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The “Social Media Conclave” of Tamil Nadu Young Thinkers Forum held on Nomber 18th, 2017 in Chennai (2)!

November 21, 2017

The “Social Media Conclave” of Tamil Nadu Young Thinkers Forum held on Nomber 18th, 2017 in Chennai (2)!

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017.second session

The second session: The second panel saw Thirunavakarasu, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Intelligence speaking on how the police use social media to help keep people safe. He also mentioned how the fig leaf of anonymity is not as true as people believe, and that the police can track abusers and anti-social elements in social media within no time at all. Other speakers spoke about how ministers such as Mrs. Sushma Swaraj use social media for responding to crises and suggested that ministers and bureaucrats in Tamil Nadu could adopt such best practices. Panelists on Citizen Participation in Governance and Role of Social Media were :

  1. Sumanth Raman – television anchor and commentator.
  2. Thirunavakarasu – Deputy Commissioner, Intelligence, Chennai City Police.
  3. Kiruba Shankar – Blogger and Social media professional.
  4. Sailesh Davey and Srikanth of Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikalam.
  5. Anand C. P. – Founder of Satya Vijayi

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017.second session.audience

Second session audience-LHS

audience view-18-11-2017

Second session, audience- RHS

Third session - 18-11-2017

The third and last session: The last panel on enhancing the quality of public discourse in social media in Tamil Nadu articulated the futility of trying to control social media, as the users come from very diverse backgrounds. Some well-thought-through advice also came through in this session. The first was to ignore provocative trolling, as any such response only begets further trolling. One should seek timely police intervention when the line of privacy is crossed and social media abuse spills over to real life. The panelists urged users not to trust everything they see on social media and to use social media constructively as a fact-checking medium. Panelists on Enhancing Quality of Public Discourse in Social Media were :

  1. Dhanya Rajendran – Editor-in-chief, The News Minute;
  2. Anand Ranganathan – Author, Consulting editor, and Columnist, News Laundry;
  3. Chinmayi Sripaada – Singer
  4. Banu Gomes – Political Analyst and Social Activist

Fourth session-18-11-2017

Makandeya Kaju discussed some of the issues[1]: He has been participating in the social media and media debates and presenting his views on many issues. Just for convenience, his views are taken here in the context[2]:

Supreme Court Judge says that her daughters are liabilities

Twisting facts: One of the defects is that the media often twist facts. I would like to give an example. One day, a leading English newspaper published on its front page a photograph of Justice Gyan Sudha Misra of the Supreme Court with the caption: “Supreme Court Judge says that her daughters are liabilities.” This was a distorted and fallacious item of news, published on the front page. Supreme Court Judges have to disclose their assets and liabilities. Against the liabilities column, Justice Misra had written: “two daughters to be married.” Strictly speaking, it was not necessary to mention this because liabilities mean legal liabilities, for example, housing loan, car loan, and so on. Justice Misra’s intention was obviously to say that she would have to spend on her daughters’ future marriage. She has three daughters (no son), only one of whom has been married. Justice Misra never said, nor intended to say, that her daughters were liabilities. The news was false and defamatory, with the obvious intention of creating a sensation.

Paid news- EPW article

Paid news: A second defect concerns the issue of paid news that has become prominent of late. In the 2009 elections, it was a scandal. How this vicious practice could be stopped needs to be discussed. Incidentally, in compliance with an order of the Chief Information Commissioner dated September 19, 2011, we have placed the 71-page report of the Committee consisting of Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Sreenivas Reddy on our website, http://www.presscouncil.nic.in with the disclaimer that the Press Council had rejected this report at its meeting held on April 26, 2010.

Paid news- how it works

Non-issues as real issues: A third defect is that the media often portray non-issues as real issues, while the real issues are sidelined. The real issues in India are economic, that is, the terrible economic conditions in which 80 per cent of our people are living, the poverty, unemployment, lack of housing and medical care and so on. Instead of addressing these real issues, the media often try to divert the attention of people to non-issues.

  1. Such as that the wife of a film actor has become pregnant, whether she will give birth to a single child or to twins, and so on. Are these the real issues facing the nation?
  2. At a Lakme India Fashion Week event, there were 512 accredited journalists covering the event in which models were displaying cotton garments, while the men and women who grew that cotton were killing themselves at a distance of an hour’s flight from Nagpur, in the Vidharbha region. Nobody told that story, except one or two journalists, locally.
  3. No doubt, sometimes the media mention farmers’ suicides, the rise in the price of essential commodities, and so on, but such coverage is at most 5 per cent to 10 per cent of the total. The bulk of the coverage goes to showing the life of film stars, pop music, fashion parades, cricket and astrology.

