Lt Col of 16 corps died after being washed away by flash floods in Nagrota area of Jammu district.

On the other hand, a court in Indian state of Tamil Nadu has sentenced an innocent Kashmiri youth to life imprisonment in a fake case against him. The youth was arrested by Indian police in 2007.

103 Indian troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, July 15 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in an army camp in Jammu taking the death toll of such killings among the troops to 103 since January 2007.

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and later shot dead a Village Defence Committee member in Kishtwar. Scores of people including elderly men and women were injured when Indian troops resorted to brute force at Loha Chak in Doda.

Special Police Officer killed, 2 injured in Doda attack

Srinagar: July 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a Special Police Officer was killed and two others critically injured in a grenade attack in Doda town, today.

The grenade exploded inside the complex of district police lines in the town. The critically injured personnel were taken to a hospital in Doda, where their condition was stated to be serious.

APHC-AJK pays tributes to Kashmiri martyrs

Islamabad, July 13 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chapter held a seminar in Islamabad on the Kashmir Martyrs Day to pay tributes to the martyrs of 1931.

The acting President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Shah Ghulam Qadir and Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani were the chief guests of the function, which was presided over by the Convenor of APHC-AJK Chapter, Syed Yousuf Naseem.

It was on this day in 1931 that the Dogra troops shot dead 22 innocent Kashmiris one after other in front of Srinagar Central Jail who were later buried at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar.

The speakers pledged to continue the liberation struggle till the goal of freedom was achieved. They maintained that the martyrs of 1931 had inspired people of occupied territory to fight for their freedom and live with their heads up. The speakers urged India to give up its traditional intransigence and adopt a realistic approach towards the resolution of Kashmir dispute. They also underlined the need to involve Kashmiris in the dialogue process between Pakistan and India to find an amicable solution of the dispute.

Kashmiris proud of their martyrs

Srinagar, July 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the relatives of the six Kashmiris, martyred during the recent massive protests against the land transfer order, have said that Kashmiris are proud of the sacrifices of their loved ones.

Talking to a local daily in Srinagar, the relatives maintained that the sacrifices did not go waste as the order of transferring Kashmiris land to non-Kashmiris was revoked.

“I lost my dear son and I miss him a lot. But I am sure that his sacrifice made me proud of him,” said Shahzada, the mother of Sammer Ahmad Batloo of Karfali Mohalla in Srinagar. Her views were endorsed by 70-year old Begum Rahti of Budgam, who lost her husband, Abdul Gani Sheikh. “My husband’s sacrifice bore fruits immediately after he was killed” “We are extremely grateful to people who expressed solidarity with us,” she added.

Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, whose brother Farooq Ahmad Rather was killed, said, “I am sure the sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir will lead us to freedom.” Fifty-year-old, Habibullah Mandroo, whose son Imtiyaz Ahmad lost his life, thanked the people of Kashmir for supporting the family after his death. “We lost hundreds of lives in the past 18 years and my son is one amongst them. What else should make me prouder than this?” he said, bursting into tears.

Kashmiris pay tributes to 1931 martyrs

Srinagar, July 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, on the eve of Kashmir Martyrs Day, Kashmiri liberation leaders, paying rich tributes to the martyrs of 1931, have reaffirmed Kashmiris pledge to continue the struggle for their right to self-determination.

The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shaikh Abdul Aziz, Bilal Ghani Lone, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Yasmeen Raja, Zaffar Akbar Butt, Javed Ahmad Mir, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Muhammed Ashraf Sehrai and Farida Bahanji in their separate statements in Srinagar maintained that Kashmiris stood up against Dogra rule on July 13, 1931, and laid their lives for the freedom of their homeland. They added that the sacrifices of these martyrs would never be forgotten by the people of the occupied territory. The leaders pointed out that the people of Jammu and Kashmir could not achieve any sort of progress and prosperity till the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with Kashmiris’ aspirations.

22 innocent Kashmiris were shot dead, one after the other, by the troops of Dogra Maharaja on July 13, 1931, in front of Srinagar Central Jail who were later buried at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar.

The Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl and Vice President of World Kashmir Freedom Movement, Nazir Ahmed Qureshi in their separate statements in London also paid tributes to the 1931 martyrs. They said that the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle would continue till they achieve their goal of freedom.

IHK rights panel recommends relief to kin of 4 killed in custody

Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): The Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir recommended relief of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of four persons killed in custody in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

The commission ordered the puppet authorities after the complaint was filed by the widows of three victims of Indian state terrorism, Sakina Bi, Gulzar Bi and Shamim Akhter, against troops who arrested their husbands from Dehri Dabsi in Poonch district in June 2002 and killed them in custody.

The acting Chairperson of the Commission Habibullah Butt said, “The case has been already established and it is solicited to the puppet regime of Jammu and Kashmir that required steps may be taken for ensuring their (accused) successful prosecution before a court of law.”

In another case, the commission held four police personnel guilty of killing a civilian, Showket Ali in custody and asked the puppet administration to register a case of murder against the cops. The commission said, “A case of murder should be registered against the policemen and they should be prosecuted for the custodial death of Showket Ali.”

Shaikh Aziz concerned about HR violations in IHK

sit-in against custodial disappearances in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shaikh Abdul Aziz has warned the international community that the human rights violations by Indian troops have turned occupied Kashmir into one of the most dangerous places of the world.

The APHC leader was addressing a condolence meeting in Tangmarg, where the troops had martyred a civilian, yesterday. Shaikh Abdul Aziz deplored that Indian police and troops were harassing in vengeance the people of Kashmir for participating in the recent protests, which resulted in the revocation of the order of transferring Kashmiris’ land to non-Kashmiris. The meeting was also addressed by another APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan.

In Srinagar, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons staged a silent sit-in at Pratap Park to draw world attention towards the enforced disappearance of thousands of Kashmiris by Indian troops since 1989. Talking to mediamen, leaders of the Association said that they had planed to launch massive protests to put pressure on India to reveal the whereabouts of those disappeared in custody.

Hundreds of the students of Kashmir University continued their hunger strike for the second consecutive day, today, against harassment by Indian troops of the student community. They also protested against the arrest of their fellow students.

A trooper was killed and another police personnel injured in an attack at Kralgund in Handwara.

Registration of case against IHK police sought

Srinagar, July 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the acting Chairperson of the so-called State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), Habibullah Butt has sought registration of a murder case against a Station House Officer (SHO), a police investigation officer and two police constables in a custodial killing case of 27 years old youth.

Showkat Ali, a resident of Rajouri was arrested by police from his home on February 13, 2007 on fakecharges. He was lodged in police station Rajouri where he collapsed after being subjected to severe torture by the police.

Acting on the petition filed by the family of the deceased, the Commission ordered an enquiry on February 19, 2007 with respect to the custodial death of Showkat.

The SHRC judgement reads, “The Commission is satisfied that Showkat had died in the custody of police.” It added that a case of murder should be registered against the police officials involved in the killing and they should be prosecuted for the custodial death. The Commission also recommended that Rs 2 lakh should be paid as compensation to next of kin of the deceased.

APHC to observe July 13 as Youm-e-Istaqlal

Indian troops martyr 4 innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, July 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, today, announced to observe July 13, the Kashmir Martyrs Day, as youm-e-Istaqlal, to reaffirm Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the struggle for their right to self-determination.

The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the APHC Executive Council held in Srinagar, which was presided over by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The APHC Chairman appealed to the people of the territory to assemble in large number on July 13 at Naqashband Sahib where martyrs of 1931 are buried.

Meanwhile, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred four innocent Kashmiri youth, two of them in Lolab area of Kupwara and one each at Shokbaba in Bandipora and Kunzar in Tangmarg.  Forceful anti-India protest demonstration was held in Kunzar against the killing.  A 60-yr old shopkeeper was injured in a grenade blast at Saraf Kadal in Srinagar.

An Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon inside an army camp at Darmund in Ramban and a police personnel committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at Kangan in Ganderbal. This has brought the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 102 since January 2007.

Indian Army Major killed Kashmiri labourer

Srinagar, July 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a trooper and an Indian agent arrested by police in the fake encounter killing of 22-year-old labourer, Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh of Larnoo Kokernag in Islamabad revealed before the court that Indian army Major killed the labourer.

The trooper, Tahir Pathan of 3 JAKLI and Indian agent, Reyaz Ahmad Cheechi, told the Sessions Judge in Bandipore during the hearing of the case that army Major of 3 JAKLI was involved in the killing.

Pathan told the judge that he did not kill Ashraf, but was present on the spot when he was killed. Cheechi also pleaded that he was not involved in Ashraf’s killing. “I picked up Ashraf from Dalgate in Srinagar but did not kill him. He was killed by the Major,” he told the judge.

Muhammad Ashraf was killed at Brar Bandipore on June 3 after he went missing from his rented room in Dalgate. His family members looked for him everywhere but to no avail. A missing report was also lodged in police station Dalgate.

After 18 days, the family learnt that Ashraf had been killed in a fake encounter in Bandipore. The body, according to police, was handed over to them by 3 JAKLI saying that they had recovered it from a nearby forest. The family sought permission for exhumation of the body buried in a graveyard at Aarigam in Bandipore. On the instructions of District Magistrate Bandipora, police exhumed Ashraf’s body on June 23. The DNA test of Nazeer Ahmed Sheikh, brother of the deceased, was matched and it was confirmed that the dead body was of Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh.

Troops martyr two innocent Kashmiris

102 troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, July 9 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district.

Personnel of 28-Rashtriya Rifles during violent military operation killed the youth at Sumriyal in Lolab area of the district, while a 60-yr old shopkeeper was injured in a grenade blast at Saraf Kadal in Srinagar.

A trooper of Delta Signal Regiment committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon inside an army camp at Darmund in Ramban and a police personnel committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Kangan in Ganderbal. This has brought the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 102 since January 2007.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar High Court quashed the detention orders of three innocent detainees Khurshid Ahmad Itoo, Nisar Ahmad Parray and Mohammad Iqbal Wani who were illegally arrested by troops under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) last year. After hearing the arguments of the counsels of both the detainees, the Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir quashed the detention orders and directed the puppet authorities to release the detainees forthwith.

Complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir today

Resistance against Indian occupation to continue

Srinagar, July 05 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, normal life came to a standstill today, due to complete strike in protest against the attack on the life of senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah by Indian troops yesterday in Srinagar and destruction of Muslims’ properties in Jammu by Hindu extremists.

Call for the strike was given by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, which was supported by the Kashmir Bar Association. All business centres, educational institutions, government and semi-government offices remained closed and traffic was off the road.

Meanwhile, a young boy succumbed to his injuries after being critically injured by Indian police firing at Nowhatta in Srinagar, the other day. A large number of people participated in his funeral at Mazar-e-Shuda in Eidhgah. Later, shouting full-throated pro-liberation and anti-India slogans, people marched from Mazar-e-Shuda to Nawab bazaar.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq visited Nawab Bazaar to pay homage to the martyred youth. Addressing a public gathering on the occasion, the APHC Chairman condemned the continued Indian state terrorism and said that the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle, despite all odds. He also visited Soura hospital in Srinagar to inquire about the health of Shabbir Ahmed Shah.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik while visiting the residence of the martyred youth said that India could not suppress the genuine voice of Kashmiris through its military might.

On the other hand, eyewitnesses while talking to mediamen said that the Deputy Inspector General of Indian Centre Reserve Police Force was clearly heard ordering his sub-ordinates to shoot Shabbir Ahmed Shah while he was leading a big procession. It was this moment that tear gas shells were fired aiming at him and he was beaten with batons and gun butts.

Indian troops martyr two more innocent youth

Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred another innocent youth at Phulel in Doda.

Syed Ali Gilani continued to remain under house arrest for the third consecutive day today, to prevent him from leading protest demonstrations.

Hindu fanatics continued their attacks on Muslims’ properties in different parts of Jammu region. The Muslims from held valley on their way from Srinagar to Jammu and different parts of India are being stopped at various places in Jammu and being beaten up mercilessly and looted by Hindu hooligans.

Two more innocent Kashmiris martyred, 5 troops killed

Srinagar, July 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth at two different places, today.

Troops during siege and search operations killed one youth each at Waghama in Pulwama and Pathri Behak in Kupwara. Earlier five troops including two officers were killed in an attack in Pathri Behak area.

Shabbir Shah critically injured in troops’ attack

Demonstrators subjected to brute force in IHK

Srinagar, July 04 (KMS): In Srinagar, senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah was critically injured when Indian troops made an attack on his life while he was leading a big procession outside Dargah Hazratbal, today.

Shabbir Ahmed Shah was immediately rushed to Soura Hospital for treatment. The troops subjected to brute force thousands of demonstrators outside the Dargah and injured dozens of people after resorting to firing, tear gas shelling and heavy lathi charge. APHC leaders Yasmeen Raja and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai were among those injured. The troops arrested hundreds of people during the clashes, which continued for several hours.

KASHMIRIS MASSIVELY CONVERGE ON HAZRATBAL
Earlier, hundreds of thousands of people converged on Dargah Hazratbal in response to the appeal of the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani to express Kashmiris’ unity to secure their right to self-determination.

The two leaders could not address the gathering as the occupation authorities had put them under house arrest. However, APHC leaders Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Shaikh Abdul Aziz and Nayeem Ahmed Khan, addressing the gathering reaffirmed Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the liberation struggle with complete harmony till it reaches its logical end. They appealed India to read writing on the wall and withdraw its troops from the occupied territory. Their speeches were punctuated with high-pitched slogans like ‘Jeeve Jeeve Pakistan’ and ‘We want freedom’.

A separate procession from Jamia Masjid to Hazratbal was led by Mushtaq-ul-Islam and other Hurriyet leaders, which was subjected to brute force by the troops at Alamgiri Bazaar.

Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth, one each at Waghama in Pulwama and Pathri Behak in Kupwara. Earlier five troops including two officers were killed in an attack in the same area of Kupwara.

Over 3600 unmarked graves found in Poonch, Rajouri districts

Srinagar, July 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has found more than 3600 unmarked graves in 188 graveyards in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu region.

While addressing a press conference, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, said that 2503 unmarked graves were found in Surankote, Mendhar, Haveli, and Mandi tehsils of Poonch district, and 1162 graves in Rajouri, Thanamandi, Darhal, Sunderbani, Nowshera, Kalakote, and Budhal tehsils of Rajouri district.

“The survey of the graveyards was carried out from April 5 to May 15, and only after the investigation these results have been made public,” Mir said. The team is presently surveying unmarked graves in Gool Gulabgarh, Mahore, Reasi, Ram Nagar, Kathua, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar and Baderwah areas.

The Hurriyet leader said that the number of graves could be more, as it was difficult to conduct surveys in the areas in the vicinity of army camps.  “We couldn’t cover at least 20 to 25 percent areas in the two districts. Hence the number may increase if the unidentified graves in the areas left out in the survey are added to the total number,” he added.

The team, however, has been able to locate 300 unmarked graves inside an Indian army camp in Topi Marhote area of Surankote Tehsil in Poonch.

The issue of unmarked graves sparked widespread demonstrations in various parts of the Valley in March this year when the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) discovered nearly 1000 unmarked graves in Uri area of Baramulla district, the place with high concentration of Indian troops.

The APDP had published its findings in a report “Facts Underground” featuring the details of the areas and the photographs of these unmarked and mass graves. International human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had expressed concern over the discovery of these unmarked graves.

Indian troops martyr 13 innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, July 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred thirteen innocent Kashmiri youth at different places in Kupwara district.

Indian troops of 20 Rashtriya Rifles and 16 JAT Battalion during violent military operation killed eight Kashmiri youth at Nasthachun pass in Kupwara and five at Bari Behak, on Kupwara-Tangdar Road. The operation was going on till last reports came in.

19 persons including an Indian Central Reserve Police Force and a Special Operation Group personnel were injured in a grenade blast near Seri Bazar in Bhadarwah town.

Troops martyr 7 more Kashmiris

Gilani calls for March on Friday

Srinagar, July 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred seven more innocent Kashmiri youth in Karnah area of Kupwara. Earlier, a Junior Commissioned Officer of Indian army was killed in an attack in the same area.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, today, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has given a call for Dargah Hazrat Bal march on Friday to pay tributes to the martyrs and express gratitude for the success of the protests against land transfer, which resulted in the revocation of the order. He termed the cancellation of the land transfer order as the people’s victory.

Syed Ali Gilani maintained that India would not succeed in suppressing Kashmiris’ just struggle by resorting to brute force.

Meanwhile, Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel barged into the house and mercilessly beat up and critically injured two persons at Kakar Hamam in Baramulla.

Indian troops martyr 5 more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, July 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred five more innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district.

The troops martyred the youth at Roshni Post in Karnah area of the district.

Indian troops martyr 54 Kashmiris in June

Islamabad, July 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism martyred 54 innocent Kashmiris including a child, in the last month of June.

According to the data, compiled by Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, the total of Kashmiris martyred included 6 killed in custody.

Six youth went missing in custody, 203 were arrested and 1003 persons were injured as a result of troops’ use of brute force against the people.

The troops also molested 37, widowed 5 women and destroyed 7 residential houses. The killings by the troops rendered 10 children orphaned during the month

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiri youth

Troops barged into houses, abuses women in Srinagar

Srinagar, June 30  (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent youth at two different places.

Indian troops of 24-Rashtriya Rifles during crackdown operation killed one youth at Kachpathir Mamar in Kangan and another youth Imtiyaz Ahmad Mandoo was martyred by Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel with indiscriminate firing at Bemina in Srinagar. Troops assaulted senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, at Bemina, where he had gone to join the funeral prayers of the Indian state terrorism’s victim.

Indian Central Reserve Police Force troopers thrashed every passer-by, including children and detained many youth in Srinagar and Baramulla districts.

Indian troopers barged into residential houses, fired tear smoke shells and thrashed the inmates, including women and children at Nowshera in Srinagar while 78 persons were beat up in Srinagar, Baramulla, Pulwama and Islamabad districts. The troopers beat up and critically injured a reporter of London-based journal, Kashmir Affairs, SF Ahmed and destroyed his videotapes at Sanat Nagar in the city.

Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel barged into the houses and abused women at Shaheed Gunj, Habba Kadal and adjoining areas of Srinagar city.  An elderly person, Ghulam Ahmad of Shaheed Gunj said, “After the protest demonstrations, the CRPF personnel barged into our houses and misbehaved with the women. They abused our mothers and sisters. By resorting to such acts, they want to prevent us from participating in protests against the transfer of Kashmiris’ land to non-Kashmiris’ ”. A woman of Shaheed Gunj said that the paramilitary personnel abused her and her daughter. The residents said that “We will not stop our agitation and neither will tolerate abuse of our sisters, daughter and mothers”.

The residents of Haba-Kadal said that the troopers have vandalized more than 100 vehicles parked in the area. They accused the para-military personnel of also causing damage to houses. A pharmacist told media men that the CRPF personnel visited his medical shop and took medicine. “They left without paying for the medicines. When I asked them about the payment they warned me that if I demand money from them they would beat me and damage my shop. Fearing for my life, I decided against asking payment from them”. The residents of the area pointing towards the broken glass-panes of the houses said that these were damaged by the Indian troops, who hurled stones and bricks towards the houses. “After every protest demonstration, the CRPF personnel throw stones towards the houses, damaging the window panes”, they added.

“The troops forced their entry into our houses and beat up the inmates including females”, said Ishfaq Ahmad a residents of Safa-Kadal.

Use of brute force against civilians denounced in IHK

Srinagar, June 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, pro-liberation leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the indiscriminate use of force by occupation forces against the peaceful protestors, killing and injuring several innocents.

Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), Maulana Abbas Ansari said that such repressive steps by India and its agents in the occupied territory could not break the peoples’ valour and determination to fight for the freedom of their homeland. He also denounced the house arrest of liberation leaders including senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Mushtaq-ul-Islam.

Another APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi paid rich tributes to the three youth who got martyred at various places due to troops’ indiscriminate firing. He said that nobody would be allowed to change the majority of occupied Kashmir into minority.

Jamaat-e-Islami termed such acts as undemocratic and anti-people. It prayed for the peace of martyred souls and expressed solidarity with their families. It also condemned the arrest of the Jamiat-e-Ahlihadees President, Maulana Showkat Ahmad shah and other liberation leaders.

