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Congress playing divisive and dangerous politics by exploiting anti-national forces including Maoists! (1)

June 7, 2018

Congress playing divisive and dangerous politics by exploiting anti-national forces including Maoists! (1)

Arrested Maoists - Rola Wilson, Mahesh raul

Why the five “Urban elite Maoists” have been arrested?: Government 2011 itself named Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) led by Delhi University teacher S A R Geelani, who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, as a CPI (Maoist) front organisation[1]. Rona Wilson has been associated with CRPP[2].Cops have claimed that all five are members of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and were involved in funding the Elgaar Parishad with money from Maoist organisations[3]. Police also said that they were involved in Maoist activities for the past few years and were especially part of spreading Maoist ideology in the urban area[4]. Considering this, cops have also booked them under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Elaborating on the arrests, joint CP Ravindra Kadam said[5], “We had five teams out — three to Delhi and one each to Mumbai and Nagpur. During the raids that we conducted in April, we found substantial proof to establish Maoist links to the Elgaar Parishad. We found emails and documents through which we traced the money trail. The five people have been arrested based on this proof and will be produced in court on Thursday [07-06-2018].” Cops also claimed that forensic analysis of electronic evidence seized from Wilson in April showed an “incriminating letter”, dated January 2 this year — the day after the violence —from a member of the CPI (Maoist)’s central committee, identified only as ‘Comrade M’. The letter, addressed to ‘Comrade Rona’, lauded the success of Elgaar Parishad. “The letter also called for Dalit agitations to be organised in other BJP-ruled states to dent the party’s prospects in the 2019 general election,” said a source[6].

Arrested Maoists - Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen

The details of the five arrested are as follows: Whether these are actually Maoists, Maoist supporters, sympathizers or otherwise, their ideology, principles and expressions have been intriguing. Knowledge should be used for the welfare of the people and not for making groups to clash with each other rousing passion.

  1. Rona Wilson:A native of Kerala, Wilson is currently based in Delhi and is the public relations secretary of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP). He has been active in campaigning against laws like UAPA and Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA). He is supposed to be a close aide of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, who was arrested in May 2014 and convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment by a Gadchiroli court in March last year. Police sources said after Saibaba’s conviction, Wilson allegedly took over his task of “co-ordination” between left wing extremist outfits in urban and jungle areas of country and also the international network.
  2. Sudhir Dhawale:A Dalit activist and editor of Marathi magazine ‘Vidrohi’, Dhawale founded the Republican Panthers Jatiantachi Chawal to provide a common political platform for Dalits. He also launched a movement called Radical Ambedkar. He was previously arrested in January 2011 on charges of sedition for his alleged Maoist links. However, he was acquitted of all charges by a Gondia court in May 2014. Dhawale was active in organising the Elgaar Parishad in Pune.
  3. Surendra Gadling:Based in Nagpur, Gadling, a lawyer, is general secretary of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers. Known to be a tribal and Dalit rights activist, he has been providing legal aid to those arrested for Maoist links, including Saibaba and Dhawale. He had provided legal help to Kabir Kala Manch artists who had been questioned by Nagpur police in September 2013 on allegations of carrying banned literature.
  4. Shoma Sena:Nagpur-based activist Shoma Sen is a professor for English subject at the Nagpur University. She has been under the police scanner of investigating agencies for her alleged links with the left wing extremists. She was present for the Elgaar Parishad in Pune. Her husband Tusharkanti Bhattacharya was arrested last in August year by the Gujrat police in connection with a 2010 case related to Maoist activities but was later released on bail.
  5. Mahesh Raut:Mahesh is a former Prime Minister Rural Development (PMRD) Fellow. He is alleged to be the link between jungle operatives and urban outfits of the Maoists. He has been active in the Maoist affected Gadchiroli district for last few years. In April 2013, when Raut was a PMRD fellow, he was detained by the Gadhchiroli police with his aide Harshali Potdar, after two Maoists arrested from Koinvarshi village revealed that the duo was supposed to accompany them to meet senior Maoist leaders in jungles. But Raut and Potdar were not arrested by the police and were released after questioning. Raut had recently shifted to Nagpur.

