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Cops register FIRs against fringe group protesting inter-faith marriage

The Ghaziabad police have registered two First Information Reports (FIRs) against right-wing leaders, including Bharatiya Janata Party city president Ajay Sharma, for creating a ruckus at an inter-religious wedding reception venue in Kavi Nagar on Saturday.Accrording to police, the first FIR has been registered against 60 unknown people after the bride’s father gave a written complaint alleging that a mob tried to enter his house forcibly and interrupt the function going on at his home on Friday evening.”In the complaint, the father of the bride stated that his family now fears for their safety in the wake of the incident. The second complaint has been lodged by the police on their own in which 13 named and 100 unknown people have been made accused. We are investigating the matter,”said HN Singh, Senior Superintendent Of Police, Ghaziabad.Singh assured the protesters that he would write to the district magistrate for a magisterial inquiry. “The bride and the groom are adults and have a right to marry whoever they want. If needed, an FIR or other legal action will only be taken after the inquiry is completed,” he said.According to the bride’s father, he had called the groom’s family and relatives for a small reception after the marriage. But there have been protests outside his house since Friday morning.”Due to the entire scene, my guests were fearful, and we asked them to leave because of safety issues. I had been getting calls from several people who wanted us to call the marriage off for past two days,”said the bride’s father.The father added that the marriage was performed under the provisions of the Special Marriage Act on Friday and the bride and the groom signed the documents at the court. “There is no pressure whatsoever on my daughter to convert,”he saidOn Friday afternoon, hundreds of protesters, including those from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and right-wing organisations, protested outside the home calling the marriage an “anti-national act and a case of love jihad.”Protesters, led by BJP’s city unit, raised slogans and tried to barge inside the house but were stopped by the police who had to lathi-charge them to maintain order.WEDDING PROTESTEDAccording to the bride’s father, he had called the groom’s family and relatives for a small reception after the marriage. But there have been protests outside his house since Friday.

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Vice-President warns against violence, bounties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent threats and rewards for physical harm are not acceptable in a democracy, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday as he warned forces against undermining the rule of law, in comments that come amid widespread protests against movie ‘Padmavati’.The Vice-President also said that the one should not hurt people’s sentiments and warned against selective condemnation, though he did not directly refer to the yet-to-be-released Bollywood period drama.Speaking at an event in Delhi, Naidu said there is a new problem of people feeling that some films have hurt their sentiments, and this has led to protests. Some people go overboard and announce rewards, he said.Groups claiming to represent the Rajput community have protested and issued bounties for murder and mutilation of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians, for “distortion of history.””Whether these fellows have that much money or not, I doubt. Everyone is announcing Rs one crore reward. Is it so easy to have Rs one crore? This is not acceptable in a democracy,” the Vice-President said.Protesters say the alleged depiction of romance between legendry Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying the allegation.”You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to appropriate authorities… Protesters should protest lawfully, peacefully,” he said.He added, “You cannot physically obstruct and cannot issue violent threats. You have no right to take laws into your own hands. Let’s not undermine the rule of law.”The December 1 release has been deferred indefinitely by the makers and the highly anticipated magnum opus has been banned in multiple states, mostly ruled by the BJP.Naidu stressed that he was not talking about a particular film. He, however, mentioned some movies such as Garam Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi, which previously faced protests.”At the same time, you don’t have the right to hurt the sentiments of others”, he, however, said, also warning against selective condemnation and said it was wrong to link controversies to religion.Historians are divided over whether Padmavati ever existed. The movie is based on an epic 16th-century poem, ‘Padmavat’, by Sufi Muslim author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.”India always believed in pluralistic traditions and ethos and never allowed narrow and bigoted views or practices to rear their ugly heads. While dissent is agreeable, disintegration is not acceptable,” Naidu said.”That is the bottom line and any attempt to undermine integrity and unity of India by forces inimical to growth of India must be nipped in the bud.”A trader’s body was found hanging in Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh Fort with “we don’t just hang effigies… Padmavati” scribbled on a nearby rock on Friday, potentially marking a grotesque turn in the protests.Trouble started in January this year when Rajasthan-based fringe group Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali on the sets in Jaipur. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. Days after the movie’s trailer released, Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in hundreds.

