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ATS used Rakesh Dhawade to invoke MCOCA charges, says NIA

The Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in its detailed order copy, talking about stringent Maharahstra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) charges being dropped against the accused arrested in the Malegaon 2008 case has pointed out how Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) used the accused Rakesh Dhawade to invoke MCOCA charges in the case. The court, in its 130-page order copy mentioned that though Abhinav Bharat was not existent in 2003-2004, even then Dhawade was shown as a member of Abhinav Bharat and was dragged into the case.The court on Wednesday dropped the stringent MCOCA charges off all the accused and held them guilty of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Meanwhile Dhawade and one more accused were let off from the MCOCA charges and were only charged with the Arms act case. While three more accused were totally let off from the charges, whereas accused like Sadhavi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt.Col. Prasad Purohit were charged with UAPA and other IPC charges.The court held that according to the ATS, Dhawade was involved in the bomb blasts at Parbhani in Mohamadiya Masjid which took place on November 21,2003 and the blast in Kadariya Masjid at Jalna which took place on August 27,2004. ATS claimed that Dhawade was the member of the Abhinav Bharat, the crime syndicate and that there was a prima facie evidence against him.”However it is to be noted that Dhawade was never ever arrested in the case anytime earlier, nor was he ever shown absconding or wanted by the ATS when the agency had charge sheeted other accused in the Jalna and Parbhani matters. However suddenly after Dhawade was arrested in the Malegaon 2008 blasts case on November 2,2008, he was immediately implicated in Jalna and Parbhani matters,” the order copy stated.”It appears from the recitals in the charge sheet in both cases that according to the prosecution the accused who were arrested and chargesheeted in those offences were connected with either Bajrang Dal or RSS.SIGH OF RELIEFATS claimed that Dhawade was the member of the Abhinav Bharat Dhawade and one more accused were let off from the MCOCA charges and were only charged with the Arms Act case.

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Ministry sends 40 removal orders to encroachers around Begumpur Masjid

After many complaints of encroachment around one of the most significant structure from Tughlaq era- the Begumpur Masjid, along with Mughal-era Sarai Shahji monuments, the Ministry of Culture has finally sent 40 removal orders in response to the complaints from the ASI.The decision came after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) sent 93 complaints to the ministry confirming the unauthorised construction near both the monuments. In an earlier report, DNA had highlighted the deplorable condition and encroachments around the mosque.In a written letter to Rajya Sabha, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation, confirmed that forty removal orders under Rule 38 (1) to the concerned persons/offenders and 24 demolition order under Rule 38(2) of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Rules, 1959, to the concerned Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) which were issued in response to the 93 complaints from ASI. As per Sections 20A and 20B of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act, 1958 (amended therein 2010), prohibited (100 metres from protected area) and regulated area (200 metres beyond prohibited area) have been defined- Only repair or renovation of existing structures are allowed in prohibited area, construction or reconstruction or repair or renovation is permitted in regulated areas.Begumpur Masjid is also known as the ‘Jama Masjid’ of Tughlaq era in Delhi, built along with a few other structures in Mohammed bin Tughlaq’s new city called”Jahanpanah’, which was built between 1326 and 1327 A. The mosque is said to be built on an Iranian design by the then famous architect- Zahir al-din al-Jayush.It stands amid a village of the same name and inside its premises, it has a huge open courtyard, a chamber for women to worship and three different gates.The mosque area has been encroached by villagers from Haryana. A local proudly tells that his ancestors lived inside the mosque when hundreds of them came here due to the atrocities committed by the Nawab of Jhajjar after which the entire village moved to Delhi. In 1921, a portion of the mosque roof collapsed after which the ASI cleared it from the encroachers. These people then created shanties around it, but they confirm that during their stay they had established a proper village inside the premises. These families still live in Begumpur village.All these years, the mosque has been in a dilapidated condition and despite several attempts from heritage activists and historians, there has been no improvement.

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Padmavati, Babri issues are attempts to divide India: Professor Ram Puniyani

Padmavati row, Babri Masjid issue and incident at Rajsamand are attempts to divide India, and are a reflection of a deep-rooted patriarchy, said Professor Ram Puniyani, former engineer and human rights activist. He said this while speaking at a public lecture organised by Budget Analysis Rajasthan Centre and Action Aid India, Jaipur.“The Padmavati issue indicates two things — one is how British succeeded in dividing. Second, I think, this is also a reflection of deep set patriarchy which is increasing with divisiveness. The politics in the name of religion – Christian fundamentalism, Taliban, or Hindu Fundamentalism – all based on extreme patriarchy. In this extreme form, it is more like ‘our women and their women’, as if they are the owners of the women. Inter-religious marriages are looked down. Bajirao Mastani was also released, nobody opposed that,” Puniyani said.“Karni Sena feels it is their government everywhere, so they can go on a rampage. They feel their hooliganism will not be punished. Karni Sena is not a very thought out project. It is a fall-out project of Hindu nationalism,” he added.On the Rajsamand incident, the award-winning speaker on communal harmony, said violence comes out of hatred which is manufactured in the society while love is a natural phenomenon.“This hate is a part of a political ideology, which wants to divide the society, and wants to make a nation of people belonging to one religion. This is counter-productive for our development,” Puniyani said.While speaking about the Babri Masjid issue which marked completion of 25 years recently, he said that it should not be given further flair up. Whatever is decided by the Supreme Court should be followed. SC should also consider that rather than temple or mosque, something socially useful could be developed.“We need to come back to the values of Hindu Bhakti saints and Sufi saints. We need to uphold Ganga-Jamni Tehzeeb, the values of freedom movement, and in the principles of Indian constitution which believe in Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” Puniyani explained.

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You are pained by ‘abuses’ but silent on Afrazul’s killing: Owaisi questions PM’s silence

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the people in Gujarat he was pained by “abuses” hurled at him but kept mum on the heart-rending killing of a Muslim labrourer in Rajasthan.Referring to the killing of Mohammed Afrazul, who hailed from West Bengal, allegedly in the name of “love jihad” on Wednesday, Owaisi alleged Muslims were being targeted under the BJP rule because of their faith.”Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi no one called you a Pakistani … I have been called a Pakistani for 70 years. Whom should I complain to? Now that you have been abused you are telling the people in Gujarat you were pained,” Owaisi said at an event here.Also readAfrazul death: Congress’ Adhir Chowdhury writes to Mamata, seeks liaison offices in other statesHe alleged Modi reffered to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute as an issue of Ram Temple only and asked if he was the prime minister of “the Hindus or the entire nation”.Referring to Mani Shankar Aiyar’s controversial remark against the PM, the Hyderabad MP said he did not approve of the language used by the Congress leader.Also readMamata announces Rs 3 lakh and job for kin of labourer killed in Rajasthan, accused gets three-day police custody”I do not approve of the language. But you should have at least mentioned Afrazul during campaigning in Gujarat,” he said.Afrazul (48) was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.Also readLove jihad wasn’t the motive, indicates Rajasthan police’s preliminary investigation into Md Afrazul’s deathIn a video of the killing shared on social media, the accused is seen declaring he killed the man to save a woman from “love jihad” and warning that anyone challenging the majority community would “meet the same fate”.”There is a BJP government in Rajasthan. It is under your government Afrazul was killed and the killer speaks about love jihad. It is your people who talk about love jihad.”You have been saying you were abused and you are pained. Not once did you speak about Afrazul,” he said.The AIMIM chief alleged Muslims were being selectively targeted since the BJP came to power in 2014.”Muslims are being targeted because of their faith and the government lauds those who nurture such thinking,” he said.Owaisi alleged the PM was silent on the killings of “Mohammed Akhlaq, Hafiz Junaid and Ummar Khan”.Akhlaq was lynched in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly storing beef in 2015. Junaid was killed on a train by a mob that hurled communal slurs at him. Ummar Khan was shot dead allegedly by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan in November.”No one from the BJP speaks on the incidents. Why the PM did not speak on the death of Afrazul. It shows the mentality of the BJP,” Owaisi said.The prime minister should ask the people not to doubt the honesty of Muslims or call them Pakistanis, he said.At an event in Mahabubnagar, Owaisi alleged that the ideology of Hindutva would “weaken and destroy the country like fire”.While speaking on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute, Modi in Gujarat described it as Ram temple (issue), Owaisi said.”Are you a prime minister of the Hindus or the entire nation? How can a prime minister speak for one side. You should have said it was an issue of Mandir and Masjid,” he said.Modi was “silent” when a Union minister from Karnataka “abused” Muslims, he alleged.”If you are the prime minister of the entire India then remove him (the minister) from the ministry,” he added.

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Congress raising 2002 to get votes, Jignesh Mevani backed by ‘anti-national’ PFI: Amit Shah

Seizing on remarks of a Congress leader seeking apology for 2002 Gujarat riots, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Sunday said the opposition party is raising 2002 issue in 2017 for vote bank consolidation in Assembly elections in the state. “Congress’ Charan Singh said PM (Narendra) Modi must go inside Jama Masjid and apologise for 2002 riots. Entire nation knows the allegations leveled on Modi Ji by Congress backed NGO were all false and he is spotless. Yet for vote bank consolidation 2002 is being raised in 2017,” Shah said. He was referring to a Congress leader’s statement that party president Sonia Gandhi apologised for 1984 anti-Sikh riots at the Golden Temple and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also apologise for 2002 riots at Jama Masjid. Also readAfter PM Modi’s rebuttal against Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘neech’ comment, Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley pile on the criticism“Neither my party nor do I support the 1984 (anti-Sikh) riots. Sonia Gandhi visited Golden Temple and apologised in front of the media. Manmohan Singh also apologised in Parliament. In the last 33 years, the BJP has been adding insult to our injury. Can Narendra Modi visit the Jama Masjid and apologise for 1992 riots?” Charan Singh Sapra, a Congress leader from Punjab said at an event organized by a TV channel. Shah alleged that the Congress has been the “creator of polarisation in India.” Also readWhy does Pak Army’s former DG want Ahmed Patel to be Gujarat CM, asks PM Modi“Congress had laid the foundation of Gujarat election on casteism. The would-be President of Congress (Rahul Gandhi) started hopping from temple to temple. Congress has been the creator of polarisation in India,” he said. Also readBJP releases Salman Nizami’s pictures with Shaktisinh Gohil to counter Congress claims of non-associationShah also attacked Congress-backed independent candidate from Vadgam in Banaskantha district, Jignesh Mewani, for allegedly accepting money from the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI). “Jignesh Mewani’s pictures of accepting money from PFI has gone viral. PFI has always indulged in anti-national activities. Rahul Gandhi meets such a person who has relations with an anti-national outfit and Congress gives up its seat for him for vote bank consolidation,” the BJP president said. “Congress knew of his relations with PFI otherwise they would have given him a Congress ticket. They knew of the relations so they made him contest as an independent candidate and supported him from outside”Again raking up Congress leader Salman Nizami, Shah said he is being used for campaigning in Gujarat “for the consolidation of vote bank.” People of Gujarat can see through the cunning ways of Congress, Shah said. He alleged that Mani Shankar Aiyar, former PM Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Ansari had met Pakistan’s envoy in Delhi recently. “Right before Gujarat election, without informing MEA conducting a meeting with Pak envoy… I don’t know what message does it convey,” Shah asked. First phase of Assembly elections in Gujarat for 89 seats concluded on Saturday with about 68 per cent voter turnout. The second phase of voting for the remaining 93 assembly seats will take place on December 14. The votes will be counted on December 18 for all 182 seats.

