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Arundhati’s speech on J&K unfortunate: Moily

Arundhatis speech on jk unfortunate: Moily

Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Thursday said that the sedition case against writer-activist Arundhati Roy will be thoroughly looked at even as civil rights group have been protesting against the Government’s reported move to book her and Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for sedition.

“Freedom of speech cannot violate the patriotic sentiments of the people and country. It is most unfortunate and most uncalled for,” Moily told CNN-IBN.

 Moily said that he cannot comment on the case unless he thoroughly examines it.

Imam Bukhari assaults Journalist for asking question on Ayodhya

Imam Bukhari assaults Journalist for asking question on Ayodhya

The Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari assaulted a Urdu journalist at a press conference after the journalist asked an inconvenient question on the Ayodhya dispute.

An FIR was lodged against the Shahi Imam on a complaint by Mohammad Abdul Waheed Chisti, the reporter of a Urdu daily, at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow. The case was registered under sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

Bukhari has been urging Muslims not to accept a verdict based on faith. He also trashed the idea of a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute. This afternoon, when Chishti asked him why Muslims “shouldn’t be allowed to build an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood by resolving the issue through dialogue”, Bukhari at first ignored him.

But Chishti, who said he brings out a newsweekly from Lucknow, wouldn’t give up. “I wanted to ask imam sahab what harm will it cause if we give up the land in Ayodhya for Hindus…. It’s time we made a new beginning,” he said.

Two minutes later, when Chishti stood up again, Bukhari shouted: “It is because of people like you that the mosque was brought down. You traitor, shut up.” Then he wrapped up the conference.

What provoked the assault was the media interest in Chishti that followed. As soon as the press conference was over, the electronic media swooped on Chishti for his reaction.

His men tried to pull Chishti away from the TV cameras but were pushed away by the mediamen. Soon afterwards, Bukhari’s men told him that the journalist was talking to TV channels outside. Bhukhari, standing in a corner of the hotel hall, watched for some time. Then he asked his aides to catch hold of the scribe and beat him up.

As his men attacked Chishti, some journalists grappled to stave them off. Bukhari was shouting at the top of his voice threatening the journalist with dire consequences. Chased out of the conference hall, he was first slapped by Bukhari and then roughed up by the imam’s supporters.

“The maulana is a respected cleric, but the way he acted today, it was worse than a hooligan,” Chishti told reporters soon after the melee ended.

Waheed Chishti, a sufi, is general secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Maha Sufi Sangh Seva Samity. He represents the Dastan-e-Awadh weekly.

Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the Ayodhya case, castigated the maulana for “irresponsible” and “shameful” conduct. He said the attack on the scribe was a result of “frustration”.

“The imam is frustrated as his efforts to sell himself as the messiah of Muslims have failed,” Ansari said, calling Bukhari an “opportunist” trying to capitalise on the Ayodhya verdict to serve vested interests.

MHA hits out at loose-cannon social activist

MHA hits out at loose-cannon social activist

The home ministry has criticised civil society activists who were defending Maoists by manufacturing human rights violations against the government. In a statement, the home ministry said it was time that some clear words were uttered against Maoists who indulge in wanton killings and destruction of economic infrastructure.

The strongly-worded MHA statement — which takes a dig at the activists “who speak on their (Maoists’) behalf and chastise the government” — comes in the backdrop of a Maoist strike on the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) premises on Sunday at Bacheli in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

As many as four personnel of CISF, which protects NMDC mines, were killed and two constables critically injured in the landmine blast triggered by the Maoists. “It is yet another example of “wanton, mindless and pre-meditated violence unleashed by CPI (Maoist)”, the MHA said.

This is the second major attack on CISF — which, incidentally, is not engaged in any counter-Naxal operations — deployed in PSUs operating in Maoist-infested areas. Earlier in April, a group of Maoists had attacked the Nalco bauxite mines in Koraput, Orissa, killing 10 CISF personnel guarding the facility.

The Centre’s offensive against Maoists across Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra and Orissa has seen rights activists invading seminar halls and media with concocted stories of repression and police brutality. The campaign comes even as Naxals are killing innocent tribals, beheading policemen and blasting away symbols of development.

Writer Arundhati Roy, for one, is all over TV studios and newspaper columns, condemning the government’s decision to turn the heat on Maoists. On Sunday, she went to the extent of alleging that the “UPA government was doing to the Maoists what the BJP government had done to Muslims”.

The government on Monday shot back asking the activist brigade to introspect on why Maoists were murdering villagers in cold blood after branding them as informers or exploding landmines to kill forces that protect the very mines and other works that bring development and jobs to the tribal areas.

Emphasising that NMDC was a PSU developing minerals, offering thousands of jobs and engaging in welfare activities as part of its corporate social responsibility, the Centre asked the activists as to what the CPI (Maoist) aimed to achieve by attacking the police force that provides security to NMDC.

“What is the message that the CPI (Maoist) intends to convey? These are questions that the government would like to put not only to the CPI (Maoist) but also to those who speak on their behalf and chastise the government,” said the home ministry statement.

The release also cited another recent incident of mindless violence, this time against innocent villagers in Kodka village of Kanker, Chhattisgarh. On October 21, 100 Maoists descended upon the village along with five villagers.

For reasons known only to them, they freed three villagers but killed the other two on October 23. The killed persons were identified as Ramji s/o Gour Singh and Kamta Pudi s/o Gangia Ram, both residents of village Kodka.