As they have been elite, sophisticated and experts in their ideology, propaganda and perverted intelligence, they have been trying to divide people under the guise of right to think, express, speak, write and so on. In the name of “human rights,” they comfortably forget  the rights of the affected.

Rona Wilson CRPP

Crackdown on the Maoists who are linked together: Police conduct a raid at the residence of Advocate Surendra Gadling in Nagpur on Tuesday, 05-06-2018. They also disclose that a letter retrieved from Rona Wilson’s computer was allegedly written to the activist by top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde. Naxalite funds were used to sponsor the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held in Pune’s Shaniwarwada Fort on December 31 last, the Pune police said on Thursday, 07-06-2018[7]. Joint Commissioner of Pune City Police Ravindra Kadam told reporters that the authorities had “concrete proof” that the five activist-intellectuals arrested in Mumbai, Delhi and Nagpur on Wednesday morning had links to the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).  Those arrested include noted Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale from Mumbai, prominent human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut and Nagpur University English professor Shoma Sen from Nagpur, and activist Rona Wilson from New Delhi. A letter retrieved from Wilson’s computer was allegedly written to the activist by top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde, police said.

Milind Teltumbde, maoist, Ambedkar relative
The electronic devices seized from Gadling and Wilson were being forensically examined: In it, Teltumbde is believed to have expressed satisfaction at the successful conduct of the ‘Elgaar Parishad.’ The police said the names of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) president Prakash Ambedkar and some Congress leaders too have allegedly cropped up in the letter[8]. “Our probe has disclosed that all those arrested had definite links with top Naxal leaders. Of the few documents we have scrutinised, there are indications that they had indirect linkages with Naxal incidents that took place in Gadchiroli, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. However, further investigation will reveal whether or not they had any direct connection with the Bhima-Koregaon riots, which erupted a day after the Parishad,” said Kadam. The electronic devices – Pen drives, hard disks, CDs and other allegedly ‘incriminating’ electronic evidence – seized from Gadling and Wilson were being forensically examined[9]. At the same time, Kadam emphasised that there were several outfits that took part in the Parishad, and that not all of them had Maoist linkages. Activist sent in police custody: Kadam said that of those arrested, Dhawale had been produced before a local court, which sent him in police custody for eight days. Gadling, Raut and Sen are to be produced at the Pune Sessions Court[10].

Soma Sen and her husband
Educated elites with shocking Maoits links: Raut, an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and a former Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow under the United Progressive Alliance government, has worked extensively amongst tribals in strife-torn Gadchiroli district. He was detained by the Gadchiroli police in 2013 on suspicion of being a Naxal sympathiser. Sen’s husband, Tusharkant Bhattacharya, was arrested by the Gujarat anti-terrorism squad (ATS) from the Geetanjali Express in August 2017 on charges of sedition and being an alleged Naxal ideologue. The activists have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). “The sole reason behind the arrests is to crush the Ambedkarite movement and divert attention from the real culprits behind the Bhima-Koregaon riots, Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’ and Milind Ekbote. It has become the State’s modus operandi to stamp those working for the oppressed as ‘Naxalites’,” said Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) activist Harshali Potdar, reacting to the arrests. Dhawale, editor of fortnightly magazine Vidrohi, was taken into custody for his role as a prime organiser of the ‘Elgaar Parishad.’ He is also one of the founders of the Republican Panther Jaatiya Antachi Chalwal (movement for annihilation of caste). In 2011, Dhawale was booked under the UAPA and spent more than 40 months in jail in Nagpur. He was acquitted by the Gondia Sessions Court in 2014 after the police failed to produce ‘significant evidence’ against him.