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Man dies after being pushed off local train in Mumbai

A 32-year-old man died yesterday after he was allegedly pushed from a running train following an altercation with a fellow commuter, police said.They added that the incident happened between Sandhurst Road and Masjid stations around 6.05pm on Friday.A S Bartakke, Senior Police Inspector of Wadala Railway Police Station told PTI that Mankhurd-resident Rudal Basu Nishad, a crane operator with a private construction company, died before he could be admitted to a hospital.He added that a person named Kishore Ramrao Jawale (32)was nabbed by co-passengers and was handed over to the police.A police official said that eye-witnesses have claimed that Nishad had a heated argument with Jawale in the train as it approached Sandhurst Road Station.Commuters intervened to stop the scuffle but in the melee Jawale pushed Nishad out of the running train, the official said.Commuters then caught Jawale and handed him over to the Railway Protection Force which turned him over to the CSMT railway police.However some eye-witnesses, the police official said, have also claimed that Jawale tried to snatch the victim’s phone and the latter lost his balance and fell off the train. The phone fell inside the compartment, the official said.Meanwhile inspector Bartakke said that the exact reason for the scuffle is yet to be ascertained.”But we suspect that Jawale is mentally unstable,” he said.

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No option but to build Ram Mandir, says RSS leader

Even as the Supreme Court begins final hearing in the land dispute case of Ram Janmabhoomi–Babri Masjid, the second-in-command in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bhaiyyaji Joshi on Thursday declared that there was no option left but to construct Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.Joshi was speaking at the launch function of a book Ashok Singhal — Staunch and Perseverant Exponent of Hindutva on the life of firebrand Hindutva proponent and former international president of VHP and crusader of Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi Movement, late Ashok Singhal.Amid thunderous claps of saffron-clad audience in Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Joshi said, “The Bhavya Divyata (divine intervention) of formation of a government that will uphold both niti (policy) and dharma (religion) happened in front of him (Singhal). Now there is no option left other than to construct Ram Mandir.”Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who was present as the chief guest of the event, too showered praises on late Ashok Singhal for his role in propagating the Ram Janmabhoomi issue across the world. Naidu said the book will serve as a useful guide for people who believe in Hindutva and those who want to know the way forward.The VP added that the Supreme Court had made clear in 1995 that Hindutva is a way of life, but people still talk about it as a narrow religious concept.Blurring the difference between Hindu and Hindutva, Naidu said, “Hindu is a dharma, a culture, a tradition in existence since the Adikal and the time of Vedas, and whether you call it Hindutva, Bharatiyata or Indianness…it is there and it believes in Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (world is one family), Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava (equality of the destination of the paths of all religion) and Sarva Jana Sukhana Bahavantu (let all people be happy).”Known for his tongue in cheek remarks, Naidu said it is an unfortunate that some people still feel reluctant in calling themselves a Hindu but than say so because of political reasons. He said he would not elaborate because he is on a constitutional position.Swami Satyamitranand Giriji of Bharat Mata Mandir, Haridwar remembered Ashok Singhal as the chief motivator of Kar Seva (that culminated into the destruction of Babri Masjid).
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Rajasthan Muslim Forum organises prayer meet

“The demolition that took place on December 6, 1992, is a disgrace to the nation. All parties related to the issue should patiently wait for the judicial decision on the same. Also, the decision taken by the court should be accepted with honours,” said Sawai Singh, Rajasthan head, Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity (FDCA).”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 7 December 2017 6:45 ISTMust readPresident Standards conferred on three armoured regimentsPunters bet big on Cong in Gujarat<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Rajasthan Muslim Forum marked the demolition of Babri Masjid by organising a prayer meeting at a mosque in Moti Dungri area on Wednesday. The focus was on the demand about the increase in the pace of the court proceedings of all the pending cases related to the demolition and ownership of Babri Masjid that is being dealt under the supervision of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. The attendees demanded pace in the court cases against the accused asked for strict punishment for them.A resolution was also passed which stated that, “A case should be filed against the political and social leaders who are making instigative statements and are supporting the construction of a temple in place of Babri Masjid.” The speakers claimed that the issue of Babri Masjid is not communal but is an issue of freedom of practicing a religion.“The demolition that took place on December 6, 1992, is a disgrace to the nation. All parties related to the issue should patiently wait for the judicial decision on the same. Also, the decision taken by the court should be accepted with honours,” said Sawai Singh, Rajasthan head, Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity (FDCA).
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Watch: Sena, Bajrang Dal activists defy prohibitory orders in Ayodhya to take out ‘victory procession’

Raising ‘Jai Sri Ram’ slogans, saffron-clad Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena activists took out a ‘victory procession’ in Ayodhya on Wednesday to celebrate 25 years of Babri mosque demolition in gross violation of Section 144 of the IPC enforced in the temple town and the advisory issued by the Central government.It is for the first time in the aftermath of Babri mosque demolition that slogan-raising saffron brigade activists took to streets to create communal frenzy in Ayodhya, despite enforcement of Section 144. The procession went through main thoroughfares of communally-sensitive town in Faizabad district, including high-security zone of the disputed site and Muslim-dominated areas of the temple town.Pitch of slogans was shriller when they passed through Muslim-dominated areas and outer of high-security disputed complex. Each year on the day (December 6), prohibitory order under Section 144 is enforced in Ayodhya to disallow congregation of more than five persons. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) programs are restricted within the precincts of Karsevakpuram and no one from either side is allowed to take out victory procession on Ayodhya streets.Also read’Politics of deception’ was accepted as mainstream after Babri Masjid demolition: Lalu Yadav Watch Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena activists’ ‘victory procession’ in Ayodhya: Also readBabri Masjid demolition day: Centre issues advisory, VHP to ‘celebrate’ in Ayodhya Emboldened by pro-Hindutva governments at the Centre and state, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena activists blatantly defied the prohibitory orders on Wednesday. Interestingly, the police and security forces did not bother to stop the procession at any place or dare to arrest any saffron brigade activists for violating prohibitory orders.Earlier, Shiv Sena activists took a holy dip in river Saryu and renewed their resolve to construct grand Ram temple at the disputed site, irrespective of court verdict.Also readResponsible for razing Babri Masjid, 3 guilt-ridden karsevaks have embraced Islam“Where is Babri mosque? The land belongs to us. We are in possession of the land and are doing puja there. Ram temple is to be constructed at that site only. I don’t know why media calls it a disputed site when we are the owners,” reacted Vinay Katiyar, BJP Rajya Sabha member and founder President of the Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the VHP. “What shall we expect from the BJP government when they allowed a new tradition today in Ayodhya. It reminded us of December 6, 1992 when hundreds of thousand kar sevaks attacked us and brazenly celebrated demolition of Babri mosque on streets. Police and security forces were a mute spectator then and today also,” rued Iqbal Anasri, a petitioner in the title suit pending at the Supreme Court.Iqbal’s father late Hashim Ansari was one of the oldest petitioners in the title suit. Ansari’s house was torched on December 6, 1992 by kar sevaks. However, Hashim and his family had escaped unhurt in the attack. Iqbal, who is now contesting the case after his father’s death, said that they will lodge a complaint in this regard with the SSP and DM to initiate action against these activists for violting Section 144.“After seeing today’s ‘tamasha’, do you think that they (read Hindus) will abide by the Supreme Court final verdict if it went against them?” questioned UP Sunni Central Wakq Board petitioner Haji Mehboob.“Both sides should patiently wait for the Supreme Court verdict instead of issuing public statements,” advised Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali, a prominent Sunni Cleric and a member of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).Posters from the PFI pasted in Meerut (Image courtesy: Srawan Shukla)Meanwhile, controversial posters from the Popular Front of India (PFI), reminding Muslims “not to forget 25 years of betrayal and fight for re-building Babri mosque”, were pasted in Muslim-dominated areas of Meerut district on Tuesday evening. The posters were issued by PFI with G-78, Second Floor, Kalindi Kunj Road, New Delhi. “Posters have been removed and an FIR has been lodged,” said the SSP Manjil Saini. At Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya, the VHP celebrated ‘Shaurya Diwas’ to celebrate silver jubilee of mosque demolition. Amidst fiery speeches of saffron-clad sadhus and saints and VHP leaders, they took a pledge to begin the construction of Ram temple at the earliest.“Temple will be built at the birthplace of Lord Ram only whatever the court verdict,” said Mahant Satyendra Das, Chief Priest of Ram Lala makeshift temple ate the disputed site.“We will not allow construction of any mosque in Ayodhya, only Ram temple. Dharam Sansad has already passed a resolution in this regard,” stated Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Chairman, Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, which is spearheading the Ram temple movement.VHP celebrating ‘Shurya Diwas’ at Karsewakpuram in Ayodhya (Image courtesy: Srawan Shukla)Mahant Ramdas of Nirmohi Akhara pointed that two third of the land is with Hindus, the court battle is to get remaining land for the construction of grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.Ever since Yogi government removed hurdles after ban by the Akhilesh government, about 20 trucks of stones have arrived at the VHP workshop in Ayodhya. About 60 per cent stones have been carved as per the design of the temple, work on remaining is in full swing.
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PM Modi attacks Congress, Kapil Sibal for linking Ram Mandir with Lok Sabha elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked the Congress party and senior leader Kapil Sibal for linking Ram Mandir issue with politics.Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who is appearing for one of the parties in Supreme Court, had appealed that the matter be heard in July 2019 after completion of the next Lok Sabha polls as the atmosphere at present was not conducive.However, reacting to that, Modi said, “Yesterday in the SC, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that but is it right for him to say: postpone hearing till 2019? Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections? Is such thinking proper,” the Prime Minister asked while addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Dhandhuka.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Congress visited calamity-hit areas a week later: PM Narendra ModiHe further added, “Now Congress is linking Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation.”Coincidently, today is the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.Supreme Court has decided to hear the civil appeals filed by various parties challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid title dispute on February 8 next year.Also readGujarat elections 2017: A day after manifesto, Rahul Gandhi says Modi has no plans for Guj’s futureBJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao also tried to corner the opposition Congress over Sibal’s submission in the apex court.”By seeking deferment of the Ayodhya case until after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Kapil Sibal has politicised the legal dispute. The Congress must clarify if Sibal is representing it or the Sunni Waqf Board? Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?” he asked.The Congress, however, distanced itself from Sibal’s argument in the court.”Congress has nothing to do with it as it’s Kapil Sibal’s personal matter who he represents in court,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.Also readAyodhya case: Firm Supreme Court schedules Feb hearing
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JNU cancels talk by Subramanian Swamy on ‘why Ram mandir in Ayodhya’

The Jawaharlal Nehru University administration has cancelled BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s talk on Ram Mandir,Swamy was scheduled to speak on “Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya” on Wednesday on the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.“The competent authority has decided that no talk will take place in Koyna hostel, JNU on 06/12/2017. Hence, the talk entitled “Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya” which was going to take place in Koyna hostel has been cancelled,” the administration said.Also readSubramanian Swamy for ‘re-writing’ history in ‘Sanskrit’The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to continue the final hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case on February 8 next yearHowever, Swamy castigated Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal saying that the latter tried to give Ram temple case a political angle in the court.Also readRam Mandir will be constructed either by court of law or consensus: Mahesh Sharma”He (Sibal) just gave his arguments on the political level, as they will lose the elections if they lose this case,” Swamy told ANI.Earlier, Swamy had announced that the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya will commence soon and devotees will be able to celebrate the next Diwali there.Also readRam Mandir in Ayodhya, but through dialogue: Amit Shah
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1990 Ayodhya firing: Mulayam Singh Yadav killed my husband, Kar Sevak’s widow files case after 27 years

