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Opposition Criticize Government for Inaction against Lynching Culprits

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Ghulam Nabi Azad

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Govt. says equally concerned

The NDA government had tough time in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday when opposition leaders alleged involvement of “some members of BJP and Sangh Parivar” in the growing number of lynching incidents, saying the incidents were spreading the message of fear.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the Opposition, while attacking the government for its inaction against the culprits involved in the lynching incidents, said, “Earlier it was done at individual level. You may not like it, all lynching is done by some members of the ruling party and Sangh Parivar. They should have been jailed. Even I can identify hundreds. They are known to the media.” 

Azad insisted that no opposition party benefits from these incidents. He said, “one political party, the ruling party is benefiting. This is done for political harvest.”

Elsewhere in his speech, he said “This is not a religious battle. This is not Hindu-Muslim fight. This is everyone’s fight for humanity. When our home is weak, how can we fight the external forces… Our house has always been strong. Don’t break the house for votes,” he said. Azad further said that not a single place is safe, from Jammu and Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

Azad cited the details about how atrocities and lynching incidents are taking place against Dalits, Muslims and Christians. He gave details of atrocities and lynching incidents of dozens of villages, districts a spread in various states. He described the harrowing situation all over the country, including the states ruled by Congress.

Sitaram Yechury, CPI (M) leader cited cases of lynching that took place over last two years and demanded that government should ban cow vigilante and moral   policing groups functioning as “private armies.” He suggested that fight against vigilante groups is necessary to maintain constitutional order. He even went further citing Bhagvat Gita, saying all humans are equal.

Yechuri alleged that “Hindutva nationalism” is giving sustenance to these groups. “This is not the Bharat Mata I know” he said and argued that Bharat Mata has place for people of all religions. He raised question as to why the only “Bharat Mata ki jai” slogan is considered patriotic. If that is the fact, “Was Bhagat Singh who gave “inquilab zindabad” slogan not patriotic?”

Mukhtar Abbas NaqviParticipating in the debate Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarawal said that government should bring a “stringent law” to curb the lynching incidents. He alleged that ruling party leaders were speaking in contradictory tones. PM says that strict action should be taken against those taking lives in the name of gau rakshaks, while Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikar says something else, he said.

Agarawal alleged that the ruling party was behaving with “Moon Mein Ram Baghal Mein Chhuri” (You are having God’s name on lips and knives in your pockets) policy. He suggested that PM should call all Chief Ministers and direct them to take strict action against those indulging in lynching.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brein, while referring to PM’s statement against lynching incidents, said, “Empty words and generic comments will not work. Name the group. Name the individual. We are deeply suspicious.”

He suggested that the real term should be “cow terrorism” and not cow vigilantism. He said that not only the minorities and Dalits but also the powerful media houses were also being targeted. He asserted that, “We will not be cowed down to your political terrorism and political vendetta.”  

The TMC leader alleged that fake pictures were being circulated on social media by a BJP leader during recent violence in the state. But, he asserted, polarization will never happen in West Bengal. He appealed all opposition parties to join hands to fight BJP saying “We will get GST – growing strong together.”

Reacting to the opposition debate, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of Minority and Parliamentary Affairs said the government is equally concerned about the criminal incidents and everyone should speak in one voice to fight against “such destructive forces.” He said that Centre condemned such incidents and the states should take stringent legal action against those involved.

He said, “Please don’t give communal angle to these incidents. If you give, you are helping them…”

He also tried to calm down opposition by indirect allegations of such incidents under previous governments and in the states ruled by them.  He said, ‘”This is a conspiracy. Anyone could be doing it. I am not taking any party names. I don’t want to get into it.” He further added, “Whether lynching incidents happened before or now, strict legal action should be initiated against those involved.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Enforcement Directorate says Arvind Kejriwal is deliberately eating mangoes, sweets, taking sugar with tea to increase his blood sugar level and create ground for bail

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made the claim before special judge for ED and CBI cases, Kaveri Baweja, who gave directions to the Tihar jail authorities to file a report in the matter which should also include Kejriwal’s diet chart.

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The Enforcement Directorate told the court on Thursday that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, arrested in liquor policy case, is taking high sugar intake like mangoes and sweets every day deliberately in spite of suffering from type 2 diabetes so that he can create grounds for medical bail. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made the claim before special judge for ED and CBI cases, Kaveri Baweja, who gave directions to the Tihar jail authorities to file a report in the matter which should also include Kejriwal’s diet chart.