Schools continue to flout safety norms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recent cases of crimes against students have forced schools in Delhi-NCR to tighten security, but quite a few institutions remain a potential threat, a reality check by DNA has revealed. Schools have asked guards to be vigilant and leave only after children have left. Some schools have restricted the entry of private drivers, and gone for verification of their staff.Delhi Public School in Noida has activated its Door Frame Metal Detectors. Security personnel are strict in asking questions, frisking visitors and making verification calls. Teachers check on kids during their dispersal. After-school activities are happening but with tight security. Only parents can pick up children. Entry and exit from a single gate is there to avoid confusion.Similar arrangements were seen at Vishwa Bharati Public School, Noida, where all gates are closed. Earlier, one gate was always open. Guards have been given instructions to ask for visitors’ details before letting them in if needed. Every minute detail is checked with teachers.At the Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School in South Delhi’s Chhattarpur, security during school hours looks fine. However, the situation changes quickly after school hours. Now, anyone can go in and come out, no questions asked. Animals can also be seen roaming around freely.Liquor shops and tobacco kiosks can easily be spotted near some schools. Amity International School in South Delhi’s Saket has a liquor shop just 100 metres away. Similarly, two liquor shops at Ganga Shopping Complex in Noida are not far from schools such as Vishwa Bharati Public School, Army Public School and Lord Mahavira School.Locals claim that some students in uniform are spotted sipping beer, trying to hide their school badges. “There is a wine shop at the entrance to the market. There are many tobacco kiosks, too. The beer shop has moved towards the back. When cops patrol the main road, they cannot see what children are up to,” says Pradeep Kumar, a shopper at the market.Hundreds of protesters set ablaze a liquor shop near Ryan International School in Gurugram, two days after a 7-year-old child was brutally murdered in a campus toilet by a bus attendant who also tried to sexually assault him. Protesters alleged that drivers and conductors often had liquor from the shop and could use toilets meant for students. Locals also said the school playground, which has no boundary wall, opens right in front of the liquor shop. This, they said, had made the playground a den of criminals. “We are in shock post what happened in Gurugram. The first thought was, this could happen to our children as well. We trusted the school when we dropped our kids there. Now, you stay scared till they’re back home,” says Bhavna Malik, mother of two who study at a prominent school in Noida. The toilets and the water cooler at Dakshini Dilli Nagar Nigam Pratibha Vidyalaya in Saket’s G block is open to auto-rickshaw drivers and locals. This correspondent has an easy entry. A woman does ask the purpose of the visit, but only later on.

Mumbai: Farmer attempts suicide near Mantralaya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An unidentified farmer who was not satisfied with Minister Subhash Deshmukh’s assurance on loan waiver attempted suicide near Mantralaya building on Wednesday evening. According to the Marine Drive police who are conducting preliminary inquiry, the farmer consumed rat poison. However he survived as other protesters rushed him to the hospital.

Haryana: Protestors detained for trying to meet BJP chief Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of Dalit protesters demanding reservation were detained by the police when they tried to enter Rohtak to meet BJP national president Amit Shah, who is on a visit to Haryana.The protesters were detained on Wednesday when they reached Kilazfargarh village on the Rohtak border as they did not have requisite permission, the police said.”Reservation is our right,” the leader of the protesters, Devi Das, said before being taken into custody.”We will not rest until we get what we deserve. We are staging a peaceful protest. Despite that, the police have detained us,” he said.The group has been staging a sit-in in Jind for the last 171 days to press for reservation for the community.Sub-divisional magistrate, Julana, Shiv Kumar said the protesters did not have permission to meet the BJP president.”If they had permission, we would have allowed them to enter Rohtak,” Kumar said.Shah yesterday began his Haryana visit from Bahadurgarh and is slated to hold a series of meetings and review works undertaken by the M L Khattar government during his three-day stay.

Policemen among several injured in clash over water supply

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Farmers protesting against restricting water supply of Kanwarsen canal today clashed with the police here, resulting in injuries to several people. Superintendent of Police Swai Singh Godara said farmers left around 5,000 cattle loose on the Bikaner-Suratgarh National Highway, which disrupted traffic movement for around two hours. The farmers and livestock rearers are protesting for the last 11 days in the Lunkaransar area, demanding supply of water from the canal, the police said. The police alleged that when they asked protesters to clear the highway, they started throwing stones, while the protesters alleged that the police fired teargas shells to disperse them. Several people, including some policemen sustained injuries, in the clashes, the police said. The farmers are protesting against the government’s decision to restrict water supply of the canal. Bikaner district Collector Anil Gupta said the highway has been cleared of the protesters and the situation is under control.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

How a strike has paralysed life in India’s Darjeeling

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Mumbai: Shabana Azmi, Konkona among those who protest lynching