Twenty seven years after 1990 firing in Ayodhya, a widow of a Kar Sevak has filed a case of murder and conspiracy against then Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.Gayatri Devi, whose husband Ramesh Kumar Pandey was killed in firing in Ayodhya on November 2 1990, has filed a case against Muayam Singh Yadav under Sections 120-B and 302 of the Indian Penal Code. The case comes 27 years after firing on the Kar Sevaks in Ayodhya on the Yadav’s orders.In her petition, filed in the Court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistarte (ACJM) in Ayodhya, Gayatri Devi stated that Yadav has on a number of occasions publicly admitted that he had ordered firing on Kar Sevaks.Also read’Aur maarna padta toh suraksha bal maartey,’ Mulayam Singh Yadav justifies 1990 firing on karsevaks in Ayodhya“Since he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) has publicly admitted to issue orders for firing on Kar sevaks in which my husband was also killed, he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) should be charged with murder and conspiracy to kill my husband and other unarmed Kar Sevaks,” she pleaded.Gayatri Devi was particularly annoyed with the Samjwadi Party patriarch’s recent statement on his birthday on November 22 in which he said that “he would have ordered more killings of Kar Sevaks, if required, to save the country’s unity and integrity.”Also readMulayam Singh Yadav celebrates low-key birthday with son Akhilesh; brothers Shivpal, Ram Gopal stay away On his birthday, Mulayam Singh Yadav had also said that Samajwadi Party had got more seats after firing on Kar Seavks in Ayodhya than what it has got in 2017 Assembly polls.A total of 28 Kar Sevaks, including Gayatri Devi’s husband Ramesh Kumar Pandey, were killed when Yadav had ordered firing on them when they tried to march towards Babri Masjid on October 30 and November 2 1990.Also readAyodhya row: Welcome your efforts but won’t give up claim on Babri Masjid land, Muslim bodies to Sri Sri Ravi ShankarDuring hearing in the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav, Gayatri Devi’s counsel Vishal Srivastava also pleaded that the widow of the slain Kar Sewak has four children and her husband was the only bread earner in the family.“After his death in the firing, she had faced a lot of difficulties in raising four children without any financial support from state government,” pointed the Counsel.After admitting widow’s writ petition, the ACJM Court in Ayodhya has reserved its judgment which may land septuagenarian Mulayam Singh Yadav in trouble for publicly admitting his orders to open fire on Kar Sevaks.
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Six Left-wing parties to observe 25th anniversary of Babri mosque demolition as ‘Black Day’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six Left parties will observe the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6 as ‘Black Day’ all over the country.The CPI(M), CPI, RSP, AIFB, CPI(ML) and the SUCI(C) on Wednesday gave a call to all their units in the country to protest against the “wilful demolition of the Babri Masjid”.”The Left parties call upon all their units in the country to observe December 6 as a ‘Black Day’ and to strengthen in the current context the struggle against communal polarisation being patronised and encouraged by the central as well as many BJP-led state governments,” the Left parties said in a statement.The parties alleged that the “brazen act” of the demolition was accomplished under the “direct gaze of the authorities and law enforcing agencies under a Congress central government and a complicit BJP government in Uttar Pradesh”.”It remains the severest of attacks on the secular, democratic foundations of the modern republic,” the statement says.The Left parties have also accused the RSS and the BJP of patronising “private armies” that “are acting like a law unto themselves”.”The gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) of today are on a rampage, attacking dalits and Muslims over fabricated allegations of cow slaughter. Moral policing squads are prescribing what our youths should wear, eat, or whom they should befriend.”Instead of upholding the law of the land and proscribing such private armies, senior BJP leaders, including ministers in the central and various state governments have openly endorsed, patronised, and promoted such private armies and rationalised or even celebrated their violent actions,” the Left parties said.On December 6, which is also the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar, the Left parties will “mount a campaign against the intensification of the assaults on Dalits across the country and on the secular democratic values of our Constitution by the communal forces”.

In Ayodhya, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says ‘let me talk to everyone on Ram temple’ – 10 updates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reached Ayodhya on Thursday to meet all stakeholders in Ram Mandir issue.The meeting comes days ahead of the final hearing of the Babri Masjid dispute,which is slated to begin next month.Here are 10 major updates from this story:1: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reached the temple town in morning amid tight security. He is in Ayodhya to mediate the talks for an out-of-court settlement in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.2: Ahead of the series of meetings that include discussion with Nirmohi Akhada and other claimants in the case, Sri Sri sounded positive.3: Talking to media, he said that ‘the environment is positive. People want to come out of this conflict.’4: However, as a hint of reality check he also added that ‘I know it is not easy. Let me talk to everyone. It is too early to reach a conclusion’5: Though many have welcomed the initiative by the spiritual leader, there are some who don’t exactly seem him as answer to the two decade old dispute.6: One of the most vociferous voices against Sri Sri’s mediation include that of former BJP lawmaker Ram Vilas Vedanti.7: He alleged that the Art of Living founder ‘jumped into Ayodhya issue to avoid into his personal wealth.’ Slamming the spritual leader’s visit, Vedanti asked, ‘Who is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to mediate? He should continue running his NGO and hoarding foreign funds.’8: The Yogi Adityanath government, however, has remained tight-lipped on the entire issue.9: Even after the meeting with Sri Sri, CM Yogi had said that ‘it was a courtesy call.’10: The 16th century Mughal-era Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992 sparking major riots that killed over 2,000 people.

Babri dispute: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to visit Ayodhya today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is scheduled to visit Ayodhya on Thursday.The spiritual guru will visit the temple city to hold talks with Muslim and Hindu litigants, including Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Dharam Das, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Iqbal Ansari and Haji Mehboob etc. On Wednesday, Ravi Shankar met Adityanath at the CM’s residence and decribed the meet as a “courtesy call”.”The matter of discussion included issues related to farmers, wellbeing of poor and cleanliness,” Shankar wrote on Twitter.This comes a day after Adityanath welcomed Ravi Shankar’s desicion to act as a mediator mediator between Hindu and Muslims in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi issue.“Efforts at any level are welcome. But one side has always run away from the discussion table,” Adityanath said.“The problem is not that there should be talks, it is that both sides should mutually agree to hold talks as the case is in the Supreme Court. It can give good results but intentions should be good,” he added.However, Ravi Shankar’s decision to act as a mediator for out-of-court settlement did not go down well with the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and All-India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC).The AIMPLB and the AIBMAC have said that Muslims will not shelve their claims on the land belonging to the Babri mosque. “We have not received any proposal for talks or any formula from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. We have already made it clear to the spiritual leader that Muslims will not surrender their legal right and rightful claim over the land belonging to Babri Mosque in Ayodhya,” said Jafrayab Jilani, AIBMAC Convenor and AIMPLB Secretary.On the question of AIMPLB and AIBMAC rejecting his formula, Sri Sri Ravishanker clarified that “when no formula or proposal was sent to them then where is the question of rejection by them,” he pointed.The Spiritual leader also held a meeting with VHP-RSS leaders, sadhus and saints involved in the land dispute in Ayodhya.“We have told Sri Sri Ravishanker that temple of Lord Ram should be constructed at the 2.77 acres of land. We are ready to build a mosque nearby or any other place of their choice,” said Amar Nath Mishra, a senior VHP leader.Significantly, the All-India Shia Personal Law Board has too sided with the stand taken by the AIMPLB.“They want us to surrender our claim on the land in Ayodhya but Muslims in the country is with the stand taken by the All-India Muslim Personal Board and will follow the Supreme Court verdict,” said Maulana Mirza Yesoob Abbas, Spokesperson for the Shia Board.This is not the first time the Art of Living founder has made an attempt to act as a mediator to resolve the dispute. In 2003, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar made efforts to resolve the issue but failed.

After ouster of Barkati, new imam appointed at Tipu Sultan mosque

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the ouster of controversial imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Syed Nurur Rahman Barkati, authorities of Tipu Sultan Masjid have silently appointed a new imam, Abdus Sukur, early this month. The appointment has been kept under the wraps by Members of Wakf Estate of Prince Golam Mohammad, who are the custodian of the historical mosque.It was found out that the new imam, Abdus Sukur, had been kept on trial for some days before he was given an appointment letter. “He has been kept on probation for six months and upon successful completion his appointment will be confirmed,” said Shahzada Anwar Ali, patron manager of the trustee board.The 55-year-old Sukur, hailing from Alinagar area of Darbhanga in Bihar, has been allotted the imam’s room which was previously occupied by Barkati and will receive a remuneration of Rs 8,500 every month. “There is a little renovation going on after which it will be handed over to him and there will be an official announcement in about a week’s time,” Ali said.Sukur has been given strict instruction to stick to his religious duty and not to indulge in politics. Sources said that in the terms and conditions of his appointment, he has been instructed to stick to religious deliberations and not to speak anything political in nature or meet mediapersons frequently. Sources also said that unlike during the times of Barkati, there will be no marriages conducted at the mosque by the new imam. “The members are very careful this time after the Barkati episode,” said an official of the estate.Sukur, said, “My work is to lead the prayers and to teach people about our religion. I will try my best to do the same.”Asked what would be his stand if approached by political leaders, he said, “I would not meet any political leader. I would have several books in my room at the masjid and would be busy studying Islam and to spread it among people in society.”Sukur’s family comprises his mother, wife, a son and two daughters. “They are all at our native place. All my children are married,” he said. Qualification wise, he is a hafiz, a qari and a mufti.It was also found out some belongings of Barkati were still in the room allotted for Sukur and he had been issued a notice to remove those to which he didnt reply. Contacted, Barkati told DNA he didnt want to comment on the issue.

Ram temple issue: Shia Waqf Board chief meets Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, says talks with those who want agreement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chief Wasim Rizvi on Tuesday met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bengaluru over the Ram Temple issue. “I have requested Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that talks should be held only with those who want an agreement,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. According to media reports, he said that he doesn’t give importance to those religious leaders who talk about violence. He further said that they don’t have any legal status in the dispute. He said that the whole country respects Ravi Shankar and he will help resolve the issue. Wasim Rizvi met Ravi Shankar to explore the option of an out-of-court settlement of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya.The meeting comes days after the Art of Living Foundation confirmed that its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was in touch with several imams and swamis, including Acharya Ram Das of Nirmohi Akhara, to help find an out-of-court settlement to the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site at Ayodhya.Earlier, the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh had in August told the Supreme Court that a mosque could be built in a Muslim- dominated area at a reasonable distance from the disputed site in Ayodhya.The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has denied holding any meeting with the Art of Living founder.A three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer has been constituted by former chief justice JS Khehar to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya.(With inputs from Zee News)

Cops looking for 2 rumour mongers

According to the police, the duo are habitual offenders, and in a bid to stop an earlier demolition drive in the area, they had spread a rumour that the BMC and police had demolished a Masjid, causing tension in the area <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nirmal Nagar police who are probing the Garib Nagar fire case in which over 100 shanties were gutted in a fire during a demolition drive on Friday, are on the lookout for two persons suspected to be main accused behind the fire, who were earlier involved in spreading a rumour during a previous demolition drive to stop the demolition.According to the police, the duo are habitual offenders, and in a bid to stop an earlier demolition drive in the area, they had spread a rumour that the BMC and police had demolished a Masjid, causing tension in the area. Due to the rumours, the demolition drive had come to halt. The police had later arrested both of them and they were released on a bail. The police now believe that the duo are the main accused behind Friday’s fire.”Shabbir Khan (29) who has been arrested for starting the fire has said he was aware of the planning behind the fire and that another 8-10 people were involved in it. However, two men who were behind spreading rumours earlier are suspected to be the masterminds in this case as well,” said a senior police officer.

