Protests against Afzal Guru’s hanging at Jantar Mantar, 21 detained




Muhammad Zulqarnain Zulfi : New Delhi, Sat Feb 09 2013, 1

Delhi police lathicharge protestors at Jantar Mantar, demonstrating against the hanging of Afzal Guru and detained at least 21 Kashmiri students. Female students were also assaulted.

The Kashmiri students were protesting against the ‘hanging’ of Afzal Guru when RSSBJP activists attacked them, witnesses say.

All the detained kashmiri students including girls were taken to Mandir Marg police station. Girls were threatened by the RSS activists.

Social activist Gautam Navlakha was also beaten up during the protest.

Senior journalist Iftikhar Geelani has also been put under house arrest since early morning today.

Media persons also faced the wrath of the RSS who also threatened dire consequences and barred them from doing their professional duties, witness say.

Mudasir, Jamia, Athar Rather Jamia, Umair Gul, Jamia, Umar Bashir, DU, Najeeb Hussain JNU, Fayaz Dar, Jamia, Aymon Majid, Jamia, Bhat Iqbal JNU, Shahid JNU, Insha Malik, Souzina Mushtaq, Samia Latief, Mustafa, Bhawneet, Shivani, Sabika, Umar, Aniben, Zamrooda Habib, Sanjay Kak and other detained Kashmiri students are perusing higher education in various universities in Delhi.


Press Release Mumbai’s urban poor’s 10 Days long struggle ends with victory #Landscam




Mumbai, 10th : Ghar Bachao ghar Banao Andolan withdraws its 10 days long agitation, after having received certain concrete decisions and directions for further process on the issues related to housing rights and land scam with corruption in Mumbai.

The State Government has agreed to enquiry by the Principal Secretary, Housing into SRA projects in 6 localities- Golibar, Ambedkar Nagar, Mulud, Ramnagar-Ghatkopar, Chandivali, Sion-koliwada and Indira-nagar Jogeshwari, defining the modus operandis involving all stakeholders and holding public hearings.

Today, hundreds of women and men from various slums reached Mantralaya. They insisted and made their way into Mantralaya, upto 6thfloor and at least 500 people filed their individual applications for Rajiv Awas.

The State has also taken and conveyed a firm decision to take RAY ahead and Mandala RAY project proposal to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

The Municipal Corporation of Mumbai through the Commissioner, has agreed to provide all amenities in slums we have listed from eastern and western suburbs as per 5- A of Slum Act, a review for the same will be carried in next 7 days.

It’s promised by MCGM to look into the violations of law, if any in Sion Koliwada and Jeevannapar redevelopment projects as well as wherever public amenities are destroyed before people getting shifted out.

MCGM has promised to hold meeting of officials and consider our recommendations to hold public hearings at level of community / unit of 3000 families, during development planning process- Existing and Planned Land Use.

With all the issues responded to, the Andolan decided to step back and out of Azad Maidan but with a warning that if all decisions are implemented and promises not fulfilled, we will march straight to Mantralaya with intensified struggle.

10 days long battle converted Azad Maidan into a battleground, but with much creative activities beginning with prayer in the morning and spirited songs till late night. Young activists burnt candles at night and returned with mashaals to their homes, only to return back early in the morning. Food came from different communities in slums as well as from supporter organisations. This andolan paved a new way in the arena of people’s movements.



Medha Patkar, Jamil bhai, Madhuri Shivkar, Madhuri Variyath, Sumit Wajale, Santosh Thorat, Sandeep Yevale, Kishor Kardak, Girija Bahen,  Prabhakar Narkar, Shilpa Sabale, Kamlesh S S, Siraj, Umar bhai, 

Organised by : Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Janta Jagruti Manch, Shahar Vikas Manch, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar Bachao Samiti, Nagari Niwara Haq Samiti, Waghini Sangathan, SRA Sangharsh Samiti, Bruhanmumbai Niwara Samanvaya Samiti


Affiliates of National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements


Contact: Madhuri Shivkar 09892143242 | Madhuri Wariyath 09820619174 | Sumit Wajale 09967875999 | Sandeep Yevale 09819307419


