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Discuss Sabarimala but not to solicit votes in election campaign: Kerala CEO says

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Kerala today (Wednesday, March 13) told political parties that Sabarimala temple issue can be discussed but under no circumstances should votes be solicited in its name, according to media reports.

CEO Tikka Ram Meena on Monday faced the BJP’s ire after he imposed a ban on using Sabarimala issue in the Lok Sabha election campaign in the state. BJP leaders have earlier been reported as talking about using the imbroglio over Supreme Court allowing entry of women of all ages in to Sabarimala temple for political advantage.

On Wednesday, he said that it had been made clear to all political parties that under no cost should the name of Lord Ayyappa be used in election campaign, said media reports. “It’s because it has a religious connotation,” said Meena.

State BJP President PS Sreedharan Pillai had another account of the meeting. “Just as the Babri Masjid, Ayodhya and Gandhiji’s death have been discussed, the Sabarimala issue can be discussed. However, there must not be any flare up and votes cannot be solicited in the name of Ayyappa,” he said.

There have been protests by Hindu groups since a September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple, including those from the hitherto banned group of 10 to 50 years. The matter is sub judice.

Sections of the media also carried reports that the CEO has said that there was no ban on political parties using Sabarimala as a poll issue as the matter was “social issue” and not a religious one alone.

“The entry of women into temples is a social issue and there is no bar on it from being discussed and debated during the campaign. I have only said that parties should not use the issue of a church or temple or mosque to solicit votes,” he was quoted as saying.

Meena had on Monday said that “citing or invoking” religious propaganda on the “Sabarimala issue” would be a clear violation of the model code of conduct.

“Inviting religious feelings, using any kind of Supreme Court judgement, invoking or soliciting the votes in the name of religion or by inciting religious feelings is a clear violation of the model code of conduct,” he said. The CEO also said the commission would not allow any kind of violation that puts a particular political party at an advantage over another.

“Citing or invoking or doing something of religious propaganda on the Sabarimala issue by invoking the name of Sabari God, etc., will be a clear violation of the model code of conduct,” Meena said.

He added that the Sabarimala issue was a controversial matter as far as Kerala was concerned and political parties “need to draw a line to what extent they have to use it”.

This infuriated the BJP. Its former state president Kummanam Rajashekharan, who resigned two days ago as Mizoram governor and is the likely BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram,  hit out  at Meena. “Sabarimala is an important issue and the BJP will continue its propaganda and campaigns. It’s a crucial matter,” Rajsekharan told reporters today in the state capital.

“It is 100 per cent that the stand taken by the (state) government on Sabarimala will be discussed in the elections. No one can interfere in it. It is illogical to say that the Sabarimala should not be discussed in the election,” he said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Uttar Pradesh: Two Muslim children tied to tree, beaten up over allegations of molestation | Watch

The man can also be heard using Islamophobic slurs as he continuously beat up the children with kicks and punches.

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A harrowing story has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district where two Muslim children were tied to a tree and mercilessly beaten up by locals over allegations of molesting. According to reports, the man who accused the two children and assaulted them has been identified as Triloki.

It was reported that the two children had come to the area to pluck leaves from the trees to feed their goat, however, the local man after noticing the 2 children plucking trees suspecting them of molesting her daughter after which he accused them of molestation.

Tiloki tied the two minors to a tree and viciously assaulted the two children, as the video of the spine-chilling incident went viral.

In the video, two children can be seen getting tied to a tree as the two children can be seen brutally assaulted by a man. The man can be seen repeatedly beating up the two children while other locals continue to tie the children.

The man can also be heard using Islamophobic slurs as he continuously beat up the children with kicks and punches.

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According to reports, after the father of the two children got to know what was happening to his children, he rushed to the place and rescued his children. The father rushed to the Barabanki police station and filed a complaint against Triloki and others who were assaulting his children.

Police action

After learning about the incident, the police registered an FIR and arrested Triloki in the matter whereas 2 others are still absconding, suggest reports.The police are further investigating the case.

Twitter reactions

After the video of the incident went viral, many users came forward to add their take on the incident as one user wrote that the country is turning into a horror story and further wrote that now they don’t feel like living in this country anymore owing to the communal atmosphere.