Tendency to brand: Here is a fourth defect. Bomb blasts have taken place near the Delhi High Court, in Mumbai, Bangalore and so on. Within a few hours of such a bomb blast, many TV channels started showing news items that said that the Indian Mujahideen or the Jaish-e-Mohammed or the Harkatul-Jihad-e-Islam had sent e-mails or text messages claiming responsibility. The names of such alleged organisations will always be Muslim ones. Now, an e-mail can be sent by any mischievous person, but by showing this on TV channels and the next day in the newspapers, the tendency is to brand all Muslims as terrorists and bomb-throwers.

TNYTF-2017- News Today-page-7

How “social media” is manipulated by politicians, business men and ideologists: The following attitude is also not discussed for solution.

  1. Ironically, that the fake news are manufactured by the media houses is accepted by the panelists and responsible activists.
  1. As usual, they only explained nicely the sins, but, have not provided any solutions to remove it.
  1. 50 to 100 and more persons are paid to sit and manipulate “social media” with fake IDs etc., working under the banner of “IT cell”!
  1. No opposite views are encouraged, accepted and hen such views are suppressed or attacked strategically or hacked as last resort.
  1. “I say, you accept” authoritarian attitude is noted. Those who opposed are blocked, hacked and silenced.
  1. The nexus of the politicians, businessmen, cine-field and ideologists is well established and thus, they control the social media.
  1. Even the schools, colleges and universities are manipulated for their business and profits.
  1. Ideologists turned agents demand ransom for their support and hence they go on attack others with one or the other issue.
  1. The media does not discuss important issues of common men, but, always mislead with manufactured data and information.
  1. After cinema, cricket, now, the “social media” has come and people are compelled to join, waste time and get spoiled.

Social media responsibility

What is the use of these conclaves for common men?: Ironically, the crimes committed because of the influence of social media, the girls and women raped through “facebook” courtship and related issues are not discussed. Again, to assess the conclave and the result, question arises, what it has achieved or going to achieve. The educated elite of these categories with safe job, position and status, they would be surviving, whether Modi is in power or not, but, there have been real workers and opportunistic “new comers”, they would be disturbed, if change occurs. While the former suffer heavily, the later would disappear finding way for their business. For ordinary people, all these verbose, ideologies, data and information and nothing is useful. They do not use social media and it cannot reduce prices, but, encourage intellectual stupidity and arrogance thriving on likes and following. The prices of essential commodities are not going to get reduced, when they go on discuss GDP and all. The number of phone users may increase with the profits of the companies. As long as phone is linked with Adhar, ration card and other things, it looks nice, but, if they do not get rice, sugar, oil and other things, they have to die. At that time all these experts cannot do anything.

© Vedaprakash

21-11-2017.

Social media responsibility-think before you click

[1] The Hindu, Media and issues of responsibility, October 21, 2011 23:21; Updated. September 27, 2016, 02:09 IST.

[2] http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/Media-and-issues-of-responsibility/article13059658.ece

 

The “Social Media Conclave” of Tamil Nadu Young Thinkers Forum held on Nomber 18th, 2017 in Chennai (1)!

November 21, 2017

The “Social Media Conclave” of Tamil Nadu Young Thinkers Forum held on Nomber 18th, 2017 in Chennai (1)!

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017.Hall entrance.outside

Entrance of the Rasika Ranjini Sabha, where the conclave was held.

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017.Hall entrance

The board about the conclave.

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017.registration

Registration of the participants.

Joint venture of the conclave on “Social media”: As some friends of Facebook informed about a meeting to be held at Mylapore and invited to come, our group had decided to attend and accordingly, we proceeded to Mylapore[1]. Indeed, the Rasika Ranjini Sabha has been constructed / reconstructed with modern look! At the entrance, two persons were sitting and asked us, whether we wanted to register. After filling up a paper with our names, phone nos, e-mail etc, we were given two plastic folders containing an issue of “Swarajya”, scrbbling pad and a pen, no details about the program or the organizers. Tamil Nadu Young Thinkers Forum (TNYTF) organized its 1st Social Media Conclave on 18 November 2017 at the Hall of Rasika Raanjini Sabha, 30/1, Sundareswarar Street, Mylapore in Chennai. The Tamil Nadu Young Thinkers Forum (TNYTF) organized it in association with the ARR Charitable Trust[2] with an aim to elevate the quality of public discourse in Tamil Nadu as well as the country and appraise social media trends in the state, citizen engagement in governance using social media, role of social media in enhancing quality of public discourse and the future of social media, followed by an open house. Invited Journalists, authors, bloggers and columnists were among the speakers lined up at the conclave. There was an announcement about it in “Swarajya Magazine” website[3]. When I just looked around after sitting, I could find only persons of elite group!

