Press Release : NAPM Demands a Political Resolution on Telangana


NAPM Demands a Political Resolution on Telangana

Condemns Undemocratic Extraordinary Steps against the Telangana Agitators

June 14, New Delhi / Hyderabad : Andhra Pradesh is in turmoil once again over the demand of a separate Telangana. The struggle for a separate Telangana has been ongoing for a long time now. The central and state governments as well as the major political parties in the state have played opportunistic and partisan political games with people’s sentiments. Exploiting people’s emotions for vote bank politics, parties have supported formation of unholy alliances and politics of divide and rule. The uncertainty over the demand for a Telangana state must end now so that people can carry on their occupations and work without anger, ill-will and anxiety.

The formation of smaller states in the Indian Union is, in general, a significant step towards bringing the locus of political power closer to the people. Small states in India, given the population size of the country, will still be big by international standards. With a population of about 3 crores, Telangana, if and when created, will be viable as a state of the Indian Union. Demands for making governments responsive and accountable, need for redressing administrative inefficiency, and popular aspiration for a better life have set the stage for a new phase of states’ reorganization.

The people’s movement for Telangana has reached new heights in recent years. People’s struggles and sacrifices have made it clear that the demand for a separate state of Telangana now represents the aspirations of an overwhelming majority of the people in this region.

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly convened on 10th of June has remained paralysed on the issue of Telangana. It’s unfortunate to see the extraordinary measures that have been taken up by the government to suppress the ‘Chalo Assembly‘ call, given by the Telangana Joint Action Committee, an umbrella organisation of several pro-Telangana groups

National Alliance of People’s Movements believes that while it is necessary to maintain the law and order situation, suppression of democratic people’s protest by maas illegal arrests of activists, threatening the people of Telangana, and cancellation of monthly pensions and essential commodities through fair price shops to people participating in Telangana agitation, is totally unacceptable.

NAPM, no doubt, has always supported the demand for smaller states, whether in Jharkhand or Uttarakhand but has  also warned that without change in the paradigm of development and system of governance, there can be no fundamental change in the politics or relations of power in favour of the toiling masses. We repeat this warning in the case of Telangana, having witnessed the continued injustice and exploitation in the newly formed states. NAPM, however, supports the popular demand for Telangana which will benefit not only the agitating people from the Region but all in the present State of Andhra Pradesh whose lives and livelihood are continuously affected due to keeping the issue burning with struggle as well as oppression becoming an unending politics to be faced by common people.

Hence, NAPM calls for an immediate political resolution on the issue of Telangana. In spite of widespread support in Andhra Pradesh for the Telangana cause, there seems to be an impasse over statehood for the region. The Telangana movement offers credible hope of changing the iniquitous structures of power and control in the state and its failure could see the forces of lawlessness acquiring new strength, with disastrous consequences for the common people.

Medha Patkar, Ramakrishnam Raju, Prafulla Samantara, Dr. Sunilam, Gabriele Dietrich, Arundhati Dhuru, Saraswati Kavula, P S Ajay, Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant, Vimal Bhai, Madhuresh Kumar, Sashank Rajwadi

 

 

Andhra Pradesh -Biometric information of 14 lakh #Aadhaar applicants goes missing #UID


 | May 1, 2013 | Postnoon

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Biometric information from over 14 lakh people has gone missing. This could lead to vital data falling into criminal hands.

What can be a greater loss to a city than the loss of identities of its citizens? While the Aadhaar card, projected as a “smart mix of politics and economics,” promises to deliver the “one ultimate identity” to all the citizens of India, its progress report in Andhra Pradesh has no reassuring remarks.

Forget ultimate identity, there seems to be no guarantee of our identities anymore.

On April 8, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) publicly agreed that several lakh Aadhaar enrolments and data were lost. What is described as a “technical error” is in reality the loss of biometrics and personal information of 14 lakh Aadhaar card-seeking citizens of Andhra Pradesh.

Over two lakh citizens in Hyderabad have not found their Aadhaar enrolments online. Fearing public backlash, the UIDAI authorities were able to retrieve over seven lakh enrolments through data retrieval, but have been unable to retrieve the other half. Postnoon investigates.

Current Enrolment Status

Even as the deadline for Aadhaar-c link gets closer, there seems to be little or no co-ordination among any of the three major players — the AP civil supplies and district collectorate, private enrolment agencies and the UIDAI — in the Aadhaar game.

“The selling point of this project was the promise of transparency and accountability. Except for the UIDAI’s website, our State government’s civil supplies or district

collectorates do not seem to have found the need to be accountable,” says Raoji Brahmanand, RTI activist and Aadhaar applicant.

The official explanation for the data loss is that private enrolment agencies had employed agents who developed differences over their remuneration and left the project mid way. Some claim that laptops and equipment containing data also went missing.

“But since high encryptions guard the enrolment data and biometrics, it cannot be decrypted. We are trying to retrieve the data currently,” says an official from UIDAI.

According to data gathered by Postnoon from UIDAI and district collectorate authorities, the current population of the City stands at roughly 82 lakh. Out of this, only 53,28,183 have enrolled for Aadhaar and a little over 30 lakh UID numbers have been generated.

