August 31, 2010
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, West Bengal
Gujarat Vs West Bengal is a contrasting story of employment vs unemployment, development vs petty politics and opportunity for all vs minority appeasements.
While Gujarat boasts of the highest per capita income, West Bengal can feel good about being the only state with two Haj houses.
One wonders what the majority Hindus of West Bengal think about how their leaders dole out special privileges to minorities. Does the CM of WB thinks that there is no poor Hindu in WB. Don’t they also need jobs or vocational training. And if the Hindus are waiting for Mamata Didi to take care of them … well, good luck!
TNN, Aug 28, 2010, 03.37am IST
NEW DELHI: Gujarat has topped the list of 35 states and union territories in providing maximum number of job placements through employment exchanges, accounting for 5.50 lakh of the 8.30 lakh job offers facilitated by the government agency.
Labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge told Rajya Sabha in response to a question that in the three years — from 2007 to 2009 — Gujarat had managed to place 1,78,000, 2,17,000 and 1,53,000 workers, respectively, through employment exchanges.
None of the states were in the striking distance. The second best, however, was Maharashtra that had managed to place nearly 8,000 in 2007; 11,000 in 2008 and 24,000 in 2009. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh were among other states in that order that had made some contribution along with Maharashtra.
An important agency before private enterprises replaced the public sector as the favoured employer, employment exchanges have lost their sheen in the post-liberalisation phase. They, however, still remain an important mechanism for lower-category government jobs.
What is surprising is that all these states had a long list of applicants, who had registered with the employment exchanges with different vocational capabilities.
Though Left-ruled West Bengal and Kerala were among the top five states that had highest number of people registered with employment exchanges, their placement records remained dismal.
In West Bengal, 64,00,000 were registered with employment exchange as on May 31, 2010 while the figure for Kerala — that was third on the list of highest unemployed — was 30,14,000. Tamil Nadu came second, with 55,65,000 unemployed.
Across the country, the total number of job seekers registered with employment exchanges as on May 31, 2010 were around 3.80 crore. Maharashtra, UP, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Haryana were among the top 10 states with highest registered unemployed.
Gujarat’s contribution to providing employment is commendable as what placements we see through employment exchanges is only a fraction of the actual scenario. In many of the organised and unorganised sectors that constitute for most of the employments, job seekers approach directly avoiding the employment exchanges.
This also reflects in Gujarat per capita income, at $833 it is higher than the national average of $627 as per the 2005-06 data. In the past few years, the state has significantly added its manufacturing capability which alone accounts for highest employment.
Mon, Aug 30 05:57 AM
Nearly 1.4 crore backward Muslims in West Bengal would be issued OBC certificates under a reservation policy for poor people of the community after the state Cabinet approves the decision on September 22. This will be in keeping with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s promise in February this year that the step will be taken before year-end.
The policy decision has been taken and it awaits approval of the Cabinet on September 22, Bhattacharjee said on Sunday while inaugurating a Haj House-cum-Empowerment Centre at Kaikhali near Kolkata Airport. In effect, after September all advertisements for government jobs will mention that there will be reservation for OBC Muslims.
The move will go a long way in winning back the support of the Muslim community whom the state government antagonised over the years resulting in a dent in Muslim vote bank.
“If SC and ST population can come under reservation, why not the minorities like Muslims?” Bhattacharjee said, adding that the state government was encouraged by recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission in this regard.
The state has 2.2 crore Muslim population and most of the remaining people will come under reservation soon, according to Abdus Sattar, Minister of State for Minority and Madrasa Education. “Fifty-two groups are already in the OBC community and others are going to be included soon,” Sattar told The Indian Express.
When the plan is implemented Muslims will be entitled to a 7-per cent reservation in government jobs. However, since Bhattacharjee had announced for a 10-per cent reservation for Muslims, it was not clear where the remaining 3 per cent will come from.
The Rs 10-crore Haj House is the second of its kind in the state after the one situated near Park Circus in the city, which made West Bengal the only state to have two Haj Houses for the benefit of Haj pilgrims, he said. Bhattacharjee said there was need for such a facility to cater to the growing number of Haj pilgrims in the state. While 1,410 pilgrims went to Haj in 1985, the number rose to 10,272 in 2010.