MAFA Pandian inagurated- 18-11-2017

Inauguration of the conclave: Ma Foi K Pandiarajan, (Minister for Tamil, Art & Culture, Archaeology and Museums, Government of Tamil Nadu) Said[4], “The Tamilnadu government will soon be introducing 1,000 new Tamil words every month to strengthen the language’s vocabulary. This will be implemented with the help of language experts in the State.” He was the chief guest at the first social media conclave of the Tamilnadu Young Thinkers’ Forum, conducted here today in association with ARR Charitable Trust. “The state of Tamil language in the international arena is not good. For example, even Google translate is not able to get the grammar correct when it comes to our mother tongue while it does its job fluently in other languages. The main reason for this, I believe, is the lack of constructive propagation. The language continues to be hard to imbibe for new learners…………As of now, Tamil stands in the 16th place worldwide while Hindustani stands in 10th position. So, to take the language forward, we have to simplify and propagate it through social media. We should make Tamil more inclusive to all.” Thus, he highlighted the pros and cons of the increasing role of social media in our lives, first tracing the evolution of print media to television to social media. He spoke of the crucial role of social media in the Chennai floods, Jallikattu protests, and Cyclone Vardah. He also noted that Tamil had slipped in its position in language usage on Internet platforms from No.2 to No.10 and urged the audience to restore its pre-eminent position.

MAFA Pandian -given momento-- 18-11-2017

In Afghanistan, there is no current in most of the places and hence there is no internet facilities: The panelists kept the audience of more than 250 active netizens keenly engaged with various topical issues of contemporary interest and current trends, particularly keeping the Tamil social media platforms in mind[5]. The figure is exaggerated, as only 100 would have come. Multi-faceted inputs were offered by all the speakers, including the distinguished guest of honor, Allah Mohammad Kakar, who is a member of Afghanistan Youth Parliament from Kabul. He said, “Tamil language and culture is indeed exceptional. We at Afghanistan telecast Tamil movies to create awareness about family bonding and to create cultural integrity. In Afghanistan, Tamil food is still longed for. As a country, we have been totally destroyed by wars. After every war, we build our country from scratch.” Mohammed also spoke about Afghanistan’s Internet reach and its trends on social media[6]. He gave data obtained from the capital, Kabul, as that is the safest place in Afganistan, as he claimed and tried to show that few women were also active in the Social media. In most of the other places, there is no internet facility is available, as there is no power!

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017-Mafa Pandian, Allah Md kakkar

The first session: Panelists on Trends in Social Media in Tamil Nadu were :

  1. Ashokha Varshini – Journalist and Anchor, Thanthi TV.
  2. Shyam Sekhar – Entrepreneur and investment thinker
  3. Prasanna Viswanathan – CEO, Swarajya.
  4. Ashwin Kumar – UnReal Columnist

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017-other speakers

Trending news, fake news etc- (11.01 to 11.12 am): Asoka Varshini started with “Trending news” as appearing in her phone, and she claimed that it was not matching with Tamilnadu. She pointed out that the trends are manufactured, sponsored, forced on youngsters using the expression, “You guys”. The fake news has to be tackled with the technology. The private companies work for their profits and therefore, they do not have concern for social welfare. Hence, the staff of these companies manipulaate accounts etc. Donald Trump’s twitter account was stopped by his staff for 11 minutes[7]. The Guardian reported[8], “A Twitter employee deactivated Donald Trump’s personal account on their last day of work, the company said on Thursday, likely meaning the action was deliberate. The move by the employee – who has not been named – meant that the president’s @realdonaldtrump account was down for 11 minutes.

