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Centenary of Madan Lal Dhingra’s Martyrdom

Posted by Admin on September 13, 2009


Madanlal dhingraMainstream, Vol XLVII, No 39, September 12, 2009

Saturday 12 September 2009, by Chaman Lal

Madan Lal Dhingra is perhaps the first Indian freedom fighter, who was executed in London on August 17, 1909. But it is strange that no one in public or the government has thought of comme-morating the event. A brief life-sketch of Madan Lal Dhingra is being given here to draw attention towards his martyrdom, a century ago, for the freedom of the country.

Madan Lal Dhingra was born on February 18, 1883 at Amritsar in a very rich family. His father, Dr Ditta Mal, retired as the Government Civil Surgeon and had twentyone houses in Katra Sher Singh and six bunglaws on G.T. Road. Dr Ditta Mal had shifted from his village Sahiwal in Sargodha district, now in Pakistan, in 1850 and he held 10 bighas land and a haveli in his ancestral village. He was a Rai Saheb title holder from the British Government. He had six buggies and his car ran on Amritsar roads—he was the first Indian to have this privilege in the city. He had seven sons and one daughter. Three of his sons were trained medical doctors and three were Barristers. One of his brothers, Dr Bihari Lal Dhingra, was notorious as the Prime Minister of Jind state for his cruelties on people. It was in such a family that a rebellious son was born; he did physical labour while doing his B.Sc. from Lahore, where he was influenced by the Pagdi Sambhal Jatta movement of Lala Lajpat Rai and Ajit Singh, the uncle of Bhagat Singh. Read the rest of this entry »

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A disturbing trend of fake encounters

Posted by Admin on September 13, 2009


Ishrath jahanThe New Indian Express

When Ishrat Jahan was killed in a hail of police bullets in Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004, along with three others, few suspected they were anything but terrorists planning to murder Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate S P Tamang believes otherwise. In his report of September 8 he says clearly that the killing was ‘staged’ by the police with an eye on ‘promotions’. The report names then police commissioner K R Kaushik and D G Vanzara, the DIG who is already in prison over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter in which three people were killed. It is chilling to note that the Ishrat encounter has been described as motivated by a desire to ‘flatter’ the CM.

Extra-judicial killings are not new in India. But the proliferation of Dirty Harry(s) in every part of the country is reason for everyone to be worried. ‘Encounter’ and custodial deaths seem to be increasing, the latest being in Chennai, where A Lakshmanan died in a lock-up after alleged third-degree interrogation. Few people have heard of Sanjit (killed in Manipur last July), Abdul Rehman (2007), Sohrabuddin Sheikh (2007), Manorama Devi (2004), Sadiq Jamal (2003) and Sameer Khan Pathan (2002).

Their deaths were a clear violation of human rights. In light of this, the dangers of the anti-terror bill passed by the Modi government, which makes confession made before a police officer admissible in a court, become dismayingly obvious. The statement by Justice (Retd) C Upendra Singh last Saturday that extra-judicial killings are a reality add weight to the concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

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Judicial inquiry says 2004 Ishrat encounter in Gujarat was fake

Posted by Admin on September 8, 2009


Dead: Ishrat Jahan was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004

Dead: Ishrat Jahan was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 AHMEDABAD: Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year old student of Khalsa College, Mumbai, and three others who were proclaimed Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives out to kill Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, were actually killed a day before they were officially shown as having died in a police encounter. ( Watch Video )

An inquiry into the Ishrat Jahan encounter case of June 15, 2004 by a city magisterial court has revealed that the four killings were staged by the then Ahmedabad police commissioner KR Kaushik, crime branch chief PP Pandey, DIG DG Vanzara and his men. The report names 21 cops, including retired DGP Kaushik, as party to the fake encounter.

Just like the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter, where the couple was abducted and brought to Ahmedabad and Sohrabuddin’s wife Kauserbi killed because she was witness to the murder, the crime branch “kidnapped” Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Shaikh and Ishrat from Mumbai and kept them in illegal custody, the report says.

It claims that IPS officer DG Vanzara’s men killed Javed between 8.30pm and 9pm on June 14, then killed the ‘Pakistanis’ Jisan Johar and Amjadali Rana. Finally, Ishrat was killed that night, between 11pm and midnight, because ‘‘she was witness to the killings’’. Vanzara told the media the next morning that the four were killed after a dramatic police chase around 4.30am on June 15.

Based on food remains in the stomach and the state of the bodies , the inquiry concluded that the deaths occurred several hours before the official claim.