Bhattacharjee said “minorities were not living in anybody’s mercy” and the government had given approval for starting 12 English-medium madrasas in the state.
In addition to 600 madrasas in the state, steps have been taken to prepare a list of 300 more of the institutions to impart education not only in religion, but also in subjects like science, mathematics and computers to make the minority community students more competitive.
Sattar said unemployed Muslims would be imparted vocational training in 37 trades in the Haj building for nine months by the Aliah University.
August 29, 2010
It is not too difficult to figure out who has been benefitted from use of ‘easily hackable’ EVMs in recent elections, who is the strength behind the Election Commission and who will stand to lose most if EVM use is banned. Specially now that the manipulating time to prepare for the crown prince is round the corner.
Protecting corruption wherever it is found
By Nick farrell, Mon Aug 23 2010, 09:59
Hackers who prove how India’s corrupt politicians use electronic voting systems to get elected can expect to be arrested.
While many countries would have praised Hari Prasad for exposing a weakeness in a computerised voting system that allows corrupt politicians to steal votes, it seems that India takes a rather dim view of it.
Inspector Knacker of the Maharashtra Yard showed up at Prasad’s house and arrested him on the somewhat flimsy charge of theft of an electronic voting machine (EVM). The machine was used in a vulnerability demonstration by Hari Prasad and a team of security researchers that included Alex Halderman, professor of computer science at the University of Michigan and Rop Gonggrijp, a security researcher from the Netherlands, along with a team of their colleagues.
Earlier coppers had gone to Hyderabad in the first week of August and taken a statement from Prasad about the EVM used for exposing the vulnerability. They had asked him to show up in Mumbai for further questioning. Hari Prasad could not go as he was busy so the Indian plod arrested him.
The voting machine vulnerability exposed by Prasad has made idiots out of the Election Commission of India (ECI). It has been pushing the use of EVMs at all costs and has been telling the world plus dog that they are “totally tamper proof, perfect, fail safe and requiring no improvement”.
Prasad had agreed to meet the Commission’s challenge to demonstrate how easy it was to hack the EVMs, but the Commission backed out so Prasad did it on a machine that was provided by an anonymous source. This is exactly the same method as is used by the media where public interest is paramount, and the fact that Prasad refused to tell the coppers where he got the machine seems to have been the reason for his arrest.
There is a move within India to ban the electronic voting machines. More than three political parties had written to the ECI in April expressing concerns about the reliability of EVMs and urging the ECI to organize an all-party meeting. According to an Indian EVM blog the Commission has ignored them.
August 27, 2010
Mr Sajjan Kumar must have done something really wrong for even the Congress Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to testify against him. May be he is falling out of favor from the family’s blessing hands.
While, the victim’s families and everybody else who are aware enough, know that he was one of the masterminds of the ‘the earth -shake after a big tree falls’ phenomenon of the then Gandhi icon, justice may never be handed over since our judicial system specializes in decade long trials ( the recent Anderson of Bhopal fame testifies that).
Meanwhile one may like to ask our astute Home Minister, Mr Chidambaram, whether the anti-Sikh riot of 1984 can qualify as ‘Congress terror’ according to his dictionary.
Abraham Thomas | New Delhi
Twenty-six years since the anti-Sikh riots, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday admitted that the police probe that allowed top Congress leaders, including Sajjan Kumar, to go scot-free was based on “sham investigations” and “farce prosecutions”.
In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the agency investigating the 1984 riots stated, “It cannot be lost sight of the fact that 24 complaints were investigated in one FIR about scores of deaths…. Because of sham investigations and farce prosecutions, there has been failure of justice, for which victims are aggrieved.”
The affidavit came in response to Sajjan Kumar’s appeal challenging the chargesheet filed against him based on the complaint of two riot victims. The apex court had stayed a trial against Kumar on August 13, and another trial has also been challenged before the Delhi High Court.