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017.first session

Mass movements are instigated for subversion (11.12 to 11.27 am): Prasanna Viswanathan claimed that Thamilnadu has been unique in the Social media, pointing out the following features:

  1. Leftist orientation is gaining in Tamilnadu, that is stunning and proving the bankruptcy of intelligentsia. The anti-Industry attitude is also alarming. The eco-fascism is exhibited in opposing neutrino project, hydrocarbon, etc.
  2. They tried to make Tamilnadu as “agitational ground” after the success of “jallikattu” movement. Thus, they want every issue to be turned out to be such movement.
  3. Unfortunately, conspiracy theory like “Illumaniti” working in Tamilnadu is sickening.
  4. By every issue, political subversion is tried to be brought.
  5. The misogynist attitude found in attacking Chinmayoi etc., proves the dangerous trend of ideology, targeting attacking one particular community.
  6. The Hinduphobia is also noted, under the guise of attacking one ideology, social group etc.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media has also aiding and abetting these trends.

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017.audience view.2

The Social media could be made useful (11.28 to 1.39 pm): Shyam Sekar delved upon the following: The rise of “Social media” is based on the bankruptcy of ideology. It starts with funds of the capitalists, that is neither black nor white, but “grey”. TN politics has been OBC politics, but, it lacks political will. Had TN plugged the holes of pilferage, leakages etc., in Electricity, it would have excelled Gujarat. The TN Social media spread a lot of lies about GST, demonetization and other issues. It was Chidambaram who introduced “Corporate tax” to be paid minimum 20%, yet, the social media propaganda claims that the corporate pay no tax. The social media could be made useful by the following methods, instead of blaming each other:

  1. Friendship (learn from each other)
  2. Following (mutual issues)
  3. Fellowship (discussing confidential issues).

Like any other party, BJP is also OBC party and the politic trend would be same.

Then, the “emperor of satire” – Aswin Kumar spoke……………..that was not so impressive, as generalized one.

Thus, the  first panel on current trends in social media in Tamil Nadu drew attention to the sharp polarisation of Tamil Nadu social media users, the increasing use of social media by political parties and affiliates, and the agitation politics – a recent trend in Tamil Nadu that gets amplified by social media. The ubiquitous presence of memes in Tamil and the “going-viral” of such memes were talked about in this session.

© Vedaprakash

21-11-2017.

Tamilnadu Young Thinkers Forum, 2017.audience view

[1] On 17-11-2017, when I contacted, the Sabha, I was informed that there was no such meeting. Then, on 18-11-2017, again, contacted, somebody confirmed that the meeting was there. One of the two numbers given was wromg – 98840 15909 / 99401 88325.

[2] A R R Charitable Trust based in Chennai, 99-A, Royapettah High Road, Royapettah, in the district Chennai and the region Tamil Nadu it’s in the Southern of India.

[3] https://swarajyamag.com/announcements/chennai-conclave-to-explore-public-discourse-standards-on-social-media

[4] NewsToady, 1000 new Tamil words to be introduced every month, NT Bureau, November 18, 2017.

[5]https://www.facebook.com/tnyoungthinkersforum/photos/pcb.332180013929020/332175737262781/?type=3&theater

[6] https://www.newstodaynet.com/index.php/2017/11/18/1000-new-tamil-words-to-be-introduced-every-month/

[7] The Guardian, Trump twitter account shut down by employee on last day of work, Friday 3, November 2017 02.26 GMT.

[8] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/02/trump-twitter-account-offline

Serial rapist, habitual offender and inconsistent reporting of crimes: Warning to women in homes alone!

November 19, 2017

Serial rapist, habitual offender and inconsistent reporting of crimes: Warning to women in homes alone!

Techie-burglar raped many women-TOI- 18-11-2017

Techie-turned burglar confesses to rape[1]: As usual, the vernacular and local media presented various narratives about a habitual offender, in spite of their skill in reporting and dealing with different subjects. The City police who tracked and arrested a serial offender for his alleged involvement in several burglaries were in for a shock[2]. The 26-year-old man told investigators that apart from indulging in burglary and knife-point robbery, he had also raped several home-alone women at knife-point. A senior police officer confirmed to DC [Deccan Chronicle] that the suspect did confess about raping women[3]. However, police are checking the veracity of the claims and the process to identify and get statements from the supposed victims is underway, police sources said[4]. Police had already received a complaint from one of the victims. “He used to approach lone women in the pretext of seeking an address or asking for water and used to rob them”, a police officer said[5]. A graduate in Mathematics, he is also believed to have indulged in criminal activities in Krishnagiri too. However, in his confession to police, he claimed that he was a “MCA graduate”[6]. He was working in Bengaluru for a few months before he came to the City searching for employment two / three[7] years ago. Further investigations are on.