The President of High Court Bar Association (HCBA), Nazir Ahmed Ronga in a statement described the killing of youth and use of force against the protesters as state terrorism and said the puppet chief minister was accountable for each killing and injury.

Paying homage to the martyred youth, Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said that blood of martyrs would not be allowed to go waste. He pointed out that resentment and hatred against India amongst Kashmiris had increased as was being demonstrated by the people during the past four days, adding that Kashmiris would continue to resist the Indian occupation till the goal of freedom was achieved.

Anti-India demos continue in occupied Kashmir

Thousands participate processions in Srinagar

Srinagar, June 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, all major cities and towns including Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama and Shopian were rocked on the fourth consecutive day, today, due to massive anti-India and pro-liberation demonstrations.

The public agitation against Indian state terrorism, its continued illegal occupation of the territory and the unlawful transfer of land to non-Kashmiris has spilled across the held valley, bringing normal life to a completed standstill. All business establishments, educational institutions, courts and banks remained closed and transport was off the road.

The troops while chasing an angry mob at Mazhama in Magam barged into a house and killed in cold blood an innocent 18-year old student. Another 17-year old boy got martyred when the troops opened fire to disperse a procession at Fateh Kadal in Srinagar.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yasin Malik led a procession, participated by thousands of people, from Budshah Chowk to Dalgate, covering a distance of 18 kilometers. During the march full-throated anti-India slogans reverberated the interior localities of Srinagar. The troops subjected the procession to brute force injuring dozens of youth including JKLF leaders, Showket Ahmad Bakhshi and Noor Mohammad Kalwal. Earlier, the JKLF Chairman staged a sit-in at Budshah Chowk. A similar procession was led by APHC leader, Yasmin Raja in Pampore.

Senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and APHC leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah continued to remain under house arrest and the occupation authorities prevented them from leading anti-India processions. The APHC office in Rajbagh was besieged by the troops and Hurriyet leader, Shaikh Abdul Aziz and Nayeem Ahmad Khan were not allowed to come out of it.

The demonstrators fought pitched battles with the troops at various places and the protesters were subjected to indiscriminate firing, heavy lathi charge and excessive teargas shelling in Srinagar and Budgam. The troops entered into the houses of the civilian at Nowhatta, Nawakadal, Jamalatta, Lal Bazar, Habba Kadal, Parimpora and Aali Kadal in Srinagar subjecting inmates to severe torture and women to molestation.

Indian troopers involved in fake encounter killing

Srinagar, June 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, police investigations in a fake encounter killing have revealed that Indian troops are involved in the murder of a labourer from Larnoo Kokernag in Islamabad.

The victim, Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh was arrested by unidentified gunmen on June 3, 2008 from his rented room at Dalgate in Srinagar and was later killed on the same day at Brar in Bandipora.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr B Srinivas while talking to mediamen said that one among the two persons arrested in Bandipora fake encounter case is a trooper of 3 JAKLI while other is an Indian agent. The army has also confirmed that one of their troopers has been arrested by police in connection with the killing.

Police in its preliminary investigation said that the trooper has confessed before enquiry officer that Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh was killed on the outskirts of Brar village of Bandipora by the troopers of 3 JAKLI led by Major Devinder Telhan.

During the interrogation, police investigation officer said that the trooper revealed that Commanding Officer of 3-JAKLI, Colonel Balaji had given him Rs 1lakh and asked him to kill at least one Mujahid as the performance of the unit had been remarkably dull for last few weeks. Police is now investigating the role of commanding officer 3 JAKLI and Major Devinder Telhan.

Troops martyr two young Kashmiri boys in IHK

Srinagar, June 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two young Kashmiri boys at two different places.

Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel and Special Operations Group barged into the house and killed a 12th class student, Farooq Ahmed Rather, who was sitting next to a window in his house at Mazhama in Budgam while a 17-year-old Sameer Ahmad Batloo was killed by an indiscriminate firing of Indian Central Reserve Police Force on a mob at Tashwan in central Srinagar.

The killings triggered massive demonstrations with thousands of people taking to streets in Srinagar and Budgam areas against Indian state terrorism. The protestors shouted pro-liberation and anti-India slogans.

Indian troops shot at and beat up at least 200 people in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Budgam, Pulwama and Sopore areas during protests against the transfer of Kashmiris’ land to non-Kashmiris’. Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel barged into residential houses and beat up inmates and ransacked house goods at Zoonimar, Nowhatta, Nawakadal, Jamalatta, Lal Bazar, Habba Kadal, Parimpora, Shikargah and Aali Kadal in Srinagar and Duderhama in Ganderbal.

CRPF troops barged into residential houses and molested several women at Nowhatta, Nawakadal, Jamalatta, Lal Bazar, Habba Kadal, Parimpora and Ali Kadal in Srinagar.

Killing of youth by Indian police paralyses life in Srinagar

Protests amid shutdown in Ganderbal against land transfer

Srinagar, June 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, protests continued in different parts of Srinagar city as a spontaneous strike against the killing of one person in unprovoked firing by the personnel of Centre Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Monday evening brought normal life to a standstill in Srinagar and Ganderbal.

Dozens of people were injured in widespread clashes as the police used massive force against demonstrators. Monday’s killing took place as the CRPF personnel opened fire on demonstrators in Nauhatta, who were protesting against the transfer of forestland to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

The victim, Feroz Ahmad, hailed from the Haak Bazaar area of Hawal in the lower city. Large number of people in the locality took to the streets on Tuesday morning and burned tyres on the roads after the victim’s body arrived home.

The people poured into the roads in different areas including Nauhatta, Naid Kadal, Bohri Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Baba Demb, Maisuma, Nawab Bazaar and Gaw Kadal. Shops and business establishments remained closed throughout the city and the transport was off the road. Incidents police brutalities against the protestors were also reported from the Rambagh and Bagh-e-Mahtab localities.

Thousands of people, including a large number of women, took out a peaceful rally from Tawheedabad Chowk to Ganderbal amid a total shut down.  They were protesting against the transfer of forestland to the SASB. The protests took a violent turn when a contingent of police stopped the protesters at Ganderbal Chowk. As the mob resisted, the police resorted to lathi-charge and tear smoke shelling, resulting in injuries to at least 30 persons. The protesters said that after the clashes, the policemen entered nearby residential houses and thrashed the inmates.

Another group of protesters from the Kirhama and Baroosa areas staged a sit-in on the Srinagar-Leh highway and blocked the route by burning tyres on the road. They attacked the police with stones when the latter tried to dislodge them, sparking heavy violence during which the police used cane-charge, tear gas and aerial firing, which resulted in the injury of many protesters. Police also smashed cameras of several photojournalists, while a cameraman was injured while covering the incident. On hearing that one of the injured persons had succumbed to his injuries, the mob went on rampage setting ablaze many vehicles.

Exhumation of fake encounter victim brings grief to IHK village

Srinagar, June 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a pall of gloom and grief gripped the Kokernag village of Islamabad when dead body of a 22-year-old labourer, Muhammad Ashraf Sheikh, reached the area after exhumation.

The exhumation was executed on the orders of district magistrate Bandipora. Sheikh’s family members identified the body, and later brought it to Press Enclave in Srinagar where they protested, demanding an impartial probe. Later the body was taken to Kokernag for the last rites.

Ashraf, a resident of Pehlipora-Drawey in Kokernag had gone missing on June 3, from Dalgate Srinagar and was killed near Brar village in Bandipora the same day by the Indian troops in a fake encounter. Ashraf’s family members, after failing to trace him, submitted a missing report at Nehru Park police Station Srinagar on June 16.

Earlier, the Bandipora police had registered an FIR on June 3 and stated that Sheikh was murdered and the body was handed over to it by 3-Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Division (JAKLI). People in Brar village, stated that troopers of 3 JAKLI brought a youth in a Tata Sumo vehicle and shot him dead. The police, after completing all medico legal formalities, handed over the dead body to Jamia Auqaf Nassu for burial. The investigation of the case was set in motion and statements of witnesses were recorded. However, on June 22, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, brother of the deceased, approached the Police Station Bandipore claiming that it was body of his brother. After which the exhumation of the body was carried.

As soon as Ashraf’s body reached his native village, thousands of people who had gathered to perform last rites shouted anti-India and pro-liberation slogans and demanded stern action against the culprits.

Ashraf belongs to village of Abdul Rehman Padder, a carpenter who was killed in a fake encounter by Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel in December 2006 on the outskirts of Ganderbal district.

Indian troops martyr seven more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, June 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred seven more innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Personnel of 12-Assam regiment killed four youth at Trehgam in Kupwara while troops of 31-Rashtriya Riffles shot dead two at Nariwan in Shopian. Another youth was shot dead by Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Chaterhama in Srinagar. Earlier, an Indian army officer was killed and four other personnel injured during an attack in the same area of Srinagar.

A trooper of 16-Dogra Regiment was electrocuted while cutting grass in Sunjwan army ground in Jammu.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir has described killing of a youth Qazi Muhammad Yousuf of Theed Harwan as custodial killing by police and recommended stern action against officers and subordinate staff involved in the murder. The victim was arrested on October 29, 2005 and was later killed in Chatterhama on the same night.

Police harassed the family members of the youth when they tried to seek justice. Finally the family approached the Human Rights Commission filing a complaint against the police.

The Commission, citing an FIR registered in police station Zakura as a proof, said that the youth was killed in police custody and rejected the report of the director general of police terming it as false and baseless.

Troops martyr 2 more innocent Kashmiris

98 troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, June 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district. The youth were killed by troops during violent military operation at Gagaldara in the district. The operation in the area was still continuing till last reports came in.

Dead body of one 45-year old, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Ganai was recovered from Frisipora in Pulwama.

Meanwhile, a Special Police Officer of Indian army committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Bela colony in Rajouri. This has brought the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 98 since January 2007.

Indian troops martyr twelve innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, June 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred twelve innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Troops of 2/8 Gadwal regiment during violent military operations killed eight youth at Salhutri in Mendhar. Three youth were shot dead by personnel of 7-Gadwal regiment at Sonapandi Machil in Kupwara while another by 32 Rashtriya rifles at Khaipora in Baramulla.