Previous Press Releases on this campaign :

Ghar Bachao Andolan Exposes Massive Land Scam and Corruption in Mumbai Slums, Sit in Continues in…

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan Continues, Thousands Continue their Sit-in at Azad Maidan, Mumbai

Thousands of Mumbaikars March towards Mantralaya Claiming Dignity and Equal Rights to City

A Sea of people marched on Streets of Mumbai to reach Mantralaya

Thousands of Mumbai’s Urban Poor to begin new year with long march on foot to Mantrayala


India- A village cowers in fear

KANIYOOR (Dakshina Kannada), October 13, 2012

Mohit M. Rao

Villagers of Abbada in Puttur taluk say they prefer to walk in pairs so that they
don’t attract the attention of Hindu rightwing activists. Photo: Mohit M. Rao

The Hindu
Villagers of Abbada in Puttur taluk say they prefer to walk in pairs so that they don’t attract the attention of Hindu rightwing activists. Photo: Mohit M. Rao

Muslims of Abbada say there was no violence against them before Ramzan

It started as small incidents, destroying boards and banners of the village masjid and taunting devotees headed for prayers. However, the jeering turned into physical assault on September 27, when a group of around 10 men, clutching swords and rods, descended on the village and attacked a villager.

Fear is palpable in Abbada village, off Puttur-Kukke Subramanya State Highway, where out of 30 families, 10 are Muslim. Villagers refused to talk in the open, fearing that someone might tip off Hindu rightwing groups responsible for the assault.

They suggested Badria Jumma Masjid, a half-kilometre away, to talk in, and chose to walk in pairs and at a distance so as not to “arouse suspicion”.

“What can we do?,” said Mohammad Asraf. “We are very few in numbers. The men are daily-wage labourers and for most of the day only women and children are in the village. If they [Hindu rightwing groups] suspect anything, it is easy to target us.”

Most of those who spoke to The Hindu have spent most of their lives in the village, and recollected no discrimination or violence against them before Ramzan this year.

Three months ago, a concrete board showing the way to the mosque was destroyed. Then, in increasing frequency, green flags and banners put up around the masjid during festivities were cut and flung aside.

The people of the village said men on bikes ripped banners with blades and fled when villagers spotted them.

Abdul Shakir said the harassment became brazen when groups of men congregated at the turn-off to the mosque and verbally abused those headed for prayers.

Then, little more than a month ago, Abdul Khader (52) was accosted by a group of men when he was grazing his calf. “They asked if I was going to slaughter it. Though I said no, they swore at me, beat me, and took away my calf,” he says.

One of the assailants was a cattle dealer Mr. Khader used to deal with. “They think because a Muslim has a cow, he is going to slaughter it. I have stopped trading cattle because of this,” he said.

On September 27 around 9.30 p.m., Bajrang Dal activists, as recognised by the people of the village and the police, circled the village on bikes and a jeep.

They banged the doors of Muslim houses. As the Muslim men had gone for prayers at the time, only the women were in the houses.

A woman said she locked her door and switched off the lights hoping the group would go away.

Ravindranath Rai, a farmer, chased two activists to the fringes of the village — which is midway between the village and the masjid — where the rest of the group pounced on him.

Children who were returning early after prayers witnessed the attack, and their screams attracted the attention of those in the masjid. Mr. Rai was rescued just as the Bajrang Dal men attempted to run him over with their jeep. The jeep instead struck an electric pole.

Umar Farooq, 14, said he was now terrified to go to madrasa for evening classes. Mohammad Arshad, 12, who heard the men menacingly gesturing that “the Beary children were being let out”, said his mother had to force him to attend madrasa.

“I make her come along with me,” said the boy.

Villagers said they now stayed indoors as much as possible.

“If they can assault a Hindu for supporting us, imagine what they can do to us. Moreover, after filing cases against them, we fear they will target us. We will trade our freedom [of movement] any day for peace,” said one.

The rightwing activists on September 28 filed a counter police complaint against 22 Muslim men of the village. The activists alleged that the Muslim men attacked them and damaged their jeep.

Keywords: Abbada village, violence


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