Hindu Sena, a Hindu extremist group led by Vishnu Gupta claims ink attack on Engineer Rashid.─ Courtesy: Times Now
NEW DELHI: In the second attack within a fortnight, an independent Muslim lawmaker from India-held Kashmir, Engineer Rashid, had ink thrown on him by three unidentified men in New Delhi on Monday, according to Indian media reports.
"People talk of Talibanisation of Pakistan, look what is happening in India... They are mentally ill. 80,000 people have died in Kashmir, putting ink on one Engineer Rashid will not change anything," Mr Rashid was quoted by the NDTV website, after three unidentified men attacked him with ink while addressing a press conference at the New Delhi press club.
"What happened with Kulkarni, happened to me today," he further said. Rashid was accompanied by the family members of the two people who were recently lynched in Udhampur.Hindu Sena, a Hindu extremist group led by Vishnu Gupta claims ink attack on Engineer Rashid, according to ANI reports.
The Press Trust of India reported that two people have been detained for the attack.
Two truckers were severely injured after they were attacked with petrol bombs by a mob on October 9 in Ud Udhampur area over rumours that three cows were killed in the area. They were shifted to a hospital in New Delhi for treatment.
While the truck driver is still under treatment at the hospital hospital, the conductor, Zahid succumbed to his injuries at on Sunday, nine days after the attack.
Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members had beat lawmaker Engineer Rashid Ahmed, in the India-held Kashmir's assembly soon after its session began on October 8 for hosting a party where he served beef.The recent ink attack comes eight days after 10 to 15 Shiv Sena activists had attacked in a similar fashion, Sudheendra Kulkarni, organiser of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's book launch, hours before the event.
The group was also accused of using threats to force the cancellation of an appearance in Mumbai by Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali.Earlier in the morning, activists of India's far-right political group Shiv Sena attacked the Mumbai headquarters of the office Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) just before Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan was to meet BCCI chief Shashank Manohar to discuss a bilateral series in December.
According to a NDTV report, Sena activists crashed through the gates of the office in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium that serves as the headquarters of the BCCI.
The activists shouted anti-Pakistan slogans and held posters that read 'Shahryar Khan go back', determined to stop Manohar from meeting his Pakistani counterpart. The protesters entered Manohar's office and crowded around his desk, shouting slogans.
While in September, a 50 year old Muslim man Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged from his house in Dadri, a small town in the outskirts of Indian capital New Delhi, and beaten to death by around 100 people over suspicions he had eaten or stored beef.
The incident occured soon after a nearby temple made an announcement via loudspeaker that the family had consumed beef.
Sudheendra Kulkarni, chairman of the Observer Research Foundation Mumbai, with his face smeared with black ink, speaks to journalists in Mumbai, India, October 12, 2015. —Reuters
NEW DELHI: Former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri survived dire threats from the rightwing Shiv Sena ahead of his book launch in Mumbai on Monday while his host Sudheendra Kulkarni was plastered with black paint by Pakistan-baiting protesters.
“I welcome Mr Kasuri to this great city. I thank him for coming even though we already had indications about some forces threatening him,” Mr Kulkarni told a news conference, hours after his face was smeared with paint. Mr Kasuri sat by his side at the press meet, the painted face glistening in camera lights.Mr Kulkarni blamed the Shiv Sena for the attack on him and said the group had threatened to disrupt the launch of Kasuri’s book in “typical Shiv Sena style”. He added: “Even then the scheduled launch will be held as planned.”Former Deputy Prime Minister of India, L.K. Advani condemned the attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni, his erstwhile aide.
“I strongly condemn whosoever has done this,” said Mr Advani, adding that “of late we have seen an increase in cases of intolerance, this is against democracy.”
Mr Advani had, on the 40th anniversary of the Emergency in June, said that conditions that could give rise to another Emergency today continued to prevail in India.Mr Kulkarni, under the aegis of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) was organising the launch of Mr Kasuri’s book Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insiders Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy. The Shiv Sena had openly opposed the function.
Mr Kasuri told the media he recognised everyone’s right to protest but not in the manner in which his Indian host was attacked.“As a political worker, I recognise the right to protest. I have faced police lathi charges. I know what political opposition is. But what happened to Kulkarni is beyond that right,” he said.