A scavenger Ghulam Mohiudin Malik was killed in a bomb explosion at Shaglipora in Budgam and a civilian Mohammad Asgar was injured when a detonator exploded in his hands at Chareel in Reasi.

A trooper of 12-Artillary Brigade was killed in a road mishap in Uri and personnel of Assam regiment was injured in an attack at Shal Batho in Kupwara.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered a case of molestation against two troopers of 161-battalion Territorial Army and Special Police Officer of 30-Rashtriya Rifles in police station Handwara. The trio Thursday molested a 23-year-old girl when she was grazing her cattle in the nearby area of Nowgam in Handwara.

Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Shopian district.

The dead bodies of martyred youth, Aiyaz Ahmad Shah and Bajeer Kalas were recovered from the debris of residential house destroyed by the troops of 44-Rashtriya Rifles with heavy mortar shelling during siege and search operation at Narpora in the district.

Three civilians including a child and a woman were injured in a grenade blast near Secretariat area of Srinagar.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar Sessions Court asked police authorities to clarify its position on the custodial disappearance of Rafiq Ahmed Sheikh.

Indian army officer among 8 killed in IHK

97 troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, June 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, eight Indian troops including a lieutenant colonel were killed in an attack in Kishtwar district. A party of Indian troops was attacked at Watsar in the district in which Lt Col Ajay Kumar Verma, Major SK Singh and Naik Rajinder Singh were among the killed personnel.

A trooper of 59 Rashtriya Rifles committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at Deolmarg in Reasi while a Special Police Officer committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Zengam in Lolab, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 97 since January 2007.

Dead body of a missing civilian, Abdul Hamid Butt was recovered from an orchard at Ram Garh in Kulgam. Twelve people were critically injured in a bomb blast in Baramulla town.

Indian Police arrested eight persons including Shabir Ahmed, Noor Muhammad and Ali Muhammad from Kishtwar and Abdul Qayoom Wani, Haji Bashir Ahmed Butt, Ghulam Hassan Khan, Sheikh Tariq and Farooq Ahmed from different areas of Srinagar.

Troops martyr 1 more innocent Kashmiri youth

Protests in Srinagar, troops resort to force

Srinagar, June 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one more innocent youth in Pattan town. The youth was killed during a siege and search operation at Sad Mohalla.

Unidentified gunmen barged into a house and killed 42-year-old civilian at Gujjarpatti in Kangan.

Transporters observed complete wheel jam strike for the fourth consecutive day, today, in occupied Kashmir against anti-people policies of the puppet regime. People took to the streets in different areas of Srinagar city and several demonstrators were injured when Indian troops resorted to brute force at Nowhatta.

Liberation leaders condemn transfer of land

In Srinagar, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani while speaking at a press conference and APHC leader, Bilal Ghani Lone in a media interview strongly denounced the handing over of forestland by the puppet administration to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. They maintained that India by settling non-Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir was working on a plan to change the majority of the territory into minority. They said that an agitation would be launched against the illegal transfer of the land.

Seven Indian Border Security Force personnel were injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling in over turned at Dungi in Reasi.

Protest against Indian state terrorism in Pulwama

95 Indian troops commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, June 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, torture of a family including an 80-year-old civilian by Indian troops triggered massive protests in Pulwma town.

The troops of 44-Rashtriya Rifles of Nittin Dajan camp barged into the house and severely beat up an 80-year-old Ghulam Muhammad Najar, Sajad Ahmad Najar, Shaheena and Raja at Abhama in Keller area of the town. Massive protest demonstration was held against Indian state terrorism. The protesters raised full-throated anti-India and pro-liberation slogans on the occasion.

Hundreds of the tent owners staged protest and blocked the Srinagar-Leh Highway for several hours against the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) for not allowing them to enter Baltal area.  “When we started erecting tents at Baltal, the Hindu Shrine Board authorities headed by the governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha raised objections and forced us to leave the place. The SASB is hampering our livelihood by stopping us to erect tents for business as this is our only source of income,” Abdul Gani, a tent owner told mediamen.

Bashir Mir, President Baltal Traders Association said, “We are going to launch agitation against the transfer of Baltal land to the Hindu Shrine Board.”

Meanwhile, 40 people were injured when police personnel resorted to brute force to disperse the agitated employees, who were protesting against anti-people policies of the puppet regime at Shaheed Gunj in Srinagar.

Troops martyr 2 more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, June 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Keran area of Kupwara district. The youth were shot dead in a fake encounter during a crackdown operation.

Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against Indian troopers’ attempts to molest women in Bandipora town. The angry protesters shouted full-throated anti-India and pro-liberation slogans.

Meanwhile, body of a 58-year old man was recovered from a bus stand in Mendhar town.

Thousands protest against custodial killing in Doda

94 Indian troops commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, June 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people, participated including a large number of women, took to the streets in Doda town today in protest against killing of a youth in custody by Indian troops.

The protesters shouted hi-pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans. At least 13 persons were injured when an army vehicle deliberately hit a passenger van at Langate in Handwara.

An Indian trooper committed suicide by hanging himself inside an army camp at Malpur Kanachak in Jammu, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 94 since January 2007.

Addressing a function in Srinagar today, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah deplored that Indian rulers had been disgracing people’s sacred places and harming their religious sentiments to suppress their genuine aspirations. The function was organised by the Kashmir Sikh Students Federation to mark the 24th anniversary of the Blue Star Operation, which resulted in the demolition of Golden Temple in Amritsar.

A senior advocate of Mumbai High Court, Dhairyasheel Patil and a prominent Kashmiri intellectual, Dr Sheikh Shaukat Hussain, addressing a gathering at Kashmir University in Srinagar maintained that Kashmir was a political issue, which could be resolved by providing the people of Kashmir with their basic right to self-determination. The student leaders on the occasion said that Kashmiris’ sacrifices were meant to liberate their homeland from Indian subjugation.

Troops martyr nine more innocent Kashmiri youth in IHK

Srinagar, June 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred nine more innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Of those martyred, three youth each were shot dead by the troops in Keran area of Kupwara and Peer Gali in Rajouri while two at Sarpathri in Shopian. The troops also martyred a 33-year-old youth in a fake encounter at Brar in Bandipora.

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, June 03 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of stat terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Bandipore. Troops of 57-Rashtriya Rifles during military operation killed two youth and destroyed two-storied house of one Muhammad Subhan Dar with heavy mortar shelling at Dar Mohalla in Bandipore.

During siege and search operations troops of 32-Rashtriya Rifles destroyed a house of Abdul Ahad Butt with heavy mortar shelling at Watergam in Rafiabad while personnel of 30-Rashtriya Rifles damaged a shrine at Chottipora in Handwara.

At least 40 employees were injured when police personnel resorted to brute force to disperse hundreds employees who were protesting against puppet regime’s anti-people policies in Srinagar.

Two Special Task Force personnel were killed and two others injured when their vehicle was damaged in a landmine blast at Barkote in Handwara.

An Indian trooper of Border Security Force committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance inside his camp in North Kashmir, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 92 since January 2007.

Troops martyr four more innocent Kashmiris

Protest demons against Indian state terrorism

Srinagar, June 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred four more innocent Kashmiri youth at two different places. Of those martyred, two youth were shot dead at Chuntipora village in Handwara while two others at Watergam in Baramulla.

Thousands of people, shouting anti-India and pro-liberation slogans, took to the streets to protest against the killings in Watargam.

At least 30 people including many women were injured when Indian police personnel resorted to brute force to disperse hundreds of people protesting against puppet regime’s anti-people policies at Khushpora area of Rafiabad. Another protest demonstration was held at Pakherpora area of Pulwama against the thrashing of a doctor by the police.

91 troopers commit suicide since January 2007
An Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at an Army Camp in Pargwal area of Jammu taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 91 since January 2007.

On the other hand, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has been put under house arrest, at his residence in Srinagar, to prevent him from attending the All India Convention of Minorities, scheduled to be held in Amritsar on Wednesday.

APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah addressing public gatherings at different places in Jammu region said that human rights violations in the occupied territory continued unabated despite Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh’s promise of zero tolerance against such abuses.

Protesters subjected to brute force in IHK

91 troopers commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, June 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, at least 30 people including women were injured and three girls fainted when Indian police personnel resorted to brute force to disperse hundreds of people protesting against puppet regime’s anti-people policies at Khushpora area of Rafiabad.

The police fired dozens of teargas shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the demonstrators. The protestors also raised high-pitched slogans against the puppet regime.

Protest demonstration was also held at Pakherpora area of Pulwama against the thrashing of one doctor, Showkat Rashid by the police.

The personnel of Special Operations Group (SOG) and 23 Punjab Battalion of Indian army arrested an innocent youth, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan from his residence in the Chak-Arsalankhan area of Bandipora.

Meanwhile, an Indian trooper, Haveldar Jaspal Singh of 14 Sikh Light Infantry, committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at an Army Camp in Pargwal area of Jammu taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 91 since January 2007.

Indian troops martyr 30 Kashmiris in may

Islamabad, June 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism martyred 30 Kashmiris including a woman and a child, in the outgoing month of May.According to the data, compiled by Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, the total of Kashmiris martyred included two killed in custody.

Three youth went missing in custody, 64 were arrested and 146 persons were injured as a result of troops’ use of brute force against the people.

Three women were disgraced or misbehaved, 3 got widowed and 5 children were orphaned during the month.

Three residential houses were also damaged by the troops with heavy mortar shelling during siege and search operations.

3 including woman martyred in occupied Kashmir

89 Indian troops commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, May 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred three more innocent Kashmiris including a woman at two different places.

Of those martyred, dead bodies of a husband and wife were recovered from the debris of a residential house destroyed by the troops with heavy mortar shelling at Khandipura in Doda. Another youth was shot dead in Haihama area of Kupwara.

Talking to mediamen in Srinagar, senior APHC leader, Shaikh Abdul Aziz strongly condemned the killings and deplored stepped up Indian state terrorism. He appreciated Amnesty International’s recent report calling for an impartial and immediate probe into the discovery of unnamed mass graves. The APHC leader appealed to the international community to exert pressure on India to stop human rights violations in the occupied territory.

On the other hand, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside an army camp in Rajouri town, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 89 since January 2007. A trooper was injured in an attack in Keran.

