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February 29, 2016

BJP minister delivers hate speech in Agra, compares Muslims with 'demons', warns them of 'final battle'

Union minister for Human Resources Development (HRD) Ram Shankar Katheria has allegedly made a hate speech targeting Muslims.

Katheria, a BJP member of parliament (MP) from Agra, also threatened Muslims and warned them of 'final battle'.

This inflammatory speech was delivered in a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) event that was organised in Agra.

Many other BJP leaders including the legislators and VHP, Bajrang Dal workers delivered fiery, anti-Muslim speeches during the event, said reports.

However, Katheria's speech is more serious as he is not just a  BJP MP but also a central minister.

In his speech, he allegedly abused Muslims, equated them to 'demons', termed them as 'Ravana's son' and also urged Hindus to destroy Muslims. The appeal to Hindus for taking on Muslims and 'final battle' call has been condemned widely.

The speakers urged the people to take up arms and instigated them to take on Muslims. The meet was organised after a VHP worker was killed in Agra. In that case, the accused persons were arrested by the police.

Congress has condemned the speech and has demanded Katheria's arrest. The BJP is mum over the minister's utterances. So far, no case has been registered against him. amajwadi Party that is in power in Uttar Pradesh (UP).

TIH Bureau

February 28, 2016

Women were gang raped during Jat reservation stir at Murthal in Haryana, finally FIR registered

The suspicion that there were mass rapes during the large-scale violence by Jat protesters in Haryana, is coming true with a complaint formally lodged in this regard on Sunday.

A Delhi-based woman came forward and filed an FIR in this regard. She alleged that there was indeed a gang rape at Murthal in Haryana. 

She said she had seen motorcycle-borne youths drag a woman and take her to fields. This is the first official FIR in the case. Till now, the government was in denial mode. 

Seven persons have been booked in this FIR, said police. The Rohtak officials had till now maintained that there were no gang rapes. Journalists found women's inner wear and eyewitnesses said that women had been subjected to mass rapes. 

Also, a truck driver had come forward and testified that women were dragged and raped during the violence but the Manohar Lal Khattar government seemed to be ignoring all these evidences regarding sexual assaults and rapes. 

It is suspected that fearing ignominy, most victims had decided not to come to police. The court had ordered the Haryana government to conduct investigation. The Commission for Women (NCW) has also begun a probe.

TIH Bureau

February 24, 2016

JNU sedition row: Wanted students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya surrender, taken in police custody

Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, the JNU students who were absconding after the row over 'anti-national slogans', have surrendered.

The students finally came out of the campus on Tuesday night, to surrender before the Delhi police officials.

They apparently took the decision after the High Court today left no option for them and said that they would have to surrender.

The two youths who were surrounded by dozens of other JNU students, came walking out of the campus.

The police had been camping outside the university gate throughout the day, and took them in its custody.

Later, they were on way to Vasant Vihar police station. Now the students would be produced before the court on Wednesday morning. Sources said that other students charged under sedition would also surrender later in the night.

The case was registered against them after certain TV channels reported that allegedly anti-national slogans and slogans in favour of Afzal Guru were raised on the campus. Later, the footage was found to be doctored.

However, the case had been registered against five students. Teachers, students and several other groups had opposed the decision to book them for sedition, and said that the action was wrong. The role of Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi also came under criticism, during the case.

TIH Bureau

February 23, 2016

Grand protest march to secure justice for Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Delhi, students demand action against Smriti Irani

A grand march to seek justice for Rohith Vemula, is being organised in Delhi on Tuesday.

Students and activists from across the country are converging upon the national capital to raise voice against the caste based discrimination in the campuses.

The march would start from Ambedkar Bhawan and would reach Jantar Mantar. Dalit, Bahujan groups from different states have already reached the national capital.

The Joint Action Committee for Social Justice that is organising the protest, is demanding a legislation, 'Rohith Act' to end discrimination apart from action against Union HRD minister Smriti Irani and BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya.

The committee alleges that it was the harassment that forced University of Hyderabad research scholar Rohith Vemula to commit suicide. He had been suspended by the University authorities under pressure from the right-wing groups.