Techie-burglar raped many women-The Hindu-18-11-2017

“I raped a woman in Guindy and not over 50 as projected by a section of the press”: A techie-turned burglar, who landed in the police net in Velachery on 15-11-2017, Wednesday has confessed to having raped a woman in Guindy, said police after corroborating a complaint given by the victim. Denying news reports in a section of the media that he was a serial rapist targeting lone women, the city police made it clear that preliminary investigation had revealed that he raped a woman in Guindy and not over 50 as projected by a section of the press[8].  “The news reports are contrary to the truth,” a senior police officer said. Last Monday, 13-11-2017, a woman complained to the All-Women Police Station, Guindy, alleging that she was raped by an unidentified person, who gained entry into her house while she was alone and robbed her of three sovereigns of gold jewellery. However, Tamil papers specifically mentioned that he raped 50 women, again reportedly based on his confessional statement given to the police. That he could confess differently, as could be noted from English and Tamil media proves that there is something wrong with the media and the police.

Techie-burglar raped many women-Deccan Chronicle- 18-11-2017

The rapist was caught accidentally on the road: On Thursday, 16-11-2017, a man named William lodged a complaint with the Velachery police stating that a youth had robbed him of his mobile phone and ₹8,500 at knife-point. When he chased him, the accused ran away but his voter identity card fell on the road. With this, the police identified Arivazhalagan who stayed at Maduvankarai near Guindy. He was brought to the police station and grilled. He admitted to having raped the woman who had complained to the All Women Police Station. The victim identified him. He was arrested on the same day, 16-11-2017. The accused, a native of Krishnagiri, was working with an IT firm in Bengaluru. He moved to Chennai in 2015. As he was jobless, he resorted to burglary, the police said[9]. He “was working with an IT firm in Bengaluru” implies that he must have possessed required qualifications, unless, he was engaged in some peon like work.

Techie-burglar raped many women-Indian Express- 18-11-2017

Modus operandi of the rapist: His modus operandi was to gain entry into the house of women staying alone under the guise of enquiring about an address or asking for water. Then, he would rob them at knife-point[10]. This is consistent with the Tamil news reports. In 2014, he was remanded for 15 days after robbing a mobile phone in Krishnagiri[11]. Again in 2015, he was sent to the Central prison in Chennai after he committed burglary at a house in Avadi[12]. All these clearly prove that he has been a hbitual offender, well-known to the police department, as these details are on the record. Arivazhalagan admitted that he committed burglaries in Velachery, Royala Nagar, West Mambalam, Guindy, Saidapet and Kotturpuram. The obscene videos recorded in his mobile phone was also being investigated, police said[13].

Techie-burglar raped many women-Asianet-Newsable- 18-11-2017

The irresponsible reporting of English National Dailies: Nowadays, the responsible press gives the news in different versions, particularly in giving facts and figures, thereby, indifferently helping the criminals and offenders, instead of helping the victims. Perhaps, the advocates appearing for the criminals could cite these divergent, inconsistent and conflicting reports in favour of his client and this would only violate all moral principles, ethics and law of the land.There have been many such reports appearing in “The Hindu” that helped even the terrorists involved in serial blasts and bombing in which many innocents lost their lives, affecting their families. On the other hand, “The Hindu” carried the reports, with the photographs of the wives and children of the terrorists, evidently to create sympathy in the minds of the readers, but, it never carried the pitiable conditions of the wives, children and relatives of the victiims. This type of secular partiality, communal bias and prejudiced reporting noted. Yet, it reports in this way.

Women t home subjected to rape-2

Colluding with criminals or helping the victims?: In fact, here, as the women have been the mostly affected losing their chastity, honour, jewels and other things, the media and the press should have reacted in constructive way to help them. It has been a practice that whenever, jewel theft complaint was lodged with the police, they may give a copy of FIR, but, the stolen jewels recovered, that would be distributed only among their known people, VIPs and others. The genuinely lost people are never taken care of. Most of them keep quite, as if it is their fate. Some even think that “stolen jewels” are inauspicious to be received and used. Any away, the police exploit all such sentiments and other factors, as they know the habitual jewel thieves by their technique of stealing. Thus, here, also,as he was arrested twice on the same account, definitely, the police know him. In his raping narratives, he reportedly confessed that he took the girls and women to “private lodges” where he raped them. This goes against the other version that re raped women at knife-point. In other words, the press or the police is trying to plant the point that the victims gave away their chastity “by consent”. This is very immoral and totally wrong precedence is created by them and it would affect the society and deteriorate the victims.

