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August 25, 2012

First Mumbai underworld don to get jail: Gangster Arun Gawli convicted for contract killing by MCOCA court

Arun Gawli
In a landmark judgment, a MCOCA court in Mumbai has convicted underworld don Arun Gawali along with eleven others for a case of murder.

The case pertain to killing of Kamlakar Jamsandekar, a Shiv Sena corporator, in 2008, at his house in Ghatkopar by the shooters of the Gawli gang. This is the first such conviction of a gang lord.

Abu Salem was convicted in a fake passport case, not a heinous crime case, however, he was not considered a full fledged don, rather an ex-member of Dawood Ibrahim's gang who had broken away to start his extortion racket.

The court for Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) has sentenced Gawli though the quantum of sentence would be announced later. The police charge sheet held that Gawli had taken Rs 30 lakh as 'supari' or contract amount for eliminating the Shiv Sena leader form the latter's business rivals.

In past, Varadarajan Mudaliyar, Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim have been the most notorious of gangsters in Mumbai. Dawood Ibrahim is supposed to be in Pakistan. After Mumbai blasts, the underworld had a split on religious lines, though Hindu and Muslim gangs continued to operate together also.

But after Dawood's exit, Chhota Rajan gang emerged. Arun Gawli has tried his hands at politics also. In the last few years Mumbai has seen a decline in underworld activities after series of encounters in which dozens of members of various gangs were shot dead.

TIH Bureau

August 22, 2012

Don't spread rumours, hate on internet: Misuse of social media in causing panic among students from North East to be probed

The false rumours that led to youths from North East leaving South India, have finally have an affect and the irresponsible users who are spreading hate on internet are now facing the heat.

With the government getting serious about action on users who have posted photographs and such content which provoked people and inflamed passions, a debate on the need for regulating the social media has once again come to fore.

Many SMS messages, Facebook posts and Tweets have been responsible for creating the panic. The central government clearly issued orders to telecom service providers to take note of the misuse of the new media. 

Now that rumours have died down, time for discussion on how to take action on people who are irresponsible and have shared hateful content. Even more, it is needed to ensure that there should not be a similar panic in future.

Thousands of people from North East including Assamese had left Bangalore and Hyderabad. Investigation revealed that doctored video clips in fact originated from Pakistan. Clearly, the issue is the the tip of the iceberg. 

TIH Bureau

August 12, 2012

Two killed in firing on protesters at Azad Maidan in Mumbai, Muslim organisations condemn mob violence as well as police firing

Scene of blaze during violence
Two persons were killed when police fired at the protesters who had gathered at Azad Maidan in Mumbai for a public meeting against the killings of Muslims in Assam's Kokrajhar and the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

As a section of mob resorted to violence, targeting police vehicles and journalists' OB Vans, police fired at the crowed. Two youths Umar and Altaf were reported dead in the incident.

The violence was controlled and there was no news of further casualty. Muslim organisations have meanwhile condemned the violence. The Jamiat Ulama has condemned the firing by police and termed it as a hasty decision.

The Jamiat has also condemned the violence. It has demanded action on police officials who ordered to open the fire. Thousands of Muslims had gathered at the ground on Saturday to hold a peaceful agitation against the killing of Muslims in Assam's recent ethnic riots and the killing of Rohingyas in Myanmar (formerly Burma) but a few youths raised photographs of alleged atrocities and then they attacked police and journalists.

This was followed by arson and incidents of setting fire vehicles. Dozens of policemen were also injured in the ensuing clash. Several Muslim groups issued the appeal for peace while condemning the violence at the Azad Maidan. The Raza Academy had given the call for the demonstration.

TIH Bureau

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