Troops martyr one more innocent youth

Srinagar, May 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred one more innocent youth during siege and search operation at Haihama in Kupwara.

Unidentified gunmen abducted and tortured 18-year-old Nisar Ahmad Mir at Wagoora in Pattan.

Police personnel used batons and tear gas shells against Kashmir University students who were protesting against the forced evacuation of students from campus hostels before the visit of Indian President in the University.

The acting President of the Kashmir University students Union (KUSU), Saqib Amin and the president of Kashmir University Research Scholars Association (KURSA), Parvaiz Ahmed Butt in their separate statements condemned the evacuation of students from the hostels and the police action against agitating students.

Over 30 houses were damaged due to blasts that were executed by the puppet authorities engaged in the construction of a railway line at Banihal in Ramban district on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway.  Residents staged protest demonstrations against the puppet regime’s anti-people policies.

A Junior Commissioned Officer  (JCO) of 8th KLI unit died and seven others including another JCO injured after the vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell in a deep gorge at Faskin on Srinagar-Jammu high way. A trooper was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a rented accommodation at Subash Nagar in Jammu.

The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society staged a silent sit-in at Municipal Park in Srinagar today urging international organisations to impress upon India to disclose the whereabouts of disappeared persons.

Troops martyr one more innocent Kashmiri youth

Students boycott Indian President’s function

Srinagar, May 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent youth in Bari area of Doda district. Dead body of one youth each was recovered from Charwari in Ramban and Charsoo in Awantipora.

In Srinagar, the students of Kashmir University boycotted the function addressed by the visiting Indian President, Pratibha Patil in the campus today. The function was organised to inaugurate a new faculty, the Kashmir Study Centre. The student leaders told mediamen that the Indian President’s visit to the occupied territory had no justification as the occupation troops were engaged in violating Kashmiris’ basic human rights.

The students held a separate demonstration in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar to protest against the anti-people policies of the puppet regime. Several areas in Srinagar city remained in military siege today to prevent demonstrations on the occasion of Indian President’s visit. A protest march is scheduled to be staged tomorrow in Kashmir University campus against Indian state terrorism.

Troops’ vehicle crushes 70-year-old man to death in IHK

Srinagar/Jammu, May 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a fast moving army vehicle deliberately crushed to death a 70-year-old civilian, Habibullah, in Ramban town.

The killing triggered a forceful anti-India demonstration in the town.

Dead body of one each civilian was recovered from Trigam Nallah in Banihal and Iran De Khetra in Rajouri.

Complete strike in occupied Kashmir tomorrow

Indian troops martyr 2 more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, May 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, complete strike will be observed, tomorrow, on the occasion of Indian President, Pratibha Patil’s visit to the territory.

The Indian President arrived in Srinagar today, amid unprecedented high security.

Call for the strike has been given by senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani. All government and semi government offices, educational institutions, banks and business establishments will remain closed. The strike is intended to convey the message to the world that Kashmiri people did not accept Indian occupation despite stepped-up state terrorism.

Meanwhile, Indian troops martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth one each at Marmat area of Doda and Kori Hill in Rajouri. Forceful anti-India and pro-liberation protest demonstrations were held in the areas. Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah while talking to mediamen in Srinagar strongly condemned killings of the youth.

Two Indian troops were killed when their vehicle skidded off the road and fell into River Chenab on Srinagar-Jammu Highway.

Indian troops martyr innocent youth in IHK

Srinagar, May 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred an innocent youth in Rajouri district, today. Troops killed the civilian Mohammad Lateef of Kandi during crackdown operation at Neela-Doke in the district.

People staged a forceful anti-India demonstration against Indian state terrorism at Wanigam Haiderbaigh in Pattan.

Meanwhile, an Indian trooper Naik Sukhdev Singh of 18 Jammu and Kashmir rifles was critically injured in a landmine explosion at Dabal post in Rajouri.

88 Indian troops commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, May 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Islamabad district.
Suresh Chander of Rashtriya Rifles unit shot himself inside a camp at High Ground in the district. The death toll of such killings among Indian troops has reached 88 since January 2007. Chander is the fifth trooper who has committed suicide in the occupied territory in a fortnight.

Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth, in a fake encounter, at Sadarkot area of Bandipora.

A trooper, Sanjay Kumar was killed when he slipped down from a hill in Kralpora. The dead body of a youth, Abdul Hameed Wani was recovered from Lal-Kul-Nalah in Kupwara.

Two persons were electrocuted and three others received grievous burn injuries when an 11KV high-tension electricity line touched a 220V line in Bandi area of Baramulla.

Panic-stricken villagers took to the streets and staged strong protest demonstration against the negligence of the Maintenance Wing of the Power Development Department (PDD). They demanded strict action against the employees of PDD.

Indian troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, May 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth at two different places.

Of those martyred, one youth, Tanveer Ahmad was shot dead by the troops of 14-Rashtriya Rifles during military operation at Kuta Bela in Bandipur and another at Gambhir in Rajouri.

Five people including three children were killed in a grenade blast near a house at Gurmal in Neel area of Ramban district.

Hundreds of residents staged massive protest demonstrations against Indian state terrorism at Padroo Keller in Shopian and Tral in Pulwama. “The entire area is under cordon for the past seven days. We are not allowed to go outside by the CRPF personnel,” the protestors of Shopian told media men.

Troops martyr eight more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, May 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred eight more innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Of those martyred, six youth were killed by troops during siege and search operation at Lugam in Tral and one each at Gambhir in Rajouri and Tarkundi in Poonch areas.

Dead body of a 60-year old civilian was recovered from Baila Wussan in Ganderbal.

An Indian trooper of Central Reserve Police Force committed suicide by shooting himself with his own service rifle at Palhalan in Pattan taking the death toll of such killings amongst Indian troops to 87, since January 2007.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai High Court in India has stayed a trial of an innocent Kashmiri youth Ghulam Mustafa till June 5, who was arrested by Indian police on fake case at Mumbai International Airport in 1992.

87 Indian troopers commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, May 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper was killed and four others critically injured in an attack at Mawar in Handwara.

A trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his own service rifle at Palhalan in Baramulla taking the death toll by such killings among Indian troops to 87, since January 2007. Throat-slit body of a 26-year old youth was recovered from Drebgam in Pulwama.

Kashmir dangerous place due to HR violations

Indian troops martyr 2 more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, May 14 (KMS): Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Shah has warned that occupied Kashmir has become one of the most dangerous places of the world due to unabated human rights violations by Indian troops.

The APHC leader addressing Hurriyet activists in Shopian today, maintained that all the three parties to Kashmir dispute, Pakistan, India and Kashmiris should sit together to reach at a negotiated settlement to ensure peace and security in South Asia.

Earlier, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and other APHC leaders including Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi and Nayeem Ahmed Khan addressing a function in Chadoora, paid glowing tributes to Kashmiri martyrs urging India to give up intransigence over the process of resolving the Kashmir dispute.

Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Gandoh area of Doda. Two personnel of Indian Central Reserve police Force were killed in an attack at Podder Kellar in Pulwama while a trooper was injured in another attack in Kangan.

Hundreds of people staged a protest demonstration against the injuring of four civilians by Indian troops in Dangiwacha area of Baramulla district.

Indian troops martyr 3 more innocent Kashmiris

85 troopers commit suicide since January 2007

Srinagar, May 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred three more innocent Kashmiri youth, one of them at Draba in Surankote and two at Rakh Amb Tali in Samba.

Earlier, two troopers were killed and sixteen others injured in an attack in the same area of Samba. The injured included an army Major and a Sub Inspector of Border Security Force.

An Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in an army camp in Kangan, taking the death toll of such killings among Indian troops to 85 since January 2007.

Troops martyr three innocent Kashmiris

84 Indian troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, May 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred three innocent Kashmiri youth at different places, today.

Personnel of 17/Dogra regiment killed two youth during military operation in Darsun area of Kupwara district while the troops of Garhwal Rifles and Border Security Force during siege and search operation martyred youth. Earlier troops killed three persons including a photojournalist, Ashok Sodhi and a woman Shashi Bala and injured two others at Kali Mandi in Samba. A trooper was killed and a Major injured in the same area.

Indian army personnel of Engineering Regiment, Naik SBP Raju, committed suicide by hanging himself at Engineering Regiment unit in Udhampur, taking the death toll by such killings among Indian troops to 84 since January 2007.

Indian trooper kills his officer

Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In yet another case of fratricide in the Indian army, a trooper killed his senior officer inside a unit in Nowshera area of Srinagar.

Naib subedar, Lal Bahadur Singh, in a clerical job, died after he was shot at by his fellow trooper, Inderjeet Singh of Signal Company. Immediately after the incident, the army arrested the shooter. The duo- Lal Bahadur Singh and Inderjeet Singh- were having strained relations after the latter reportedly accused Lal Bahadur Singh of delaying his personal documents. They fought over the issue, which resulted in the killing of Singh.

Indian troops martyr two more Kashmiri youth

Thousands of people attend funeral prayers

Srinagar, May 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred two more innocent youth at Tesoornar in Handwara, last night. Earlier, an Indian trooper was killed in an attack in the same area.

Thousands of people attended Ghaibana Nimaz-e-Jinaza at various places in the occupied territory today of the four Kashmiri youth who were killed in custody by the troops in Pattan, Sopore and Handwara during the last two days.

Senior Kashmir Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani talking to media men in Srinagar, welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s upholding Kashmiris’ right to self-determination during his address to the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad.

APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah addressing Hurriyet activists at Achabal in Islamabad emphasised that Kashmiris’ unparalleled sacrifices would never be allowed to go waste.

Four more innocent Kashmiris martyred

Srinagar, April 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred four more innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Of those martyred, dead bodies of Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Butt and Mohammad Ramzan Rishi were recovered from the residential houses destroyed by the personnel of 21-Rashtriya Rifles during siege and search operation at Khan Mohalla in Handwara while two were shot dead at Bhimdasa in Reasi.

Forceful Anti-India demonstrations were held in Handwara, Baramulla and Srinagar areas against the continued Indian state terrorism.

Troops martyr four more innocent Kashmiris

Anti-India protest demonstration in Kupwara

Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred four more innocent Kashmiri youth today at different places.

