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Kasganj riot: Misleading Reporting Fans Tension – Was it Motivated?

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Kasganj riot: Misleading Reporting Fans Tension - Was it Motivated?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]~By Rajesh Sinha

“Violence started after Muslims objected to the ‘Tiranga Yatra’ by ABVP and VHP activists”, goes the common refrain.

How about this: “Violence started after a bike rally by ABVP and VHP activists disrupted Republic Day celebrations”?

Both are partly true, and misleading. As often happens in instances of sectarian violence, there is much distortion of facts.

In the ‘controversies’ twisting facts about the riots in Kasganj, the latest is the Facebook post by Bareilly district magistrate Raghavendra Vikram Singh, saying it has become a trend to raise anti-Pakistan slogans in Muslim dominated areas.

Singh deleted the post after his post created a stir on social media, with some supporting him and others against him.

The post itself was very clear: “Ajab rivaz ban gaya hai. Muslim mohallo me jabardasti julus le jao aur Pakistan murdabad ke nare lagao. Kyon bhai, ve Pakistani hain kya? Yehi yahan Bareilly mein Khailam mein hua tha. Fir patharav hua, mukadme likhe gaye… (A strange trend has started of late. Take out processions through Muslim-dominated localities and raise anti-Pakistan slogans. Why? Are these people Pakistani? The same thing had happened in Khailam village of Bareilly. Then stones were pelted, FIRs lodged),” a Times of India report quoted from Singh’s Facebook post.

In another post on Facebook, Singh asked why slogans are never raised against ‘bigger enemy’ China. He said: “Cheen to bada dushman hai, Tiranga lekar Cheen murdabad kyon nahin? (China is a bigger enemy to us. Why isn’t the tricolour being waved and anti-China slogans shouted)?”

Talking to the Times of India, Singh said he was hurt and angry at what was happening “in the name of nationalism.”

“Such fringe groups are coming up in every part of the state, taking the same ugly route to instigate people of the minority community by forcefully entering their locality in the name of nationalism. These people don’t care about the fabric of our mixed culture and brotherhood,” he said.

He was right. Such slogans are meant to annoy Muslims by implying they are Pakistan supporters. As one senior journalist commented some time ago, “When ‘they’ say Pakistanis should be taught a lesson, they keep looking towards Muslims.” The implication is clear. It is bound to irritate and inflame passions.

Attempts to create tension where there was no reason to was evident even in instigating violence on Republic Day. Unfortunately, the dominant version is wrong in saying that it started when a ‘Tiranga Yatra’ taken out by RSS wings of ABVP and VHP was passing through a Muslim dominated locality and the people there objected to its passage.

This is patently false. Most news reports ignored or downplayed the fact that Muslims were celebrating the Republic Day and were hoisting the national flag in the not-so-wide lane when the ABVP-VHP group taking out the so-called ‘Tiranga Yatra’ on bikes came with saffron flags and demanded that they be allowed to pass.

Instead of letting the locals to go ahead with their Republic Day program and hoist the national flag, they demanded that the Muslims should  also hoist the saffron flag and join in shouting ‘Vande Mataram’. They also started shouting slogans against Pakistan.

The celebration was disrupted and the locals objected to this unwarranted interference with their program. The dispute soon deteriorated into violence. In the clash, some shots were fired. A Hindu boy and a Muslim sustained bullet injuries. The Hindu, Chandan Gupta, died later. The Muslim, Noushad, had been shot in the leg and he lived.

In the violence and arson that followed, Mohd Akram was also injured when a mob dragged him out of his Maruti car and tried to gouge out his eye when he was trying to reach a hospital with his pregnant wife. He lost an eye and somehow managed to take his wife to the hospitalwhere she delivered a baby girl.

Subsequent reports spoke only about the Hindu boy getting shot and not about any firing by the Hindus. To add to this, a rumour was spread about another Hindu young man, Rahul Upadhyay being killed in the riots.

The UP Police refuted this and later Rahul himself spoke out to deny the rumours. “One of my friends informed me of rumours on social media about me getting killed during Kasganj clashes. But I was not present in Kasganj at the time when the riots took place. I had gone to my village. I am absolutely fine,” Rahul said, according to a media report.

A day after the clashes happened on Republic Day, the local BJP MP and MLA had visited Kasganj and participated in the cremation of Chandan Gupta. The mob there demanded status of martyr for him with compensation to his family and, on its way back, indulged in further violence and arson.

Reacting to the violence, Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti took forward the same line of people objecting to ‘Tiranga Yatra’. “The incident means that anti-national elements cannot tolerate Tiranga Yatra. The UP government is taking strict actions. Such incidents will not be tolerated and it should also not be politicised,” she said, according to News 18.

Meanwhile, UP government, trying damage control, shunted out Kasganj Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Singh to “a less significant post”. Piyush Srivastava was appointed the new Kasganj SP, said media reports, while Singh was sent to Police Training School, Meerut.

Governor Ram Naik had called the Kasganj violence a “blot” for the state ruled by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The situation in Kasganj was reportedly tense but a heavy deployment of police personnel combined with a crackdown on hooligans in the district has ensured peace, reported NDTV.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Azam Khan lands in trouble for speaking against Election Commission and Police, FIR filed in Rampur

During a meeting in the Rampur by-election, Azam Khan made adverse remarks against the constitutional body, Election Commission and the police.