Hearing the appeal on Friday, the Bench of Justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan justified its stay order. It said, “The High Court (of Delhi) had convicted him without any evidence.” But in light of the CBI affidavit and the victims pleading for an urgent lifting of stay on the trial, the Bench fixed the matter for hearing in September.
The court was referring to the observations passed by the judge, which went beyond the material placed before him. Even to this effect, CBI maintained that all observations were purely “within the confines of the facts of the case” and in no manner prejudiced the case of the petitioner.
Accusing the former Congress MP of delaying the trial, the CBI held him prima facie guilty of the offence he is charged with. Sajjan had maintained that the allegations made against him by one Jagdish Kaur suffered from delay. He gave the impression that the allegations were an afterthought aimed at maligning his political image.
While refusing to agree with the Congress leader, the CBI said, “A perusal of the final report (chargesheet of January 13, 2010) would show that there are direct allegations, which are proved by evidence against the petitioner (Sajjan) about his involvement in the commission of crime in the present case.”
Moreover, the prosecuting agency argued that the trial was currently at the stage of framing of charges and, at this stage, no courts would weigh the alleged infirmities or contradictions in statement of witnesses, delay in recording statements and the reasoning based on probability. Significantly, these grounds have been relied upon by Sajjan in his appeal to set aside his prosecution.
The CBI described the proceedings pending in the Supreme Court as an effort by the petitioner to delay the trial that was prejudicing the prosecution. It even described how the defence counsel was conducting the trial by prolonging the cross-examination of witnesses for over a month. Even on the statement of Kaur, which was under focus before the apex court, the CBI submitted, “It shall be a travesty of justice to prejudge the statement of the witness made in the court by holding a parallel trial in this court.”
August 21, 2010
The whole world should be declared Ground Zero. No mosques anywhere. Period.
Posted by Hugh on August 19, 2010 5:18 AM
A Hamas leader recently approved of the mosque at Ground Zero, saying: “We have to build everywhere.”
How many mosques have been built in this country already, thanks in large part to the nearly one hundred billion dollars that Saudi Arabia alone has spent to spread Islam over the past few decades, in the United States? How many tens of thousands of mosques in recent decades all over the countries of the West have been built, and how many madrasas? Who pays for such things as the mosque, for only 100 families, that cost fifteen million dollars, in Billerica, Massachusetts? Who pays for all of those lavish palaces all over the place, that could not possibly have been put up by those who go to them? Who pays for the campaigns of Da’wa targeted at prisoners? Who pays for the Qur’ans sent out by the millions in the Western world? Who understands that a mosque is far more than a “place of worship” as some fondly believe but is, rather, a place where far more than that goes on, where politics, and geopolitics, are inculcated, where — at least in Western Europe and in south Asia — again and again and again it has been observed that people are whipped up at the khutbas (the sermons at the Friday Prayers), so much so that maddened Muslims coming out of mosques have gone on rampages against non-Muslims.
A particularly memorable example is that of the helpless Hindu who, happening to pass by as Friday Prayers were being let out, was beaten to death by Muslims who were just coming out of that “house of worship.” How many raids, on how many mosques, have been conducted in Western Europe, where false papers of all kinds, and weapons, and explosives, were found, some in false ceilings and other hiding places? When Erdogan said that “the mosques are our barracks,” he was quoting a well-known line, one that expressed a view that many Muslims have — the “mosque” is not only or merely a “house of worship” but the “barracks” in the permanent war that exists, that must exist, between Muslim and Infidel.
How many mosques have been deliberately built deliberately using the remains of temples, churches, synagogues? How many mosques were built in India, after Muslim invaders destroyed Hindu temples and temple complexes, including many of the most important ones, and quarried the stone to make mosques? Nor were Hindus the only ones to suffer. Hindu temples and temple complexes disappeared by the hundred, by the thousands. Sita Ram Goel published a two-volume work that simply listed, name by name, those Hindu temples and temple complexes known to have been destroyed by Muslims, and the stone quarried for use in mosques.