Techie-burglar raped many women-Vikatan- 18-11-2017

How the women at home should be cautious about these happenings: The following points have been generalized based on the practical occurrences and more exigencies could be added also:

  1. The women, who have been alone in their homes shoud be careful about these types of criminals. They should keep it mid the modus opearandi adopted anf adapted by the rapist criminals.
  2. They should avoid using social media like facebook, whatsup…etc., as they are not safe for the women and hence, they should not let others to know their cell no.
  3. They should dispose of the persons, just by talking behind the grills without opening the doors. When there is necessity that they should be allowed inside, then, there should be somebody in the house, preferably male members.
  4. They should be cautious about the Gas, water suppliers, paper boy and others.
  5. They shoukldalso be careful about they guys who come for repsring and servicing of electrical lines, pipe lines, AC etc.
  6. No unknown persondshould ne lt in on any account. Even womem, particularly coming carring babies should not be allowed.
  7. Denotation collectors of all sorts for temples, orphanages etc, should be avoided. As they come regularly and repeatedly, they should not be encouraged.
  8. One should be always careful with the persons, who come repeatedly or frequently on one or the other pretexts, because, as they become familiar, that would help them to watch and hatch crime.
  9. Thos who come asking for the servant maids, whether they are husbands, relatives and others need not be encourafed. They need not be allowed to sit and wait, on the pretext of meeting them.
  10. They have to be careful withe persons, who come under the guise of sales girls, boys etc., as they coukd be also potential criminals.

It is not that we should doubt and suspect all coming to our houses, but, as the days have been changing and the people do not care for any morality, ethics etc., we have to take precaution and be careful.

© Vedaprakash

18-11-2017

Women t home subjected to rape-3

[1] This is the title used by “The Hindu”, but, diluted tha rape charges limiting one woman instead of 50, by its explicit way of reporting.

[2] DECCAN CHRONICLE, Chennai: Caught, thief admits to being serial rapist, Published: Nov 17, 2017, 1:45 am IST; Updated: Nov 17, 2017, 7:21 am IST.

[3] http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/crime/171117/chennai-caught-thief-admits-to-being-serial-rapist.html

[4] Asianet.Newsable, Thief caught in Chennai admits to being a serial rapist, By Team Asianet Newsable | 02:11 PM November 17, 2017.

[5] http://newsable.asianetnews.com/tamil-nadu/thief-caught-in-chennai-admits-to-being-serial-rapist

[6] Dinamalr – தினமலர், கத்திமுனையில் பெண்களை கற்பழித்த காமுகன் கைது, Added : நவ 16, 2017  23:52.

[7] As per the Tamil newspapers report.

[8] The  Hindu, Techie-turned burglar confesses to rape, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, CHENNAI, NOVEMBER 18, 2017 01:07 IST; UPDATED: NOVEMBER 18, 2017 01:07 IST.UPDATED: NOVEMBER 18, 2017 01:07 IST

[9] http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/techie-turned-burglar-confesses-to-rape/article20547130.ece

[10] Indian Express, Graduate held for robbing, rapping wonen at knife-point,

By Express News Service  |   Published: 17th November 2017 02:14 AM;   Last Updated: 17th November 2017 08:56 AM.

[11] http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2017/nov/17/graduate-held-for-robbing-raping-women-at-knife-point-1703231.html

[12] Times of India, Ex-staffer of tech firm raped 50, filmed act: cops, A Selvaraj| TNN | Nov 17, 2017, 04:22 IST

[13] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/ex-staffer-of-tech-firm-raped-50-filmed-act-cops/articleshow/61680207.cms

More Jihadis are arrested in Chennai thowing doubt that Chennai might be  becoming hub of Jihadi terrorists links with ISIS!

July 11, 2017

 

More Jihadis are arrested in Chennai thowing doubt that Chennai might be  becoming hub of Jihadi terrorists links with ISIS!

Harron arrested - by Rajasthan ATS 04-07-2017

Haroon Rasheed, son of Mohammed Ali Jinnah arrested on 04-07-2017: Chennai formerly known as Madras has become hub of ISIS terror, as more and more arrests unfortunately, gives such a picture. Ironically, the media has been selective, casual and not so careful in reporting the news and giving factual details about the arrested, their links with locals and aboard and how they have been collaborating and conniving with each other. The media persons always use “suspected”, “sympathizer” and so on without conveying the terrorism, inhuman killings and the most dangerous task carried on by the IS. Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on 04-07-2017 [Tuesday] detained a suspected Islamic State (ISIS) handler from Chennai, reported news agency ANI[1]. The accused, identified as 30-year-old M. Haroon Rasheed [36], is suspected of collecting and sending funds to the terrorist organisation[2]. Haroon Rasheed, son of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Sarkarai street[3]. He had made three donations to ISIS and he was tracked through those transactions[4]. So he has made just three donations to IS. But, how does he know IS and how he donated money? As a Mohammedan or Muslim, has he donated? He does not have any sympathy for the men, women and children getting killed all over the world through the suicide bombing, bomb blastings and other type of jihadi beheading etc?