Man jerks off to woman in local, nabbed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested a 30-year-old labourer for allegedly masturbating in front of a female commuter in a Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to Belapur local train.The incident took place between CSMT and Masjid Bunder railway stations.According to the police, on Saturday, the woman had boarded a train for Belapur from CSMT and was seated in the ladies compartment. Around 10 am, as the train headed towards Masjid Bunder station, she noticed that a man who was in the adjacent compartment reserved for handicapped persons was masturbating while looking at her. He later alighted from the train.She then contacted the police helpline following which GRP officials rushed to address the complaint.A case of outraging the modesty of a woman was registered against an unknown person and crack teams were formed to trace the suspect.The police came across CCTV footage in which the suspect was captured.On receipt of specific information, a trap was laid outside CSMT and the suspect was identified as Krupa Patel.He is a native of Odisha and lives on a footpath outside Masjid Bunder railway station, was nabbed on Monday.

Dr Harsh Vardhan gets slammed on Twitter for supporting SC decision banning firecrackers on Diwali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan who holds the portfolios of Ministry of Science & Technology (India), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences, faced flak on Twitter for backing the SC decision to ban sale of firecrackers during Diwali in the Delhi-NCR region.He wrote on Twitter: “Welcome decision by the SC on ban of firecrakers sales in NCR. Comes as a huge support for my #GreenDiwali initiative for our environmentHowever, his comments didn’t go down well with many attacking him on Twitter with many attacking him. On the other hand, another Delhi BJP spokesman Tajinder Singh Bagga ssaid he would distribute firecrackers among the children living in the slums in the Hari Nagar Assembly constituency on Diwali, which would be celebrated on October 19 this year.”I have a plan to buy firecrackers worth Rs 50,000 and give them to the children living in the slums of Hari Nagar, so that they can celebrate Diwali,” he said.”It will not be a violation or defamation of the Supreme Court order, because the court has only banned the sale of firecrackers. It has not put a ban on buying or bursting them,” Bagga added.News of the Supreme Court order decreeing a cracker-free Diwali this year spread like the proverbial wildfire through wholesale markets here today, uniting shopkeepers big and small in their anger and dismay.With losses running into crores, their Diwali was going up in smoke, said shopkeepers in Sadar Bazar and Jama Masjid, two of the biggest cracker markets in the city.The news travelled fast in the narrow bylanes of the two markets in the Old City with shops piled high with crackers of all kinds, ranging from sparklers selling for about Rs 20 a stick to powerful bombs going up to Rs 1,000 and more.The Supreme Court said its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) would continue till October 31 – Diwali falls on October 19 — in an effort to check pollution this festival of lights.”All dealers across NCR have been affected. The ban was imposed in 2016 last year and was lifted temporarily around 20 days back. Now, what will be do with the old stock? Crackers worth crores will go waste,” said Amit Jain, who sells firecrackers in Jama Masjid.Harjit Singh Chhabra, head, Sadar Nishkarm Welfare Association, estimated that losses could go up to hundreds of crores.According to him, 500 temporary licences have already been issued to sell firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. Of these, Sadar Bazar has 24. This does not include those who have a permanent licence.”Ban nuclear weapons, not crackers,” said one shopkeeper in Sadar Bazar. “The Supreme Court’s job is to regulate not ban,” added another who had set up shop close by. “They have banned Diwali in Delhi,” said a third.The posters came up equally rapidly.A banner saying “Patake hi Patake” was pulled down to make way for a new one declaring, “Nashe se mar rahe hai log, Patakon se nahi (People are dying because of drugs, not of crackers”.”We are selling crackers not nuclear weapons that you impose a ban. This is India, not Taliban that you can go on banning things like this,” Chhabra told PTI.Shopkeepers in Sadar Bazar have threatened to go on strike and insist they won’t follow the order.”We can’t sell in shops so we will sell on the pavement if nothing works out,” Chhabra said, addressing a crowd that had gathered near his shop.”This is not child’s play. They have revoked the old ban only to bring it again. What do we do with these crackers that we bought,” he added, showing his licence giving him permission to sell crackers till November 21.His story found wide echo in the area.Sandeep Mahajan, another shopkeeper from Sadar Bazaar, said he has over 600 kg of crackers worth about Rs 8 lakh.”My losses will be three times more. I had bought crackers worth Rs 25 lakh,” added Rajiv Saxena of RK Enterprises.Many of them said they were just getting over the blow of “28 per cent GST on crackers”.”We are clueless about what to do next! For us Diwali is finished. The last I knew, Supreme Court was authorised to regulate, not ban. This will only create new avenues for corruption. I can already see policemen taking rounds to harass us,” said Surinder Chawla.While environmentalists and others welcomed the apex court order, Chawla is amongst those hoping that the biggies of Sivakasi – firecracker manufacturing hub – manage to get a stay.”People running the industry in Sivakasi are big shots.They will get us out of this situation,” Chawla said.The “cracker lobby” also contests that a ban would help in reducing pollution.”Trucks are roaming throughout Delhi and there is no check. The big industries are polluting air 365 days and you don’t do anything. But come Diwali and you are all alert… do they actually think that one day can make this huge impact?” asked a permanent licence holder in Jama Masjid who did not want to be identified.Pawan Khosla, who had come to purchase crackers for the festive season, had no clue about the apex court order.”Thank god you told me,” he said, adding some more to his bulging gunny bags of the incendiary stuff.”Diwali is celebrated for around five days. In those five days, 10 lakh kilogrammes of firecrackers are used per day,” a Supreme Court bench had said in August this year.It was reportedly informed by a counsel that 50 lakh kg of fireworks were stocked in and around the National Capital Region. With inputs from PTI

Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case’s chief litigant Mahant Bhaskar Das passes away

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The oldest litigant in Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case and chief of Ayodhya’s Nirmohi Akhada, Mahant Bhaskar Das, passed away at 88 on Saturday morning.Das was the chief claimant of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and had filed the claim in 1959.After a recent cardiac arrest, he had been admitted in Faizabad’s Harshan Heart institute four days back, and breathed his last at 3:00 am.The oldest litigant claiming for Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Hashim Ansari passed away in July last year. He too has been suffering from a heart ailment.

BMC’s B ward to now boast of bio-digester toilets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The B ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has under its fold Masjid, Sandhurst Road, Dongri, Mohammad Ali Road and Yusuf Mehar Ali Road neighbourhoos, has decided to promote bio-digester toilets in its ward that will benefit residents and housing societies which do not have permission to construct toilets above the ground floor.As per the BMC, residents cannot construct toilets above ground floor if there is no toilet on the ground floor in the same alignment. Udaykumar Shiroorkar, assistant commissioner of ward said, “The ward office has received several applications for permission to construct toilets above ground floor. But we cannot give permission as there is a constraint in the law.” He added that bio-digester toilets can be a good alternative for families looking to construct toilets.According to Shiroorkar, the bio-digester toilets developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are simple and low-cost technology for treating human waste. “The DRDO has developed for bio-digester toilets for defence personnel who move from one place to another. These toilets can be set up easily,” said Shiroorkar.The tank is available from 300 litre to 1000 litre capacity depending upon the number of families. “A physically handicapped brother and sister from my ward had approached me to construct a toilet on the second floor as they cannot use the ground floor toilet. But, they cannot be given permission due to the civic body’s laws,” said Shiroorkar.The bio-digester toilets are easy to transport and install, maintenance-free, facilitate a continuous biological process and odorless effluent discharge. “The zero-waste bio-digester technology breaks down human excreta into usable water and gas through anaerobic process,” added Shiroorkar.BIO-DIGESTER TOILETSBio-digester toilets are easy to transport and install, maintenance free, continuous biological process and odorless effluent discharge
The tank is availble in 300 litres to 1,000 litres capacity depending upon the number of families

Jama Masjid blast case: Court frames charges against Indian Mujahideen’s Yasin Bhatkal, 8 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Tuesday put Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Yasin Bhatkal and eight others on trial in two cases relating to the 2010 Jama Masjid blast.Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma said there was enough evidence against them and framed the charges.The accused persons pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.The court issued production warrant against accused Azaz Saikh, who could not be produced from a Mumbai jail where he is lodged.Besides Bhatkal, those who were put on trial include Gauhar Aziz Khomani, Gayur Ahmad Jamali, Mohd Adil, Mohd Irshad Khan, Mohd Aftab Alam, Kamal, Assadullah Akhtar and Zia-ur-Rehman.Another accused Modh Qateel Siddiqui died during the pendency of the case, advocate M S Khan, who appeared for the accused, said.The police had earlier filed charge sheet against eleven suspected IM members in connection with the blast case, alleging that they had carried out the strike to deter foreign nations from participating in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.A bomb fitted in a car had exploded near the historic Jama Masjid here on September 19, 2010, soon after two suspected IM operatives had opened fire at a bus from which foreign tourists were descending near a gate of the mosque.Two Taiwanese tourists had sustained bullet injuries in the firing incident for which a separate case was lodged.Two separate cases were filed in this regard. While the first was about the blast, the second one was on the firing incident.The police had earlier said that the IM operatives had planned that foreign tourists found near Jama Masjid would be randomly shot at and a bomb blast would be executed there for maximum casualty.It had alleged that Bhatkal had prepared a pressure cooker fitted with improvised explosive device, which was planted in the car parked outside the mosque.

Kolkata: New Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque will be guided by norms to avoid controversy, says board

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of Wakf Estate of Prince Golam Mohammad on Sunday said the new imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid would be guided by strict norms to avoid any kind of controversies. The decision comes after the previous imam Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati was ousted for his controversial statements and fatwas.Shahzada Anwar Ali, the patron manager of the trustee board said that about half a dozen profiles had been zeroed in upon for the post and appointment would be done soon after Bakri Eid. “A panel of officials would be made soon after Eid to start the proceedings of appointment. One of the criteria would be to stick to Shariya or Islamic law in his preachings,” Ali said while speaking to DNA.He said that the namaz for Bakri Eid would be led by acting Imam Haroon Rashid who had done the same for Id-Ul-Fitr as well.It was found out that apart from a monthly allowance of about Rs 10,000, the imam would also get a room with a collection of religious books within the premises of the masjid.Sources said that he would not be allowed to use the place like his office. The board of trustees was likely to avoid putting up of any signboard on the outside walls of the room.Sources also said that there would be a restriction of the imam on attending political rallies and meetings, citing that he would need the board’s permission if he was to attend a gathering.One of the reasons why Barkati, who had been the imam of the masjid since 1989, was removed was his indulgence in politics and close proximity with political leaders. Barkati had hit the headlines for his acerbic comments and fatwas against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen and Canadian columnist Tarek Fateh. Many had objection to Barkati’s ‘politically motivated press conference’ within the masjid premises. Committee members had, however, maintained that the decision of Barkati’s removal was owing to his anti-national remarks.

Passion for flying kites soars on I-Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arbaaz, 6, had been running around the lanes of Chawri Bazaar since seven in the morning. The goal of his frantic activity was to collect as many kites as possible. Evey time he heard ‘Aibo’ from a terrace, he ran in that direction without wasting a second.All his hard work did bear fruit. By late afternoon, the enthusiastic child had managed to collect nine kites — 6 purple, 2 green, and one special Tricolour kite. In fact, he had been collecting kites for a few days to ensure he had enough for the Independence Day special kite-flying competition.And Arbaaz is not the only one taken up by the flying frenzy. The sky above the narrow lanes of ‘Purani Dilli’ was littered with colorful kites on Tuesday. With the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid in the background, the ‘Patangbaaz’ of kite-flyers let their passions soar. Kite-flying parties were organised on almost every terrace, with entire clans cheering for their contestant.With cheerful Bollywood songs providing background music for all this excitement, the Walled City came truly alive for its favourite festival.“My children have been making me run to shops every other day for the last one month, to stock up their kites and manjha (thread) rolls,” said Akhlaq, local restaurant owner in Matiya Mahal of Chandni Chowk. “We are making sure we stay away from Chinese thread this time as it injures birds,” he added.Not just kite shops, but food shops in the area, too, were ready with their traditional dishes, made available the entire day. The festivities proved that the Delhiites’ love for kite festival is not going to die any time soon.