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several activists, film personalities and youth today staged a protest here, opposing ‘community-targeted’ mob lynchings. Actors Shabana Azmi and Konkona Sena Sharma were among those who participated in the protest held at Carter Road in suburban Bandra this evening. Protesters marched silently, holding posters and placards bearing slogans. “Killing over food. Not in my Name,” read a placard. “Today’s protest was against the savage culture of mob lynching,” journalist and author Rana Ayyub said. The anti-lynching movement has gained traction after Saba Dewan, a documentary filmmaker, posted on Facebook about a protest she wanted to organise at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Similar marches have been held in Kolkata, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru. A member of the Bandra West Residents Association, who participated in today’s protest, said the campaign, started with the hashtag #NotInMyName, is an attempt to `reclaim the Constitution’ and resist the `onslaught’ on the right to life and equality.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Protest with severed heads of cattle creates flutter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two activists of a pro-Tamil fringe outfit today caused a flutter when they came holding severed heads of cattle to a protest against the Centre’s notification banning sale of cattle in animal markets for slaughter. Even as police were taking into custody the members of the “Aadhi Tamilar Peravai” for staging a protest demonstration in the heart of the city, two of its activists suddenly appeared at the spot holding two severed heads of cattle. Police personnel swiftly ran towards the two and snatched the heads and removed them from the spot. In all, 22 activists of the outfit were arrested and later released, police said. The protesters raised slogans against ban saying it would affect the farmers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Four train passengers injured as protesters throw stones

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four passengers were injured when protesters threw stones at Alleppey Express in Dhanbad district today during the rail roko agitation called by the opposition parties to protest the closure of Dhanbad- Chandrapur railway line, police said. Protesters threw stones at Dhanbad-Alappuza Alleppey express on the Grand Chord line between Dhanbad and Nichitpur halt damaging windows of AC bogey in which four passengers including a woman were injured, the police said. After getting the information Dhanbad deputy commissioner, A Dodde, senior superintendent of police Manoj Ratan Chauthe and other officials reached spot and dispersed the protesters. Opposition parties – Congress, JMM, JD(U) – had given a call for a rail roko today to protest the closure of Dhanbad-Chandrapur railway line under Dhanbad Rail Division of East Central Railway (ECR). On June 12 Railway Board had announced closure of 34 km long Dhanbad-Chandrapura rail track due to raging underground mines fire. Earlier in the day, Congress leader and and former minister OP Lal, JD(U) state president Jaleswar Mahto, AJSU leader Subhas Ray and JMM leader Rajendra Prasad tried to stop train movement at Nischitpur halt but police detained them. After the four leaders were detained by police, their supporters damaged a dumper of BCCL at Guribandh colliery and a truck at Salanpur colliery, the police said. The protesters also stopped a good rain for some time but the police and RPF chased them away. Meanwhile, in Ranchi the BJP asked the JMM to ask the Congress what the latter did about the the underground fire. “Former chief minister (and JMM working president) Hemant Soren should question its ally Congress about the Chandrapura Rail line closure. The responsibility is of the Congress, and not the BJP s,” BJP s state unit spokesman Praveen Prabhakar said in a press release here. He claimed that the underground fire was known in 2005 and asked what the Congress did about it. Prabhakar said had the Manmohan Singh government taken timely step then people would not have faced any difficulty. The BJP leader claimed that both the Centre and the state governments have made enough efforts to provide facilities to the people. Some trains are being diverted while the railway board would soon take decision on some other trains, he said. Twenty-two buses have started plying on Chandrapura route, Prabhakar said. For an alternative route for Dhanbad-Chandrapura line, the government has already made a survey through RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Service), which would be of 42 km long and would be completed in four years with Rs 3200 crore, Prabhakar said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress protests "bribery culture" of C’garh govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chhattisgarh unit of Congress today staged ‘chakka jam’ (blockade) on national highways in all district headquarters to protest against state government’s “bribery culture and corruption”. The protesters also burnt effigies of BJP chief Amit Shah in protest of his “insulting” remarks about Mahatma Gandhi. Around hundreds of Congress workers led by Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhupesh Baghel staged road blockade at Tatibandh Chowk located at Raipur-Nagpur route on the outskirts of capital Raipur. Accusing the BJP government in Chhattisgarh of steeped in corruption, Baghel demanded Shah to remove chief minister Raman Singh from his post. Baghel said his party has raised several questions before Shah, including why corruption and ‘commission-khori’ (bribe culture) charges against Raman Singh government was not being probed. He also asked, when the ruling BJP will fulfil its poll promise of providing Rs 2,100 minimum support price and Rs 300 bonus to farmers against procuring their paddy. Baghel also condemned Shah terming that his comment on ‘father of nation Mahatma Gandhi is an insult to the legendary leader and freedom fighters. Meanwhile, Congress workers also burnt effigies of Shah during the protest. Protesters also raised slogans against ruling BJP for their alleged outsourcing policy, bribery culture, corruption, anti-farmer policy etc. According to police, as many as 371 Congress leaders and workers, including Baghel, Rajya Sabha MP Chhaya Verma, senior MLAs Satyanarayan Sharma and Dhanendra Sahu, were arrested from separate places while staging blockade in Raipur. They were released later unconditionally, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmer unrest: Arson, stone-pelting in area near Bhopal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh reached the doorsteps of the state capital Bhopal today, with incidents of arson and stone-pelting in Fanda area. Police baton-charged the protesters and arrested at least 27 of them in the area, some 20 km outside Bhopal. “Some unidentified persons set a truck on fire near a spot where Congress workers were protesting. Then some men hurled stones at the policemen present there,” deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Raman Singh Sikarwar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not altercation with Gorakhpur BJP MLA, this is why IPS officer Charu Nigam was in tears