Ask why this slow pace of enrolments and loss of data, S Vijaypal, deputy district collector of Hyderabad collectorate says, “No idea. We are only forwarding whatever enrolment data we receive to the State government and UIDAI.”

The morale among officials handling the Aadhaar project is low and it is evident why.

Here are the current statistics of the Aadhaar project in Hyderabad:

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Indian woman raped, enslaved in Britain for years #Vaw


Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: April 20, 2013

Indian woman raped, enslaved in Britain for years: report

London: A 40-year-old woman, said to be an “illiterate” Indian, was beaten, raped and given out-of-date food and passed between three middle-class families as a domestic worker for many years in Britain, a daily reported.The woman made desperate pleas for help to Hertfordshire police as well as charities and other state agencies. But when police officers spoke to her, one of her “powerful and well-connected abusers” was used as an interpreter, the paper Independent said.

The woman was handed back to the man, and she was again attacked and threatened that she would be buried in the back garden of the man’s luxury home for ruining his family name.

Three people – an optician, a butcher and a secretary – were convicted of her abuse that spanned more than three years.

The woman was passed between the families, kept like a prisoner, given virtually no money and had her passport confiscated, the report said.

However, when she fled, her pleas went ignored by police and other organisations on at least 12 occasions, according to court documents.

The woman’s ordeal ended only after she was taken in by a migrant workers’ charity and human rights’ group Liberty took up her case.

“Various state agencies failed her, ignoring her repeated pleas for help, not adhering to their own investigative practice and it could be said ignoring the obvious,” Caroline Haughey, counsel for the prosecution, told the Croydon crown court.

The woman came to Britain in 2005 to try to make a better life and to send money to her family in India’s Hyderabad city.

When she sought help, she was threatened by her keepers. In one case, a professional interpreter told police that the woman was “telling a lot of lies – it’s common in her country”, the court heard.

She was first taken to hospital in 2006 with a gashed foot after her “employer” named Shamina Yousuf, 33, hurled a cup at her.

However, no action was taken after she was bullied her into not pursuing matters, the report said.

The woman fled after more than two years but returned to work for other relatives of the family to try to secure the return of her passport.

The court heard that the woman stayed in a one-room flat in St John’s Wood, and was raped by a butcher, Enkarta Balapovi, on several occasions.

The woman finally moved to the home of an acquaintance, Shashi Obhrai and her IT consultant husband Balram, who lived in Middlesex. She was forced to work seven days a week, 17-hours-a-day, cooking and cleaning for eight family members.

She escaped and her case was passed to Scotland Yard’s trafficking unit.

Obhrai, 54, of Moor Park, Middlesex and Yousuf, 33, of Edgware, north London, have been convicted of assault. Obhrai, an optician, was additionally convicted of threats to kill.

Balapovi, 54, of St John’s Wood, northwest London, was convicted of rape.

They will be sentenced next month. Two other defendants were acquitted.

The victim, who was not named for legal reasons, has been left in a wheelchair in part because of the injuries sustained at the hands of her abusers.

 

PRESS RELEASE- Statement on Harassment and Sensational Misleading reporting of TV channels #Vaw


STATEMENT ON HARASSMENT AND SENSATIONAL, MISLEADING REPORTING BY TV CHANNELS

By the Network of Women in Media, India

19 April 2013
Late evening on 12 April 2013, a group of students from Nalsar Law University went to the Rain Club located in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, for what was meant to be a farewell party for the graduating seniors.

When they stepped out of the club around 10.30pm to wait for their cab, one of the women students spotted someone taking their pictures with a mobile phone. She objected and demanded to see the mobile. The mobile turned out to be a dummy, without a card in it. When she further objected and demanded that the phone with which photos were taken be handed over, other media cameramen who were present began to film the altercation.

The students were outraged at this invasion of their privacy and the callous response of media cameramen who continued the harassment by following them to the car and persisting in filming them even as they were vehemently protesting this invasion.

The next morning several Telugu channels began showing the footage. Some websites also put up the footage. TV9, ABN Andhra Jyoti, Sakshi TV, Studio N, NTV, IdlyTV, News 24 and the following links which were still active till 14th April 2013 carried the footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w9ZkMy0VqU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBHNNQW4kck

http://www.istream.com/news/watch/343985/Drunk-girls%E2%80%93drama-on-streets-of\
-Hyderabad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WcZh0vlqDM

A detailed report of the incident is already on the media watch website, The Hoot (www.thehoot.org):
http://www.thehoot.org/web/TV-voyeurism-touches-new-low/6717-1-1-5-true.html

The online petition drafted by the victims is available here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/victimization-harassment-and-defamation-by-local\
-news-media

The incident represents blatant sexual harassment of women in a public place, criminal intimidation of the women with threat of public defamation through media. The anchors of the channels repeatedly referred to the women as punch drunk, half naked, and nude, when the women students were dressed in strapless evening wear. One of the female anchors referred to their attire as “creepily offensive short clothes.” They also claimed that they were dancing in the club although the entire story was played out on the street and not inside the club. The media persons were not present inside the club. To make matters worse, CVR News put together several clips of provocative dancing from various sources, implying that the present incident was somehow connected to those.