We all know, because of the diligent scholarship of Indian and British scholars, along with others from other Western lands, such as Koenraad Elst and Francois Gautier, what the Muslim invaders, the Muslim conquerors, the Muslim masters of India, did to India’s Hindus, so damaging “the wonder that was India” that it became what V. S. Naipaul famously called a “wounded civilization.” Everywhere the Muslims went they destroyed the monuments, and especially the temples and temple complexes, of the Hindus.The more famous and important the Hindu temple, the more important it was for Muslims to destroy it, to build right on its ruins, to declare – through such destruction followed by such building – that they indeed were visibly and permanently there, and there to stay, as the masters of the land. We have all heard about Babri Mosque built over the temple at Ayodha, but how many other celebrated temples and vast complexes were destroyed?
This practice of deliberately destroying the monuments and artifacts of non-Islamic civilization began at the very beginning of the Muslim conquest of India. Indeed, the very first mosque known to have been built in India was built using stone from a Jain temple (the Jains are those who refuse to kill, to hurt a fly). One opens “The World of Islam” by Ernst J. Grube (Curator, Islamic Department, Metropolitan Museum of Art), part of the series “Landmarks of the World’s Art,” and finds on p. 165 a picture of the “Kutb Mosque (Quwaat al-Islam) Delhi” shown and described:
“Built by Kutb al-din Aibak in his fortress of Lallkot near Old Delhi in 1193. This mosque is the earliest extant monument of Islamic architecture in India and its combination of local, pre-Muslim traditions and imported architectural forms is typical of the earliest period. The mosque is built on the ruins of a Jain temple…”
So the earliest “extant monument of Islamic architecture in India” was “built on the ruins of a Jain temple” — that temple being made into “ruins,” of course, by the Muslim invaders.
Wherever Muslim invaders went and conquered, they did not do so always by outright military means with an invading army, as in the case of the East Indies, where Hadrami traders came and settled, bringing Islam with them. What began as trading outposts became settlements that, in turn, became fortified, and places from which the Muslims would conduct campaigns of Da’wa. They deliberately targeted local rulers in the East Indies that were once entirely Hindu and Buddhist. And if those rulers, as in Java and Sumatra, could be persuaded to convert to Islam, their people would, in those simpler days of cuius regio, eius religio, would then “convert” their people, who would have little choice but to follow their lead. It happened in Java. It happened in Sumatra.
You can still find, especially on Bali, with its considerable Hindu population, Hindu and Buddhist structures. You can even find the celebrated Borubudur stupa, and you are delighted – are you not, but now with a pang knowing what you know, and what you fear could happen – to find such structures. After all, the two gigantic Bamiyan buddhas seemed exempt from destruction by the Muslims who reduced so much of the Greco-Bactrian civilization to rubble. Why did they wait so long? Because they had to, because until recently they didn’t have the right explosives, nor the proper expertise, until Pakistani and Saudi engineers came along to help them.
How many Buddhist structures remain in the most heavily Muslim parts of the East Indies, that is, Indonesia, such as Aceh? Where are all the Hindu and Buddhist temples that once could be found everywhere in the East Indies, for they were Hindu and Buddhist, until the forces of Islam conquered — not by direct military conquest as in the Middle East, North Africa, and India, but through other means. Where did they all go?
An early Umayyad caliph decided that “the furthest mosque” (al-masjid al-aksa), that mysterious place from which Muhammad was said to ascend to the Seventh Heaven on his winged horse Al-Buraq, and then return within the same 24-hour period, should be located in Jerusalem, a city never of Muslim interest (not mentioned even once in the Qur’an). Why did he decide that surely the place referred to must be Jerusalem, and the very spot from which the “Miraj” or Night Journey took place must surely be right on the highest spot, the one holiest of all those in the world to Jews, that is, the Temple Mount? It was there that the Mosque of Omar and the Dome of the Rock lay claim to Jerusalem for Islam, as over against the claims of the prior-in-time monotheisms, Judaism and Christianity.
If the association and significance of the Temple Mount for Jews is clear, it might be noted that the celebrated Arabic-and-Aramaic philologist Christoph Luxenberg studied closely the Arabic-language inscriptions that are inside and very high up in the dome itself of the Dome of the Rock. He has argued that these are not, as everyone seems to assume, Qur’anic — i.e., Muslim — in nature but are, rather, Christian in their content, which suggests a Christian origin for the building.