Haroon IS agent arrested - Indian Express cutting

Haroon Rasheed came to Chennai in 1987 and is a mobile phone dealer:  “On Monday, he closed his shop at Burma Bazaar around 10.45 pm and went to meet his friends near Muthialpet Post Office. That is when the Rajasthan team picked him up. Rasheed was taken to his home, and an inquiry was held with his family members too,” said an official with the city police requesting anonymity[5]. “During preliminary inquiry, Rasheed said he usually gave money to ‘couriers’ to bring mobile phones from Dubai, including `60,000 recently. But we are looking into the terror angle behind these financial transactions,” said the source in Rajasthan police[6]. Sources in city police intelligence wing said Rasheed was a native of Ramanathapuram district, who had come to Chennai about 30 years ago i.e, in 1987. He was into mobile phone business, including importing them from abroad. Sources said he was the main dealer for a private mobile phone company. Based on Rasheed’s request, his elder brother Imran Khan was allowed to accompany them to Rajasthan.
Suspected IS sympathiser arrested - The Hind - 05-07-2017

“The Hindu” way of reporting: The accused was detained from Burma Bazaar area in the city on Tuesday morning following information from two accused, Mohammed Iqbal and Jamil Ahmed, who are already under the custody of ATS[7]. Haroon reportedly runs a mobile phone shop in the area[8]. “The Hindu” reported that[9], “Preliminary inquiries have revealed that the suspect was running a CD shop in Burma Bazaar in Chennai.”, however, it [its special correspondent[10]] started with, “Sleuths of Rajasthan’s Special Operations Group zeroed-in on the hideout of Haroon Rasheed (36) in Mannadi and apprehended him on charges of organising funds and manpower for the banned terror outfit.”! The report states that Haroon is alleged to have transferred funds to the tune of Rs 5 lakh to ISIS fighters abroad and has been taken to Jaipur for further questioning and investigation[11].

Deccan Chronicle, Tamil Nadu man held by Rajasthan Police for sending funds to ISIS, Jul 5, 2017

Gold smuggling to ISIS recruitment / funding: The ATS had also traced an operative recently in Thiruvallur[12]. It was said that the person in question Jamil Ahmed was a fund raiser for the outfit. There have been reports of several individuals joining the Islamic State in Syria from Tamil Nadu and Telangana. In fact, in Chennai itself, there have been arrests of such handlers. Now, it is believed that nine people, including one from Telangana and eight from Tamil Nadu, had joined ISIS in the year 2016. A senior SOG officer said the arrest had been made based on information they got while questioning Mohammad Iqbal, 32, of Mylapore, who was arrested on February 23 2017. Iqbal had allegedly played a role in transferring funds to ISIS through an agent in Mumbai, identified as Jameel Ahmed. Inquiries with Jameel Ahmed and Mohammad Iqbal revealed that they were part of a gold smuggling racket busted on February 4, 2017[13]. On February 4, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 20 gold bars weighing 3.360kg and Rs 1 crore in cash from four people travelling in an omnibus from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh to Chennai[14]. The DRI arrested Iqbal (not Mohammad Iqbal who was arrested in Mylapore), Jameel (an associate not linked to the ISIS cash transactions), Jahabuddin and Nizamuddin when the bus reached Arambakkam in Tiruvallur district. The arrests were made based on a tip off from the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

Haroon IS agent arrested - Dinamani cutting

Now, on 04-07-2017 [Tuesday], after arresting Rasheed, the SOG team obtained a transit warrant from a metropolitan magistrate court in Chennai and left for Rajasthan with him. The Special Investigation Division CID of the Tamil Nadu police is also probing the background of the Rasheed and others. The police said there were reports of some people in Tamil Nadu and Telangana joining ISIS. It is believed that nine people, including eight from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana, joined ISIS in 2016. The police said four college students were in regular contacts with Mohammad Iqbal. The police were keeping a tab on their activities. In April 2017, it was reported that an NIA source told Express that the consignment was sent from Washermanpet in North Chennai to Madurai by a group of youth arrested last August in connection with several low intensity blasts in various parts of South India. The addresses from which the parcels containing the explosives were sent and received belonged to the five youth[15]

  1. N Abbas Ali (27) ,
  2. Mohammed Ayub Ali (25),
  3. M Samsumdeen Karim Raja (23),
  4. S Karwa Samsumdeen (25) and
  5. S Dawood Sulaiman (25).