MP: Muslims bury carcass of cow that was unattended for three days in Harda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a gesture that promotes social harmony, some Muslim residents disposed of the carcass of a cow lying unattended in an area here.An ailing cow had died three days back near the municipality-run cattle complex, located in Manpur area of the town.”About three days back, the cow died a few metres away after being freed from the municipality-run cattle complex.The information about the cow’s death was given to the municipality authorities but no action was taken,” the corporator from Manpur area, Shahid Khan, claimed today.The Muslim residents of the area then decided to dispose of the carcass.”As the carcass was lying unattended for hours even after conveying the information to the municipality, we decided to bury the carcass with full respect last evening,” Khan said.Another resident of the area, Maulana Nadir Pathan, said, “I was returning from the mosque after offering Namaz and saw that some people were taking the dead cow on a hand-driven cart. I also joined them,” said Pathan, who is chairman of Khedipura Masjid Committee.Meanwhile, the municipality’s cattle complex in-charge, Dayaprasad Sejkar, said he had no information about the cow’s death.”The dead cow didn’t belong to the cattle complex. I had no information about the death,” Sejkar claimed.

Burial of dead cow sends message of communal amity in MP town

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a gesture that promotes social harmony, some Muslim residents disposed of the carcass of a cow lying unattended in an area here. An ailing cow had died three days back near the municipality-run cattle complex, located in Manpur area of the town. “About three days back, the cow died a few metres away after being freed from the municipality-run cattle complex. The information about the cow’s death was given to the municipality authorities but no action was taken,” the corporator from Manpur area, Shahid Khan, claimed today. The Muslim residents of the area then decided to dispose of the carcass. “As the carcass was lying unattended for hours even after conveying the information to the municipality, we decided to bury the carcass with full respect last evening,” Khan said. Another resident of the area, Maulana Nadir Pathan, said, “I was returning from the mosque after offering Namaz and saw that some people from the Muslim community were taking the dead cow on a hand-driven cart. I also joined them,” said Pathan, who is chairman of Khedipura Masjid Committee. Meanwhile, the municipality’s cattle complex in-charge, Dayaprasad Sejkar, said he had no information about the cow’s death. “The dead cow didn’t belong to the cattle complex. I had no information about the death,” Sejkar claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cop’s ‘dual presence’ in drugs case leads to acquittal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The dual entry of an official in the police diaries at the same time has led to the acquittal of a Nigerian national arrested in a 2012 drug case, by the special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) court. The police diary at Azad Maidan police station contains the official’s entry record for handing over drug sample seized from Anti-Narcotic Cell’s (ANC) Bandra unit at 3 pm. On the same day, the record of the police panchanama which was performed to seize drugs from the Nigerian, mentions the presence of the same official at the spot in Masjid Bunder from 1.30 pm to 3.30pm.The case dates back to January 2, 2012, when Azad Maidan police received a tip off on a Nigerian national named Ifeamy Uzoma Osunde travelling with 10 grams of charas in Masjid Bunder. The accused was allegedly found in possession of 10 gm of cocaine. Chemical analysis of the drug was performed, police also filed a charge sheet, and examined six witnesses.When DNA spoke to defence advocate Shekhar Bhandari regarding the defence arguments which led to the acquittal, Bhandari mentioned the technical glitch in police functioning that led the cases’ failure.“Police was unable to explain his presence at two different places at one time, leading to the acquittal of my client,” said Bhandari.

Will give away land to Hindus if Muslims win Babri case: Maulana Kalbe Sadiq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, prominent Shia leader and Vice-President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said on Sunday that Muslims will accept the Supreme Court verdict on Babri Masjid peacefully if it went against them and will give away the land even if it won the Babri case. The statement, he said, was in his personal capacity and not as the member of any body or sect.Sadiq made the statement while delivering a speech at the ‘World Peace and Harmony Through Interfaith Dialogue’ that was organised by Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti at the National Sports Club of India, Worli.His statement comes even as the Shia community has slammed Shia Wakf board’s stance that they are willing to build a mosque in the Muslim locality where the Babri Masjid once stood.”I am saying this in a personal capacity. In the Babri Masjid case, if the Supreme Court decision goes against Muslims, we will accept it in silence, peacefully. There will be no protests. If Muslims win the case in SC, the plot of land that belongs to the Muslims will be handed over to the Hindus. You cannot receive anything unless you give away some things,” said Sadiq.Among other prominent speakers at the forum were the Dalai Lama, Baba Ramdev, Jain monks Kulchandra Suriji and Namramunji, the chief Jatthedar of Akal Takth, Giani Gurbachan Singh, Archbishop Felix Machado, Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan, Piyush Goyal, Purshottam Rupala, and Dr Lokesh Muni, a jain monk who organised the event.Ramdev, Harsh Vardhan, and Rupala welcomed Sadiq’s statement. Talking to media, Sadiq said that his statement was not out of pressure from any BJP member or anyone else. “It is something people will have to accept at some point,” said Sadiq.The Dalai Lama emphasised the need for ancient Indian knowledge to be imparted in schools. “It is important that besides modern education, ancient Indian knowledge and education is also imparted in schools. And this should be done in a secular manner and not add a religious undertone to it,” said Lama.In the event, Ramdev, without naming former vice president Hamid Ansari, criticised him by saying, “Some people are saying the country is not safe. Bade Aadmi ko aag lagane ka nahi, bujhane ka kaam karna chahiye (Distinguished people should work towards dowsing burning issues and not starting them).”

Mosques can’t be handed over just because religious clerics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi today said mosques cannot be handed over to anybody simply because a religious cleric says so, as Allah owns the places of worship. His statement came in the backdrop of the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh telling the Supreme Court that a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the disputed site in Ayodhya. “Masjids cannot be given just bcos 1 Maulana says so, Allah is the owner not a Maulana once a Masjid always a Masjid,” Owaisi tweeted. “Masjids can be managed by Shia, Sunni, Barelvi, Sufi, Deobandi, Salafi, Bohri but they are not owners ALLAH is the owner even AIMPLB cannot give,” he posted on social networking site Twitter. “Masjids are built by people who believe in Day of Judgment and fear ALLAH only. It is duty of Muslims to offer namaz in masjid that is protection,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Even if Babri Masjid verdict goes against Muslims, they should peacefully accept it: Maulana Kalbe Sadiq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq on Sunday said that the Muslim community will peacefully accept the Supreme Court’s decision in the Ayodhya dispute case.Giving his personal opinion in an event at NSCI in Mumbai, Sadiq said, “If the Babri Masjid verdict is not in favour of Muslims, then they should peacefully accept it. And if the verdict is in favour of Muslims, then they should happily give the land to Hindus.”Other leaders like Baba Ramdev, Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan and Purshottam Rupala at the event welcomed the statement. “Maulana Kalbe Sadiq has won our hearts. Lord Ram is neither of Hindus nor of Muslims. He is the soul of India,” said Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Baba Ramdev without naming the former vice president Hamid Ansari criticised him on his comment of Muslims feeling insecure saying, “Bade aadmi ko aag lagane ka nahi bujhane ka kaam karna chahiye. (People in high positions should not fan the flames, but do the work of putting the fire out.)Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will commence the final hearing in the long-standing Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute from December 5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the medieval-era structure.On August 8, the Uttar Pradesh’s Shia Central Waqf Board told the Supreme Court that a mosque can be built near Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The Shia Waqf Board had filed an affidavit before the apex court in which it stated that a mosque can be constructed at a place near birth place of Lord Ram.”Since, the Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf, we are alone entitled to negotiate and arrive at peaceful settlement with other stakeholders,” Shia Waqf Board said in its statement.However, in the year 1961 the Sunni Central Waqf Board also filed a lawsuit, demanding possession of the site and removal of idols from the mosque premises. Reportedly, the board had earlier decided to become a party in ongoing litigations in relation to the Ramjanmabhoomi – Babri Masjid dispute.The mosque was demolished by Hindu Karsevaks on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya. The country witnessed massive riots in which over 2000 people were killed.The Hindus claim that it is the birthplace of Lord Rama where a mosque was built in 1528-29 CE (935 AH) by Mir Baqi. Since the mosque was built on orders of the Mughal emperor Babur, it was named Babri Masjid.Before it was demolished in 1992, the Nirmohi Akhara had forcefully occupied the Babri Masjid in 1853 saying it was Ram Janmabhoomi (birth place of Lord Rama). (With Inputs from Ashutosh Shukla and Agencies)