Significantly, while only a couple of channels were present outside the club and were involved in the incident, the story was generously shared with many other channels and web sites. All the channels replayed the footage provided by the offending channels without providing any opportunity for the victims of this coverage to respond or give their side of the story.

The channels also were assuming the tone of moral police, claiming that the students were “leaving Indian traditions in tatters by their dressing and behaviour”. The anchors of the channels took on the role of moral police by commenting on the young girls’ clothing, even as the channels’ staple fare for advertising revenue on their news bulletins comprises song and dance sequences from films and film events featuring skimpily clad women doing vulgar dances to vulgar lyrics. The reporters and anchors held forth on excessive freedom for women and its “devastating” effects on society.

The channels also falsely claimed that the students’ behaviour was condemned by women’s organizations even though they only showed the statements of two little-known local politicians, thereby misleading public opinion.

This is a clear case of media grossly interfering in the privacy of individuals by photographing/filming people without their permission in a public place. When the students objected to the intrusion of their privacy, the media aggressively continued to shoot them and followed them with provocative words.

This appears to be in violation of items 4, 6, 1, and 2 of the News Broadcasters’ Association’s Code of Ethics for programming and also appears to be in violation of the programming code prescribed under the Cable Networks Regulation Act.

As media professionals who believe the news media have a responsibility to conduct themselves in accordance with the laws of the land and the ethics and standards of the profession, we are appalled at this misbehaviour by certain television channels.

We request you to call for the entire footage in possession of the channels and examine it as the voices of the cameramen and other men present seem to have been removed.

We request you to strongly censure the channels and websites for manufacturing a misleading and defamatory story by intruding into the privacy of the girls and publicly harassing and intimidating them.

We also request you to ensure that the channels involved in this misdemeanour are fined, made to apologize to the victims, and to carry the apology on channels (including their websites, if any) as prominently and as frequently as the coverage given to the incident.

We firmly believe that, without exemplary punishment, such television channels will continue their vigilante activities, which routinely target women and other vulnerable groups in society.

Looking forward to an early and appropriate response from you,

Signed, on behalf of the Network of Women in Media, India (www.nwmindia.org), by:

 

Pushpa Achanta, Bangalore
Gita Aravamudan, Bangalore
Neela Badami, Bangalore
Anita Cheria, Bangalore

Aditi De, Bangalore

Ammu Joseph, Bangalore
Revathi Siva Kumar, Bangalore
Laxmi Murthy, Bangalore

Susheela Nair, Bangalore

Kavitha Muralidharan, Chennai

Kavin Malar, Chennai

Lakshmy Venkiteswaran, Chennai
R. Akhileshwari, Hyderabad

Lalita Iyer, Hyderabad

Manjari Kadiyala, Hyderabad
Satyavati Kondaveeti, Hyderabad
Padmaja Shaw, Hyderabad
Ranjita Biswas, Kolkata
Rajashri Dasgupta, Kolkata
Manjira Majumdar, Kolkata
Linda Chhakchhuak, Mizoram
Rupa Chinai, Mumbai
Ramlath Kavil, Mumbai
Sameera Khan, Mumbai

Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Mumbai

Meena Menon, Mumbai
Jyoti Punwani, Mumbai
Geeta Seshu, Mumbai
Kalpana Sharma, Mumbai

Sandhya Srinivasan, Mumbai
Sandhya Taksale, Pune

 

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Hyderabad Bomb Blast – Subsequent media trial and Police harassment


Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee. India

Amberpet, Hyderabad, A.P. India 500013

Contact Nos: 09391051586, 09347853843 Fax No: 040-27427860

Web: http://www.civillibertiesindia.org Email: clmci@hotmail.com

27.03.2013

FACT FINDING REPORT ON DILSUKHNAGAR BOMB BLAST & SUBSEQUENT MEDIA
TRIAL & POLICE HARASSMENT ON MUSLIM YOUTH

Introduction

Once again Hyderabad is shaken under the bomb blasts. This is not the
first blast in the history of Hyderabad. Before this many bomb blasts
have taken place at public places in Hyderabad. 18 May 2007 and 25
August 2007 bomb blasts are needed to be mentioned. It is also fact
that in the name of bomb blasts Muslims were continuously targeted.
Due to the struggle of Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee, Muslim
youth were acquitted by the courts and the government also paid
compensation to them. Until now these Muslim youth were unable to
stabilize themselves and the twin blasts took place at Dilsukhnagar
area of Hyderabad. And this was more than terror for Muslims. Because,
as usual Media played its role by labeling and targeting Muslims and
the Muslim youth again became the target of the police. Everyone
expected that the situation in Hyderabad must be bad because the
Congress party and the condition of its government is worse and it is
known from the history that whenever the Congress governments
condition is worse and conflict between the fractions of the party
occurs the peaceful atmosphere of Hyderabad is disturbed by making it
worse, so that under it their political gains can be achieved.
Simultaneously it was also felt that to sabotage the Telangana
movement a big incident might take place and whatever may happen it
will happen in Hyderabad itself; but a common person did not think
that bomb blasts will take place once again and all of a sudden these
many people will be killed. In order to understand the disrupt of the
peaceful heart of Hyderabad Dil-Sukh (Dilsukhnagar), the facts such as
the political conditions of Andhra Pradesh, the clashes in Congress
party and Congress government, Telangana movement, Shinde’s statement
on Hindu terrorism, the politics of BJP on Shinde statement, then the
Parliament and Assembly sessions and the later facts should also be
taken into consideration. In brief, the timings of the Dilsukhnagar
bomb blasts of Hyderabad have an importance.