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07-06-2018

Bima Goregaon -Mahar killed 28,000 Beswas

[1] The Outlook, SAR Geelani’s CRPP a Maoist Front Organisation: Govt, 07 DECEMBER 2011 Last Updated at 3:48 PM, NATIONAL

[2] https://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/sar-geelanis-crpp-a-maoist-front-organisation-govt/743641

[3] Pune Mirror, 5 ARRESTED OVER USING MAOIST FUNDS FOR ELGAAR PARISHAD, By Prachee Kulkarni, Pune Mirror | Updated: Jun 7, 2018, 10.22 AM IST.

[4] https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/cover-story/5-arrested-over-using-maoist-funds-for-elgaar-parishad/articleshow/64486126.cms

[5] Mumbai Mirror, 5 HELD OVER MAOIST MONEY TRAIL TO ELGAAR PARISHAD, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 7, 2018, 08.54 AM IST.

[6] https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/crime/5-held-over-maoist-money-trail-to-elgaar-parishad/articleshow/64486720.cms

[7] The Hindu, Pune police say arrested activists were in touch with top Naxalites, Shoumojit Banerjee PUNE, JUNE 07, 2018 15:28 IST; UPDATED: JUNE 07, 2018 16:12 IST.

[8] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/pune-police-say-arrested-activists-were-in-touch-with-top-naxals/article24103052.ece

[9] The Hindu, Bhima-Koregaon clashes: Pune police arrest five activists in Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Shoumojit Banerjee, JUNE 06, 2018 13:04 IST; UPDATED: JUNE 06, 2018 19:06 IST

[10] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/bhima-koregaon-clashes-pune-police-arrest-five-activists-across-3-cities/article24094372.ece

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Dhulagarh communal riots: Nothing happened, after all, it was a “local issue” – now everything settled – – why Dhulagarh riots have been communalized, secularized and neutralized! (3)

January 5, 2017

Dhulagarh communal riots: Nothing happened, after all, it was a “local issue” – now everything settled – – why Dhulagarh riots have been communalized, secularized and neutralized! (3)

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TIMES NOW Report From Dhulagarh (December 23, 2016)[1]: For the past one week (13-12-2015 to 20-12-2016), a small town in Howrah, West Bengal has been simmering, boiling and burning. For the past seven days, the people of Dhulagarh have been facing unthinkable hardships – causing many to flee their homes. It all began on December 12, 2016 tension erupted in Dhulagarh when two groups reportedly clashed as a procession was brought out in the area last week. The groups hurled bombs at each other,when houses in Dhulagarh were attacked by an angry mob that hurled bombs and looted and torched people’s homes after they were not allowed to carry out a the procession. So the reportedly attacked groups hurled bombs on each other, however, the homes were targeted, as the processionists had no houses there! How then, the processionists plan to come there with bombs, where houses were there and the people were also there with bombs, so that they could hurl against them? Here, who took out the procession is not mentioned on the occasion of “Miladu Nabi”!

dulagarh-14-12-2016-rioters-in-action-mamta-nothing-happenedSo, Surojit Khara was bold enough to be there, when bombs were hurled and his house was burnt down: TIMES NOW spoke to one resident of a colony in Dhulagarh that was ransacked and torched.  “That day was normal, just like any other day. Some of my neighbours were running. I was thinking whether something was happening. Nobody was ready to talk about it. Then a hoard of people arrived, and started hurling bombs. They looted us and set our houses on fire,” said 28 year old Surojit Khara, who stands as the sole guard of his house – the others have fled the area. “My house, shops were set on fire. This entire lane was set on fire. The temple nearby was attacked with at least 25 bombs. This went on for 3-4 hours,” Khara stated. Frantic calls were reportedly made to the police, who turned up around three to four hours later. The police had to use tear gas to bring the situation under control, reports add. The residents however claim that no action was initiated by the cops even as the violence raged on[2].