Centre hails Shia Waqf Board’s affidavit on Ram Temple issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister Sanjiv Balyan on Wednesday welcomed the affidavit filed by Shia Waqf Board in the Supreme Court stating that a mosque can be constructed at distance from disputed Ayodhya site. ?The affidavit by Shia Waqf board is worth welcoming. This issue has been pending in the court for so long. This affidavit is a big step towards this matter,? Balyan told ANI. In a major development, the Shia Waqf Board on Tuesday filed an affidavit before the apex court in which it stated that a mosque can be constructed at a place near birth place of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. “Since, the Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf, we are alone entitled to negotiate and arrive at peaceful settlement with other stakeholders,” Shia Waqf Board said in its statement. However, in the year 1961 the Sunni Central Waqf Board also filed a lawsuit, demanding possession of the site and removal of idols from the mosque premises. Reportedly, the board had earlier decided to become a party in ongoing litigations in relation to the Ramjanmabhoomi – Babri Masjid dispute. The mosque was demolished by Hindu Karsevaks on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya. The country witnessed massive riots in which over 2000 people were killed. The Hindus claim that it is the birthplace of Lord Rama where a mosque was built in 1528-29 CE (935 AH) by Mir Baqi. Since the mosque was built on orders of the Mughal emperor Babur, it was named Babri Masjid. Before it was demolished in 1992, the Nirmohi Akhara had forcefully occupied the Babri Masjid in 1853 saying it was Ram Janmabhoomi (Birth place of Lord Rama).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Build masjid at distance from disputed site at Ayodhya: Shia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Offering a solution to the Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute, the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh today told the Supreme Court a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a “reasonable distance” from the disputed site in Ayodhya. With this submission, the Shia Board becomes the first Muslim organisation to come out in support of the demand of various Hindu bodies on the Ayodhya issue. The Hindu bodies while demanding that Ram temple be allowed to be constructed at the disputed site have suggested that a mosque could be built at a distance away from this area. The affidavit, filed by Syed Waseem Rizvi, Chairman of UP Shia Central Board of Waqfs, disputed the claim of Sunni Waqf Board, saying the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute. Favouring construction of the mosque at a “reasonable distance” from the site, it said, “Closeness of places of worship i.e Masjid and Mandir of the two litigating denominations, should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loud speakers tend to disturb religious performances of each other, often leading to conflicts bringing acrimony in the two factions. “Answering respondent (Shia Board) is also of the view that, to bring quietus, masjid can be located in a Muslim- dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purshottam Sri Ram.” The affidavit assumes significance as it has been filed within few days of the apex court agreeing to fast track the hearing on a batch of appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the land dispute in the case. The Shia Board, in its 30-page affidavit, said that the Sunni Central Waqf Board was under the dominant control of Sunni “hardliners, fanatics and non-believers in peaceful co- existence who have absolutely no stake in the present case.” Assailing the stand of the Sunni Central Waqf Board, it said, “…since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf Board property, Shia Central Waqf Board UP alone is entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stakeholders.” The Shia body has also sought setting up of a committee for exploring an amicable resolution of the vexatious issue. It sought setting up of the committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, two retired judges of Allahabad High Court, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister or his nominee and a nominee from the office of the Prime Minister. It said that Shia Central Waqf Board’s nominee and a representative each from Nirmohi Akhara and Hindu sect shall make suggestions and proposals for amicable settlement before the committee. The Shia Board, one of the parties in the pending appeals in the apex court, referred to the Allahabad High Court judgement and said that it has been held that “Muslims” should get not less that one-third of the disputed area. “By saying ‘Muslims’ the High Court obviously meant ‘Shias’ since the High Court rejected the claim of the Sunni Board that Babri Masjid was a Sunni Waqf. The High Court having held that Babri Masjid is a waqf, rejected the claim of Sunni Board that it was Sunni waqf claimed on the basis of notification dated February 16, 1944 by the Chief Commissioner of Waqfs under the Muslim Waqfs Act, 1936. “The High Court held the notification as ‘illegal’ since it was issued in violation of the provisions of the Act, 1936 without issuing notice to the interested persons, a statutory requirement. Thus the claim of Sunni Board stood negated that it was a Sunni Waqf. Needless to say that a Waqf has to be either Shia or Sunni Waqf and not a Waqf alone. “It is always known by its creator i.e Wakif or Waqif being Shia or Sunni,” the affidavit said. Referring to 1,620 inscriptions, which were found on the disputed site, the Shia Board said that it proved beyond doubt that Babri Masjid was built by Mir Baqi, a Shia, who created a Shia Waqf. “The said Masjid being a Shia Waqf and its last Mutawalli (manager of the waqf-property) (1949) was admittedly a Shia,” the affidavit said. Recently, a three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer has been constituted by Chief Justice J S Khehar to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya. The three-judge bench of the high court, by a 2:1 majority, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On July 21, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had said that it would soon take a decision to list the matter for early hearing. The court’s remark had come on a plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who sought urgent listing and hearing of the matter. Swamy had said the main appeals against the Allahabad High Court order are pending for the last seven years in the apex court and these required urgent hearing. He had also said that a separate petition had earlier been filed by him seeking enforcement of his right to worship without much hassle at the site. The BJP leader had told the court that he has been allowed by the apex court to intervene in the matter and is seeking expeditious disposal of the cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri Masjid nears compromise? Ready to build mosque in Muslim area, Shia Waqf Board tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant development, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has filed an SLP and counter affidavit in the Supreme Court challenging a 1946 judgement pertaining to the Babri Masjid Matter.Shia board has filed a counter affidavit requesting to be a party in this matter.”We are ready to build a Masjid in the Muslim dominated area of the contested land,” Shia Board said in the affidavit.The board members are of the view that the Waqf Masjid Mir Baqi, popularly known as Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, was a Shia mosque built during the reign of Babur by Mir Baqi who was a Shia from Persia, Wasim Rizvi said.”Going by this fact it was always a Shia mosque…only the Imam and Muezzins of the mosque were Sunnis who were paid their due by the Shia Mutawwali. Namaz was offered by both Shia and Sunnis,” Chairman Wasim Rizvi had claimed last week.In 1944, the Sunni board registered the mosque under its name which was challenged in court by the Shia board in 1945, he said.Earlier, the court had said that the Ayodhya dispute is a sensitive and sentimental issue that needs to be settled amicably and through consensus.The court suggested that if required, a principal mediator can be chosen by the court to settle the issue.Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said if the parties want him to mediate, then he is ready for the task.

UPSCWB to move court seeking to be made party to Babri masjid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has decided to stake claim to the disputed Babri mosque and move relevant courts seeking that it be made a party in the ongoing litigations related to the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. Chairman Wasim Rizvi said that the Shia board will seek review of a court order quashing its petition challenging the registration of the Babri mosque by Sunni board under its name in 1944. In the two-day meeting of the Board which ended yesterday, the members authorised Rizvi to take a decision on the process to be adopted for intervening in the court case related to Ayodhya issue. The board members are of the view that the Waqf Masjid Mir Baqi, popularly known as Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, was a Shia mosque built during the reign of Babur by Mir Baqi who was a Shia from Persia, Wasim Rizvi said. “Going by this fact it was always a Shia mosque…only the Imam and Muezzins of the mosque were Sunnis who were paid their due by the Shia Mutawwali. Namaz was offered by both Shia and Sunnis,” Rizvi claimed. In 1944, the Sunni board registered the mosque under its name which was challenged in court by the Shia board in 1945, he said. “The Shia board lost that case as it failed to put up a proper defence,” he said. “No one, in all these years, ever petitioned to review that order in the high court or any other court…I found that order now and so have been given the responsibility by the board to stake claim over its ownership, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Muneer-Khan-PC-on-Ayub-Pandit-lynching @ 7/24/2017 12:46:08 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Jammu and Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muneer Khan on Monday divulged details about the horrific lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ayub Pandith, which took place on June 22, informing that 20 accused have been arrested till date and assuring that more arrests are to be made. Addressing a press conference here, Khan said, ?There was a gruesome incident that took place on June 22 where our Security Wing of Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy SP Ayub Pandit was lynched near Jamia Masjid, Srinagar. It was a serious incident and first of its kind that has happened in the valley. The police found that four miscreants, including terrorist Sajid Ahmad Gilkar, played a major role in instigating the mob against Pandith. Investigation is on expeditiously and effectively and 20 accused have been arrested till date, more arrests will be made soon?. Explaining more about the investigation which is on in this matter, Khan stated that an iron rod which was used on Pandit was found including his identity card and pistol. ?Initially only after getting the clues we arrested three main accused who were involved. After our custodial probe they led us to more accused people who were also involved,? said Khan. Speaking on the investigation which is underway and about progress in the matter, Khan also said the probe is absolutely in the right direction and will be resolved soon. ?While being lynched the DSP had fought in self defence and had also fired three bullets to miscreants below the waist line. The investigation is still on absolutely in the right manner. Some more accused are to be arrested and will be brought out in the due course of time. We are hopeful; to complete the investigation soon,? the Inspector General of Police said. Finally hailing the hard work of the Srinagar police and team, Khan congratulated the probe carried out by them. ?A special investigating team under the command of SP Nath was constituted. I take the opportunity to congratulate Srinagar Police the way they have carried out this probe in a very professional manner and so far they have brought this investigation into a logical issue,? Khan added. On July 12, one of the militants involved in killing of Pandith killed in Redbug area of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. The information about the killing of the militant was tweeted by the Jammu and Kashmir police. Pandith died after a brutal mob attack outside the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar last month. The deceased was allegedly making a video of stone pelting by locals, and objecting to this, the violent mob attacked him. Ayub opened fire through his service pistol in his own defence after the situation became out of control.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will decide on early hearing in Babri Masjid dispute case: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today said it will take a decision to list for early hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid land dispute case. “We will take a decision on it,” a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said when BJP leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter for urgent listing and hearing. Swamy said that the main appeals against the Allahabad High Court order are pending for the last seven years in the apex court and they required urgent hearing. He also said that a separate petition had earlier been filed by him seeking enforcement of his right to worship without much hassle at the site. He also said that he has been allowed by the apex court to intervene in the matter and is seeking expeditious disposal of the cases. The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the disputed site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. The three-judge bench, by a 2:1 majority, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties, the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and ‘Ram Lalla’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jammu & Kashmir: Casualties feared as cloudburst hits Doda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flash floods triggered by a cloudburst wreaked havoc in Thathri town of Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir this morning, inundating vast areas along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway, washing away half a dozen houses and leaving several persons trapped.Six persons, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from under the debris. A search is on for the boy’s parents.”Flash flood triggered by cloudburst hit Thathri town at 2.20 am resulting in a massive increase in the level of the ‘nullah’ flowing along the Jamai Masjid locality close to the town” a police officer said.Dy SP (headquarters) Doda, Iftkhar Ahmed, said the water level and silt suddenly rose in the drain after the cloudburst, washing away several structures along its path leading to the main market.The extent of damage could not be immediately ascertained.”We cannot assess the exact loss of life or property immediately as we are in the middle of rescue operations trying to save those still trapped under the debris. As of now, a 12-year-old boy has been rescued,” Ahmed said.Several others were still under the debris and causalities could not be ruled out, he said.”The entire district administration along with the police and Army have started rescue operation on a war footing,” the police official said.”We have rescued five members of a family and a 12-year- old boy, who was shifted to a hospital in Thathri. Three members of a family are still feared to be under the debris and we are trying to remove the debris to rescue them,” said Pervaiz Ahmed, Tehsildar, Thathri.The Batote-Doda-Kishtwar National Highway (NH1B) was closed due to huge boulders at Thathri market triggered by the cloudburst.Water supply pipes and power supply remained snapped in the area.

Court to pronounce order on charges against Bhatkal on Aug 1

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court today reserved for August 1 its order on whether to put Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Yasin Bhatkal on trial in four separate terror cases. Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma reserved its order after concluding the hearing of arguments on charges in the cases. While two cases relate to the 2010 Jama Masjid attack, the two other are on the 2008 serial blasts. Bhatkal, his aide Asadullah Akhtar and other IM operatives are facing trial in the terror cases. Bhatkal was awarded the death penalty by a Special NIA Court in December last year in a case related to the 2013 Hyderabad bomb blasts, which had claimed 18 lives.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Save heritage of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk: Goel to L-G