Keeping the above things in mind, the fact finding committee of Civil
Liberties Committee, on different dates and time visited Dilsukhnagar
bomb blast site, the nearby places and the various hospitals where the
victims were admitted and spoke to different people, officials,
victims to know the details of the bomb blasts.

The facts

The evening of 21st February was crowded at Dilsukhnagar. During this
time, people come out of their offices, students on the road increase
after the college and tutorials and coaching centers timings, families
come out on evenings for shopping purposes because this area is famous
for shopping malls. There are many business establishments in this
area such as shopping Malls, electric and electronic shops, hardware
shops, hotels, Tiffin centers, cinema halls, mobile shops, medical
shops, colleges, coaching centers and many other small and big shops.
Along with this there is a famous Saibaba Mandir, where blast had
taken place earlier in the year 2001. This area and business is
dominated by the Andhra region people.

As the evening was busy and jam packed suddenly twin blasts occurred
between 6.50 to 7.10 pm with a gap of three minutes between two blasts
at two places one in front of Konark theatre near Anand Tiffin centre
and another before Venkatadri theatre beside the bus stop. There is a
distance of about 100 meters between these two places. As per the
peoples version these two bombs were placed on cycles. According to
the eye witness, Mani Kumar, MCA student, L.B. Nagar, the blasts were
so powerful that people were blown into the air up to 10 feet high and
fell down. Most of them who died were professionals and students in
the age group of 19-30 years of age. Immediately after the blasts
people ran helter skelter, they were unable to understand as to what
happened suddenly and people ran to save their lives. As per the
information received, these bombs were made by using Improvised
Explosive Device (IED) in which highly explosive material was used but
these were not time bombs. The city was already under high alert due
to Telangana movement and present political situation of Andhra
Pradesh and immediately after the blasts, Red Alert was declared all
over the city. At the place of incidents itself 15 people died on the
spot and hundreds got injured. Police station is very near by to the
places of incidents. Police personnel are always present in that area,
so they were able to reach there immediately. The locals made calls
for the ambulance and the injured were shifted to hospitals. The
injured were shifted to various hospitals such as Yashoda, Omni, Care,
Asra and Osmania hospitals. Those who were severely injured were
shifted to Yashoda, whereas, the dead were shifted to Osmania
hospital. Locals also informed that lot of problems took place to
shift the injured to the hospitals, because the local police failed to
control the public who had gathered at the spot.

The dead persons were identified as Eijaz, Polytechnic student
Amberpet, Mohammed Rafeeq Hafiz Baba Nagar, Vijaykumar and Rajshekhar
of Mancherial, A. Ramulu Warasiguda, Amanullah Khan Chanchalguda,
Vijaykumar Adilabad, Sudhakar Rao Karimnagar, Ganga Triveni
Karimnagar, Sonia U Reddy Kandigal Gate, S. Anand Kurnool, B. Lakshmi
Saroor Nagar, M. Venkateshwar Malakpet, Chugaram Gaddiannaram, M.
Shiva Ramannapet, Rajaiah Himayat Nagar, Swapna Reddy Uppuguda, P.
Kulkarni Dilsukhnagar, K. Harish Engineering student Dilukhnagar,
Raju, Anand, Venkatesh, Srinivas Reddy, Ramulu Jamia Osmania,
Venkateshwar Rao Trupti and Shivani. All these dead bodies were
shifted to Osmania Hospital Mortuary, the bodies were in a pool of
blood and their clothes were torn the stretchers were not sufficient;
all the bodies were dumped at one place. People present at the
hospital were stunned by seeing the scene of dead bodies.

The severely injured were Sanna Reddy Karimnagar, Swati B.N.Reddy
Nagar, Suri Chaitanya puri, Md. Jaweed Zahirabad, Vignesh L.B. Nagar,
Monika Hyderabad, Md. Ajju Omer Hyderabad, Sunni Omer Hyderabad, Gopal
Reddy, B.N. Reddy Nagar, Narsimha Reddy, Sudha Hyderabad, Rupa
Dilsukhnagar, Abdul Wasey Mirza, Samad Omer, Shiva Kumar, Ram Murthy,
Rajitha, Ram Kumar, Parasuram, Panduranga Reddy, Srinivas Rao,
Mallikarjun, Azeemuddin Santoshnagar, P. Gangaram and his relatives
Gangulamma, Ravinder, Archana, Anil, Lakshmi were shifted to Yashoda
Hospital, Malakpet.