Dead bodies of Tanveer Ahmad and Imtiyaz Ahmad were recovered from the debris of two residential houses destroyed by the troops with the heavy mortar shelling during siege and search operation at Khawaja Bagh in Baramulla. One youth each was shot dead at Kalian in Reasi and Mandher in Poonch.

Meanwhile, a protest strike was observed against Indian state terrorism in Baramulla, while a forceful anti-India demonstration was held against the injuring of a 60-year old civilian, Muhammad Abdullah Shah by the indiscriminate firing of 18-Rashtriya Rifles at Sawayan in Lolab area of Kupwara district.

An Indian trooper of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was run over by a train near Sainik Colony in Jammu city.

Indian trooper kills his two colleagues

Jammu, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, two Indian troops succumbed to the injuries they had sustained from the firing of their colleague, who later on committed suicide on Monday in Katra town of Reasi district.

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable, Veerinder Singh, before committing suicide, had shot at and critically injured his two colleagues including an inspector, who later on died while being shifted to hospital.

Six persons killed in IHK road mishap

Jammu, April 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, at least six people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a road accident on Friday in Reasi district.

The incident occurred when a passenger vehicle skidded off a road and fell into a 500-feet deep gorge at Arnas area in the district.

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Syed Ali Gilani under house arrest in Srinagar

Srinagar, April 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Baramulla district.

The dead bodies of Muneer Ahmad and Zahoor Ahmad were recovered from the debris of a residential house destroyed by the troops during siege and search operation at Palhalan in Pattan area of the district. Earlier two troops were also killed in the same area. Forceful anti-India protest demonstration was held in Pattan area.

Dead body of a missing youth, Bilal Ahmad Butt was recovered from Tangchatter in Kangan while body of a girl Rubeena was recovered from Nagnari in Boniyar.

Seven civilians and a Special Police Officer were injured in a grenade blast at Main Chowk in Sopore.

Meanwhile, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani was placed under house arrest in Srinagar because he was scheduled to pay a visit to Pattan to lead a protest demonstration against Indian state-terrorism. Puppet authorities asked him not to venture out.

Indian troops martyr one more innocent Kashmiri youth

Gilani concerned over unnamed mass graves’ discovery

Srinagar, April 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Kishtwar.

An Indian police personnel was killed in an attack in the same area while four Indian troops including a Colonel were injured in a separate attack in Handwara. Indian police arrested an innocent Kashmiri youth in Sogam area of Kupwara.

Meanwhile, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani visited Palhalan, Pattan, and paid glowing tributes to two innocent Kashmiri youth who were martyred by the troops, yesterday. Addressing a large public gathering on the occasion, he expressed grave concern over the discovery of unnamed mass graves in Baramulla and said that Indian troops were involved in gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Addressing a separate gathering in the same area, the APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan strongly condemned Indian state terrorism and reiterated Kashmiris’ pledge to continue their liberation struggle till its logical conclusion.

Indian troops martyr one more innocent Kashmiri youth

Gilani concerned over unnamed mass graves’ discovery

Srinagar, April 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Kishtwar.

An Indian police personnel was killed in an attack in the same area while four Indian troops including a Colonel were injured in a separate attack in Handwara. Indian police arrested an innocent Kashmiri youth in Sogam area of Kupwara.

Meanwhile, senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani visited Palhalan, Pattan, and paid glowing tributes to two innocent Kashmiri youth who were martyred by the troops, yesterday. Addressing a large public gathering on the occasion, he expressed grave concern over the discovery of unnamed mass graves in Baramulla and said that Indian troops were involved in gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Addressing a separate gathering in the same area, the APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan strongly condemned Indian state terrorism and reiterated Kashmiris’ pledge to continue their liberation struggle till its logical conclusion.

Indian troops martyr three more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, April 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred three more innocent Kashmiri youth including a teenager boy at different places.

The personnel of 33 and 6 battalions of Rashtriya Rifles killed one youth during violent operation at Chournar in Kupwara and another in Sopore town. A teenager Irshad Ahmad Butt was crushed to death by a speeding vehicle of Indian Central Reserve Police Force of 181-battalion at Wathoora in Chadoora area of Budgam. Forceful protest demonstration led by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader, Zaffar Akbar Butt was held in the area against the killing. Speaking on the occasion, he said that huge deployment of Indian troops in the area has turned life of people into hell adding the roads have turned into death traps due to occupation forces in the disputed territory.

The Indian troops arrested six innocent civilians during house raids from Sopore and Kishtwar areas.

Meanwhile, at least four persons were killed and 32 injured in separate road accidents in Udhampur, Doda and Kishtwar areas.

Protest demo against custodial killing of a boy

81 Indian troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, May 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred 46 innocent Kashmiris, including five in custody, during the last month of April.

The data revealed that six Kashmiris went missing in custody, 118 were arrested and 139 persons were injured when the troops subjected them to severe torture. The troops molested seven women and destroyed 23 residential houses during the month.

A forceful protest demonstration marked with a complete strike was held at Velgam in Handwara today, against the killing of a 9th class student in custody by Indian troops. The protesters on the occasion raised high pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans. People took to the streets against anti-people policies of the puppet regime in Handwara and Mendhar town of Poonch district. Enraged people on the occasion raised slogans against the administration.

Meanwhile, an Indian trooper committed suicide by jumping into a river at Kither in Doda, bringing suicide killings among Indian troops to 81 since January 2007. Another Indian trooper was killed by one of his colleagues at Gumgund in Kupwara.

Over 30 labourers were buried under a massive landslide in Kishtwar.

Protests in IHK against 13-year boy’s killing

Srinagar, April 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, massive protests erupted against the killing of a 13-year-old boy by a speedy vehicle of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Qazigund area.

A vehicle of 154-BN of CRPF deliberately crushed to death a young boy Aamir Hussain Mir near Saisman in the area. Hundreds of people took to streets and halted Srinagar-Jammu highway for several hours.  They also shouted anti-India and pro-liberation slogans.

Dead body with marks of torture was recovered near Sozeth in Budgam while another body of a missing woman was recovered from Dhan Garh in Reasi.

Meanwhile, the residents of Gool-Ramban staged protest demonstration against the disappearance in custody of one Tariq Hussain. The mother of the disappeared youth told mediamen that Indian troops arrested her son during house raid on April 15 and his whereabouts were not known yet

Troops martyr one more innocent Kashmiri youth

78 Indian troops commit suicide since Jan 2007

Srinagar, April 15 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent Kashmiri youth at Kandi in Kupwara.

Two Indian troopers committed suicide by shooting themselves.

Among those one trooper of 53-Rashtriya Rifles committed suicide by shooting himself with his own service rifle at Waza Bagh camp in Chrar-e-Sharif area of Budgam district while another personnel of 19-Infantry Division committed suicide when he shot himself with his service weapon at an army camp at Baramulla, taking the toll of such deaths amongst Indian troops to 78 since January 2007. Assistant Commandant of Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel died in a cardiac arrest at his camp in Kakapora in Pulwama.

A 9th class boy Ashiq Hussain was critically injured in a blast at Pahloo-Achabal in Islamabad. The doctors amputated hands of the boy while a civilian was tortured in custody by the police personnel at Bhalla in Doda.

Meanwhile, Indian army authorities have begun shifting troopers to the Line of Control (LoC) in occupied Kashmir. Public Relations officer of Indian army Lt Col. Anil Mathur, told media men, “Troops are coming out from barracks, and are occupying the routes of LoC.” And General Officer Commander (GOC), of 16 corps, Lt Gen R K Karwal told reporters in Jammu that they have also moved additional troops to Indo-Pak border. He added, ”We have deployed additional troops along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch sectors.

Troops martyr one more innocent youth in Srinagar

Srinagar, April 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more innocent youth in Srinagar district, today.

Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel killed the youth during violent military operation at Theed-Harwan in the district.

Meanwhile, dead body of a woman was recovered from Marazi Gund Dal in Baramulla while another body of Fayaz Ahmad Handoo was recovered at Dastageer Sahib Khanyar in Srinagar.

A constable of 68-battalion of Border Security Force attempted suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at Gulmarg while another personnel of Indian Central Reserve Police Force, Manoj Nath of 156-Bn shot at and injured himself at Aadoo in Phalgam. The injured troopers were hospitalised.

On the other hand,senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, addressing a public gathering at Chakoora in Pulwama maintained that the Kashmiri martyrs’ sacrifices would never be allowed to go waste and the people of Kashmir were destined to secure their right to self-determination

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Launch operations in Kupwara district

Srinagar April 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara and Pulwama districts.

Indian troops of 47-battalion of Rashtriya Rifles during violent military operations killed one youth at Chorkhan Nallah in Kupwara district, while Shabbir Ahmad Butt was shot dead by 55-battalion of Rashtriya Rifles at Peer Mohalla in Pulwama district.

Indian troops of 28-Rashtriya Rifles (RR), 47-RR, 160 Territorial Army (TA) and 2-Para regiment launched big military operations at Sheikhnar, Sogam, Lolab, Kandi and Natnussa in Kupwara district.

Meanwhile, the five-member High Court Bar Association team, led by its President Nazir Ahmad Roonga, visited the New Delhi’s Tihar jail and met 75 innocent illegally detained Kashmiris.

Troops martyr two more innocent Kashmiris

Launch operations in Kupwara district

Srinagar April 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent Kashmiri youth in Kupwara and Pulwama districts.

Indian troops of 47-battalion of Rashtriya Rifles during violent military operations killed one youth at Chorkhan Nallah in Kupwara district, while Shabbir Ahmad Butt was shot dead by 55-battalion of Rashtriya Rifles at Peer Mohalla in Pulwama district.

Indian troops of 28-Rashtriya Rifles (RR), 47-RR, 160 Territorial Army (TA) and 2-Para regiment launched big military operations at Sheikhnar, Sogam, Lolab, Kandi and Natnussa in Kupwara district.

Meanwhile, the five-member High Court Bar Association team, led by its President Nazir Ahmad Roonga, visited the New Delhi’s Tihar jail and met 75 innocent illegally detained Kashmiris.

Thousands attend funeral prayers in IHK

Srinagar, April 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, funeral prayers were offered at a large scale in various cities and towns today, for the unidentified persons buried in recently discovered mass graves in Baramulla district.