Of these, four were arrested by NIA in August 2016 in Madurai and Dawood Sulaiman was nabbed in Chennai. NIA suspects they were involved in 15 blasts reported in different parts of the southern states[16].

Haroon Rashid arrested - DM 05_07_2017_003_006

Chennai becoming hub of Jihadi terrorism: In November 2016 also several Muslim youth were arrested for bombing. Sulaiman, who was working as a systems analyst in a leading IT company’s office on Old Mahabalipuram Road in the city, was arrested afternoon of Nove,ber 28, 2016, soon after he arrived here from his native city of Madurai. The previous night, NIA sleuths had arrested three persons from the temple town of Madurai in the south of the state. Sources said Sulaiman was staying along with his friends in a rented accommodation in Thiruvanmiyur. Official sources said Dawood had gone to Madurai during the weekend and met the other arrested suspects — Abbas Ali, Md. Ayub Ali and Samsum Karim Raja. The three persons were arrested by NIA from the temple town[17]. Sulaiman alone managed to leave the place and later boarded a bus to Chennai on Sunday [27-11-2016] night around 11 pm . “He reached Chennai on Monday [28-11-2016] morning and was nabbed by the NIA sleuths,” a source said[18]. All these incidences cannot be treated as isolated or not connected, as they have been working together with common target of attacking innocent people of India only on the pretext of Jihad, implying that they have been hardened with such hatred of killing. Therefore, Indians have to be careful in identifying, watching and informing the authorities about the movement of this type of  terrorists.

© Vedaprakash

11-07-2017

Haroon Rashis arrested DM-05_07_2017_011_010

[1] Indian Express, Chennai: Suspected ISIS operator detained by Rajasthan ATS, By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2017 5:12 pm.

[2] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/suspected-isis-operator-held-in-chennai-by-rajasthan-ats-4734451/

[3] Deccan Chronicle, Tamil Nadu man held by Rajasthan Police for sending funds to ISIS, Published Jul 5, 2017, 3:04 am IST, Updated Jul 5, 2017, 3:06 am IST

[4] http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/050717/tamil-nadu-man-held-by-rajasthan-police-for-sending-funds-to-isis.html

[5] Indian express, Terror angle seen in businessman arrest, By Express News Service,  Published: 05th July 2017 07:54 AM, Last Updated: 05th July 2017 07:54 AM.

[6] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2017/jul/05/terror-angle-seen-in-businessman-arrest-1624463.html

[7] India Today, Rajasthan ATS detains suspected ISIS operator from Chennai, Pramod   Madhav|  Ashish Pandey | Edited by Shashank Shantanu, Chennai, July 4, 2017 | UPDATED 09:16 IST

[8] http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/isis-operative-chennai-rajasthan-ats/1/993625.html

[9] The Hindu, Suspected IS sympathiser arrested, CHENNAI,JULY 05, 2017 00:00 IST, UPDATED: JULY 05, 2017 03:49 IST.

[10] http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/suspected-is-sympathiser-arrested/article19213163.ece

[11] One India, Chennai ISIS operative transferred Rs 5 lakh to fighters abroad, Written By: Vicky Nanjappa, Published: Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 7:22 [IST].

[12] http://www.oneindia.com/india/chennai-isis-operative-transferred-rs-5-lakh-to-fighters-abroad-2486074.html

[13] Times of India, Rajasthan police arrest ISIS supporter in Chennai, Jul 4, 2017, 04.38 PM IST

[14] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/rajasthan-police-arrest-isis-supporter-in-chennai/articleshow/59441019.cms

[15] Indian Express, Courier firm under terror probe lens, By M Sathish, Express News Service, Published: 05th April 2017 01:41 AM; Last Updated: 05th April 2017 04:56 AM.

[16]  http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2017/apr/05/courier-firm-under-terror-probe-lens-1590052.html

[17] Indian Express, Chennai techie arrested by NIA in recent bomb blast case, By Jayanthi Pawar  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 28th November 2016 09:16 PM, Last Updated: 28th November 2016 09:16 PM

[18] http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2016/nov/28/chennai-techie-arrested-by-nia-in-recent-bomb-blast-case-1543539.html