The conditions of the dead and severely injured

The feelings of the near relatives of the persons who died in the
blasts cannot be expressed in mere words. In brief, they did not ever
imagine that they would get such news about their near and dear ones
and would see their dead bodies. One youth Mohammed Rafeeq who died in
the bomb blast, was working in the leather shop. On the tragic day he
started from home in the morning and did not return in the evening.
His father got a call from his elder son asking them to reach Osmania
Hospital immediately. The family members got worried and went to the
hospital and found their son’s dead body in a pool of blood. The
father of the deceased Mr. Ameeruddin said, ‘my son’s untimely death
has ruined our lives’.

(Arthi of a lady)

Sapna a resident of Chatrinaka, Hyderabad was also one of them who got
killed in the blasts. She is the youngest among 4 children to her
parents. She had lost her father some 15 years back and they belong to
lower middle class family. After her fathers’ expiry her only brother
managed the house and married off two sisters. Unable to see the
difficulties faced by the brother in managing the house, she also
decided to help him financially and joined as a receptionist at
Islamia Engineering and Management Institute at Bandlaguda. She stayed
at the college hostel itself. While working she also joined in MBA
course at the same college thinking that if the qualifications are
improved she can get a good job. On the tragic day she called her
family and informed that she will be reaching home in about one hour
after completing her project work. One hour passed but she did not
reach home, but a call came from her college informing that Sapna has
died in the blasts. The family did not know that the wait for their
sister would be never ending. They went to the place of blast and to
all the hospitals but did not find their sister. Finally they reached
Osmania Hospital where her body was lying in Mortuary. Sapna’s mother
who already had lost her husband went under deep shock with the death
of her daughter and became a statue like person. Her brother said
that, ‘after completing her studies, we thought she will get a better
job and she will lead a happy life, but this tragedy took place…. we
were waiting for her after her call, but we never thought that this
waiting for her would turn into never ending wait for her’.

( procession of Janaza of persons who died in blast)

17 years Aijaz Ahmed, a polytechnic student of Sanjay Gandhi college
resident of Amberpet lost his life in these blasts. According to his
father, ‘these blasts have taken away my son a father only can
understand the tragedy of loosing a son’. He also said that, ‘to
perform the last rites of a young son is the most difficult part for a
father’. There were a number of his fellow non-Muslim students present
at his funeral. His teacher Mr. Muralidhar Gupta said that their
college has lost a bright student.

Ravi Kumar 25 years of age, native of Karimnagar district and an
aspirant to become police Sub-Inspector died at Yashoda Hospital after
battling for life for 13 days. Due to blast he received severe
multiple intestinal injuries and limb injuries. While in the hospital
his kidneys also failed. He and his friend Tirupati went to have
snacks, Tirupati died on the spot. Ravi’s brother, Amrutha Kumar said,
‘no financial help and no console can neither help us nor wipe our
tears. We will miss him all our life’.

Tragedy

The mindset of Media and police has become in such a manner, that
whenever any tragedy or incidence happens, they consider only Muslims
are responsible for such acts.

(A Muslim youth in wonder)

This mindset has reached to such an extent that if a Muslim is dead or
injured in the blast the media and police start their investigation
from that person itself. And they question him as to why he was
present at the blast scene. And if at all a person gets injured twice
in different blasts, then the media and police completely suspect him
as how can he be present at the blast site two times. They look at him
with suspect and never think of what is he going through mentally and
physically.

One of such case is of Abdul Wasif Mirza who is 25 years old and
severely injured in Dilsukhnagar bomb blast. Earlier when the Makkah
Masjid blast took place he was 19 years old and he was severely
injured in that blast too. That time it took 2 years for him to
recover completely due to severe injuries on leg and stomach because
of which he also had to drop his college studies. Till now some
pellets are still in his body from previous blast. On this ill fated
day he went to Dilsukhnagar for business purpose along with his cousin
who was selling clothes on foot path and incidentally he once again
came under the attack of bomb blast and he suffered with severe
injuries on his back and left lumbar. Then from the blast victim he
was turned into prime suspect by police and media only because he is a
Muslim. Within no time media and police started harassing him through
investigation and interrogated him on his hospital bed whereas the
doctors were saying that speaking to him is dangerous to his life.
Police started collecting the past and old record of Abdul Wasif Mirza
and also his record prior to 2007.

Mirza.

After surviving twice from the bomb blast what did he gain, he became
the prime suspect and target of police and media. He became the
starting point of investigation. This is called “Mind set-up” of
police and media. Instead of expressing solidarity with this youth and
his family who were under trauma they were forced to explain and
defend themselves. His father with the folding hands appealed to the
media to leave them alone, whatever the matter is the court will
decide and we leave the matter on the court. With this one example we
can say how prejudiced our “Civilized Media” is! The fate of a Muslim
is such that he is seen only in the terms of terrorist even if he gets
injured or dies. This is not the first time, we have witnessed the
same when the Muslims injured and died in the Lumbini Park and Gokul
Chat bomb blasts. This is the biggest tragedy for the Muslims even
when they get injured; some of them did not even go to the hospital
due to the fear of police harassment and media trial.

When the conditions were such in the Hyderabad, the central and state
government were issuing controversial statements. Central Home
Minister said that information had been passed to the Andhra Pradesh
government about any untoward incident might take place, but DGP said
that nothing particular was informed and Chief Minister Kiran Kumar
said that receiving such information is routine for the state
government.