What Muslims did in placing a mythical mosque (“al-masjid al-aksa”) right there, and then building on the holiest site to Jews, in a city holy to Jews and Christians, was staking a claim that only other Muslims might believe. After all, you have to believe that a man named Muhammad had a fabulous creature, Al-Buraq, upon which he went back and forth to the Seventh Heaven, and then you further have to accept that “al-masjid al-aksa” must be a reference to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
But you do not have to be a Believer in Judaism to know that for more than a thousand years the Jews had made their capital, spiritual and political, in Jerusalem, where their history was made. You do not have to be a Believer in Christianity to know that Christianity has its origins in what Christians call the Holy Land, and especially in events that took place in Jerusalem. That difference matters.
In Damascus itself, the famous Umayyad mosque, the one that is shown to all visiting dignitaries, turns out to have been built on the ruins (or in some cases parts of the church left not in ruins, but simply incorporated) of the famous church dedicated to St. John The Baptist. It took a while, however, for this to happen. After all, whenever the marauding Arabs, bringing Islam with them, conquered, they found established communities of Christians, Jews and, in Persia, Zoroastrians. These people did not disappear; they were not converted in large numbers overnight. It took centuries of having to endure Muslim rule, and the status of being reduced to tolerated dhimmis, that is, a status of humiliation, degradation, and physical insecurity, that led inexorably to more and more people converting to Islam, to join the group of permanent overlords and masters. The pace of such conversion quickened as those who had remained steadfast saw so many others convert, thereby changing their status and at once improving their treatment. In the 7th century, after the Muslim Arabs had conquered Damascus in 635 A.D., local Christians (who were by far the majority still) continued to worship in several churches. They even continued to worship at St. John’s, though now confined only to the western aisle, while Muslims used the eastern. The Muslim overlords were still vastly outnumbered, as they were everywhere in the lands the Arabs conquered, and had to proceed slowly. Eventually, about seventy years after the initial conquest, the Umayyad caliph Abd el-Melek took over the entire St. John’s for Muslim use – that is, St. John’s became an Umayyad mosque, and with building, and rebuilding, and destruction of parts that had been St. John’s, and the use of the stone, and the turning to other uses of some of its walls, what had been the Church of St. John became the Umayyad Mosque we see today, a symbol of Umayyad power and might and of the victory over the local Christians.
In Constantinople, which for a thousand years was the largest, richest, most populous city in all of Christendom, there were hundreds of churches. The greatest of them all was the Hagia Sophia.
On May 29, 1453, after centuries of first the Seljuk, then the Osmanli Turks seizing control of ever larger parts of what had been the Byzantine Empire, the Muslim invaders finally conquered Constantinople. They razed many of the churches in the city. Western visitors can find a diorama of Constantinople, showing its hundreds of churches before the Muslim conquest, and be amazed at how on every corner there seemed to be another church. That diorama is discreetly tucked away on an upper floor of the Museum of Greek and Roman Antiquities, in the Topkapi complex, in present-day Istanbul. But not all the churches were razed. And the Hagia Sophia was not razed, but was turned into a mosque, a sign of what Mehmet Fatih, Mehmet the Conqueror, had done, a symbol of Muslim triumph.
Two decades ago, as Muslims began to make their demands on the host countries that had so generously and heedlessly allowed them to settle deep within Western Europe, that is, behind the borders that Muslims themselves were taught to regard as enemy lines, the lines of Dar al-Harb, the Domain of War, in Italy President Pertino thought that Muslims in Italy might respond with gratitude, and Muslims outside of Italy might even make it more possible for the millions of Christians, both indigenous and among the millions of guest-workers in the rich oil states of the Gulf, to open churches and to practice their faith. It was not to be. Government land was donated for the building of a huge mosque, not a mile from the Vatican, but when it was built, and when the Arab Ambassadors arrived at the ceremonies to open the mosque, there was no talk of gratitude, and certainly no talk of any reciprocal gesture, by any Arab or Muslim state, anywhere. Italian witnesses of the event spoke of the air of triumphalism, the palpable feeling that a beachhead for Islam had, with this giant mosque, been created. Those Italians who watched, with growing unease, would have been still more uneasy, had they known that among Muslims there is a belief, based on a story, or Hadith, about Muhammad predicting that first Constantinople or Rum (Byzantium) would fall to Islam, and then Rome, the Rome in Italy, would fall to Islam. The giant mosque was a symbol for Pertini, and other Italians, of Western, of Italian, tolerance and goodwill and trust. But for the Muslims present, the giant mosque built on land donated by the Italian state had nothing to do with tolerance, or trust, or good will that needed to be, or might be, reciprocated by the Muslim beneficiaries of that tolerance, that trust, that good will.
