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The Indian Herald

December 31, 2009

Indian right-wing groups funded blasts on churches, mosques in Nepal

The chief of a militant outfit that had targeted mosques and churches in Nepal has said that Hindu groups in India funded him for engineering bomb blasts.

Ram Prasad Mainali, 37, was earlier a ticket booking clerk, who later turned head of the terrorist organisation that attacked churches and mosques in the Himalyan kingdom, causing the death of five persons.

News Agency IANS' Sudeshna Sarkar spoke to Mainali who is in jail after his arrest recently. Mainali was upset because Nepal had been turned from a Hindu kingdom to a secular republic.

"There are 90 Muslim and Christian countries and we had just one Hindu nation but in 2006 it ceased to be a Hindu country", he told Sarkar. The meeting was held in Birla Mandir in Delhi where plan to restore the status of Nepal was discussed.

He said that RSS, Bajrang Dal, VHP and Shiv Sena members met him and discussed the issue. Mainali accepts that the organisations sent his National Defence Army, the money through secret channels.

TIH Bureau

December 29, 2009

Ruchika's death: Case against school for expelling girl

A public interesting litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the school that had expelled teenaged molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra.

The 14-year-old girl had been molested by a high-ranking police officer, SPS Rathor, who later went on to become the DGP of Haryana police. He allegedly harassed the girl's family and booked her brother in a dozen cases.

Ruchika committed suicide and her family suffers the trauma to this day. Recently, a court sentenced Rathore to a mere six months prison sentence, which outraged the nation.

But the role of the Sacred Hearts school that expelled the girl, who had been physically abused by the officer, is also under examination. An inquiry has begun. Today lawyer Ranjan Lakhanpal filed a PIL against the school that didn't extend help to the victim, rather expelled her under the police officer's pressure.

December 24, 2009

Navbharat Times copies burnt in Jamia Nagar to protest biased report, residents upset with newspaper for defaming locality

Hundreds of residents, activists and local politicians burnt the copies of the Hindi newspaper Navbharat Times today.

They were upset with the newspaper for its reports that allegedly defamed Jamia Nagar and the university.

The call to burn the copies of the paper had been given in advance. The Hindi paper had published a report 'SIMI controlled from Jamia'.

The newspaper report apparently suggested that the Muslim-dominated locality was den of the banned shady organisation and this was resented by protesters.

The protest was led by Congress leader Amanatullah Khan. The speakers said that a newspaper is supposed to enlighten the society with its articles but the Navbharat Times has deliberately published a mischievous report.

The organisers said that the news report was clearly written with malafide intentions and it was apparent that its sole aim was to defame the residents of Jamia Nagar and also target the prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia university.

Navbharat Times is the Hindi paper of Times of India group. Legal action could also be taken against the paper for unethical and communal journalism, said protesters.

TIH Bureau

December 7, 2009

Muslims protest Babri mosque demolition in Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi

On the 17th anniversary of the demolition of the historic Babri Masjid, the protests were mostly held in Southern Indian states like Tamil Nadu and AP.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched towards Home Minister P Chidambaram's residence and courted arress on way. They included over 150 women of the Tauheed Jamaat.

In Hyderabad, strong protests demanding the arrest of the culprits of the demolition, were held. Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam and Popular Front also staged massive protests.

The Muslim youths urged governments to arrest LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Vinay Katiyar, Kalyan Singh, Ashok Singhal, Uma Bharti and other BJP-VHP leaders who had taken part in the demoltion on December 6, 1992.

The immediate arrest of the politicians who have been indicted by the Liberhan commission, was demanded in the protests across the country. In Mumbai, Muslim-dominated Bhiwandi and Malegaon towns of Maharashtra also there were protests of similar nature.

In national capital, Delhi, the protests were held and demand to rebuild the mosque was raised. At Jama Masjid, Muslim youths chanted slogans and urged the government to take action on fundamentalist groups. Some Hindu groups observed it as 'shaurya divas' or the 'Day of Valour'.

TIH Bureau

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