Post Dilsukhnagar bomb blast conditions in Hyderabad

Due to the OB Vans of electronic media and persons from political
parties especially the BJP who gathered largely, there was delay in
shifting the victims and injured persons to the hospital. This way the
police personnel failed to protect the scene of incident/offence. BJP
workers gathered in large numbers and started giving anti-Muslim
slogans. Local businessmen said to the fact finding team that they
were unable to understand why anti-Muslim slogans were raised, as
there were bodies of Muslims also lying on the scene and were not
shifted. The scene of offence was also disturbed badly due to this
gathering. Till the investigating agencies reached at the scene,
according to the sources, almost most of the evidence was destroyed.
The investigating agencies were unable to carry their work due to
heavy presence of media personnel and the huge rush of politicians;
and they expressed anguish that due to the presence of the above they
were unable to carry their work and hence the vital clues and evidence
was damaged badly by the huge presence of mob. Later all the
investigating agencies reached at the spot including IB, SB, Counter
Intelligence, Task Force, NIA and even National Security Guard
officials, though NSG is not investigating agency but a special group
to fight against terrorists and it was sent to the spot where bomb
blast had taken place. It is a matter of deep thought as to why the
NSG was sent, is it to create high sensitivity at the national level?

( Hindutva “nationalist” raising slogans against Muslims )

Everything was alright and normal in Hyderabad before the blasts took
place. But immediately after the blasts, situation changed completely.
City came under red alert immediately. Concentration of police on
Masjids and Muslim populated areas increased as if they have
information that people belonging to these areas are behind the
blasts. Muslim youth once again became the target of the investigating
agencies.

(Even Muslim ladies are suspected)

Because of media’s anti Muslim attitude they were giving the Muslim
names as blast accused by giving the reference of police sources. A
fear complex developed in Muslim community because of the past
experiences of targeting innocents and also because the non-Muslim
communities were looking at Muslim community with suspicion due to
media propaganda against Muslims. Everywhere there were discussions
about Muslims including educational institutions, public

(OCTOPUS CHECKING A LONG BEARD MUSLIM AND HIS SON IS THINKING WHY ?)

places etc and as such gap increased between the communities and
enmity and hatred thus increased. Seeing this tense situation DGP
himself announced that the police department has not named any
organization. Then NIA also issued a press release that investigation
is going on and they have not named any organization or arrested any
person. But the common Muslim mentally suffered.

The role of police

Immediately Hyderabad and Cyberabad police started the investigation
of the blast with the prejudiced mind. They started abducting and
detaining Muslim youth in illegal manner. It is very surprising that
they were calling by phone and detaining those Muslim youth, who were
acquitted by the courts from the Makkah Masjid bomb blast case, got
the compensation as well as character certificate. Apart from these
youth many other youth were also detained for almost 100 hours. They
were humiliated and tortured; they were questioned by the police and
its agencies about Maqbool’s background and any relation with him.
They were also questioning whether can Maqbool carry those blasts, or
make others to carry those blasts, do these youth know anything about
it. The police also asked these youth, ‘do you have any anger on the
torture done and on the wrong implication in the false cases in the
past and with this reason can anyone do such blasts to take revenge of
that torture done by police on you’. On this the youth answered that,
‘your government had released Maqbool on the basis of good character
and then later arrested in the year 2012. We know only this much about
him and any further things you can ask Maqbool itself as he is in your
custody’. On asking who can carry these blasts, the youth answered,
‘earlier Assemanand and RSS outfits Abhinav Bharat and Hindu Vahini
had done the blasts, they might have done it again and also recently
Togadia also said that he will turn Hyderabad into another Ayodhya’.
On this police reacted angrily and shouted on these youth saying, ‘do
not take their names, they cannot do these blasts as they are
nationalists but not terrorists’.

(BECAUSE OF CAP ON HEAD CHECKING IS MUST )

Media role and high drama

After representations and building pressure in various ways, police
released these youth by binding over them. Maqbool was brought to
Hyderabad from Tihar Jail, New Delhi in the first week of March to NIA
Hyderabad office for investigation of blasts. The media and the police
presented him in dramatic manner by repeatedly broadcasting him on
electronic media by

releasing one to one minute news and also telecasted where ever the
NIA took him to different places in Hyderabad in connection of blast
investigation. The investigation should take place in the
investigation room, whereas the investigation was taking place in the
media rooms, 9pm programmes on Channels as well as on the roads. It
should be noted that there are strong anti- Muslim elements among
police and media who are propagating hatred in the public by
telecasting each minute information and the programme of NIA (this was
not public programme of NIA, it was secret programme but it was made
public by the media through live telecast). With this, one can
understand what kind of investigation was taking place in connection
of blasts and the outcome of the above things. After so much drama
taking place, NIA recently announced reward of ten lakhs for providing
the bomb blast culprit name. This means that till now all the media
houses and the police sources providing the information is completely
false propaganda as well as cheating and misguiding the public and
spreading hatred against Muslim community.