Mr Kasuri said he had “great faith” in the common man of India and Pakistan.The threat to Mr Kasuri’s book launch came days after a warning from the Shiv Sena led to the cancellation of concerts in Mumbai and Pune by popular Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali.
The attack on Mr Kulkarni happened when he was leaving his home in south-central Mumbai, as a group of around a dozen alleged Shiv Sena activists accosted him.
They shouted slogans and asked him to cancel the event before smearing him with black paint.
Mr Kulkarni told NDTV that Mr Kasuri was his guest and he had taken a principled stand to go ahead with the book launch.
“It is our duty to protect and honour Mr Kasuri. I will host him even after this attack on me,” he said. Mr Kulkarni said he shared the Shiv Sena’s concerns about terrorism emanating from Pakistan but made it clear that ideas should not be opposed through violence.
Mr Kulkarni had tweeted that the conflict between India and Pakistan could be resolved only through dialogue. He said the book launch was a small endeavour to keep the process of dialogue alive.
Mr Kulkarni is a former member of the BJP, was a key member of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s team and helped write his speeches. In recent years, he has been critical of right-wing groups allied to the BJP.
Published in Dawn, October 13th , 2015
Indian activist Sudheendra Kulkarni (L), whose face was blackened by ink in an alleged attack, looks on as former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri speaks to media in Mumbai on October 12, 2015. —AFP
MUMBAI: Indian police said Tuesday they had arrested six members of far-right political group Shiv Sena over an ink attack on an activist who organised the launch of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book.
As he left his Mumbai home on Monday, Sudheendra Kulkarni had ink thrown on him by a group of activists from the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, in the latest apparent attack on free speech in the country.
“We have arrested six men, they are all Shiv Sainiks and have been released on bail,” Mumbai Police Deputy Commissioner Dhananjay Kulkarni told AFP.
Sudheendra Kulkarni condemned the incident as an “assault on democracy” as he addressed the media in Mumbai on Monday, his face and hair covered in ink.
The launch of Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's book “Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider's Account of Pakistan's Foreign Policy” later passed in the western Indian city without incident.
MUMBAI: Sudheendra Kulkarni, chairman of the Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai, his face smeared with black ink, holds a copy of the book by former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri ‘Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove’ during a news conference here on Monday.—Reuters
Speaking to a news conference, Kulkarni said: “I welcome Mr Kasuri to this great city. I thank him for coming even though we already had indications about some forces threatening him.”Kasuri sat by his side at the press meet, the painted face glistening in camera lights, Dawn newspaper reported.
Kulkarni blamed the Shiv Sena for the attack on him and said the group had threatened to disrupt the launch of Kasuri’s book in “typical Shiv Sena style”. He added: “Even then the scheduled launch will be held as planned.”
Kulkarni had earlier tweeted that the conflict between India and Pakistan could be resolved only through dialogue. He said the book launch was a small endeavour to keep the process of dialogue alive.Kulkarni is a former member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was a key member of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s team and helped write his speeches. In recent years, he has been critical of right-wing groups allied to the BJP.
The Shiv Sena, a junior partner in a ruling coalition with the BJP in the Maharashtra state government, was last week accused of using threats to force the cancellation of an appearance in Mumbai by Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali.There are growing concerns over freedom of speech in India after the execution-style killing in August of M.M. Kalburgi, a leading secular scholar who had angered hardline Hindu groups.Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut described the ink attack as a “non-violent protest”.
Curtsey:DAWN.COM, AFP — PUBLISHED OCT 13, 2015
A meeting between Pakistan and India’s cricket boards officials was cancelled on Monday after Shiv Sena workers stormed the Mumbai office of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan and the head of the PCB’s executive committee Najam Sethi had arrived in India on Sunday to hold talks with BCCI in a bid to finalise the India-Pakistan cricket series in December.
However, according to NDTV, the Hindu right-wing party activists crashed through the gates of the office in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium chanting anti-Pakistan slogans and demanding Shahryar and Sethi’s immediate return.
Activists could be seen entering Manohar’s office and crowding around his desk, shouting slogans and appearing determined to stop him from meeting the Pakistan cricket board chief. At least 10 protesters were arrested.
The Shiv Sena, which rules Maharashtra in alliance with the BJP, says it will not allow any engagement with Pakistan.
However, PCB Chairman Shahryar was still optimistic despite the incident. Talking to the Indian media, Shahryar said, “I was invited by Shashank here and the mindset is that we have signed an MoU and we should honour it.”
