Shiv Sena ready to help Malegaon blast accused

Shiv Sena ready to help Malegaon blast accused

New Delhi, Nov 1: The Shiv Sena has come out in support of the Malegaon blast accused. The editor of the party mouthpiece Saamna, Sanjay Raut, told CNN-IBN that the Sena is ready to provide legal aide to the accused, including sadhvi (female saint) Pragya Singh Thakur.
“If Dawood Ibrahim’s brother was represented by eminent lawyers like Majeed Memon, shouldn’t sadhvi Pragya, Ramesh Upadhyay and Sameer Kulkarni be represented by somebody?” says an editorial in Saamna
“The government does not save Hindus from terrorists, and if Hindus defend themselves, they are maligned,” it says.
The Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested Pragya Singh Thakur in the September 29 Malegaon bomb blast case in which five people were killed.
The ATS is also questioning a serving Army officer
Bhonsala Military School Principal Colonel (Retd) SS Raikar has been detained for questioning in the Malegaon blast case by Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
ATS is also investigating the role of serving Indian Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit in the blast case and had also detained two former officers – retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay and retired Colonel SS Raikar.
Investigators claim they have decoded SMSs exchanged between Lt Col Purohit and retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay.
Retired Colonel Raikar is the Commandant of Bhonsala Military School, in Nashik. The ATS is also investigating the role of school in the case.
The Army is understandably concerned as it is an unprecedented incident. It is the first time since independence that a serving Army officer is being questioned in connection with a terror act.
However, General Secretary of Bhonsala Military School Divakar Kulkarni denied that the institution was involved in any terror related activity.
“The school has been imparting military training for nearly 70 year till date not a single students of the school has been found involved in any militant or anti-social activities. We have a very clean background. We have no connection with Abhinav Bharat and we had only given them permission to conduct a meeting inside our school premises,” Kulkarni said.
He also denied that the Malegaon bomb blast conspiracy was hatched in the school. “Let the investigation take place and everything will be clear,” Kulkarni said and added that the school had no connection with sadhvi Pragya.
Col (retd) Raikar’s wife also denied that her husband was involved with any terror group.


India, Pak exchange lists of terror operatives in hiding India, Pak exchange lists of terror operatives in hiding

India, Pak exchange lists of terror operatives in hiding

NEW DELHI, Oct 25: India and Pakistan on Friday exchanged names of persons who are hiding in each other’s country after committing acts of terrorism and decided to turn the joint anti-terrorism mechanism into a continuous process instead of waiting for meetings to exchange information.

Both sides agreed that there should be no point scoring and blame game on the issue of terrorism as they felt both have no option but to come together to combat the menace together by exchanging information on the terror acts in each other’s territory.

An Indian official claimed “sensitive evidence” on involvement of some elements of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), if not that of the agency itself, in the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul on July 7 was shared with Pakistan. Even while refuting the charge, Pakistan promised to continue an independent investigation into the incident that has cast a shadow over bilateral ties.
India is understood to have furnished names of some Indians wanted for terror acts, including Dawood Ibrahim, who are allegedly hiding in Pakistan while Pakistan reciprocated with the names of some Pakistanis that it suspects to be hiding in India. Both agreed to forward these names to the concerned departments for further investigations.

LeT, JeM DISCUSSED: Sources said India also raked up the issue of Pakistan-based terrorist outfits, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, brainwashing the Indian youths and then taking them to Pakistan for training them as terrorists. Pakistan, however, pointed out that both the outfits stand banned in the country and gave a list of their leaders who have been taken to court.

Five injured in Baramulla clashes, situation tense

Five injured in Baramulla clashes, situation tense

News Agency of Kashmir 10/26/2008 12:10:31 AM

Reyaz AhmaaaaaaaaadBaramulla, Oct 25 (NAK): At least five people were injured in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district Saturday in violent protest against arrest of five youth of Baramulla old town.

Following the arrest of youth on Friday in Baramulla, hundreds of people on today carried out a procession from the Old Town Baramulla demanding immediate release of youth arrested by police.