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Highlighting the decay of the rich heritage of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk due to “illegal construction” and other civic impediments, Union minister Vijay Goel has appealed to the Lt Governor to intervene and take measures to restore its historic charm. Goel, who has been a two-time Lok Sabha member from the Chandni Chowk seat, also urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal to see if the area can be developed on the lines of the Smart City project of the Centre. In a letter to Baijal, Goel, who is a known connoisseur of heritage, flagged the “degrading situation” of Chandni Chowk – the principal street in Old Delhi, running from Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid, lined by bustling markets on both sides. Goel requested the L-G to “intervene and take measures to restore the beauty and originality of the historic place,” a statement from the minister’s office said. In his letter, the minister, who holds the portfolio of sports and youth affairs, also said that the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) has offered many suggestions pertaining to the area’s development and restoration, and “these must be implemented to save Chandni Chowk”. The SRDC is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) created about a decade ago to improve civic amenities in the Walled City, which is populated with several old, iconic havelis, Raj-era mansions and colonial-era shops and landmarks. Goel, however, alleged that the SRDC itself has “failed to work” on those suggestions. “Chandni Chowk has suffered due to illegal construction, and civic issues like encroachment and lack of proper electricity, water, parking places and so on. “It is high time that the authorities take a serious stand and resolve the pending issues to conserve and preserve the cultural richness and golden heritage of Chandni Chowk,” Goel said in the letter. Built in mid-17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as part of his capital city Shahjahanabad, Chandni Chowk is steeped in history and dotted with old buildings, shops and landmarks endowed with ornate design and architecture. A famous tourist destination, for both Indians and foreigners, it is also known for its street food.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RSS condemns Bukhari’s letter to Pak PM on Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday condemned Delhi Jama Masjid?s Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari for urging Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resolve the unrest in the Kashmir valley, stating that the religious leader must clarify on whose behalf he has written the letter. ?He has, in a way, given an authentication to the Hurriyat by writing such a letter without informing the government. Such authentication is against India?s interest and diplomacy. Secondly, he must come out clean and clarify to the nation in what capacity has he written the letter,? RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha told ANI. ?Has he written the letter on behalf of Sunni leaders or on behalf of Jama Masjid?s Imam or that of Indian citizen? The way he has mixed up religion with diplomacy is condemnable,? he added. Earlier in the day, Imam of Delhi?s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, wrote a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, urging him to to resolve the unrest in the Kashmir valley. The Imam of Jama Masjid, in his letter, appealed to all stakeholders ? the governments of India and Pakistan, Kashmiri leaders and militant youth ? to declare ceasefire and resolve the issue through dialogue. In the June 22 letter, Bukhari stated that the peaceful valley has now become a valley of tears, which was once known as the paradise on earth. “The Kashmir situation is becoming volatile day by day, resulting in an increase in tensions between the two countries (India and Pakistan) as days pass. I think that more delay in the creation of a favorable environment for peace shall make the settlement of the Kashmir issue more difficult,” Bukhari said in his letter to Sharif. “Therefore, with all the intellect, wisdom and prudence at our disposal, we must make every effort to safe Kashmir from the dangerous destruction and devastation it faces and pave the way for the establishment of peace there. The common people of Kashmir are in a state of terror and helplessness as they find their dreams for peace shattered,” he added. He warned and cautioned that the Kashmir issue can neither be solved through guns and stones nor through military expeditions. “We should create an environment conducive for the talks at the earliest. Through exchange of views and dialogue on the larger issues, we all should formulate a strategy that is in the interest of both nations,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JK police looking into militant draped in ISIS flag at funeral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police are looking into a militant’s body being draped in an ISIS flag at his funeral procession in Jammu and Kashmir. Pictures are up on social media sites of Sajid Ahmad Gilkar’s body being draped in the flag of the terror group and being taken in a procession to his home in the Malaratta area of the city. Gilkar was killed, along with two other militants, in the Redbugh area of Budgam during an overnight encounter with security forces on Tuesday. The police have taken cognisance of the matter and started investigations, police officials said here. A police spokesman said Gilkar had played a key role in the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayoub Pandit on June 22 at Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court orders case against woman for ‘falsely’ charging Imam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Bijnor has ordered an FIR against a 30-year-old woman for falsely charging an Imam with raping her last year, after she and all the three witnesses turned hostile. Additional District Sessions Judge Mumtaz Ali acquitted the former Imam of Bijnor’s Jama Masjid, Maulana Anwarul Haq, due to lack of evidence. According to the prosecution counsel, the court has ordered police to register the case against four people, including the Muzaffarnagar-based woman and her husband, for giving false evidence in court. The Imam had been booked last August after the woman alleged that he raped her on the pretext of “protecting her from evil spirits”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Militant involved in death of DySP Mohammed Ayub Pandith killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> One of the militants involved in killing of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayub Pandith killed in Redbug area of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. The information about the killing of the militant was tweeted by the Jammu and Kashmir police. Pandith died after a brutal mob attack outside the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar last month. The deceased was allegedly making a video of stone pelting by locals, and objecting to this, the violent mob attacked him. Ayub opened fire through his service pistol in his own defence after the situation became out of control.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt probe into Rs 2,500 cr Wakf land scam stalled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The probe into Rs 2,500 crore Wakf land scam touted as state’s biggest Wakf fraud, which rocked the state early this year, is stalled midway after Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) ordered an interim stay on the matter. The highly publicised probe has gone into the cold storage.”The stay has stopped the probe into this case. We have filed a detailed affidavit in MAT recently and expect a favourable verdict,” admitted Shyam Tagade, Secretary of Minorities Development Department.The government had suspended the then acting Chief Executive Officer of the Wakf Board Naseema Banu Patel after a preliminary inquiry indicated her “mala fide intention” in ruling a 55-acre Wakf property in Nashik as a non-Wakf one in February 2016. A township is coming up on it after the builder took possession of it by paying compensation to encroachers who became the legal heir of the land after the CEO declared the land non-Wakf.Patel had challenged her suspension in the MAT on the ground that even the Wakf Tribunal (above in hierarchy than the CEO) had passed similar order in the disputed property as Patel. The government officials claim the two properties are different.Interestingly, the MAT has not revoked Patel’s suspension but ordered interim stay in the probe. The embarrassed Minorities Development Department has now initiated probe into more such cases during Patel’s tenure.As per law, a Wakf is an endowment made by a Muslim to a religious, educational, or charitable cause. It can neither be transferred nor sold. The land in question belonged to the Masjid Doodhwari Katra in Nashik and was reportedly donated for a mosque by Shah Jahan in the 15th century.The Revenue Department claims to have all documents – starting from the Shah Jahan’s order till the last Wakf survey in 1997-2000 to prove that the disputed land belongs to Wakf board.

Nepal marks Eid-ul-Fitr with hope for betterment in coming days @ 6/26/2017 6:51:38 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Muslims in Nepal on Monday marked the end of a month long fasting with the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr with hopes of betterment in coming days. The Islam followers on Monday gathered in the Jame Masjid in Kathmandu to participate in the prayers and to exchange greeting with each others. ?On this year?s Eid, I wish for the continued joy in the upcoming years because I had to face problems after the earthquake of 2015 and the condition has eased this year and I prayed for the coming days like of now,? Arwaj Alam a teenage prayer in the Jame Masjid said. Devotees also claim that the day of Eid al-Fitr gives them relaxation and is the occasion to forget the stress and anxiety. ?First of all, we have to fast for one month which is very tough like we wake up early morning and get a chance to eat in eveining. It is very hard and this Eid is a one day gift which is from god and we mark this day with much fervor and to ease the tiredness of the one month this day is celebrated,? Mohammed Irfan Khan, another devotee in the Jame Mosque told ANI. The Nepal Government on Sunday declared a public holiday on the day of Eid al-Fitr where devotees of the Islamic Community mark the day with offering prayers in the Mosque, exchanging greetings and receiving as well as giving blessings to juniors. The Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other political leaders expressed their warm wishes and greetings to the Islam followers on this auspicious day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

12 years on, Nizamuddin muezzin has not missed a single azaan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mohammad Iftikhar Khureshi’s day starts at three in the morning, for he is the muezzin at Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and is responsible for giving the azaan or call for prayer to the faithful. For years now, without fail, he has been giving the first azaan, known as Fajr, early in the morning.”It is a huge thing to be able to recite the azaan. If people knew what it really means, they would be fighting to be in this position,” says the 25-year-old, who prefers to not sleep at night during Ramadan. He rests around 8am and gets up again by noon for the second azaan of the day.On the occasion of Eid, Khureshi says: “Eid khushi ka paigam hai (Eid is the message of happiness). The best part of the festival is that those who can afford to buy good food and clothes ensure that they help those who can’t.””Azaan is an invitation for namaz,” he says, adding that all azaans are the same except the Fajr, which has an extra sentence. “Fajr is slightly different. There is an extra line — Al-salaatu khayrun min al-nawm — which means namaz is better than sleep,” Khureshi says. The young man is the first in his family to be a muezzin.Originally hailing from Jabalpur, Khureshi came to Delhi around 17 years ago and started studying in a madrasa at Jama Masjid. A few years later, he started reciting azaan at Nizamuddin dargah and was appointed the muezzin by the Imam. It has been 12 years since then, and he has never been late in reciting the Fajr.”Azaan has to be recited at the right time. One cannot do it later or even before the time,” he says, adding that he doesn’t rely on an alarm to wake up on time. Talking further about his work, he says that the dargah in-charge believes a muezzin must not only have a good voice but should also know the right Arabic pronunciation.”Since it is in the Arabic language, we emphasise heavily on the right pronunciation,” says Syed Aziz Nizami, Sajjada Nashin (hereditary administrator) and General Secretary of Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.

Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated tomorrow, confirms Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the country tomorrow, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari said on Sunday. The festival marks the culmination of fasting and holy month of Ramzan. “Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow as the Eid moon was sighted in Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Uttar Pradesh today,” Bukhari said. Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today extended Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to all and said inspiration should be drawn from such pious festivals to spread happiness and to take the nation forward. He emphasised that India’s diversity is its speciality as well as its strength.”The holy month of Ramzan was celebrated with devotion. Now it is time for Eid. On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my best wishes to all,” Modi said in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, will be celebrated tomorrow. Ramzan is a month of holy donations, to spread happiness… Come, let us all together take inspiration from such pious festivals to keep spreading the treasure of happiness and keep taking the nation forward,” he added.

JK lynching: Five of 12 identified held, SP transferred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons were arrested and a senior official shunted after a mob lynched a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Jammu and Kashmir police outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area on Thursday night. Top police officials expressed resolve that the guilty would not spared for the brutal killing of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith and said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) had been formed to probe the case. Five of the 12 persons identified in connection with the crime had been arrested, state Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said. In an order issued late last night, Vaid also transferred the Superintendent of Police (SP), North Srinagar, Sajad Khaliq Bhat. Nowhatta, where the lynching took place, falls under the jurisdiction of the SP, North Srinagar. Sajad Ahmad Shah, the additional SP (Traffic City), Srinagar, was asked to look after the duties of the SP (North Srinagar) while Bhat has been asked to report to the headquarters. “An SIT headed by an SP rank officer has been formed for speedy investigation into the lynching incident in which Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was killed on the night of June 22,” a police official said. Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area Thursday night triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation. “We have identified 12 persons in connection with the case and five of them have been arrested so far,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hurriyat delegation visits slain DySP’s family, expresses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A two-member delegation of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led Hurriyat Conference today visited the house of lynched police officer here to express condolence and sympathies with the bereaved family. “A high-level delegation comprising of Mohammad Shafi Khan and Sheikh Yasir Rouf Dalal, on the direction of Mirwaiz, visited the Nowpora residence of slain DSP Mohammad Ayoub Pandith and expressed their condolences, sympathies and solidarity with the bereaved family, including his son,” a spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat said in a statement here. He said the delegation conveyed the condolence message of Mirwaiz to the bereaved family on the occasion and prayed for the departed soul. The delegation informed the family that Mirwaiz and Hurriyat does not “endorse the brutality of any sort or from any quarter,” the spokesman said. He said Mirwaiz and Pandit families have a long religious and social connection. The police officer was on security duty at Jamia Masjid when he was lynched by a mob during ‘shab-e-Qadr’ prayers, drawing strong criticism from different quarters, including Mirwaiz.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: PM Modi leaves for three-nation tour, #WIvIND, What is ‘Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot’? and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. PM Modi leaves for three-nation tour, Portugal to be first stopThe Prime Minister on Friday said that he intends to strengthen ties with all the three nations – Portugal, USA and the Netherlands. Read more here2. J&K cop’s lynching: How long is police expected to endure such cruelty?Shock, anger and outrage have gripped Kashmir after a lynch mob stoned to death a deputy superintendent of police (Dy SP) while he was performing security duties at the historic Jamia Masjid during Shab-e-Qadr (night of prayers in Ramzan) in Srinagar on Thursday night. Read more here3. ‘Bihar ki beti’ Meira Kumar nominated only to lose: Nitish KumarThe JD(U) chief was miffed at the Congress for outright ruling out NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind’s name for the post. Read more here4. WIvIND: Rain plays spoilsport after Shikhar Dhawan’s 87, India placed comfortablyDhawan and Ajinkya Rahane, included in the playing XI in place of rested Rohit Sharma, did not quite set the stage on fire but batted comfortably to raise a solid 132-run opening stand on a slowish track, not conducive for stroke-play. Read more here5. Here’s what the new TV show ‘Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot’ is all about!Imagine a tyrant family member who is not just controlling, but has a befitting, sarcastic reply ready for any situation. Who wouldn’t want to get rid of someone like this? Read more here