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A female IPS officer was reduced to tears after a BJP MLA in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s parliamentary constituency of Gorakhpur got into a heated argument with her over evicting protesters, with the incident being captured on the camera. Reacting to the incident, Charu Nigam the female IPS officer in question, wrote a message on Facebook explaining the situation and refuting allegations that she had cried because of the BJP MLA She wrote on Facebook:
ALSO READ Uttar Pradesh: BJP MLA, lady IPS officer level allegations at each other in GorakhpurTo everyone who has turned up in my support: My training hasn’t taught me to be weak. I just did not expect that my SP city Ganesh Saha Sir would outrightly reject the irrational argument and talk about my injury. Before sir came, I was the seniormost officer in police there but when sir came and stood by the force, I got emotional .Media has taken this stand because everyone of them saw both the incidents and this shows the positivity of media in Gorakhpur. I am thankful to them to have shown the truth with least manipulation. I believe that good gets good and that’s why I have got the support of the media. Please stay calm! I am fine and slightly hurt. Nothing to be agitated or worried about.
ALSO READ Watch: BJP MLA misbehaves with lady IPS officer in Uttar Pradesh, leaves her in tearsRegards CharuThe incident occurred in Kareemnagar area of the city where some people, protesting a liquor shop, were removed by the police. Local BJP MLA Radha Mohan Das Aggarwal reached the spot amid complaints by protesters that the Circle Officer Charu Nigam had forcibly removed them. They alleged that the police had hit a woman and dragged an 80-year-old man.The MLA questioned the IPS officer about her action and told that there had been orders by the state government that liquor shops will not function in densely populated residential areas.Amid the exchange of words, Nigam took out a handkerchief and wiped her tears. The visuals were captured and telecast by news channels. The police officer later accused the MLA of misbehaving and insulting her. “The MLA misbehaved with me and refused to acknowledge in full public view that he is speaking to a woman police officer,” Nigam said. On the footage showing her wiping tears, she said, “I did not weep, as it is not ingrained in my personality. However, I got emotional when my senior officer supported me.” The protesters were removed from the road as they were obstructing the traffic, she said. When the MLA arrived, the road was free from protesters, which apparently angered him as had asked them to stay put and lift the blockade only after his persuasion, Nigam claimed. On the other hand, Aggarwal accused the IPS officer of exercising high-handedness with the protesters, who were demanding that a liquor outlet in their locality be shut. “We are against the operation of liquor shops. People were peacefully protesting against the liquor shops, but the woman police officer forcibly removed the protesters and while doing so, she hit a woman and dragged an 80-year-old man. This simply cannot be tolerated,” he said. Aggarwal rubbished allegations that he misbehaved with her. He alleged that there was a tacit understanding between the police and the liquor mafia as a liquor shop closed 15 days ago had suddenly started doing business again. When asked to comment on the footage telecast by local news channels, Aggarwal said, “Is my body language showing that I am misbehaving with her? I was not speaking to the CO (Charu Nigam), but to the SP (City). See my body language properly.” “If you see the video recording of the incident, you will find the woman officer removing the protesters forcibly…you will see the reality,” the MLA said. The woman IPS officer has been quite active in the newly formed anti-Romeo squad and has been nick-named by some media organisations as ‘Lady Singham’ after a Bollywood movie.With inputs from agencies