Eyewitness told News Agency of Kashmirthat as the pro-secessionists marched towards the Main Chowk, they were stopped by police and CRPF personnel leading to a clash.

The clashes continued near Cement Bridge and RTC Bridge as angry protestors pelted stones on police and CRPF man.

During the pitched battles, the cops fired in air and lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse the agitators, in which five persons were injured. More than a dozen protesters were arrested by police, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Baramulla residents alleged that para-military CRPF personnel barged into houses in four mohalla and ransacked the household goods and beat up the inmates. They further alleged that two youth were arrested by the para-military troopers. They threatened that they will continue protests till arrested youth are released.

Meanwhile, Entire Township observed complete shutdown with little traffic movement on roads. The situation in the township remained tense and ding-dong battles continued.(NAK)

Two grenade throwers arrested

Two grenade throwers arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 25: The security forces today arrested two persons allegedly assigned by militant groups to execute grenade attack during polls from Handwara area of Kupwara district.

An official spokesman said that acting on a tip-off, police in a joint operation with the Rashtriya Rifles arrested Mohd Shafi Seer from Kralgund and Mohammad Yousuf Bhat from Kulangam villages of Handwara area of the district.

One hand grenade each was recovered from them. While Seer was working for Al-Badr, Bhat was carrying out the assignment for Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group.

They were assigned to lob hand grenades at public places to thwart people’s participation in upcoming elections, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the security forces detected a live grenade kept in an envelop at Shaheed Park, Pulwama. The grenade was immediately defused.

Shaking hands with sworn enemy

Shaking hands with sworn enemy

When Sheikh ditched Cong for RSS

Syed Junaid Hashmi

JAMMU, Oct 25: History of electoral politics of Jammu and Kashmir is replete with instances where sworn enemies have shook hands for petty political gains and political stalwarts from both Jammu Kashmir regions preferring share of power over dignity empowerment and welfare of the people.

One such instance, which comes to mind, is the support extended by the corporators of National Conference to the RSS backed candidate in 1980. The incident is important in the wake of the fact that the man behind the alliance was founder of National Conference late Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, revered as symbol of secularism and brotherhood.

Sheikh not only aligned with RSS backed Bharatiya Janata Party but also defended the same in public. More so, this stalwart of National Conference preferred alliance with Sangh Parivar over extending support to an independent candidate backed up by Congress, merely for teaching Congress a lesson for having ditched him earlier.
A peep into the past reveals that elections were held for the Jammu Municipal Council on April 10, 1980. The then Director Municipal town area elections Hakim Said-uddin put the polling percentage at 70 percent. Subsequently, on April 11, 1980 results were declared. Bharatiya Janata Party captured 11 of the 23 seats followed by Congress (7), National Conference (4) and a solitary seat went to an independent Amolak Singh.

The drama took place on April 19, 1980 when the council was going to elect its President and Vice-President. Congress had sponsored Amolak Singh, an independent for the president with the hope that National Conference under late Sheikh Abdullah will vote for him. But the ruling party openly sided with the RSS when it voted for their candidate Ved Prakash Bajaj, an RSS hardliner.

Bajaj polled 15 votes, eleven of his party and four of National Conference against the eight polled for congress sponsored candidate. With the active support of National Conference, Sangh nominees captured the coveted office of both president and vice-president of the 23 member Jammu municipal council.

Ved Prakash Bajaj was elected as President of the Council while Dina Nath Sharma was chosen as vice-president of the council. The then President of Jammu district congress (I) Chunni Lal Sharma had described the NC alliance with BJP as an attempt to encourage RSS and Jana Sangh to cut the very roots of secular forces in Jammu.
He had alleged that NC supported Jana Sangh despite being informed about their decision of supporting the independent candidate for the presidentship and added that Sangh leaders were receiving various concessions from the ruling party. Those doubting the words of Sharma were stunned when Sheikh Abdullah defended the alliance.

On April 23, 1980 while speaking at the inaugural function of the newly elected Jammu Municipal Council, late Sheikh vigorously defended his party’s alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party and launched a frontal attack on Congress and its leadership. Amidst repeated cheers from Sangh leaders and the predominantly pro-RSS audience, late Abdullah lashed out at congress accusing it of opportunism and power craze.