Further, reacting to the incident, former PCB chairman Khalid Mehmood regretted the incident saying the Shiv Sena activists also resorted to acts of violence in the past.
The Congress condemned the attack on BCCI. “BCCI is a responsible body and will not do anything against national interest. Cricketing decisions should be left to BCCI. Cricket is a gentleman’s man and the spirit of the game expects same generosity and tolerance from those who love the game,” tweeted Congress lawmaker Rajeev Shukla, who served as BCCI vice president in the past.
Shaharyar and Sethi were scheduled to meet Manohar, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and other government officials to discuss Pakistan, India bilateral series scheduled for December in UAE.
Last week, Shiv Sena’s protests forced the cancellation of legendary Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert. Further, the Hindu right-wing party activists threw black paint on columnist Sudheendra Kulkarni for organising the launch of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch.
The Indian and Pakistani boards had signed a pact for six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, beginning with Pakistan’s home series in December.
Shiv Sena threatens Pakistani umpire
Moreover, Shiv Sena has threatened Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar to avoid officiating in the fifth ODI between India and South Africa.
Protest outside PCB headquarter
A protest erupted outside the PCB headquarter on Monday in reaction to Shiv Sena’s actions in India.
People vented out their anger against the Indian board with anti-BCCI chants and slogans.
No talks to be held in New Delhi: Thakur
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur denied the reports that the talks between PCB and the Indian board have been shifted to New Delhi.
“Officially there is no meeting scheduled in New Delhi. If the talks happen, they will take place in Mumbai at the BCCI headquarters. The BCCI and PCB have some outstanding issues and the PCB chief wanted to meet the BCCI president to discuss those things but those have been cancelled now,” Thakur told reporters, quoted by NDTV.
“I condemn this attack because you cannot barge into the BCCI office and force cancellation of the talks. In a democracy, you can protest but you can do it on the streets but you can’t barge into anyone’s office, home or headquarters,” added Thakur, who is a Lok Sabha member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Effective measures required: FO
Pakistan’s Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, on Monday, said that they have taken serious note of the increasing number of violent protests aimed at disrupting scheduled events in India involving Pakistan nationals.
“The cancellation of the meeting of Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), with his counterpart in Mumbai [Manohar], due to the protests by an extremist organization, is the latest in a series of such incidents that have taken place in the recent past.
“Effective measures are required to prevent continuous recurrence of such incidents in India.”
The Express Tribune, October 19,2015
Independent lawmaker, Engineer Rashid (CL-back) shouts after being thrashed by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) legislators in the legislative assembly in Srinagar on October 8, 2015. — AFP .
India-held Kashmir's main opposition party National Conference legislators rescue Independent lawmaker, Engineer Rashid after being thrashed by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) legislators in the legislative assembly in Srinagar on October 8, 2015. — AFP
Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir state Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sits inside the state legislature house in Srinagar, India-held Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.— AP
SRINAGAR: Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party in India-held Kashmir have kicked and punched an independent member of the state assembly for hosting a party where he served beef. Slaughtering of cows is banned in most Indian states.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members beat lawmaker Engineer Rashid Ahmed, a Muslim, in the assembly soon after its session began Thursday.
Other opposition lawmakers rescued Ahmed and later staged a walkout.
The ruling party lawmakers were angry over a party hosted by Ahmed the previous night at which he served beef.Differences have deepened within Kashmir's ruling coalition, with the Hindu nationalist party demanding a ban on slaughtering cows and selling beef in the Muslim-majority state.
Moves to protect cows have intensified since Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP came to power after general elections last May.Many Hindus regard the cow as the living symbol of their religion and consider it sacred. Hindu welfare organisations run gaushalas, or cow shelters, in many cities where abandoned cows found wandering the streets are given food and shelter.
Feeding a cow is seen by many Hindus as a way to appease the gods and get one’s wishes fulfilled.
Curtsey:DAWN.COM, OCT 08, 2015
Zahid, a truck conductor died in a petrol bomb attack after rumours that he had slaughtered a cow.─ AP/File
SRINAGAR: Protesters in India-held Kashmir clashed with security forces during the funeral a Muslim conductor who was attacked 10 days ago over cow slaughter rumours, Times of India reported on Monday.