Jadhav sentence: Cong leader protests outside Pak mission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of people, led by Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla, today protested outside the Pakistan High Commission against the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav. The protesters, numbered around 18-20, arrived outside the Pakistan High Commission around 10.30 AM and were detained and taken to Chankayapuri police station, said a senior police officer. The protesters were detained for a couple of hours and later released, he said. Poonawalla was taken inside the Commission by cops and he submitted a memorandum seeking the overturning of the death sentence awarded to Jadhav in the alleged espionage case. “Was taken to Pak HC from back gate to give memorandum seeking justice for Kulbhushan Now being taken back to Chanakyapuri police station,” read one of Poonawalla’s tweets.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJYM protests near Cong office, seeks HP CM’s resignation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha workers staged a protest near the Congress headquarters here today, demanding the resignation of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh after he was charge-sheeted by the CBI in a disproportionate assets case. The protesters raised slogans against the Congress chief minister. The protesters were stopped and taken away as they tried to demonstrate in front of the party office on Akbar Road. Leading the protesters, Delhi BJYM president Sunil Yadav said that Virbhadra Singh must resign from his post in view of “corruption” charges against him. “Singh misused his position…He has no moral right to continue as the chief minister,” Yadav said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SHO sent to police lines for ‘misbehaving’ with woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The SHO of Phagwara city station was sent to police lines for allegedly misbehaving with a woman and taking her along with her children to police station without any lady constable accompanying them. Phagwara City SHO Nirmal Singh yesterday allegedly misbehaved with the woman, manhandled her and pushed her and her two children into his official vehicle and illegally took them to police station, police said. A video had also gone viral on social media, purportedly showing Singh misbehaving with and bundling the woman and her children into his vehicle. Following a report by Phagwara S P Harwinder Singh Sandhu, who recommended disciplinary action against Singh for the “indiscreet act”, Kapurthala SSP Alka Meena yesterday dispatched the SHO to police lines, declaring that thorough investigation into the incident will follow. Sandhu had sent the report after Congress activists, led by senior Congress leader and party’s nominee from Phagwara Joginder Singh Mann, had staged a dharna outside SP’s office last evening demanding action against the SHO. Even a faction of BJP, led by Phagwara Block President Pankaj Chawla, had supported the protest. Protesters alleged that Singh had raided the house of Vivek Chadha in Hadiabad sub-town yesterday. Not finding Chadha at home, he allegedly misbehaved with his wife, manhandled her and pushed her minor son and daughter into his official vehicle and illegally took them to police station.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jat stir enters fourth day, Yashpal Malik addresses protesters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ongoing Jat quota agitation in Haryana today entered its fourth day and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere, officials said here, even as AIJASS national president Yashpal Malik addressed the protesters at several locations. Amid elaborate security arrangements, the Jats held dharnas at several locations which remained peaceful, they said. The call for the fresh stir has been given by some Jat outfits, especially those owing allegiance to All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti headed by Yashpal Malik. In view of the large number of protesters gathering at Jassia village today, the authorities had to divert traffic on the Rohtak-Panipat national highway. Malik said that he addressed the gatherings at Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat and Panipat. Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Ram Niwas said that no untoward incident was reported from anywhere. “The protesters are carrying out their agitation in a peaceful manner so far,” Niwas said. The government is also closely monitoring the social media for maintenance of law and order, he said. Niwas said the Deputy Commissioners can exercise powers given under the National Security Act, 1980, if required, to deal with the protesters. “The DCs can take a call depending on the situation,” he said. However, Malik alleged that this shows the “dictatorial attitude” of the Haryana government. “The NSA extends to the whole of India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir. While NSA can’t be invoked in J&K, but here in Haryana, where Jats are sitting in a peaceful manner, the powers have been given to DCs to take a call. “We want to remind the Haryana government that people of Haryana understand the language of love and coercive methods cannot be used to suppress their voice,” Malik said over phone. He also demanded that ruling BJP should “first control its own MP (from Kurukshetra) Raj Kumar Saini (over alleged anti-Jat rants) before talking of invoking NSA.” Malik said that in the coming days the number of protesters will swell at the dharna sites in support of their various demands. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jallikattu protesters held Osama Bin Laden’s pictures, demanded for separate Tamil Nadu: Panneerselvam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Blaming “anti-national, anti-social and extremist elements” for infiltrating the pro-jallikattu protests and the subsequent violence in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu government said on Friday the “evil forces” that had attempted to divert the peaceful agitation would be identified and tried before law.Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said such persons had made the students “unable to rejoice the legal steps taken for the conduct of jallikattu, for which they (the protesters) had made a contribution”. “Anti-national, anti-social and extremist elements had infiltrated the protests held by students, youth and public for the conduct of jallikattu. These persons diverted the peaceful movement, did not allow the protesters to disperse, attacked policemen and endangered public life and property by indulging in violence,” he said.However, despite provocations like being pelted with stones and attacked by mobs, the police maintained restraint, used “minimum force” and never resorted to firing or lathicharge, the chief minister said. “I wish to point out that the police used minimum force and protected public life and property,” he added.