dulagarh-14-12-2016-mamta-prays-for-muslimsFirst, it was reported that the Miladi Nabi processionist were Muslims and the targeted were Hindus: On 23rd December, the Times-Now could not tell that the processionist were Muslims. On 31st December, Daily Mail and India Today could identify that the processioners were Muslims and the people who were attacked by them were Hindus. Thus, the sufferings of the Hindus by the Muslim rioters have been brought out by Minhaz Merchant and Insrajit Kundu in “Daily Mail”[3]. Though, the State government announced holiday on 12-12-2016, on the pretext of the Miladu-Nabi procession, the Muslims carried out a rally cum procession, particularly on the auspicious day of “Margashirsha purnia” on 13-12-2015[4].  Knowingly, that particular area, Hindus was performing their celebrations, how the police allowed the procession is intriguing. Any careful or secular police officer would have prevented it, but, it was not done. When they were playing songs in high pitch, after the request of the Hindus, they could have reduced the volume, had they really wanted t respect the sentiments of their Hindu-brethren, but, they did not do. The riot started on 13-12-2016 and continued on 14-12-2016[5].  In fact, as, nowadays, it is common that Police used to videograph entire procession-proceedings, the could easily fix who started provocation leading to riot. Even, if riot started, they must have stopped it. But, what happened was different.

dulagarh-14-12-2016-rioters-in-action-3“Pakistan Zindabad” – would not have been shouted by the Hindus of Dhulagarh: The Hindus had to run to save their lives, leaving their houses and shops with all their belongings. At that time only, the rioters looted, poured petrol and kersine and burnt down. All valuables, cash and other things were carried away. Crude bombs were thrown to terrorize them and reducing their belongings to ashes[6]. The local police remained inactive while the mobs resorted to loot and arson. In one place the police arrived on the spot after the mobs had left. In another they ordered the residents to leave within two minutes and then watched on as the mobs looted and ransacked the house[7]. In yet another, the police came on time but they themselves fled when the mob came[8]. Just adjacent to the Manna household on Banerjee para lives the Mondal’s. Maitri Mondal, a mother of two says she heard chants of “Pakistan Zindabad” as the violent mob entered her bedroom and set it ablaze[9].  Thus, the souting of “Pakistan Zindabad” is intriguing to show their sickening mentality. Dilip Khanra was among many who had locked themselves up inside a room when the mob was nearing the village, pelting crude bombs one after another. “When the police came, we were told to leave our houses in two minutes! They didn’t even stop the mob from vandalizing our homes. They kept looting and burning as the police stood as silent spectators,” he says[10]. Again this proves the role of police in “running the riot”.

dulagarh-14-12-2016-zee-tvTaking strict action against Dhulagarh rioters & compensating: The Governor ordered the DGP to submit a report on the riots and that brought pressure on the government[11]. Meanwhile, top officials at the state home department said SP Howrah (Rural) Sabyasachi Raman Mishra was transferred in the wake of violence in less than a fortnight of his appointment[12]. The West Bengal government today said it had taken strict actions against those involved in the Dhulagarh riots in Howrah district and also started compensating the affected[13]. Rs 30,000/- was announced for the families who lost their houses burnt, but, they told that the compensation was meagre, as they lost everything in their house including money and day-to-day usage articles. A top official at the state secretariat said the government has already started compensating the families affected by the violence which rocked the district earlier this month. “Families in Dhulagarh which have been affected will be compensated. We have also decided to rebuild the houses damaged during the riots,” the officials said on 28-12-2016. Asked if persons involved in the riots were booked, the official said, “The state government has already taken strict action in the matter and arrests have been made… Law will take its own course.” Sources in the district police said people are wary of returning to their homes and thus have to remain homeless, barely 20 km from the state secretariat[14].