(INDIAN MEDIA )

Still, the investigation of blasts is not in right direction. This
time the feelings of Muslims are hurt to large extent due to the
biased reporting of media. Anyhow the image of police is bad, but this
time, media’s image has become worse than the police image. Now,
Muslims are thinking that always one name is brought forward i.e. IM
and now Muslims believe strongly that IM is nothing but INDIAN MEDIA
which is dividing the people by propagating hatred only for the sake
of their TRP ratings. This act is worst than terrorist act!

Just two examples

A youth who was already detained, tortured, jailed and later acquitted
by the Court and much later the government of Andhra Pradesh tendered
apology as well as issued character certificate, after the
Dilsukhnagar bomb blast was made target once again by the police.
According to his own words, ‘after acquittal till now, we were trying
to come back to normalcy, but the Dilsukhnagar blasts brought a big
disturbance in our lives once again. Immediately after the blasts
police came in private vehicles and asked me to come along with them
till the car, on the pretext that the higher official is in the car
and want to speak for few minutes, but as I went till car with them,
they made me forcefully sit in the vehicle and in this manner abducted
me from my home. As soon as the media came to know this, they started
giving scrolling on the various channels that the main culprit of the
blasts has been caught. In this way media labeled me as a terrorist
once again’.

Another Muslim girl student explained that, ‘after the Dilsukhnagar
bomb blasts while I was travelling in the bus I gave my bag to one of
the lady who was seated to hold my bag as the bus was full,
immediately that woman said, ‘you are TURKOLLU (Muslims) (this word in
Telugu language is used for Muslims with full hatred) and I will not
take the bag. This girl’s concern and question is after each blast why
Muslims are being suspected and discriminated? Why always Muslim
community is named as terrorist? She said that media is creating bad
image about Muslims and propagating hate among the communities. This
is a big blot on media.

Conclusion

During the process of fact finding this committee observed that a
particular mind set up is prevalent among various government agencies
and media therefore, to establish their hegemony they are targeting
Muslim community by showing them as global terrorists. Due to this
type of attitude, the Muslim community is passing through a
psychological trauma. At every step they are made to feel insecure and
second class citizens. After every blast police starts investigation
with a Muslim by keeping in mind that Muslims are terrorists. Because
of this innocents are becoming targets and real criminals are roaming
freely. There is lack of political will in the government to take
action against the real terrorists. The clear example is the recent
statement of Home Minister of India on ‘Hindu Terrorism’ and RSS and
BJP are running the terrorist training camps. However, from all the
sides, right, left and centre all the political forces started
criticizing Central Home Minister and mounted such a pressure that he
had to take back his statement. With this one can understand how
strong the Hindutva is which forced the central Home Minister to bow
down. Media also played irresponsible role by telecasting false
stories and projecting a community as terrorists. Hatred increased
because of media. This committee strongly feels that media has done
that act which even the terrorists were unable to!

If at all the government is serious about the blasts, investigations
and counter terrorism and f it wants to curb the real terrorists then
it first of all it should change its mind set-up, build and prove
strong political will and instead of prejudiced type of investigation
it should be based on facts and scientific manner. Policing should be
professional but not communal and media should be restricted to
deliver the news but not investigation and trial in the 9pm bulletin.

At last but not least one should observe in all this process as to who
lost and who gained! Media gained TRP ratings, police gained
unaccounted money in the name of security check-up, Muslims lost
confidence, the present Congress government safely protected itself
from real issues, Telangana movement diluted, BJP gained relief from
the tag of saffron terrorism, and actual terrorists are roaming
freely. It is a strange co-incidence that after a week of bomb blast a
Telugu movie named “Mahankali” on terrorism was released and became a
box-office hit!!!

 

#Aadhaar gives midnight dates, anyone interested ;-) #UID


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DC | L. Venkat Ram Reddy |
Hyderabad: The much-discussed, on-line slot booking system for Aadhaar enrolment by calling 1100, is giving applicants a bigger head-ache.
Several applicants who called 1100 were shocked to find that they were given slots at midnight, though officials said this could be due to technical glitches which would be rectified soon.
The system sends an SMS to the mobile phones of applicants after registering their details through the IVRS, asking them to visit the respective enrolment centre with the necessary documents at the scheduled time specified.
Shockingly, the applicants have been receiving SMSes asking them to come to a particular enrolment centre at odd hours from 9 pm to midnight.
There were even cases where applicants were asked to come to the centres in the wee hours between 2 am and 5 am.They are also being asked to visit far-off centres despite having enrolment centres nearby.
Shocked applicants are clueless about whether to visit enrolment centres or not at these odd hours to get enrolled for Aadhaar.
Some applicants who got a slot between 9 pm and 11 pm, rushed to enrolment centres on Saturday only to find that the centres were closed. Such incidents came to light in Uppal, Amberpet, Banjara Hills, Himayatnagar, Sec-underabad etc.
The plight of senior citizens and women carrying kids waiting in front of enrolment centres at midnight was even pitiable.

 

 

 

 

Hyderabad Twin Blast: Police Arrest one suspect in Ranchi


PTI | Mar 04, 2013, 12:06PM IST

Ranchi:  A man has been arrested in connection with the February 21 Hyderabad blasts, according to the information provided by police.
“A man identified as Manzar Imam has been arrested,” Superintendent of Police Vipul Shukla told media.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had been searching him for the last two years in connection with the Ahmedabad blast incident too and had visited Ranchi’s Bariatu area twice looking for him earlier.
The twin blasts in Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar had left 16 people dead.