Kejriwal had moved court and also sought permission to consult his regular doctor via video conference because his sugar levels were fluctuating. The judge directed the authorities concerned to file the report by tomorrow, when the court will take up the matter again.

 Advocate Vivek Jain, counsel for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal responded to the ED’s argument and said this is an issue made by Enforcement Directorate so that home-cooked food should also be stopped. He said this would have a major impact on his health. Advocate Jain added that whatever Kejriwal is eating is as per his doctors prescribed dietary chart. He said the matter is sub judice and they do not have anything to say.

Advocate Vivek Jain objected to the Enforcement Directorate’s submission and said that the agency is making these allegations only for the media. He said that some toffee and other things are given to diabetic patients so that they can maintain their sugar levels. Jain added that Kejriwal is withdrawing his application and will file a better one later.

AAP minister Atishi Marlena said that Arvind Kejriwal had fallen ill and lost about 4.5 kg since his arrest on March 21. She addressed a press conference where the AAP leader said, Arvind Kejriwal is a severe diabetes patient but he never lets his health issue come as the way of his in the service to the nation.

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Enforcement Directorate seizes Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra’s properties worth Rs 97 crore

The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement that the Mumbai zonal office of ED has provisionally attached immovable and movable properties of Kundra under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

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The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday seized businessman Raj Kundra’s properties worth Rs 97.79 crore. The siezed properties include a residential flat in Mumbai’s Juhu, which is named after his wife and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.  The Enforcement Directorate said the seized properties include another property which is a residential bungalow in Pune and Equity shares in the name of Raj Kundra.

The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement that the Mumbai zonal office of ED has provisionally attached immovable and movable properties of Kundra under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. The Enforcement Directorate began the investigation on the basis of a number of FIRs which were registered by Delhi Police and Maharashtra Police. It is being said that Kundra collected large sums of money in the form of bitcoins which were worth Rs 6,600 crore in 2017 from the public with the false promises of 10 % monthly return in the form of bitcoins.

The ED said that it was planned that the collected bitcoins will be used for bitcoin mining and investors will get to get a large return in Crypto assets. But the promoters cheated the investors as they concealed the ill-gotten bitcoins in obscure online wallets. The Enforcement Directorate revealed in its investigation that Raj Kundra received 285 bitcoins from the mastermind and promoter of Gain Bitcoin Ponzi Scam Amit Bhardwaj for setting up bitcoin mining farm in Ukraine.

The Enforcement Directorate in its statement said that the bitcoins were sourced out of proceeds of crime collected by Amit Bhardwaj from gullible investors. Since the deal did not go through, so Kundra is still in possession and enjoyment of 285 bitcoins which are valued at more than Rs 150 crore. Earlier a number of search operations were conducted in connection with this case, leading to the arrest of three people — Simpy Bhardwaj on December 17, 2023, Nitin Gaur on December 29, 2023, and Nikhil Mahajan on January 16, 2023.

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Religious outfit vandalises The Blessed Mother Teresa High School in Telangana after teachers object to students wearing Hanuman Deeksha dress

The Religious group broke glass windows and flower pots and pelted stones on the statue of St. Mother Teresa at the school’s entrance. The religious outfit also attacked Father Jaimon Joseph, the school manager.

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A religious group shouting Jai Shri Ram has vandalised a Catholic school and assaulted a priest in Telangana’s Mancherial district on Tuesday. The saffron mob staged protest and vandalised The Blessed Mother Teresa High School in Kannepally village. They broke glass windows and flower pots and pelted stones on the statue of St. Mother Teresa at the school’s entrance. The religious outfit also attacked Father Jaimon Joseph, the school manager.

The priest who is a member of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS) said some of members of the mob even slapped and threw punches at him while others attacked him from behind. The religious outfit accused the school management of not allowing Hindu students to wear their religious costumes. The school authorities said the allegation made by the mob is misleading and has no truth in it.

Earlier, the students who wore religious costumes had informed the school principal that it was part of a 21-day special religious practice. The principal said he had only asked the students to bring their parents to school after noticing that they are not wearing the school uniform.

Later, members of the religious outfit started protesting outside the school. They demanded action should be taken against the management for stopping the students from entering the school and appearing for their annual examinations as they were wearing the Hanuman deeksha dress.

The priest said soon after the video started circulating on social media and became viral with hate messages against Christians. After this incident many Hindus reached the school and vandalized it. A complaint has been lodged at the local police station by the school management, but no arrests have been made so far. Instead of taking action against the miscreants, the police have filed a case against the school management for hurting religious sentiments of the local people.

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