ALSO READ Supreme Court to hear Jallikattu matters on Jan 31Panneerselvam gave a detailed statement in the Assembly, after Opposition Leader MK Stalin sought the chief minister’s response to the “lathicharge” and how the protests turned violent. He said police had received information that some of the protesters wanted to prolong the stir till Republic Day, adding that they wanted to “show black flags and create problems” on January 26, besides creating disruptions. “Some even raised separate Tamil Nadu demands and there is photographic proof of some holding pictures of Osama Bin Laden with accompanying Boycott Republic Day slogans,” Panneerselvam said, adding that many “objectionable” remarks were also made.He assured the House that the “evil forces” behind the violence would be identified and action taken against them. The chief minister, who said the jallikattu ban was implemented in 2011 during the days of the UPA, in which the DMK was a constituent, also recalled the sustained efforts of his predecessor, late J Jayalalithaa, and himself for the conduct of the bull-taming sport in the state.
ALSO READ Animal Welfare Board petitions seeks stay on Jallikattu BillHe also explained in detail the circumstances leading to the state government issuing an ordinance last week, following his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the latter promised the Centre’s support to the state’s legal endeavours on the issue. Panneerselvam said one of the pro-jallikattu voices, musician ‘Hip-Hop Tamizha’ Aadhi, had expressed anguish over unwanted elements entering the protest and insulting the national flag.He said after the police had received information of such elements infiltrating the protests, they had asked the protesters at Marina on January 23 to disperse. While about 10,000 of them paid heed to the police advice, around 2,000 people stayed back and continued with the protests, he added.
ALSO READ Animal welfare bodies move SC challenging new act allowing Jallikattu in Tamil NaduAt this juncture, an unlawful mob tried to break the police barriers near Ice House and was dispersed by the cops, who had been attacked with stones, by employing “minimum force” and firing tear gas shells, the chief minister said. Another such mob attacked the Ice House police station with petrol-filled bottles, which led to a fire that destroyed some items at the station and two four-wheelers, 31 two-wheelers and one auto-rickshaw parked outside, he added.At Nadukuppam, the miscreants tried to proceed to Marina and when asked by the police to retreat, they attacked them with stones and petrol-filled bottles, causing severe damage to property including vehicles, Panneerselvam said, adding that the police used “minimum force” to disperse them as well. Attacks on the policemen and their vehicles were also reported from other localities like Zam Bazaar, Poonamallee High Road, Erukkanchery Main Road and Vadapalani, he said. The metro rail station at Arumbakkam came under an attack of such rioters who also set a state-run liquor shop on fire, the chief minister added.A total of 12,500 people staged road roko across 76 locations in the city protesting police action against the anti-social elements, he said. A total of 142 police personnel and 138 protesters were injured in various incidents in Chennai that day and many of them were still undergoing treatment, he added.Scores of police, Fire and Rescue Services, government and public vehicles were damaged in the violence, Panneerselvam said, adding that a total of 66 cases have been registered and 215 people arrested in this regard. Giving details of the protests in other parts of Tamil Nadu, he said the rail roko staged by the agitators in Madurai had crippled the train services between Chennai and the southern parts of the state.Over 50 people, including police personnel, were injured while a number of vehicles suffered damage in stone-pelting incidents, the chief minister added. During the entire duration of the protests, the police took “maximum care” to maintain peace and uphold law and order, Panneerselvam said.On political parties’ allegations of “police excesses” during the violence, the chief minister, who holds the Home portfolio, said the accusations would be probed and action taken if they were proved to be true. Recalling the initial stages of the protests, he said besides two of his cabinet colleagues holding talks with the protesters last week, he himself had spoken to them before leaving for Delhi to meet Modi to seek an ordinance for the conduct of jallikattu.After the prime minister’s assurance of the Centre’s support to Tamil Nadu’s legal efforts, he had stayed back in Delhi and held consultations, which led to the state deciding on issuing an ordinance, the draft of which was prepared there itself to be sent to the Centre and also for Presidential assent, Panneerselvam said.The chief minister recalled that he had promised to move a bill in the Assembly on January 23 itself to replace the ordinance and amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. However, the protesters later started pressing for a “permanent solution” as also for a ban on animal rights NGO PETA and did not withdraw their protests, he said. Issues of a ban on foreign trade and inter-state water disputes like Cauvery and Mullaperiyar also started coming up among the protesters, Panneerselvam said.