The report says after the three men were killed, Ishrat was forcibly positioned in the front seat of the car and shot from close range. A pistol was then placed in her hand. The police then put her college identity card around her neck and her purse was put in the boot of the car. It also declares that Johar and Rana were Indians. Read the rest of this entry »

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Encounter Killing, Custodial Torture and Independence Day

Posted by Admin on August 16, 2009


Manipur fake en233India celebrated its 63rd year of independence yesterday. While politicians and national leaders celebrate the Independence Day, delivering speeches and attending dinners, they will have to struggle to explain why often men and women in the country lose their life each year in encounters with the law enforcement agencies. The policy makers of the largest democracy of the world will also find it difficult to explain why the people’s confidence about their law enforcement agencies is at an all time low.

This argument is highlighted in an incident that happened in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state on 23 July. On that day, two persons were shot dead by the Manipur Police Commando Unit in Imphal in broad daylight. Of the two persons killed, one was a woman, seven-months pregnant, who was shot in front of her three-year-old son. Five more persons were injured, four of them seriously, when the police indiscriminately fired at the crowd, with total disregard to the safety and life of the civilians they are bound to protect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoists call Black Day today

Posted by Admin on August 15, 2009


Express News Service

ROURKELA: The CPI (Maoist) outfit has given a call to observe Independence Day as ‘Black Day’. Secretary of the Dakshin Chhota Nagpur Committee of the outfit identified only as Samarjee over telephonic communication intimated to some local newspaper offices about the outfit’s diktat.

Samarjee acting as spokesperson for the outfit said the ‘so-called’ freedom was meant for capitalist forces while the poor and downtrodden were yet to be freed from the bondage and taste the fruit of real freedom. Exhorting all to hoist black flags he warned the violators would be punished severely.

Security forces in the Sundargrh district on the Orissa-Jharkhand border continue to be on high alert for the Independence Day tomorrow

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Al Jazeera: Indian Police Atrocities………..

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2009


02_repression_sizedIndia ‘police abuses’ condemned

India’s police force has been accused of extrajudicial killings, torture and carrying out illegal detentions, human rights campaigners have said.

“India’s status as the world’s largest democracy is undermined by a police force that thinks it is above the law,” Brad Adams, Asia Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), said on Tuesday.

“The police continue to use their old methods: abuse and threats … It’s time for the government to stop talking about reform and fix the system.”

A report – titled Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police -collated from interviews with 60 alleged victims and about 80 police officers of various ranks detailed various abuses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Prachanda slams India for its operations against CPI Maoist

Posted by Admin on August 3, 2009


prachandaKATHMANDU: Nepal’s Maoists chairman Prachanda has criticized India and Sri Lanka for allegedly “suppressing” the extremist outfits in the two countries and said his party would renew its ties with the international fraternal groups.

“The military action of Sri Lankan government against the armed group LTTE and Indian government’s armed action against Indian Maoists in Lalgarh are deplorable acts,” he said while addressing media persons here yesterday.

The Maoists’ have also decided to strengthen their ties with all the Marxists, Leninist and Maoist parties of the world.

“It is our policy to support any movement launched by the Maoists anywhere in the world and we oppose suppression of such struggle by the government,” Maoist central secretariat member Narayankaji Shrestha ‘Prakash’ said.

The Maoists’ central committee meeting has decided to renew its fraternal relations with international organizations having similar ideologies such as RIM (Revolutionary International Movement) and COMPOSA (Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia) and other international communist bodies.

“We will not tolerate any action by the state against our international fraternal organisations,” Maoists’ Foreign Affairs Department chief C P Gajurel said. TOI

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India, don’t supply weapons to the Nepal Army!

Posted by Admin on July 24, 2009


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Dahal warns of new round of confrontation if India resumes weapons supply

Unified CPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has reportedly warned Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal that the government’s plan to import weapons from India will derail the fragile peace process.

According to reports, the Maoist Chairman called PM Nepal Wednesday morning and expressed serious objection of his party to Defense Minister Bidhya Bhandari’s request to India to resume weapons supply to Nepal.

Dahal also said that import of any weapons while the peace process is still on is against the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) and will completely jeopardize the peace process, leading to resumption of violence and more bloodshed in the country.

India stopped supplying lethal weapons to Nepal following the royal takeover in February 2005, but continued to provide non-lethal military hardware.

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Bhandari met her Indian counterpart A.K Antony and Foreign Minister S.M Krishna in New Delhi and asked for resumption of military assistance to Nepal. She later told the media that India was positive on resuming the stalled military assistance and that details of the support would be finalised by a meeting of a bi-national committee. Read the rest of this entry »

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