One user also wrote and said that the actions by the man were sadistic and grievous, however, the user further added that it is not a surprise although as the news is coming from Uttar Pradesh.

One user also wrote that this incident is terrible and further wrote that such incidents in India have brought shame to the country yet again.

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5 bogies of Satyagraha Express detach from engine in Bihar, no injuries reported | WATCH

Five bogies of the Satyagraha Express train detached from the engine near Majhaulia station in Bettiah in Bihar. Miraculously, however, all the passengers escaped unscathed and no injuries have been reported.

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Five bogies of the Satyagraha Express train detached from the engine near Majhaulia station in Bettiah in Bihar. Miraculously, however, all the passengers escaped unscathed and no injuries have been reported.

According to reports, the incident happened at the Muzaffarpur-Narkatiaganj railway section, triggering panic among passengers.

A team of East Central Railway officials immediately rushed to the spot and reattached the separated bogies to the train running from Bihar’s Raxaul district to New Delhi. As per officials, the coupling is used to connect two bogies together malfunctioned resulting in bogies getting separated from the engine.

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A video of the incident is doing the rounds on the internet.

The officials said that no passenger was injured in the incident and a probe has been launched to investigate the malfunction.

Local media reported that the incident took place at around 10 am on Thursday morning and the engine travelled several kilometers after the bogies were detached.

In a similar incident, three bogies of a goods train derailed at the Tankuppa station in Bihar due to which two trains were cancelled and several more had to be diverted in December last year. Railway officials said the accident happened because the brakes on the train got jammed.

No injuries were reported in the mishap.

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Children proud that Siddique Kappan is their father, says Kappan’s wife after his release

Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala, said – he struggled – minutes after leaving jail on Thursday in front of media teams, a small crowd of onlookers, and his wife and teenage son who had been waiting patiently for more than two years since he was arrested while travelling to Hathras.

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journalist Siddique Kappan with his family

Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala, said – he struggled – minutes after leaving jail on Thursday in front of media teams, a small crowd of onlookers, and his wife and teenage son who had been waiting patiently for more than two years since he was arrested while travelling to Hathras.

Both the relief and the sorrow were clearly visible on their faces. In October 2020, Kappan and three other people were detained as they travelled to the Uttar Pradesh town where a Dalit woman allegedly died from rape. They were charged with attempting to incite violence in response to the woman from Hathras’s passing.

Kappan told PTI that he would be Delhi as his stay there must last for atl least six weeks.

He laughed when asked how life had been in prison and replied that he struggled more. His mother passed away during his two-and-a-half years in prison.

Kadijah was his mother’s name. She misses seeing Kappan return home, said Raihana, the wife of Kappan.

The Supremen Court granted Kappan bail and his innocence was established. A period of two-and-a-half years was not brief, said Raihana while talking to PTI. She also said that the family underwent through a great deal of misery but she was glad as justice was finally done, even if delayed.

I reiterate that Kappan is a media person, Raihana emphasised.

The couple has three children- Muzammil (19), Zidhan (14) and Mehnaz (9).

Our children were waiting him home. Their joy was snatched away. Can they ever forget their father? They are pleased to acknowledge the journalist Siddique Kappan as their father. Their oldest, son, Muzammil, who was also waiting outside with his mother, reaffirmed that his father was a journalist.

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He asked that what has caused his father’s excruciating pain for the past 2.5 years? He also said that they were currently anticipating his release and were overjoyed. He appreciated those who were waiting for Kappan’s release with them.

According to Kappan’s attorney Mohamed Dhanish KS, the journalist had been detained in the district jails of Mathura and Lucknow but had been released twice, once when he contracted Covid and was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi, and again to visit his ailing mother.

Police prosecuted Kappan under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of allegations that he had ties to the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI).

The Supreme Court granted him bail in connection with the case in September of last year. After Kappan was released from an Uttar Pradesh prison, a bench under the leadership of the then-chief justice Uday Umesh Lalit ordered him to stay in Delhi for six weeks.

He remained prisoned, though, as a result of a money laundering case brought by the Enforcement Directorate.

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