Jallikattu protests turn violent: Police says some protesters were part of ultra-left organisations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Police said some of the protesters, who took part in the pro-jallikattu agitation , belonged to ultra-left organisations such as the CPI(ML) and Revolutionary Youth Front of India. Police said many protesters did not have a proper answer when they were asked why were they continuing with the protest when an ordinance for conducting the bull-taming sport had been promulgated. When police started recording their statements, they found out that some of the protesters belonged to ultra-left outfits like the Puthia Jananayakam, CPI(ML) and Revolutionary Youth Front of India.They also recorded their statements regarding those who supplied microphones and other infrastructure facilities for organising the demonstration. Police asked them when genuine supporters of jallikattu were satisfied with the government action, why should they want to continue with the agitation and what was their real objective. They did not have a proper answer and soon afterwards, dispersed from the spot, police said.At Perambalur, the protesters dispersed on being requested by the police. Some of them even hugged the police personnel before leaving the protest venue.Police said even at Thanjavur and Kumbakonam, the protesters dispersed without arguing with the securitymen.In a crackdown, police today started evicting scores of pro-jallikattu demonstrators from protest venues across the state, especially from the Marina Beach, epicentre of the stir for the past one week, amid reports of stone-pelting and lathicharge at a few places. At the Marina, the police action began early in the morning with roads to the beach being cordoned off and police personnel being deployed in large numbers.Some protesters lined up at the seashore forming a human chain and a group entered the water refusing to heed police requests to disperse. Some others staged a sit-in on the sands while others regrouped in nearby areas, shouting slogans and allegedly throwing stones on policemen. Police burst teargas shells and reportedly lathicharged to chase away a section of protesters who had regrouped at Triplicane near Marina beach and allegedly started throwing stones at police personnel.The protesters had been demonstrating for the past one week demanding lifting of the ban on jallikattu.Despite promulgation of an ordinance on Saturday for conducting the bull-taming sport, they had vowed to carry on with their protest till a permanent solution was found to ensure that the sport is held annually without any hindrance.TV visuals showed men and women in khaki physically removing protesters from the beach.At Coimbatore, police forcibly evicted the protesters from VOC Park Grounds here where they were agitating for the last six days.As the appeal made by senior officials to clear the grounds failed, police in large numbers started to bodily lift the protestors and shift them out of the venue.Women police personnel were seen taking women agitators, some elderly and some with babies in their arms, out of the grounds, despite them appealing with folded hands not to disturb the peaceful agitation.Even as some protestors were seen leaving the venue voluntarily, police removed nearly 300 protesters from there, police said.Protesting against the police action, some youths formed a human chain on the main Avanashi chain and police made a ‘mild’ cane charge to disperse them, police said.A section of protestors were raising slogans in support of their demand for a permanent act for conducting jallikkatu and against PETA and police, near the Central Jail, some 200 metres from the venue, prompting the police to take into custody nearly 300 people, they said.Police said they had cleared the ground, venue for the Republic Day function, and it is under control of the district administration and police.Protests are reportedly continuing in Madurai with demonstrators allegedly throwing stones at police in Alanganallur even as officials are trying to persuade the agitators to disperse.Police forcibly removed protesters from protest venues at Alanganallur, famous for jallikattu events, when they refused to heed to their repeated requests to disperse.According to Alanganallur police, 20 people, many of them policemen, were injured in stone-pelting by protesters. Roads near the protest venue was strewn with stones, glass pieces and logs.Alanganallur village is now under the control of the police, they added.Police said protesters at Cuddalore, Tirunelveli and Erode had dispersed.Earlier, the Alanganallur village committee, which was satisfied with the ordinance, had agreed to hold jallikattu on February 1 and thanked those who participated in the agitation in favour of the bull-taming sport.Though the decision of the local committee was made through public announcement system, some miscreants at the agitation venue refused to disperse and started pelting stones, police said.There was a scuffle between police and some youths in which protesters were injured. Police were forced to take action as several rounds of talks failed, an official said.Police said the situation was fully under control and some persons who were seen instigating the crowd have been detained for questioning.Meanwhile, DIG of Police Anand Somani led a flag march in the village to boost the confidence of the local people.In Madurai, Additional SP Murugesh held talks with protesting students and urged them to disperse.One woman was injured in the scuffle between police and youths in the city.Police resorted to lathicharge at two places in Coimbatore to disperse protesters who allegedly indulged in stone pelting against the security force.A group of students of a private engineering college squatted on the airport road to protest eviction from VOC Park Grounds and seeking a permanent solution to the jallikkattu issue.Police resorted to mild lathicharge after they refused to disperse, police said.Three police personnel, including a woman, were injured when they started pelting stones. The injured have been admitted to the government hospital, they said.Meanwhile, some 200 people sat on dharna near the Central Bus stand in Gandhipuram to protest police action. Police managed to chase them away.According to police, about 300 persons, including students, who were removed from VOC Park grounds during the crackdown and lodged at a marriage hall, refused to have lunch and announced their decision to observe a fast, police said.