The biggest Ghaibana Jenaza prayer was offered at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar which was participated by thousands of people including the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Fazl Haq Qureshi and Nayeem Ahmed Khan. People on the occasion shouted high pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans.

The APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar deplored that the unmarked graves have further established the fact that India was continuously engaged in the genocide of Kashmiris. He urged India to stop its repressive activities to pave way for the resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with Kashmiris’ aspirations.

Meanwhile, a big protest demonstration was held against Indian state terrorism at Hajan in Sonawari, which was led by senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani. Addressing on the occasion, he reiterated Kashmiris’ pledge to continue the liberation struggle till its conclusion.

Indian troops martyr 3 more innocent Kashmiri youth

Srinagar, April 10 (KMS):  In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, have martyred three more innocent Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Lolab, Kupwara.

The youth were martyred by the police and 2 Para regiment of the troops.

Troops martyr six more innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, April 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred six innocent Kashmiri youth at different places.

Of those martyred, four were shot dead by troops at Gulabgarh in Reasi and one each in Kishtawar and Doda areas.

Meanwhile, people including drivers at Kaloosa, Kenusa, Saderkoot, Hajin, Sumbal and Naid Khai areas of Bandipora district accused troops of unnecessarily beating and harassing them. Talking to media men they said that if the troopers do not mend their inhuman attitude, they would stage protest demonstrations. “The troopers unnecessarily harass us. They recently beat up a driver at Watlab when he was on way to Bandipora,” said Muhammad Ashraf, a driver adding, “We are forced to remain stranded for hours whenever a convoy moves by the Sopore-Bandipora road.”

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Kashmir Voilence Update

June 2008
Total Killings * 54
Men 53
Women 0
Children 1
Custodial Killings 6
Tortured/Critically Injured 1003
Civilians Arrested 203
Structures Arsoned/Destroyed 7
Disappeared 6
Women Widowed 5
Children Orphaned 10
Women gang-raped / Molested 37

* Including custody

From Jan. 1989 to June 30, 2008
Total Killings * 92,390
Custodial Killings 6,942
Civilians Arrested 115,151
Structures Arsoned/Destroyed 105,638
Women Widowed 22,611
Children Orphaned 107,090
Women gang-raped / Molested 9,813

June 30, 2008

Muslims in the Indian army, only 2% ?

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Muslims in Army : Hiding what`s well-known

The reason for the Muslim under-representation in the Indian army, or the Sikh over-representation, is something that lies partly in history, and its public disclosure would harm nobody.

There’s something surreal about India’s debate on Muslim under-representation in the Indian army. If the defence minister says the army has done no head-count of its Muslims, how did the army give an exact Muslim figure of 29,093 last month? The figure is backed by a retired lieutenant-general who says the Muslims are 2 per cent.

Whatever the exact percentage, a huge Muslim under-representation in our army is a fact. So is a huge Sikh over-representation. See the contrast. Sikhs form 1.86 per cent of India’s population but number around 8 per cent in the Indian army. Muslims form 13 per cent of India’s population but are 2 per cent in the army. Why should this truth about Muslim under-representation be suppressed? Or that of Sikh over-representation? But an irrational love of secrecy causes Indian rulers to hide information whose public disclosure would harm nobody.

Just as Muslims are under-represented in the army, so are the Bengalis, Biharis, Oriyas, south Indians or Gujaratis. And just as Sikhs are over-represented, so are the Jats, Dogras, Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Gurkhas, Marathas, Pathans and Punjabis.

The reason for this disparity lies in history. The Indian army’s recruitment pattern was set 150 years ago by India’s 1857 uprising. Traumatised by the rebellion, the British army adopted a recruitment policy that punished the groups which rebelled and rewarded the ones that stayed loyal. Because Muslims of Awadh, Bihar and West Bengal led the uprising, the British army stopped hiring soldiers from these areas.

Also blacklisted from these places were high-caste Hindus whose regiments in Bengal had also mutinied. In contrast, the British raised the recruitment of castes that had stood by the British to put down the uprising. These castes were the Sikhs, the Jats, Dogras, Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Gurkhas, Marathas, Pathans, plus Punjabis, both Hindus and Muslims. Honoured as martial races, they received preferential treatment in army recruitment for the next 90 years. Like any institution, the Indian army’s a prisoner of the past.

Even today, it favours enlisting men from the martial races. Their over-representation in the Indian army is huge. Figures bear this out. Of 2.87 lakh jawans hired by the army in the last three years, a disproportionate 44,471 came from three “martial” states, Punjab, Haryana, and the mountain state of Uttaranchal. So these states which account for 5 per cent of India’s population provided 15 per cent of India’s army jawans.

In contrast, the fewest recruits came from “non-martial” West Bengal, Bihar and Gujarat. These three states account for 30 per cent of India’s population, but they provided only 14 per cent of army jawans in this three-year period. So the Indian army has not only a religion-based disparity in recruitment, but also one based on caste and region. A glimpse of this discrimination was provided by a press release issued by a defence office in Jammu five years ago. Seeking recruits for the Indian army, the press release said: “No vacancies for Muslims and tradesmen.” Meaning that martial Dogras were welcome to apply, but not Hindu business castes like the Baniyas and the Khatris.

About the Muslim under-representation in the Indian army, the reasons are three. One was Partition. Before Independence, Muslims were around 25 per cent of the Indian army and 25 per cent of undivided India. But when India broke up and Muslim soldiers were asked to choose between India and Pakistan, they joined Pakistan en masse. So Muslim numbers in the Indian army dropped so drastically that they were only 2 per cent in 1953, according to India’s then minister of state for defence. Jawaharlal Nehru himself expressed concern that “hardly any Muslims” were left in the army. And Muslim numbers never really picked up in the last 60 years for a well-known reason.

India’s military establishment hesitates to hire Muslims as soldiers because it suspects Muslim loyalty to India. This discrimination is a natural outcome of India and Pakistan’s bitter hostility over 60 years. In similar situations, the same thing happens all over the world. The Israeli army doesn’t trust its Arab soldiers in jobs related to defence security. The Buddhist Sinhalese army under-recruits its Hindu Tamils lest their sympathies lie with the Tamil Tigers. After 9/11, US army recruiters would probably screen a Muslim American volunteer more thoroughly than a Christian American. Thanks to our four wars with Pakistan, the same anti-Muslim animus works here in army recruitment.

Proof of it lies in an enormous mass of documentary and other evidence which expresses distrust of Muslims. Otherwise, why does India have separate regiments for the Sikhs, Jats, Dogras, Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Mahars, the Nagas, even the Gurkhas, but not a single Muslim regiment? This is tragic but it’s a truth which shouldn’t be suppressed. It should be acknowledged and dealt with.

Events have consequences. Muslim under-recruitment in the Indian army is a consequence of Partition. India and Pakistan’s hostility is seen in both countries in Hindu versus Muslim terms. So it’s natural for India’s Hindu army establishment to distrust a Muslim who wants to join as a soldier.

This prejudice itself discourages qualified Muslim youths from applying, which drives down Muslim numbers even more. Another reason for Muslim under-recruitment is the relatively poor education of Muslims. When they try to enlist as soldiers, they are simply out-competed by better-educated Sikh, Hindu, and Christian youths. So Muslim leaders are quite right that Muslim under-recruitment in the army deprives the community of a good, life-long source of employment. It’s a sad situation not so easy to correct.

In life, however, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. The under-representation of Muslims and other caste or regional groups benefits the over-represented ones. The composition of the Indian army is totally askew numbers-wise. West Bengal’s population is eight times that of Uttaranchal. But Uttaranchal provided almost the same number of army recruits as West Bengal last year. Compare a “martial” Punjab with a non-martial Gujarat. Punjab’s population is half that of Gujarat. But it provided four times as many people to the Indian army as Gujarat. The Indian army hired far more recruits in Rajasthan than in Tamil Nadu though Tamil Nadu’s population is higher. Essentially, the Indian army is dominated numbers-wise by Sikhs and Hindi-speaking Hindus of north India. The current status quo suits them perfectly.

Arvind Kala / New Delhi March 04, 2006, Business Standard

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Monkey Gods married in Orissa Hindu Temple

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Thousands of villagers attended the marriage

Some 3,000 villagers have attended an elaborate Hindu wedding ceremony in eastern India for two monkeys. The “bride” was dressed in a five-metre long sari and decked in flowers. The ceremony took place last Thursday in Ghanteswara village in Orissa state.

The guests were served a feast of rice, lentils, vegetables, fish and sweets.

Monkeys are revered idols in Hindu mythology. But the couples that took in and “married” off the two monkeys in Orissa say they love them as pets.

The monkey marriage took place some 200km (125 miles) from the Orissa state capital, Bhubaneswar.

The “groom”, a three-year-old male monkey named Manu, was taken by procession to a temple in the company of hundreds of bemused onlookers, accompanied by loud music, dancing and fireworks.

‘Unique experience’

Women welcomed the groom with loud, synchronised ululations typical in a Hindu marriage while priests chanted sacred hymns.

“It was a unique experience for me. It was the first time I conducted a marriage between two animals. But I followed all the rituals that I do in human marriages,” said Daitari Dash, the priest.

Women prepared the female monkey, named Jhumuri, as they would a human bride, draping her in a red sari and smearing her with sandalwood paste.

PK Ray

The monkeys were showered with gifts from the villagers

The monkeys were showered with gifts by those present. They included a gold necklace for the bride, donated by a local businessman.

“I feel as if my own daughter is getting married. I cannot bear the thought that she would not be with us anymore,” Mamina, the woman who has been looking after the female monkey said.

Mamina has been looking after Jhumuri since her husband found her at a local temple.

The male monkey, Manu, was found in a mango orchard in a neighbouring village by a couple who raised it as their pet.

The two monkeys, who were kept in chains before the marriage, have now been released by their owners.

They have been spotted hanging out at the temple where the “marriage” took place.

A local villager, Mitrabhanu Dutta, said the event was a “nice way to release the monkeys from captivity”.

