A total of 344 people have lost their lives in communal violence across the country in last three years, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
Minister of state for home Jitendra Singh said there were 2,300 incidents of communal violence in different parts of the country between 2009 and March this year in which 6,924 people were also injured. He said 68 people lost their lives and 385 others were injured in 1,378 incidents of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh during the period when it was ruled by BSP led by Mayawati.
Congress-NCP-ruled Maharashtra saw 356 incidents of communal violence in the last three years in which 57 people were killed and 1,074 others received injuries, he said. As many as 54 people lost their lives and 725 others were injured in 261 incidents of communal violence in BJP-ruled Karnataka in the said period, the Minister said.
Another BJP-ruled state Madhya Pradesh saw 313 incidents of communal violence in which 53 people were killed and 716 others received injuries, he said. Rajasthan, ruled by Congress, witnessed 489 incidents of communal violence in which 37 lives were lost and 135 others injured in last three years, he said. There were 181 incidents of communal violence in BJP-governed Gujarat where 32 people were killed and 575 others were injured, according to the figures made available to the Lok Sabha.
(http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Communal-violence-344-people-killed-in-last-3-years/Article1-859559.aspx 22/05/12, Hindustan Times)
Communal rioting broke out in Karjan taluka late on Saturday night after members of two communities clashed with each other. Five persons suffered injuries as the mob resorted to stone pelting and some even brandished sharp weapons. Police arrested six persons from both sides on Sunday morning.
Tension prevailed in Jalaramnagar that is considered one of the sensitive areas in Karjan on Sunday. Police said a police sub-inspector was injured during the rioting as the mobs even targeted the police and its vehicles. “The rioting occurred over a very minor dispute. The mob suddenly got violent and resorted to stone pelting. The police have registered an offence against people from both sides and investigations are on,” said IG (rural) S S Trivedi.
(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/PSI-among-6-injured-in-communal-rioting-in-Karjan/articleshow/13320640.cms 20/05/12, The Times of India)
The biggest group of Imams in the country, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH), passed a resolution on the rights of women on the last day of its two-day public convention at Ramlila Maidan here on Saturday. But Muslim women’s groups have termed the move “cosmetic” and “just an attempt to be politically correct” as the organisation does not have any women in its decision-making bodies.
“The general assembly appeals to all Muslim community to act on Islamic instructions on the rights of women,” said the resolution passed by the gathering of a large number of clerics. Surprisingly, the resolution on women was almost the last item on the agenda, 16 on the list of 17 resolutions.
Ironically, no woman was present on the stage during the convention neither could any woman be seen among the sea of caps and beards. Wary of any negative publicity over the alleged absence of Muslim women in JUH, its spokesperson Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani said on the sidelines of the convention that as an organisation JUH was open to both genders. He, however, accepted that the JUH has no women’s wing.
(http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3437012.ece 20/05/12, The Hindu)
‘Make public servants accountable for acts of omission or commission’
Seven months after the National Integration Council (NIC) meeting in September “discussed and dumped” the National Advisory Council (NAC)-drafted ‘Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparation) Bill, civil society activists from across the country representing more than 50 organisations came together to pronounce the Bill as “dead.”
They also demanded that the Union government come up with a new draft of the Bill focused on “making public servants accountable and criminally liable for the acts of omission or commission in relation to their duties” during any communal and targeted violence.
At a day-long national consultation on the Communal Violence Bill which was attended by Justice Rajinder Sachar, Shabnam Hashmi of Anhad, legal experts and activists Usha Ramanathan and Vrinda Grover, Zakia Soman of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, John Dayal of the All India Christian Council, Niaz Farooqui of Jamiat-Ulema Hind, a new draft briefly outlining the essential features they wanted was proposed.
Ms. Shabnam Hashmi, Ms. Usha Ramanathan and Ms. Vrinda Grover were part of the drafting process of the NAC Bill but had either resigned or distanced themselves from the Bill at the later stages. When The Hindu contacted Farah Naqvi, who heads the working group which prepared the draft of the Bill, she expressed her “very deep disappointment” at the way the government treated the Bill at the NIC meeting but refused to comment on the development.
(http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3340151.ece 21/04/12, The Hindu)
The situation in trouble-hit parts of the old city here remained peaceful today even as indefinite curfew continued for the second day in the communally sensitive Madannapet and Saidabad areas. “The situation is totally peaceful and there have been no reports of any untoward incident from any part of the communally sensitive old city during night,” Deputy Comissioner of Police (South Zone) Manish Kumar Sinha told today.
A decision on relaxation or lifting of curfew would be taken later in the day after a review of the situation, he said. Cases against 15 persons were registered in connection with the communal disturbance, he said.
Meanwhile, police has picked up 50-60 persons for questioning since yesterday from different localities after communal violence in the old city, police sources said. Police continued to keep a strict vigil in the communally sensitive areas and patrolling has been intensified and security has been stepped up around places of worships.
(http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=758965 09/04/12, Outlook India)
Almost a decade after a mob killed 23 Muslims, including three children, in the Ode village of Gujarat’s Anand district, a special court has convicted 23 of the 47 people accused in the case; 23 have been acquitted and one accused died during trial. Quantum of sentence will be announced on April 12.