Cufew-like restrictions imposed across the Valley after pro-liberation leaders called for a shutdown over death of Zahid, a truck conductor who was injured in a petrol bomb attack over rumours that he had slaughtered a cow.Indian forces have put several Kashmiri leaders including pro-liberation All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Shabir Ahmad Shah under house arrest and movement of people was restricted in police station areas in South Kashmir.
Strict restrictions have been imposed in eight police station areas of Srinagar including M R Ganj, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Maisuma, Rainawari, Khanyar. Anantnag and Bijbehara.A resident of Anantnag area, the young trucker Zahid was attacked with petrol bombs by a mob on October 9 in Ud Udhampur area over rumours that three cows were killed in the area.Severely injured, Zahid along with the truck's driver Shaukat Ahmed were moved to Delhi for treatment. While the truck driver is still in hospital, Zahid succumbed to his injuries at on Sunday, nine days after the attack.
Indian officials have claimed arrest of at least nine suspects for their involvement in the attack.Earlier this month, lawmakers from India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked a Muslim member in India-held Kashmir' legislative assembly over eating beef.
Television footage showed several BJP legislators pushing and shoving Abdul Rashid in the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly for holding what they called a “provocative beef party”.While in September, a 50 year old Muslim man Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged from his house in Dadri, a small town in the outskirts of Indian capital New Delhi, and beaten to death by around 100 people over suspicions he had eaten or stored beef.The incident occured soon after a nearby temple made an announcement via loudspeaker that the family had consumed beef.Dadri Lynching: Meat in Muslim man's fridge mutton not beef, forensic test reveals
While in more recent incident, a mob nearly killed two Muslims in Uttar Pradesh's Karhal town of India.The two men, 55-year-old Mohammad Shafiq and 27-year-old Mohammad Kalam, were skinning a cow when they were accused of slaughtering the animal.Very rapidly, a mob of 1,000-1,500 people converged on the spot stripped and beat the duo.After the police succeeded in rescuing Shafiq and Kalam, the mob loaded the cow onto a cart and paraded it through Karhal.Jammu and Kashmir high court in September directed police to ensure implementation of a ban on the sale of beef in India-held Kashmir.
The ruling followed bans on slaughtering the animals and selling their flesh which were recently introduced in several Indian states, however the Indian Supreme Court suspended the ban imposed by high court in Indian held-Kashmir earlier this month.The ban was sought by hardliner Hindus and is seen by religious minorities as a sign of their growing power since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a landslide general election last year.
Five members of a Pakistani family who arrived in Mumbai to pray at the Haji Ali ‘dargah’ had to spend the night on a pavement after they were denied accommodation by several hotels.
The Pakistani nationals, who reached the city on Wednesday from Jodhpur, were turned away because hotels did not want to take the trouble of submitting mandatory forms for foreign guests, police said.
“The only reason for refusal by lodges and hotels was that they (hotels) didn’t want to complete the formality of filling ‘Form-C’, which is to be submitted to a government department if people from outside the country come to the city on visa and stay in their lodges and hotels,” said RPF sub-inspector Mahesh Chauhan.
He said the family members were told by owners at the lodges that they did not have the manpower to fill and submit such forms. Chauhan found the family on Thursday morning, took them to a cabin at the Mumbai Central police station and told them to rest for some time, besides offering them tea and snacks.
The family members told Chauhan that they had arrived in the city to visit the dargah to pray for their 12-year-old son who was mentally challenged.
They visited the dargah on Thursday and later left for Jodhpur via Loksatti Express (from Bandra Terminus) by cancelling their initial return tickets for October 18.
Curtsey:Hindustan Times, Oct 16, 2015
A 50-year-old man was beaten to death, while his 22-year-old son was severely injured in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri after it was rumoured that the family had been storing and consuming beef, police said.Muhammad Akhlaq and his son were beaten allegedly by residents of Bisara village, Indian Express reported.The attack on Akhlaq and his family occurred around 10pm on Monday night, after a local temple allegedly announced the family had been consuming beef.Farm worker Akhlaq succumed to his injuries, while his son Danish was admitted to a government hospital in what doctors called "critical" condition.