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BBC NEWS

June 2, 2008

A report on bomb blast at the house of prominent RSS activist in Nanded, Maharashtra

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— By Dr Suresh Khairnar, Ahmad Kadar and Arvind Ghosh,

Secular Citizen’s Forum & PUCL, Nagpur, May 2006

Bomb blasts at the house of a RSS activist at Nanded on 6th April 2006 was not reported in any newspaper outside Nanded. We in Nagpur came to know about the blasts through a Mumbai based anti-communal activist Ram Puniyani who phoned to inform us of the incident & suggested that a fact finding team should immediatly visit Nanded to find out the facts.

We, three activists of Dharma Nirapeksha Nagarik Manch, Nagpur, Dr Suresh Khairnar, convener (DNNM, Nagpur and PUCL, Nagpur), Ahmad Kadar & Arvind Ghosh proceeded to Nanded on 22nd April 2006 morning at 10am & reached Nanded the same evening at 6pm. We reached the spot of the bomb blast immediately on reaching Nanded.

The house is located in Patbandhare Nagar in Taroda Budruk Upanagar, a densely populated area of Nanded. It is a posh two storied house of approx 3000sq ft built up area, now locked from outside by the police since the day of the blast. The name of the house prominently written on the wall was: Sri Laxmi Nrisinha. The name of the house owner written on the nameplate was Laxmanrao Rajkondwar, ex- executive engineer at Irrigation department. The man is a known RSS activist in the city. Two huge paintings adorned the walls of his house, one that of Lord Ram, another that of Hanuman. A Bajrangdal flag was flying high on the top of the house.

The first question that comes to mind is why should anyone indulge in the secret & sinister activity of making bombs in such a prominent house which can be identified even from a distance as the house owned by a Sangh Parivar person? The only plausible explanation seems to be that the prominent house of a respectable person is a good cover for such activities. Son’s business of selling crackers provided a double cover for manufacturing of bombs.

The neighbors we met were tight lipped & did not want to say much, except that on 6th April at about 1.30am they had woken up to an extremely loud noise and a powerful vibration under the impact of which their windows had opened automatically. When we asked the neighbor staying in the opposite house, how come he did not have even an inkling of the activities of his neighbor, he said you might stay opposite a neighbor for an entire life & yet may not know a thing about them. However he vouched that his neighbors were perfect gentlemen, religious & respectable people. He also told us that next to his house live a police constable who had reported about the blast to the nearby Bhagya Nagar police station.

Next we visited this police station at Bhagya Nagar, which is at a stone throwing distance from Rajkondwar’s house. The Policemen however refused to co-operate with us saying that Srikant Mahajan, PI, who is dealing with the case is not available. He was not reachable through his mobile either. Those who were present at the police station refused to divulge any information regarding the incident.

From the police station we proceeded to the house of Rajaram Wattamwar who is a local working president of Rashtra Seva Dal,a retired professor with socialist background. The first question he asked us was what was the motive of our fact-finding team? He strongly felt that the innocents should not be implicated in the incident & he hoped that this was what had brought us to Nanded. Laxman Rajkondwar according to him is a good man, a very religious & respectable man. He had gone to Shirdi with his wife, daughter-in law & granddaughter when the incident happened in his home. It must have been an accident etc.

The views of Rajaram Wattaram’s on the incident of bomb blast, who is also the president of an organization supposedly formed to expose Sangh Parivar shows the amount of communal bias among the Hindu community.

However he was good enough to provide us with the copies of the local newspapers of days immediately following the incident. He even helped us to contact the editors of some of the local newspapers. It is from theses newspapers as well as our visit to the office of Prajavani, a reputed local newspaper & interaction with its editor & the reporter dealing with the bomb blast incident that we could gather a fair amount of information about the bomb blasts.

On that fateful morning at 1.30am hearing the loud explosion & powerful vibration (which some mistakenly thought was an earthquake) people ran towards the house of Rajkondwar & saw smoke coming out of the house. The impact of the blast was so great that some of the doors & windows of the house had blown away to a distance of 50ft.Two boys were found dead on the spot & three were found seriously injured. One of the boys killed was Naresh Rajkondwar (age 29) the son of Laxman Rajkondwar the owner of the house. The second boy killed was Himansu Venkatesh Panse (age 31). Three persons seriously injured were 1) Yogesh Ravindra Deshpande (31), 2) Maruti Kishor Wagh (22) and 3) Gururaj Jayram Tupttewar (25). The sixth person who in spite of injury managed to escape was Rahul Pande. At first police & the press had declared that only 5 persons were present in the house at the time of the incident. It seems that after interrogation of the 3 injured persons they came to know about the escaped person Rahul Pande who managed to escape on a motorcycle, first to Umarkhed & then to Pusad for treatment of his injuries. He is reported to have told the doctors that he suffered the injuries due to a cylinder burst. He was later arrested from Pusad.

The story that was published in the next morning newspapers was that the blast occurred due to sudden bursting of crackers stored in the house as part of the family business. But doubts persisted, since if crackers catch fire there would normally be a series of bursts & not a single powerful blast as had happened in this case. Moreover the house did not catch fire as is expected in an accident involving crackers. The cracker theory was blasted on 7th April at 4pm when post mortem report was released. The report revealed that bomb parts were found and extracted from the bodies of the dead. The doubt that it must have been a bomb blast was further confirmed on the night of 7th April.

The police search of the house had continued the next day & it was at night that a live pipe bomb was discovered under a sofa along with bomb making materials. As per reports this bomb was taken to an open space out of the city & diffused with the help of an anti-bomb squad. “The blast was very powerful and only the concrete structure survived. Everything else in the house was destroyed. Both the bombs were powerful devices. The recovery of the second bomb and other preliminary investigations clearly show that people assembled in the house were preparing the bomb when the first one went off. We will know more about it only after we speak to the injured people,” said a police official.” It is also reported that after this discovery of the live bomb the houses of the injured in the bomb blast as well as some office bearers of RSS & Bajrang Dal were raided & some documents seized although police have not revealed any of these documents to the press or the public yet. It is also reported that the police has taken 4 people including Rahul Pande into custody. Himansu Panse is said to be the mastermind behind the whole project & Rahul Pande the technical expert.

A police investigating team has been formed under the leadership of Fhattsinh Patil, SP. Srikant Mahajan, Ramesh Bhurawar, Rajendra More, Gopinath Patil, Manikrao Perke & Wamane constitute other members of the team. A ‘Bombshodhak & Bombnashak pathak’ has also been formed which has been deputed to search live bombs & diffuse them. It has been reported that the workings of some of the Hindutwavadi organizations in the city are being investigated. Suryapratap Gupta IG, Nanded has confirmed that a live pipe bomb was found at the house of Laxman Rajkondwar and that all the accused are connected with Bajrang Dal. He has also gone on record saying Rajkondwar’s house was a center for manufacturing of bombs. However the police has maintained silence on the motive for the manufacturing of bombs at Rajkondwar’s house, wherefrom they acquired the material for making the bombs and if the perpetrators of the crime had nationwide connections.

Whereas one of the accused Rahul Pande is reported to have disclosed that the accident occurred due to a mistake in setting timings to the bomb, the police is yet to confirm officially if they were indeed engaged in the making of a bomb when it exploded. FIR has been lodged about unlawful and careless storage of crackers in a residential house against Laxman Rajkondwar, the owner of the house. However the most worrying fact that has been revealed is that the live bomb discovered under the sofa is an I.E.D type sophisticated bomb with timer & operated through remote control. A supplier of chemical material to colleges has been questioned in this regard. It is also reported the accused had been arrested during the Ayodhya Ram Mandir episode.

The police after the initial revelation is now keeping mum over the incident & have not revealed much even to the local press. They have instructed the press not to write much about the incident since that would affect the course of police investigation. This is perhaps the reason why practically nothing has appeared in the local newspapers after the first two days of the incident. No local paper has yet written editorial comments upon it. The local BJP MP Mr D.B Patil has given warning to the police not to harass activists of Sangh Parivar over the incident. Local Shiv Sena MLA Anusuatai Khedekar has also issued a similar warning. Bivagiya Sanghachalak Shamrao Jagirdar released a press statement saying that the young men engaged in the bomb making activity at Rajkondewar’s house were not connected with RSS. RSS does not believe in such activities & violence is against the ideology of RSS. He also assured the police of all assistance & co-operation but at the same time issued a warning against any atrocities on RSS activists during investigation.

State Bajrangdal chief Shankar Gaikwad said, “My local functionaries have told me that it was not a bomb explosion at all. Some crackers caught fire and resulted in the death of two and serious injuries to some others. But none of the dead was from the Bajrang Dal. State BJP spokesperson Vinod Tawde said: “We have heard nothing from the police so far. In any case, what does the Bajrang Dal’s involvement in this, if at all, have to do with us? We are an independent political party with an independent political agenda.”

To get a clearer picture of the incident of bomb blast at the house of a RSS man whose son & friends belonging to Bajrang Dal were engaged in bomb making, it would be necessary to give a brief description of the city of Nanded from the point of view of relations between different communities. Nanded is a city with a population of 8 lakhs out of which 1 lakh is Sikh. 2 lakhs Muslims, & the rest Hindus. It is a place of pilgrimage for the Sikhs due to it being the place of Samadhi of Guru Govind Singh. Nanded is in the region of Marathwada, which was part of the Nizam state before 1957 & hence has a history of Hindu-Muslim tension. Nanded since long is a communally sensitive district. It is agriculture based with very little industrialization & a lot of closed sugar mills. There is tension also between the Sikh & the Muslim communities. Recently there has been a case of elopement of a 17 year old Sikh Girl with a Muslim youth who also happened to be the brother of corporator Anwar Javed (NCP), as a result of which the two communities were in a mood of confrontation. The bomb blasts happened during these days of standoff between Sikhs & the Muslims. There is a rumor that is making its rounds in the city of Nanded that these people engaged in bomb making had plans to attack Muslim places of worship in the disguise of Sikhs & that turbans, beards & moustaches to be used during such intended attacks have been seized from the house of an accused.

However we have come to know from the police sources that police has seized maps of a few Mosques situated in nearby districts from the houses of the accused which give credence to the rumors.

This report remains inconclusive due to lack of availability of authentic information from the official sources, although there exist strong indications that deep communal conspiracies were being hatched by the Hindutwavadi forces in the city of Nanded. Implementation of these conspiracies have been temporarily aborted due to the accidental blast of a bomb while in the process of making, at the house of a prominent RSS activist of the city.

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