On March 1, 2002, as communal riots spread across Gujarat after the Godhra train-burning incident, a mob attacked about 20 Muslim homes in Ode. Members of several families in the neighbourhood took refuge in one three-storeyed house. The mob set fire to it. A survivor, Majid Miyan, recalls that after the three-hour-long horror, 23 people were dead, but only two bodies could be recovered. Nine children and nine women were among those killed.
The Ode massacre was one among the nine post-Godhra riot cases that was investigated by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court. There were 150 witnesses in the case, 35 of whom turned hostile. The SIT based its cases against the accused on the testimony of 12 star witnesses.
A youth was killed and another person injured when police allegedly fired to disperse a group of people assembled near Ramgarhia gurdwara on Tibri road in Gurdaspur on Thursday morning. The curfew was later clamped in the town in view of the tension.
The deceased was identified as Jaspal Singh (18) of Sidhwan Jamita village near Gurdaspur while the injured was Ranjit Singh of Pandher near Gurdaspur. He had been referred to Amritsar hospital. The injured boy has been identified as Ranjit Singh (22). He also received a bullet injury.
Around 200 persons had gathered near the gurudwara at around 11:00am while another group had assembled near Hanuman Chowk, 300 yards from the gurudwara. In order to prevent a clash, police went near the gurudwara and tried to disperse the group stationed there by bursting tear gas shells and firing in the air.
In the ensuing melee, one person was killed in firing, allegedly by police. Senior police officers were in the town to monitor the situation. However the District Administration is not confirming that the youth died because of police firing and claimed that investigations were on in this.
Talking to HT, Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Mohinder Singh Kainth said, “Curfew has been imposed in the city and situation was under control. We are appealing to the people in city to maintain peace.” One boy has died and one has been injured in the clash. We are verifying that with whose bullet the boy died, said DC.
(http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Punjab/Youth-killed-in-communal-clash-curfew-in-Gurdaspur/Article1-832570.aspx 29/03/12, Hindustan Times)
Despite a decline in communal incidents, over 270 such cases were reported from across the country in 2011 that claimed 44 lives, the government said today. “There is a declining trend in the number of communal incidents and the persons killed and injured therein,” Minister of State for Minority Affairs Vincent Pala said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
Pala said that “during the year 2011 (January to June), 271 communal incidents were reported in the country in which 44 persons were killed and 783 persons were injured.” “During the corresponding period in 2010, a total of 380 communal incidents were reported in the country, in which 66 persons were killed and 1,084 persons were injured,” he said.
The minister also noted that under the Prime Minister’s 15-point programme, 15 per cent of expenditure of a number of Ministries/Departments has been earmarked for the development of minorities under various schemes. He also added that a number of suggestions from various quarters have been received for further improving the implementation of the programmes meant for the welfare of the minorities in the country.
(http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2012/Mar/30/more-than-270-communal-incidents-occurred-in-2011-govt-38.asp 29/03/12, Greater Kashmir)
Communal violence broke out in Sangareddy town of Andhra Pradesh late Thursday night, forcing the police to clamp indefinite curfew in the area. Twenty people were injured and several shops were set afire in the town, about 70 km from Hyderabad.
The police said that the situation on Friday was peaceful but tense. A police officer said patrolling has been intensified in the sensitive areas and the curfew was continuing as a precautionary measure. The violence broke out Thursday night when a youth allegedly posted on Facebook a provocative photograph of a place of worship. Even as a group of people was staging a protest outside police station demanding his arrest, a mob started attacks on shops and vehicles at Old Bus Stand.
The rampaging mob set afire 40 shops, two four-wheelers and four auto rickshaws. It also looted several other shops and small road-side kiosks. A police vehicle was also torched. The looting and attacks continued till 1 a.m. As many as 20 people including few policemen were also injured in the stone pelting by two groups. Police has called additional forces from other parts of the district. As a precautionary measure, security has been tightened in other towns and districts.
Curfew relaxation intense Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir passed off peacefully on Monday, an official said. The district administration had relaxed curfew during the day as normalcy was restored in clashes-hit bordering town, the official here said. He said that curfew was relaxed in some parts of Rajouri town and no incident of any violence or clash was reported.
The town was under siege and curfew was imposed in Rajouri district on Thursday night in view of communal clashes in the area following alleged provocative remarks of VHP international working president Pravin Togadia.
The curfew restrictions have been relaxed in the town from 9am to 12pm which was later extended till 3pm, the official added. He said that the restrictions were relaxed for people so that they can buy essential commodities.
The relaxation would be given in breaks and the curfew will also be lifted in a phased manner, he said and added that no incident of violence has been reported from any corner of the town and the situation was under control. Inter-community meetings were also in progress to restore peace while dialogue has been initiated between the representatives of both the communities, the official added.
(http://www.hindustantimes.com/Punjab/Chandigarh/Curfew-relaxation-passes-off-peacefully-in-Rajouri/SP-Article1-824356.aspx 12/03/12, Hindustan Times)