#Hyderabad -Condemn the inhuman incident of blast, Demand to stop Media trial


Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee. India

 Amberpet, Hyderabad, A.P. India 500013

Contact Nos: 09391051586, 09347853843 Fax No: 040-27427860

21st February 2013

 

 

Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee strongly condemns the blasts which took place in Dilsukh Nagar area of Hyderabad .It is an inhuman act and it should be seen as crime against humanity. This committee expresses its grief and conveys its solidarity with families of victims of these blasts. It is a matter of deep concern that state administration and its agencies completely failed to maintain law and order situation and to curb the anti social element who are involved in this blasts strike from time to time.

 

This Committee demands Govt. to investigate bomb blasts cases in fair manner by keeping in view all the angels so that real criminals should be brought to justice.

 

This Committee strongly believes that present political situation in Andhra Pradesh is so worst that any thing worst would have been expected. Whenever a political turmoil occur in congress party this kind of gruesome incidents do get crop up.

 

One thing can be said clearly that due to this blasts mind of general public is being diverted from the real important issues. Separate Telangana movement which was going to be started from 24th February by “Sadak bund” has suffered a big setback.

 

CLMC urged media to be sensitive in reporting the blasts, halt their self investigation and stop targeting particular community in their media room trail.  CLMC strongly condemn irresponsible reporting of media quoting unnamed Intelligence sources’ jumping to conclusions. CLMC believe that this kind of reporting is also an act of terror which is aimed to targeting Muslim community.

 

 

Lateef Mohd khan

General Secretary. CLMC

 

 

169 Aadhaar cards seized from a house #UID #WTFnews


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DC | 24 min 55 sec ago

 

 

 

Nellore: Even as people are facing several ordeals to obtain Aadhar Cards, police have found 169 Aadhar cards in the residence of a former corporator Velpula Rajani at Ummareddygunta of Nellore on Saturday.

 

 

Police have raided the house along with revenue and civil supplies wing officials following a tip off over the sale of the cards by the husband of the corporator. The team led by V Town CI S.V. Rajasekhar Reddy was puzzled when they found 169 cards, which are ready for delivery, in the house.

 

 

They had no clue as to how they are lying in the house when they are supposed to be delivered to the applicants by the postal department. In addition to the cards, the team also noticed applications for Aadhar, ID cards and Aadhar data enrolment receipts at the house during the search. This led to suspicion over printing of fake Aadhar cards.

 

 

When contacted, Reddy said that Velpula Rajani or her husband Sagar were not at home when they searched the place.

 

 

He said that Aadhar cards are being printed at the regional printing centre in Hyderabad with the data transferred from Bengaluru and sent as bulk mail to Central Post Office in Hyderabad.

 

 

Thereafter the cards are sent to post offices concerned through speed post based on the pin number. He said that cards are distributed by postmen only after obtaining signature of the card holder or his family members in a sheet containing 100 names of recipients.

 

 

“We are obtaining the sheets from the post office concerned to verify further whether the cards are delivered to the former corporator by some erring postman,” Reddy said.

 

 

 

Will the Govt. imprison Pravin Togadia? #hatespeech


 

Petition filed against Togadia, Owaisi,Others – Hate Speeches

Written by Agencies | January 10, 2013 |

Hyderabad : President of Deccan Wakf properties Protection Society, Osman Bin Mohammed Al-Hajri, has failed a complaint against Praveen Togadia, International General Secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Akberuddin Owaisi, MLA of Chadrayangutta, Muneeruddin Muqtar, Convenor, Muttaheda Majlis-e-Amal and others, in the court of Sixth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate here, on January 7, stating that they were indulging in hate speeches, and hence action should be taken against them.

Togadia, Akberuddin Owaisi
Al-Hajri filed the petition through his Advocates Syed Kareemuddin Shakeel and Mohammed Khan. The petitioner and the Advocate Kareemuddin shakeel, informed the media here today, that the Sixth chief additional Metropolitan Magistrate, after hearing the arguments, referred the said complaint to the Police Station, Tappachabutra in the city and directed the police to register the case against the above mentioned accused persons and take appropriate legal action against them.
In the complaint, the petitioner alleged that Praveen Togadia had visited Hyderabad in December last, openly threatened the Muslims of bloodshed. By making serious and highly objectionable remarks against the Muslim community, he Infused tension in both the communities, which can cause hate feelings in both the communities which is hazardous to the peace and tranquility of Hyderabad and the State.
The alleged that Muneeruddin Muqtar had conducted series of public meetings in the districts of the State, in which Akbaruddin Owaisi had made inflammatory and provocative speeches and made some derogatory and insulting remarks against the Hindu community, and insulted their religious faith and their gods. The derogatory remarks made by Owaisi are totally against the Islamic teachings. Any Muslim who has faith in Quran will not make any such derogatory remarks against the other religious faith and hurt their sentiments of other religious group. Quran says “Don’t insult other religion’s Gods and faith”, he added.