BJP MP from Secunderabad, Bandaru Dattatreya and Union minister Smriti Irani had pushed the University to take action against five UoH students including Vemula. The JAC demands punishment against Irani, Dattatreya, VC Appa Rao, BJP legislator Ramachandra Rao, University official Alok Pandey and ABVP leadre Susheel Kumar for 'institutional murder'.

TIH Bureau

February 22, 2016

Congress workers arrested for attempt to hoist national flag at RSS office in Bhopal, police snatch tricolour, march stopped

Scores of Congress workers who were on their way to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office to hoist national flag, were arrested.

The incident occurred in Bhopal. Congress workers had started their march in the morning towards Samidha, the RSS' office.

But they faced resistance, as the police had already been called to stop them. The entire area was cordoned off in advance.

The police was presence on the route to Samidha which is located in Arera Colony.

As Congress workers led by former MLA PC Sharma moved ahead, the policemen stopped them. They were not allowed to enter the premises to hoist the flag.

The tricolour was snatched from the Congress workers.Despite protest, the police didn't relent. Angry, Congress workers staged a dharna and sat on the spot. Later the police arrested them. BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh.

The policemen took these Congress workers along in a police van. The workers would be released later on bail, said police sources. The opposition Congress had earlier announced its plan to unfurl the flag at RSS office.

In Indore, Congress state president Arun Yadav and other party workers reached the RSS office in Indore. They managed to hoist the flag on top of the building, where a saffron flag was already in place.

Unlike Bhopal, there was no resistance at the Indore office. The main RSS office of the state, Samidha, is in Bhopal. Congress has accused BJP and RSS of fake nationalism, alleging that RSS never respected tricolour, and still Saffron flag flies on their offices.

TIH Bureau

February 19, 2016

Jat reservation singes Haryana: Army called to control violence, 3 killed, trains cancelled, minister's house set ablaze

As many as 550 trains were affected while dozens of others were cancelled even as violence escalated in Haryana.

Agitating Jat community members came out on streets in ten districts in the State, affecting rail and road transport.

Three persons have been killed and many injured in police firing.

The protesters laid siege to the residence of Captain Abhimanyu, a minister in Haryana government. The family was safe. Cars and other vehicles nearby, were burnt.

Shopping mall, school, railway stations and police outpost have been set afire in different parts of the State. Violence was reported from Rohtak, Bhiwani, Hisar, Jhajjar,  Jind, Kaithal and Panipat apart from Gurgaon.

Later, water supply to Delhi was also cut. Even army was attacked. The leaders of the Jat community want reservation for the Jats under the OBC category. Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has tried to persuade Jat leaders to stop the agitation.

But as situation worsened and violence spread to districts, the government was forced to call Army. The Army is expected to reach by late evening. Meanwhile, the affect of agitation is visible in Delhi and NCR, especially, Gurgaon.

Children got late as school buses got stuck in traffic jams due to the impact of the agitation. Jat leaders were on the streets, blocking vehicular traffic. Union home ministry is also keeping eye on the situation in the state.

TIH Bureau

February 18, 2016

"Godhra train burning was BJP's pre-planned conspiracy to create communal divide for winning Gujarat election"

"The burning of Sabarmati Express at Godhra was a pre-planned conspiracy", claim leaders of Patel agitation.

They have alleged that it was planned to create communal divide and set off riots so that the BJP could win the Gujarat election in 2002.

The stunning statement of the Patel leaders has once again brought to fore the mystery of the fire in the Sabarmati Express, which led to riots across Gujarat.

Rahul Desai and Lal Bhai Patel, who are leaders of the Patidar Samiti, who have now openly said that Godhra train fire was pre-planned. The BJP is a communal party and had there been no communal carnage, Narendra Modi won't have been re-elected as chief minister in 2002, said Desai.

Earlier too there have been questions raised over the circumstances surrounding the mysterious train blaze at Godhra. But Patel agitation leaders' charge has come as a surprise. Patels are angry at the crackdown on them, especially, the leader of agitation Hardik Patel, who is in jail on sedition charges.

The bodies of the dead were taken around along with processions, rousing tempers and the result was riots all over the State. It is alleged that 'go ahead' was given from the top and there were verbal orders to police and administration to let rioters attack Muslims, their houses and establishments.

The result was a pogrom which led to over 1,000 killings and mass rapes. This became a blot on the secular fabric of India. Separate commissions looked into the train fire and the riots that followed but the mystery had remained.

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