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September 18, 2009

RJD's Asif Mohammd Khan wins Okhla by-poll

Congress suffered a major setback as it lost the Okhla Assembly by-election. RJD's Asif Mohammad Khan who had raised the Batla House encounter issue won the election.

Khan defeated BSP candidate Brahm Singh by narly 5,000 votes. The Congress candidate Farhat Suri came a distant third. The Congress lost the other seat, Dwarka, for which by-poll was held, to BJP.

In Okhla, the contest had reached a feverish pitch. In the last election, Congress candidate Parvez Hashmi had barely won the seat by a margin of 500 votes. However, Khan who had given a tough fight to Hashmi, emerged victorious on this occasion.

Muslims in Okhla were upset with the Congress' stand as its government repeatedly stalled attempts to order a judicial inquiry into the Batla House encounter. Though section of Congress leaders said that they favoured inquiry, the demand was not met.

The results were announced today. Thouh initially he was trailing, the RJD candidate later secured a lead over other contestants. Khan secured 23,394 votes. Brahm Singh who came second got nearly 18,387 votes followed by Congress' Farhad Suri (17,804), NCP's Ramvir Singh (17,000 votes).

After his win, Khan visited the graveyard and prayed for peace to the soul of the youths killed in the Jamia Nagar encounter last year. The youths hailed from Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh).

TIH Bureau

September 12, 2009

Jairam Ramesh equates Jinnah to Hindu god

Union minister Jairam Ramesh termed MA Jinnah with Hindu God Mahesha, which is a name for Lord Shiva (Shankara). He equated Gandhi and Nehru with Brahma and Vishnu.

The Environment minister's statement could bring embarrassment for the Congress. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh together complete the trinity of Hindu gods. The Union minister said that before partition, the three leaders were held in high-esteem and comprised the trinity in Indian politics.

However, the statement may not go down well with the party. Jinnah remains a hot potato in Indian politics. The BJP has already expelled its senior leader Jaswant Singh for penning a book that praises the founder of Pakistan.

Earlier, LK Advani had faced criticism for terming Jinnah as a secular person during his visit to Pakistan. In the recent days, comments over Jinnah have landed several politicians in soup.

The Congress leaders have taken digs at BJP for its alleged fascination with the personality of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. However, the statement of Jairam Ramesh could come as an embarrassment for the party.

TIH Bureau

September 11, 2009

Muslim schoolboy can sport beard: Supreme Court

The Apex court has questioned the decision of a missionary-run school to expel a Muslim student for sporting beard. The school has been directed to re-admit the boy.

The divisional bench of Justice BN Agarwal and Justice JS Singhvi said that the Nirmala Convent School authorities' decision to expel the student was ridiculous. The minority (Christian) un-aided school is located in Sironj in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh.

The court said that tomorrow a Sikh student will not be able to sport beard or a boy could be asked that he is not fair-complexioned. The boy, Mohammad Salim, was a student of Xth standard in the school.

His counsel had filed a review petition. Earlier, a SC bench had rejected the plea of the boy. But the observations of the judge, Markandeya Katju, about 'Talibanisation' had caused a controversy.

TIH Bureau

September 8, 2009

Ishrat Jahan killed in fake encounter, says probe report

College student Ishrat Jahan and three others who were killed by Gujarat police were not terrorists on a suicide mission but were killed by policemen who wanted promotions.

The inquiry report into the 'encounter' that was staged in 2004, clearly says that Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh, Amjad Ali and J Johar, were shot from point blank range and wrongly blamed as terrorists affiliated to the dreaded terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

The then DCM DG Vanzara, who is already lodged in jail, for a similar 'encounter' of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Tulsiram Prajapati and Kausar Bano, had allegedly staged this encounter as well. He had claimed that the youths were planning to kill the Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The Metropolitan magistrate SP Tamang's exhaustive report terms the encounter as fake. It further says that the aim of the encounter was to get promotions and get close to the Chief Minister by proving their worth by killing the 'terrorists'.

The revelations have come as a major embarrassment for the Gujarat police. Already the state and administration has faced flak for its role in the communal riots in the past other than the conduct of police in similar encounters recently.

Ishrat, who hailed from Mumbra near Mumbai (in Maharashtra) was termed a Lashkar operative. All along her family maintained that she was innocent. Her siblings have had a tough time getting jobs due to the stigma attached to them after Ishrat was termed a terrorist.

TIH Bureau

September 7, 2009

Hindu terrorism takes root in Jammu & Kashmir

Over a dozen Hindus have been found active in terrorist outfits in the troubled Jammu and Kashmir state that has been afflicted with militancy for a long time.

The secret agencies have found that nearly 17 Hindu terrorists have been identified in the state in the last decade or so. Four such terrorists were even gunned down in J&K. Three of them were linked to Hizbul Mujahideen while one of them was associated with Harkatul Ansar.

Most of these terrorists are in the age group of 17-25 years. Some of them carry rewards of over Rs 1 lakh. Other such militants have been linked with Al Badr, Lashkar-e-Toiba and other groups. These terrorists are mostly active in Doda and Rajauri districts of Jammu.

The Rajauri police officials say that they are clueless that what draws the Hindu youths towards Muslim-led militant groups but feel that it could be a sense of power apart from money that brings them to terror and fight along side the jihadis in the valley.

TIH Bureau

September 3, 2009

Gloom over YSR Reddy's death in helicopter crash

The death of Andhra Pradesh CM YS Rajashekhara Reddy and four others in a helicopter crash, has shocked the nation.

The helicopter had disappeared on Wednseday morning. The army commandos recovered the Bell chopper and the five bodies in Karnool district. The news of YSR's accidental death has caused gloom in AP and rest of the country.

Reddy, a senior Congress leader, was one of the most dynamic Chief Ministers in the country and had played an important role in leading his party to second consecutive victory in the state elections recently.

The Chief Minister was on his way from Hyderabad to Chittur for an official function when the helicopter lost radio contact due to bad weather. The helicopter had crashed in the Nallamala forests.

A doctor by profession, YSR had a strong understanding of the political climate and struck a chord with the rural voters. Braving the anti-incumbency, he had swept the elections, defeating the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP. Before Sixty year old Reddy, several Congress leaders including Madhavrao Scindia and Rajesh Pilot had also died in accidents.

TIH Bureau

September 1, 2009

Indian fashion designer jailed for 59 years

Celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon has been sentenced to life imprisonment and will have to spend 59 years behind bars for sexual assault on girls as young as 14.

The Indian-born Anand was held guilty of sex crimes by an American court earlier and was delivered the sentence on Monday. He was accused for forcible rape of aspiring models and the judge held him guilty on 14 counts.

Anand, who designed the clothes for celebrities like Paris Hilton, appeared shaken by the verdict. Pleding his own case, Jon expressed frustration over the manner in which his lawyers had initially fought the case.

Anand Jon alias Anand John Alexander was accused of allegedly enticing young models with the promise of modelling jobs. He is accused of sex crimes against over a dozen girls ranging from the age 14 to 21 in different states in the United States of America (USA).

TIH Bureau

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