And Mayor Bloomberg, who has confused himself with President George Washington, and the Grand Zero Mosque with the Touro Synagogue in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and Feisal Abdul Rauf, a most cunning and most sinister man (to fully understand both adjectives, however, you would have to know him not as Mayor Bloomberg knew him, as an ingratiating, even oily, interlocutor, but through his books, the Arabic and English versions of which can be compared) with Moses Seixas, is now making the same mistake.
August 21, 2010
After Hindus, now the Sikhs.
Is it time to say ENOUGH?
Is it time to say:
enough of appeasement
enough of special privileges
enough of minority rights
enough of ‘peaceful religion’
enough of ‘all muslims are not terrorist’ (speak out or you will be considered so)?
Is it time to pay back?
M Saleem Pandit, TNN, Aug 20, 2010, 12.23am IST
Sikhs in the Kashmir Valley have received anonymous letters from Islamic militants asking them to either embrace Islam and join the protests against civilian killings or pack up and leave the Valley. The 60,000-strong Sikh community is the single largest minority group in the Valley.
An organisation of Kashmiri Sikhs said that several community members have received these letters. “Community members have received unsigned letters at various places,” said All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (ASCC) coordinator Jagmohan Singh Raina. He said the community has decided to stay put and fight these “evil designs” at a meeting in Srinagar on Thursday.
Raina quoted a letter as saying: “When you are enjoying the joys here, why can’t you share the grief and sorrow of Kashmiris as well? We know you are afraid of bullets… Hold protests inside gurdwaras or leave Kashmir.” He added, “Some letters have asked Sikhs to embrace Islam.”
Raina urged both factions of the Hurriyat, JKLF and PoK-based United Jihad Council to take serious note of the threats to maintain amity and brotherhood in the Valley.
Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has reassured the Sikhs saying they shouldn’t feel threatened and should ignore the “fake letters”. He assured the community that nobody would force them to join the protests.
Earlier, Geelani has made an emotional appeal against forcing minorities to join the protests and said harming them would be like “inflicting a wound on his (Geelani’s) body”.
The state unit of Akali Dal (Badal) president Ajeet Singh Mastana described the threats as acts by anti-social elements. “The threats can’t break us and reduce our love for our motherland,” he said.
August 19, 2010
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After reading all these it becomes all blurred. What is the crime? Who is the criminal? Is there an investigation? Who is investigating whom? What is the motive?
A witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case has said he had gone underground as he feared that CBI, probing the case, would force him to make more false statements.
One Noor Mohammad Goghari told this to a court hearing the Popular Builder firing case yesterday in which he is an accused.
According to CBI chargesheet, firing at Popular builder in December 2004 was stage managed by some of the accused in fake encounter case with the purpose of lodging FIR against Sohrabuddin in Gujarat.
Goghari is shown as an witness in the chargesheet in the Soharabuddin fake encounter case and his statement, recorded under Section 161 of CrPC, has been included in it.
As per the statement, he has said he was threatened by IPS officers accused in the fake encounter case.
He told a court hearing Popular builder case that he did not appear during the last hearing as he feared that CBI would pick him up, make false statements on his behalf and implicate him in the fake encounter case.
In his application before additional sessions judge I B Waghela, who had issued warrant against him, Goghari said he was called to the CBI office for questioning in fake encounter case, where he had denied having information about the case.