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Azam Khan lands in trouble for speaking against Election Commission and Police, FIR filed in Rampur

The troubles of senior SP leader Azam Khan are not coming to an end. He has been booked for his comment on Election Commission now. In the latest case, an FIR has been registered against him for targeting the Election Commission and the police.

The case has been registered against Azam Khan on the complaint of Sujesh Kumar in Rampur’s police station and they are is probing the matter. Sujesh Rampur is in charge of the team formed by the Election Commission for the by-election, who looks after the work of video surveillance.

According to the complaint given to the police, during a meeting in the Rampur by-election, Azam Khan made adverse remarks against the constitutional body, Election Commission and the police. He was addressing a gathering in support of SP candidate Asim Raza.

It is being told that Azam Khan in his address to the SP supported had said, “come here, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and give the certificate of MLA, we will also clap like fools. You can’t alone fool around, allow us too,” as quoted in the complaint.

Reportedly, he had further said that one cannot govern and fool around at the same time and a country cannot be run like that. It is being alleged in the complaint that Azam Khan has tried to disturb the public peace by creating and inciting hatred among the people present in the public meeting and has also violated the code of conduct.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav was also present at the public meet on Thursday. He had also addressed the gathering to garner support for the party’s nominee Asim Raza in Rampur Sadar constituency.

For the unversed, about a month ago, the court of Rampur had sentenced Azam Khan in a case of hate speech, which also made him lose his legislature. On the other hand, seems like he is on the hit list of BJP as the Yogi government is registering cases against him one after the other.

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Hyderabad University suspends professor accused of molesting foreign student, detained by Cyberabad Police

On Saturday, a large number of students raised slogans and also protested in the university campus.

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Hyderabad University suspends professor accused of molesting foreign student, detained by Cyberabad Police

A case of alleged molestation of an international student (of foreign origin) by a Hindi professor has come to light in the University of Hyderabad main campus. Hundred of Students have sat on protested in the University of Hyderabad campus on Saturday.

Cyberabad police have taken the professor into custody after the complaint was filed in the University and the outrage reached the internet. After the professor was detained, the Hyderabad University has condemned the incident and suspended the accused professor.

Earlier, Shilpavalli of Hyderabad Police’s DCP Madhapur told that the Cyberabad Police of Telangana has taken a professor of Hyderabad University into custody on charges of molesting a foreign student. The student is a resident of Thailand and is doing her graduation from the University of Hyderabad. The matter is being thoroughly investigated by the Telangana Police.

Accused professor has been suspended with immediate effect

The University of Hyderabad has also issued an official statement regarding the entire episode. The university administration said that the institution condemns the incident that took place on December 2 between Professor Ravi Ranjan, Department of Hindi, and the foreign student. Based on the criminal complaint and FIR, the accused professor has been placed under suspension with immediate effect.

There was anger among the students since this incident. On Saturday, a large number of students raised slogans and also protested in the university campus. Several pictures from the protest has reached the internet. And tweeple have not only expressed their grief towards the foreign student but have also condemned the professor for turning into a nightmare.

Several users tweeted in anger and wrote that in a society where teachers, who are said to be our morale guide and mentors will only turn into a horror, where will this society moving towards. Another user wrote that in times like these we realize why it is so important to have a better way to appoint teachers and have a regular check on them.


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Election Commission reacts to 63.3 percent voter turnout in Gujarat, blames apathy in cities

The counting of votes will take place on December 8. The first phase of polling was held on Thursday for 89 seats in Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat.

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Election Commission reacts to 63.3 percent voter turnout in Gujarat, blames apathy in cities

The Election Commission on Monday made a special appeal to voters ahead of the second phase of Gujarat elections. EC urged to remove the apathy regarding the voting seen in the urban areas in the last phase.

In the first phase of Gujarat elections, the polling in Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar was lower than the state average of 63.3 per cent, as quoted by the the Election Commission in a statement. In the first phase of the 2017 elections in the state, the voter turnout was 66.75 percent.

The commission said that while the polling percentage increased in many constituencies, the average polling figure fell short of urban apathy in important districts. EC further said that even during the recent Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the urban assembly constituency of Shimla showed the lowest turnout. The voter turnout was recorded at 62.53 percent (down by 13 percent) against the state average of 75.6 percent.

The Election Commission further said that cities in Gujarat have shown a similar trend of urban apathy in the assembly elections from December 1 which has led to a lower turnout in the first phase.

The high-voltage campaign for the second and final phase of the Gujarat assembly elections ended at 5 pm on Saturday. Over 800 candidates are in the fray in 93 constituencies spread across 14 districts in north and central Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Gandhinagar.

The counting of votes will take place on December 8. The first phase of polling was held on Thursday for 89 seats in Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat. Prominent candidates in the second phase include Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel from Ghatlodiya, Patidar leader Hardik Patel from Viramgam and Other Backward Classes (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor from Gandhinagar South.

For the unversed, Hardik Patel and Thakor are both BJP candidates. The main contest in the election is between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

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