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The Indian Herald

November 28, 2011

Popular Front of India (PFI) calls for social justice, holds rally in Delhi

The Popular Front of India (PFI) which was till recently considered a South India based party made its presence felt with the two day convention and an impressive rally at Ramlila Ground in Delhi.

The PFI has made political parties attentive in North India as it makes an attempt to extend its reach, especially, after the successful conference-cum-rally.

The front claims to champion cause of all minorities and dispossessed people including Dalits, Muslims, Tribal and other backward castes but it is mostly believed to be a party of Muslims, more so, in South Indian states.

The state cadres arrived from all over the country to attend the Social Justice Conference. While the Ramlila Ground had a strong crowd, political watchers said that it is too early to predict how much support the South-based outfit would receive in the region.

Party leaders at the event stressed on need for social justice and issues pertaining to Muslims were raised. Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh, LJP leaders, activists and prominent Muslim intellectuals addressed the gathering that is estimated to be nearly around one lakh.

The PFI has strong base in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh. But police and intelligence agencies are wary of the group that is alleged to have hardliners in its fold also. In media reports, it is often termed as a radical outfit.

The prime reason is that its members had attacked a Christian professor for alleged blasphemy. However, this didn't deter its supporters and political-religious leaders who came in droves at the rally and demanded reservation for Muslims in government and private sector.

Interestingly, the participants in the conference were attacked by a group of another radical group the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena (BSKS) that was known for the recent attack on anti-corruption activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, member of Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption team.

Over all the party made a impressive show of strength but political watchers say that it is not easy for a new outfit to create its base in North India. PFI and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) have organised big rallies on Independence Day in the past and have often run in trouble with the law-enforcement authorities.

TIH Bureau

November 24, 2011

Union Minister Sharad Pawar slapped in Delhi, attacker held

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was attacked by a youth at a function in New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) on Thursday.

The attacker, Harvinder Singh, was immediately caught by the security personnel. He claimed that he was upset with price rise and felt that as minister Sharad Pawar was not doing enough to check inflation that had made life of common people difficult. 

Singh said that he had earlier arrested former minister Sukh Ram also who was convicted in the telecom scam case recently. The incident had occurred outside the court then. Police said that Singh would be interrogated to find out what drove him to assault the veteran minister.

The incident revived memories of the attack on Union Home Minister P Chidambaram by a journalist. Incidentally, the arrested youth that had it not been the anniversary of Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur, he might have been more ferocious in his assault.

Opposition parties condemned the incident but cautioned the Congress-led UPA to control prices and suggested that the frustration of public due to increase in prices of essential goods was manifesting into such bizarre acts of rage.

TIH Bureau

November 15, 2011

Hindu Vahini radicals arrested for stabbing spree in Hyderabad

With the arrest of six activist of the right-wing group Hindu Vahini, the police have claimed solving the mystery behind the stabbing spree in Hyderabad during the Id-uz-Zuha festival.

The members of the group had allegedly committed attack on Muslims at five places in the city. The attackers had planned and committed the stabbings on the false pretext of cow slaughter by minority community in the city.

At least, eight persons were injured in the incidents that had caused panic in the communally sensitive metropolis. The arrested radicals include K Unni Krishna, Suryavanshi Santosh, Sadanand, S Vinod, P Kalyan and Prabha Bhargav.

Police had suspected that an extremist organisation could have been responsible for the incident that occurred during Baqrid. Unnikrishna is associated with the Telugu film industry while the rest are students, pursuing diverse courses.

Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, has a strong Muslim population. Though the city has not witnessed major communal riots in the last two decades, it was earlier known for religious clashes and fragile inter-communal relations.

In the last few years, it has been targeted by terrorists. Several bombs blasts occurred in the City. The role of Muslim militant groups and Hindu fundamentalist organisations have come to fore in these incidents of terrorism, particularly, at Lumbini Park and Mecca Masjid.

With the Telangana issue already on the boil, the police were not taking any chances. The Task Force of the Police Commissioner conducted investigation and arrested the Hindu Vahini extremists, within days of the stabbings.

TIH Bureau

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