He said the CBI officials pressurised him to make statements of their choice, saying they would help him out in the Popular Builder firing case.
August 14, 2010
Does it surprise anybody? Wasn’t the reluctancy, the dragging of the foot expected from the secular communist brigade. These are the same people who welcomed Abdul Nasser Madani, when he was released from jail and were in coalition with his party. This is Kerala, not Gujarat. He is not a Hindu, he belongs to the privileged religion. This is not a member of the Hindutva brigade. His followers are sought after for votes by almost all political parties. The Central Government is busy with arrangements of Commonwealth games or the lack of it. The Congress Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is not involved. No SIT, no narco test.
And above all, the media does not find it interesting to report anything more than ‘objective’ accounts. No startling revealation, no slanders, no stings, no sensationalism, no ‘reliable source’ news.
The CPI(M)-controlled Kerala Police on Saturday failed to arrest Islamist leader Abdul Nasser Madani, the 31st accused in the Bangalore bombings case, despite huge police deployment and imposition of prohibitory orders. The day-long drama enacted by the police ended in a widely-expected anti-climax with top police sources informing by late evening that the arrest might not take place before Sunday.
On a day charged with orchestrated scenes of dramatic police activity at Anvarssery, Madani’s operational base in Kerala’s Kollam district, weak enforcement of prohibitory orders in the area, stone-pelting reminding one of the recent unrest in Kashmir, teargas-lobbing and appeals by Islamists to the people for sympathy, all that the police succeeded in was to boost Madani’s image of a wronged hero.
As the Karnataka Police team waited impatiently at the office of the Superintendent of Police, Kollam, for the call to execute the court’s non-bailable warrant against Madani, charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Kerala Police effectively allowed the Islamist leader use the developments to his advantage.
Despite the fact that the Karnataka Police officials had reached Kollam as early as on Tuesday, Madani was given the opportunity to file a bail plea in the Supreme Court. Madani and his men still believe that this plea could help him escape arrest. The warrant against Madani would expire on Tuesday. Critics alleged that this could be the first time the police were discussing the procedures of arrest with the accused. That the arrest might not take place on Saturday was clear by late afternoon when the police seemed to be waiting for the sun to set to carry out the unavoidable action. Sources in the Kerala Police said towards late evening that the arrest might not take place as it was difficult to transport Madani to Karnataka during the night due to security concerns. “But I cannot say anything for sure,” said an official. The drama began at mid-morning Saturday with Kollam District Collector A Shajahan declaring prohibitory orders in the panchayath areas of Sasthamkotta, where Anvarssery is situated, and Mainagapally. By noon, police personnel in riot gear reached in their hundreds, led by Harshita Attaluri, Superintendent of Police, Kollam, at Anvarssery where Madani-supporters had gathered with the determination to resist any attempt to arrest him. The drama was given a cunning touch as a story spread that the prohibitory orders were imposed on the basis of a secret police report that the Yuva Morcha was planning a surprise march to Anvarssery. However, the State Yuva Morcha and BJP leaderships immediately rejected the allegation, saying the rumour was perhaps the result of the evil designs of interested parties. All this while, slogan-shouting against the Kerala Police and Karnataka Government went on inside Anvarssery campus, where a large number of PDP workers and Madani-followers were staying put despite the prohibitory orders. By early evening, Madani informed some religious leaders who visited him – obviously as per a plan of the Kerala Police – that he was prepared for arrest. He also assured them that there would be no law-and-order problems at Anvarssery from the part of the PDP workers.
The drama reached a feverish pitch as the time for the evening Namaz approached. An effort to create an atmosphere of gloom and religious fervour was obvious in the camp with women and children presenting themselves in the courtyard and PDP activists squatting all over wearing disappointment on their faces. Madani, who was released on August 1, 2007 from a nine-year-long captivity in a Coimbatore prison in connection with the serial blasts in that city, was named an accused in the Bangalore bombings case on the basis of the revelations of LeT commander Thadiyantavide Nazeer, prime accused in the case. His arrest became unavoidable after the Fast Track Session Court, Bangalore and the Karnataka High Court rejected his pleas for anticipatory bail.
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