Lynch mob stones to death on-duty Dy SP in Srinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shock, anger and outrage have gripped Kashmir after a lynch mob stoned to death a deputy superintendent of police (Dy SP) while he was performing security duties at the historic Jamia Masjid during Shab-e-Qadr (night of prayers in Ramzan) in Srinagar on Thursday night.Fifty-seven-year old Mohammad Ayub Pandith of the third security battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Police was stripped, paraded and then lynched by a violent mob shouting slogans in favour of Zakir Musa, one of the most-wanted terrorists who recently quit the Hizbul Mujahideen and had called for a caliphate in Kashmir.Hundreds of people used stones and sticks to hit the officer, badly mutilating his body. When cornered by the irate crowd, Pandith fired some rounds from his service pistol in self-defence but even that failed to deter the bloodthirsty mob. Three people were injured in the firing.Director General of Police (DGP), Jammu and Kashmir, Shesh Paul Vaid said the Dy SP was posted to protect the people at the access control (entry point to the mosque) so that anti-social elements did not vitiate the atmosphere during namaz. “Some people from among those he was protecting lynched and martyred the officer. It is very unfortunate. The man who was protecting them was lynched,” Vaid said.The initial reports collected by the police said that the officer was coming out after inspecting the security arrangements when some anti- social elements raised slogans and overpowered him, the DGP said. “He was then brutally beaten and lynched,” he said.Vaid said two people have been arrested and the third has been identified. “They will have to face the law. The DSP had a pistol and a policeman has the right to self defence when somebody attacks him. He has the legal right to fire to save himself,” he said.Additional Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, (Security), Dilbag Singh told DNA that the officer was part of the special deployment made for Shab-e-Qadr.”There was a mob which was misbehaving and shouting slogans. Some people spread false rumours that he was from some agency when he was performing the security duty. He was dragged and beaten till he died. His weapon was also snatched,” he said.A pall of gloom has descended on the Pandith household at Nowpora in the old Srinagar city. A grieving wife, an inconsolable daughter and distraught son are unable to come to terms with the brutal lynching of their dear one.In fact, the family was preparing to celebrate Eid as the officer’s daughter, who is pursuing MBBS overseas, had specially flown to Srinagar to join the festivities.”It was first time he was posted in Jamia Masjid. He has been known to the people in the area given that he was duty officer in Zadibal police station in mid-nineties. He was so down to earth that he would never travel in an official vehicle,” said Mohommad Abdullah Pandith, brother of the slain officer.Born in Nowpora in April 1960, Pandith completed M Com and LLB before joining the police department in 1990 as a sub inspector. After completing his basic training in 1992, he was posted in Pulwama district.”The officer served as SHO of different police stations. He was promoted as DSP in 2013. During his career, he has served different wings of district police, railways, vigilance and security in different capacities. He had received many appreciations for his work and conduct,” a police spokesman.Some initial reports said that the moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was inside the mosque and continued with his sermon when the officer was being beaten to death. Farooq, however, denied that he was present in the mosque at the time of the incident. “I reached the mosque at 12.15 am while the incident had happened before that,” he said.Condemning the incident, Farooq said, “Mob violence and public lynching are outside the parameters of our values and religion. The violence that the state has wreaked on us is largely responsible for this kind of brutality, as the police is being used against the people in the most brutal way which leads to brutal reactions,” he said.J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the people of severe backlash if the police loses its patience.”What can be more shameful than this (lynching of the officer). I want to say that J&K Police is one of the best police forces in the country, they are brave but they are showing maximum restraint (while dealing with the law and order situation) because they feel that they are dealing with their own people. But, for how long?” she asked.National Conference working president Omar Abdullah also condemned the incident. “I am personally anguished and devastated by this tragedy. That this happened on the most auspicious night and outside Jamia Masjid is shocking,” he said.”Such heinous elements are the enemies of Kashmiriyat and humanity and should be given the sternest possible sentence as per the law of the land,” he added.With agency inputs

National Conference condemns lynching of Kashmir police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The spokesperson of the National Conference (NC), Junaid Matoo, on Friday expressed shock and anguish over the brutal killing of a deputy superintendent of police in Srinagar and said that this act of barbarism should be condemned unequivocally by all. Matoo told ANI, ?This has been the most tragic and shameful incident ever. This is inhuman first and un-Islamic later. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq needs to answer on this and we want to know why he was silent on this matter as he was present there. The leader must be unbiased irrespective of any political identity- first comes service then comes pride?. A wreath laying ceremony of the slain officer was held today at 11 a.m. Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith was lynched near the Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar after he allegedly opened fire on a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque. Three people were injured by the pistol firing. Curfew has been imposed in the area and police reinforcements had to be deployed to restore normalcy. Immediately after the incident, Ayub?s body was taken to the police control room for identification and completion of other legal procedures. Muslims across Kashmir were observing Shab-e-Qadr (the night of power) with night-long prayers and supplications being made inside the mosques and shrines of the valley. As a precautionary measure, the authorities have already announced restrictions on the movement of people in seven police station areas of the city.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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Muhammad Ayub was deployed in plain clothes outside Jamia Masjid mosque during the Friday prayers.

Ashok Singhal’s resting place to be developed as tourist hub

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal, one of the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, will soon have a tourist hub around his final resting place. One of the architects of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, Singhal died in 2015. After his death, his ashes were preserved in a monastery in Himachal Pradesh for around six months. As the VHP leader had wished, the ashes were immersed in Tandi Sangam, the intersection of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga in the Lahaul region of Himachal, in June last year. Tandi Sangam is the focus of the Tourism Ministry which plans to give a facelift to the area through the Chandrabhaga Development Board. It will also be included in the Himalayan Circuit, one of the 13 circuits planned by the ministry as part of its endeavour to promote tourism in India. “It is a beautiful place, but inaccessible for six months because of extreme conditions. With the Rohtang tunnel to be completed soon, we are planning to make it a tourist attraction. Also, Singhalji’s ashes were immersed there, so it gains special significance for us,” Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, who visited the area earlier this week, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

VHP man’s resting place to be developed as tourist hub: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The final resting place of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal, known as one of the architects of the movement that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid, will soon be turned into a tourist hub. Singhal, who was chargesheeted in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case by the CBI, died in 2015. After his death his ashes were preserved in a monastery in Himachal Pradesh for around six months. In June last year, the ashes were immersed in Tandi Sangam, the intersection of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga in the Lahaul region of Himachal, as the VHP leader had wished. Tandi Sangam is the focus of the Tourism Ministry which plans to give a facelift to the area through the Chandrabhaga Development Board. It will also be included in the Himalayan Circuit, one of the 13 circuits planned by the ministry as part of its plans to promote tourism in India. “It is a beautiful place, but inaccessible for six months because of extreme conditions. With the Rohtang tunnel to be completed soon, we are planning to make it a tourist attraction. Also, Singhalji’s ashes were immersed there, so it gains special significance for us,” Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, who visited the area earlier this week, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Miscreants set fire to furniture in Madrassa in Mangaluru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unidentified persons entered a ‘Madrassa’ at Elpel in Kukkippady village near here and torched the furniture inside the religious institution, police said today. It is suspected that the miscreants gained entry into Jalalia Madrassa, on June 8, as the front door was not locked, and set fire to the furniture using Kerosene, they said. Doors and windows of the Madrassa were partially burnt in the blaze and an empty Kerosene bottle was found inside the hall, police said. On a complaint from Mavinakatte Jumma Masjid President Abdul Razack yesterday, police reached the spot and conducted investigations. Dakshina Kannada District Superintendent of Police Bhushan G Borase, Deputy Superintendent of Police Raveesh and other officials visited the spot.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Clashes in parts of Kashmir during separatist-sponsored strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clashes between stone-pelters and security forces were reported from a number of places in Kashmir where normal life was disrupted due to a strike called by the separatists and restrictions imposed by the government. The separatists had given a call for the strike and peaceful protests against the killing of a youth during a clash between stone-pelters and security personnel in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Tuesday. The strike and the protests had been called also against recent raids by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Valley. Schools and colleges were closed across Kashmir as were business establishments and shops in many places, officials said. Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and in Shopian town to maintain law and order. Even the Friday prayer was not allowed at the Jamia Masjid where the Mirwaiz of Kashmir and moderate Hurriyat Chairman Umar Farooq delivers the weekly sermons. The area around the Jamia Masjid was sealed by the authorities in view of the call for protests by the separatists, the officials said. Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence here last evening. Despite the restrictions, clashes took place in Sarai Bala and Soura areas of Srinagar district, Hajin in Bandipora district, Anantnag and Pulwama townships in south Kashmir and Sopore town of north Kashmir after Friday prayers, the officials said. There was no report of any casualty, they said. In Sarai Bala, the clash between stone-pelters and security forces took place after JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was detained when he tried to lead a protest march against the killing of Adil Farooq Magray. Malik was taken into custody by the police soon after he came out of a shrine after Friday prayers, officials said. After whisking away Malik, the police fired a few teargas shells to disperse the gathering, some of whom resorted to stone-pelting, resulting in brief clashes between the two sides, the officials said. Clashes were also reported from Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar, Hajin in Bandipora district, Anantnag and Pulwama townships in south Kashmir and Sopore town of north Kashmir after Friday prayers, the officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

As CBI court holds Babri hearings, temple issue hots up in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost 25 years after the Babri Masjid was razed in Ayodhya, the spotlight has once again turned on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue in Uttar Pradesh, galvanising the workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party, back in power in the state after 15 years. Daily hearings at a special CBI court in Lucknow on a case relating to the 1992 demolition of the mosque has put the focus on the temple — on the back burner for several years — and party leaders are elated. BJP leaders are convinced the issue will help the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, as the momentum builds up on the building of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. “The matter is sub judice. But there is not an iota of political gesturing in the Ram Temple issue. It is a matter of faith and belief,” UP BJP chief and deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Peshawar: Sikh community joins Muslims to distribute ‘iftari’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sikh community has joined Muslims here to distribute ‘iftaris’, the sunset meal to break the dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramzan, to promote religious harmony and tolerance in Pakistan. At Aasia Gate, Sikh businessman Sahib Singh has set up a stall outside his medicine shop to dole out sweet-drinks, ‘lassi’ and food to fasting Muslims. “The objective behind distributing iftari items is to promote the concept of inter-faith harmony in our country,” he said. Singh has also arranged food for the needy. A former councillor, Singh said he wanted to apprise Muslims that his community accorded full reverence to their religious rituals. “This is the spirit of interfaith harmony,” he said. Singh said he also wanted tell the world that religious tolerance exists in Pakistan where people from different faiths and beliefs respect each other and accord reverence to religious festivals. “The Hindu community has also decided to start the practice of bringing people of different faiths nearer to each other,” Founding Member Council of Pakistan World of Religion, Haroon Sarbdial, said. Sarbdial said we are planning to hold iftari at different places in Peshawar and waiting for Maulana Qureshi, the Imam of the Masjid Mohabat Khan, who is in Saudi Arabia for performance of Umra, to arrive. He said because of this spirit, people in this region reside together in harmony. The Hindu community has made iftari arrangements, like in Peshawar, for Muslims in Sindh province, Sarbdial said. “This is the real face of Pakistan and its people who have great regard and reverence for each other, regardless of difference of faith and believes,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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