Violent protests erupted after six people suspected of involvement in the incident were arrested near Delhi.Bisara village sarpanch Sanjeev Kumar Rana ─ who also runs a shop near the temple ─ claimed the temple priest and an aide were among those arrested.Police said the priest was released after questioning.Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gautam Buddh Nagar Kiran S said that preliminary investigations revealed an announcement had been made from the temple about the family consuming beef."The priest was picked up for questioning as we need to investigate the involvement of others in the case," he said.He said that a case of rioting and murder had been registered against 10 people, of which six had already been arrested. Rupendra, vivek, Sri Om, Sandeep, Saurav and Gaurav, who are all residents of Bisara village.
The SSP said police had been told of a group of people entering the temple and using a microphone to make the announcement. "However, investigations are still underway. We do not know if any of the accused are associated with the temple."Akhlaq's 18-year-old daughter Sajida said the family kept "mutton in the fridge", not beef.She said a group of over 100 villagers arrived at the family's home. "They accused us of keeping cow meat, broke down our doors and started beating my father and brother."
"My father was dragged outside the house and beaten with bricks. We came to know later that an announcement had been made from the temple about us eating beef,” she said.Samples of the meat were sent "to the forensics department for examination", police said .
Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh said police had been deployed in the area and the situation was under control."Some locals spread rumours that Akhlaq had cow meat at his home and engaged in cow-slaughtering," he said, adding "Following the rumours, tension ignited and some locals attacked his home in Bisara village."
Residents of Bisara and nearby villages clashed with police following news of the arrests. Protesters damaged vehicles, including a police van and a motorocycle.One man, Rahul, was injured as police resorted to firing.His brother, Narendra, said, “Around 500 protesters from nearby villages had assembled there. A policeman fired a shot in the air but it hit Rahul on the side of his abdomen."Senior police officials contested Narendra's version. SSP Kiran said "We are yet to ascertain the type of bullet and the weapon from which it was fired."
Many Hindus regard the cow as the living symbol of their religion. Hindu welfare organisations run gaushalas, or cow shelters, in many cities where abandoned cows found wandering the streets are given food and shelter. Feeding a cow is seen by many Hindus as a way to appease the gods and get one’s wishes fulfilled.
Not all BJP-led states are pushing for tighter restrictions on beef. The chief minister of Goa, another BJP-led state, has refused to back the ban, saying that two-fifths of people there eat beef and he respected the rights of minorities.Meanwhile, Hindu nationalist groups affiliated to Modi's BJP want to set up more cattle camps and cow shelters to house animals no longer wanted by farmers. India has some 300 million cattle, and animals foraging for food are a familiar sight on the rubbish-strewn streets of towns and villages.
Curtsey:DAWN.COM, SEP 30, 2015
Pakistani Sikhs on Monday boycotted visits and relations with India until the person who desecrated the holy book is arrested.
A committee headed by Evacuee Trust Property Board Chairman Siddque-ul Farooq and Sardar Sham Singh held a meeting in Lahore’s gurdawara today.
The meeting agreed unanimously to a resolution passed by MPA Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora in the Punjab Assembly. The resolution states that no Pakistani Sikh would visit India until the culprit is arrested.The participants also showed concern over repulsive treatment of people belonging to minority faiths in India.
Earlier on 12, a holy book, bir was desecrated in Bargari village near Faridkot’s Kotkapura area. The book was reported stolen in June from a gurdwara. Last Sunday, pages of the book were seen torn and thrown in the street.
Following the blasphemous act, clashes between police and Sikhs have claimed at least two lives while nearly 70 are reported injured in Indian Punjab.
‘Khalistan’ movement led by Sikhs is also ongoing in India. Sikhs have demanded separation from India due to tensions in the past while the recent act has fueled the friction.The Sikh community raised pro-Pakistan slogans in Indian occupied Kashmir on Monday. The community, in Baramulla of northern Kashmir took to the streets and burnt tyres as demonstration of protest against the desecration of the holy book.
Curtsey:Pakistan Today,October 19,2015
Sikh protesters continued to block roads in Punjab's Malwa region on Sunday to protest against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikh religion.
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CHANDIGARH: Sikh protesters continued to block roads in Punjab's Malwa region on Sunday to protest against the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikh religion.
The blockade, however, was reduced to one location in each district from Sunday instead of several locations.
Protest leaders said the road blockade would be from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. so that ordinary people, particularly motorists, do not suffer much inconvenience. The protesters carried black flags and placards and brandished swords and sticks.
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