Jallikattu: Two die in Indian bullfight amid controversy

The deaths come after a ban on the controversial practice called jallikattu is temporarily lifted.

India Jallikattu bullfighting events resume in Tamil Nadu

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Not just Jallikattu: 12 instances of horrible animal cruelty from across India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jallikattu protests reached Delhi with scores of people including students from Tamil Nadu demonstrating against the ban on the bull-taming sport. The protesters, led by Tamil lawyers in Supreme Court, took out a march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar raising slogans against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the ban on Jallikattu. Protesters, numbering more than 200, claimed that they don’t have any affiliation to any political party or organisation. “We don’t have any political affiliation. We have gathered here for the protection of Tamil culture and its rich heritage,” advocate Mayilsamy, a Supreme Court lawyer, who was among the protesters told PTI.But Jallikattu isn’t the only instance of animal cruelty in India. Here are 12 other cases from across the country: 1. During the Ooru Habba festival in Karnataka, two buffaloes and two goats are sacrificed outside the Bannerghatta National Park near Bengaluru. The animals are pierced with a trident and their blood drunk2. Myoko, the monsoon festival, is celebrated by Apatanis — a major tribe of Arunachal Pradesh’s Ziro valley — with a mithun (an important bovine species) being ritually sacrificed on sacred ground by a priest3. At the annual Mailapur village fair in Karnataka’s Yadgir district, worshippers throw live lambs at the palanquin of Mailareshwara. In the melee, hundreds of devotees trample and kill the young animals4. During the annual rath yatra, about 1,500 goats are sacrificed at the Shree Yedumata temple in Pimpledari village in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. The sacrifice takes place every year, despite protests5. In 2012, on Day 17 of the Chithirai month according to the Tamil calendar, 5,000 baby goats were sacrificed during a temple festival at Poosariyur, near Anthiyur in Tamil Nadu. The blood was consumed by the priests and devotees6. At the shrine dedicated to the tribal idol Baba Dongar in Ranapur of Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua district, around 500 animals, typically goats and chicken are illegally slaughtered by priests on devotees’ requests7. In 2015, animal rights activist and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi wrote to the Defence Ministry against live animals being air- dropped so troops posted in remote areas were able to get fresh meat8. Festivals like Shand and Bhunda involve a huge number of animals being killed using a knife by a man known as Beda to please goddess Kali and to ward off evil spirits, at the entrance of temples near Shimla9. In regions around Pune, goats and fowls are sacrificed to the God Vetala. In western Maharashtra, animal sacrifice is practiced to pacify female deities that are supposed to rule the sacred groves10. In West Bengal’s Kalighat, thousands of sheep are sacrificed every year. In other parts too, a priest recites the Gayatri Mantra in the ear of the animal to be sacrificed in order to free the animal from the cycle of life and death11. Nihangs and Hazuri Sikhs sacrifice goats during the festivals of Diwali and Hola Mohalla and distribute it as mahaprashad among the congregates. Anyone converting to a Nihang Sikh has to sacrifice an animal12. In Terekol of Goa, the barbaric custom of teenage boys biting a piglet to death in celebration of St John’s baptism ended in 1989 following protests by animal rights activists, charitable trusts and NGOs

Rohith Vemula anniversary: Police whisk away protesters trying to gatecrash University of Hyderabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of protesters on Tuesday tried to gatecrash into the University of Hyderabad (UoH) to take part in a meet organised in memory of Rohit Vemula on his first death anniversary but were whisked away by police.The protesters comprising a number of students’ organisations had assembled in front of the UoH main gate as part of “Shahadat Din” of Vemula, who was found hanging in a hostel room on the varsity campus on January 17 last year.A section of students under the aegis of Joint Action Committee for Social Justice – UOH said they would gather at the ‘Rohit Stupa’ to remember his legacy and to vow that fight will go on against “casteism and communalism”.The protesters marched towards the main entrance gate of UoH, raised slogans against UoH Vice-Chancellor Apparao Podile and sought immediate his arrest.Holding placards reading “Justice for Rohit Vemula”, the protesters marched towards the main gate and tried to forcibly enter by removing the barricade placed in front of the main gate.Police immediately took them away in a vehicle even as JAC members assembled near the main gate after coming from inside the campus.Vemula’s suicide had sparked massive protests nationwide, resulting in a fierce political slugfest, with a string of political parties and Dalit organisations siding with students and accusing the BJP and varsity administration of being anti- Dalit. Also, it had triggered a huge political furore with the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani coming under attack along with Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya for having written a letter related to the matter.Raising questions on Rohit Vemula’s Dalit status, a commission constituted by the HRD ministry after the scholar’s death had said the material on record did not establish it and attributed his suicide to personal reasons. However, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairman P L Punia had rejected the judicial commission’s report on Vemula’s suicide as fake and fictitious, and said the deceased research scholar was a Dalit.

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