Abdullah had described leaders of Congress as “Tigdambaz (tricksters)” and mad for power and called the RSS men his own Kith and Kin. Referring to the request of Congress to support its candidate, Sheikh had said “Congress leaders met me and sought support for their candidate but I plainly told them to honour the people’s verdict and support the majority party’s candidate for presidentship. Instead of accepting this advice, they desired to indulge in horse-trading.”

Sheikh further said “what was wrong in cooperating with the Sangh? After all, they are also citizens of this country and have been elected by the people. They are not “Rakhshas (demons)” but our kith and kin. By coming together, we would be able to understand each other better and the clouds of misunderstanding could be removed.”

He had culminated his address with these words “You may dub Janata men as reactionaries but they have come to the council with the people’s mandate and you cannot ignore that.” Political observers opine that events of the past and the prevailing circumstances indicate towards repeat of such an alliance possibly at a bigger level and probably for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.

[Kashmir Times]

Hindu terror:Ex-armymen face probe in Malegaon blast case

Hindu terror:Ex-armymen face probe in Malegaon blast case

New Delhi, Oct 25: The crackdown on right- wing activists in connection with the Malegaon blasts continues with speculation rife of another Sadhvi being arrested from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
A team of the Anti-Terror Squad is camping in Bhopal, where some arrests are likely to be made. Some arrests are also likely from Nashik in Maharashtra.
IBN live said that unconfirmed reports say police officials are questioning some retired army officials in connection with the blast.
The three suspects who were arrested on Friday by the ATS will be produced in a Nashik court on November 3.
While Shyamlal Sahu and Shivnarayan Singh were arrested in Indore, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur – who also goes by the name Poornachetanand – was arrested in Surat.
Investigations reveal that the trio had formed a group of sorts to counter attacks that were allegedly orchestrated by the Indian Mujahideen.
Sources say they also had a role in the Modassa blasts. The three had visited Malegaon along with the alleged mastermind Ramnarayan Singh, on more than one occasion.
They had conducted a recce of the area where the motorcycle with the bomb was parked.
The arrest of the Hindu activists is beginning to have its first political repercussion with the Congress using the issue in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.
Youth Congress activists came out in large numbers on the streets of Indore to protests against the Bajrang Dal and the ABVP.
The protestors shouted slogans against Hindu organizations even as the police struggled to control the mob.
However, Bhartiya Janshakti Party president Uma Bharti has come out in strong support of Sadhvi Poornachetanand.
“This is a conspiracy against VHP and Bajrang Dal. Sadhvi Pragya is a religious figure to us and I appeal to all the media officials for not getting all these conspiracies to the public,” she said.
Malegaon blasts probe findings embarrassing RSS
The growing evidence of the links between those arrested in the Malegaon blasts and other Sangh organisations is proving to be an embarrassment for the Sangh Parivar.

Madhya Pradesh police confirmed that the four men arrested so far with the Malegaon blasts have all been members of the RSS.
Also, sources say the arrested Sadhvi was politically well-connected in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. She was actively involved in Hindutva propaganda and is known for her oratory skills.
Three more people have been picked up in Madhya Pradesh for questioning on Saturday.

Observe Oct 27 as black day: Salahuddin

Observe Oct 27 as black day: Salahuddin


Srinagar, Oct 24: The chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC) and the supreme commander of Hizbul-Muajhideen Syed Salahuddin today asked the people of Jammu and Kashmir to observe October 27 as black day.
In faxed statement to this newspaper, Salahuddin said, “On October 27, 1947 Indian troops entered Kashmir and it was blackest day in the history of Kashmir. Kashmiris didn’t accept subjugation and were continuing to raise their voice against it. Since then 5 lakh Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives for liberation of their homeland.”
He said the use of force has not succeeded to subdue Kashmiris. He said on October 27, people should “protest and should carry black flags” to convey it to the international community that they are not interested in staying with India.