secularized-and-neutralized-as-if-nothing-happened-dhulagarh-riotsSecularization of riots, communalism and historiography – is it Marxist or Mamta way?: How Dhulagarh riots have been secularized has been explained above. How “secularism” discourse is used always against “communalism”, where, the former is linked with “Islamism” and the latter with “Hinduism”, reportedly followed by the “Sangj Parivar”. This has been the topic of the seminar held at Thiruvanathapuram by the IHC-experts and a part of IHC, as coincided, decided and attended by the elite, eminent and emeritus historians like Romila Thapar and also Marxist CM-politician Prannayi Vijayan. Last year, there was a coincidence that the Malda riots started just after the IHC session held there. But, how the Dhulagarh riots were completed, and the IHC started with “Secularism” seminar. However, much of secular discourse was carried on Mamta there the TMC-CM, just like Rolima Thapar. Now both are over and we have to wait and see as to Thiruvanathapuram, i.e, Kerala would go in the “Malda way” or “Mata way”, as Mamta appears to have donned the “Marxist garb”!

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04-01-2017

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[1] TIMES NOW Report, From Dhulagarh: The Story India Isn’t Reporting, Dec 23, 2016 | 21:03 IST | SOURCE : Times Now

[2] http://www.timesnow.tv/india/video/times-now-report-from-dhulagarh-the-story-india-isnt-reporting/53364

[3] Daily Mail-UK, How Mamata tore the secular fabric of Bengal into shreds, by Minhaz Merchant, Published: 23:58 GMT, 28 December 2016 | Updated: 10:50 GMT, 31 December 2016

[4] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-4071842/How-Mamata-tore-secular-fabric-Bengal-shreds.html

[5] Daily Mail-UK, ‘We can’t live here anymore’: Terrified Dhulagarh riot victims who suffered mob violence claim Mamata Banerjee government is trying to cover it up, by Indrajit Kundu, Published:  00:38 GMT, 30 December 2016; Updated:  18:37 GMT, 1 January 2017

[6] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-4074336/We-t-live-anymore-Terrified-Dhulagarh-riot-victims-suffered-mob-violence-claim-Mamta-Banerjee-government-trying-cover-up.html

[7] India Today, Rather than protecting, Bengal polica gave two minutes to flee our own homes: Dhulagarh riot victims tell India Today, Indrajit Kundu | Posted by Ashna Kumar, December 28, 2016 | UPDATED 13:25 IST.

[8] http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dhulagarh-riots-howrah-kolkata-mamata-banerjee-milad-ul-nabi/1/844203.html

[9] India Today, Rather than protecting, Bengal polica gave two minutes to flee our own homes: Dhulagarh riot victims tell India Today, Indrajit Kundu | Posted by Ashna Kumar, December 28, 2016 | UPDATED 13:25 IST.

[10] http://www.timesnow.tv/india/video/times-now-report-from-dhulagarh-the-story-india-isnt-reporting/53364

[11] DNA, Dhulagarh riot: Pressure mounts on Bengal govt as Governor summons DGP, Pooja Mehta, Thursday, December 22, 2016, 09.35 pm.

[12] http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-bengal-governor-summons-bengal-dgp-over-dhulagarh-communal-clashes-2285541

[13] India Today, Taking strict action against Dhulagarh rioters & compensating, PTI, December 29, 2016 | UPDATED 21:55 IST

[14] http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/taking-strict-action-against-dhulagarh-rioters-andamp-compensating/1/845666.html

Dhulagar riot reporting – based on police version, official version and finally secularized version – why Dhulagarh riots have been communalized, secularized and neutralized! (2)

January 4, 2017

Dhulagar riot reporting – based on police version, official version and finally secularized version – why Dhulagarh riots have been communalized, secularized and neutralized! (2)

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Indian Express reported only on 17-12-2016, but based on Police version[1]: DHULAGARH IN Howrah continued to be tense on Friday (16-12-2016), days after an attack on a procession held to mark Prophet Muhammad’s birth anniversary (13-12-2016). Houses and shops were burnt down in a retaliatory attack. Since Tuesday (13-12-2016), when the violence started, over 25 people have been arrested. “The Muslims have claimed that they were ambushed by a group of Hindus, who had objected to the procession. The violence was controlled and we arrested a few people,” said a senior police officer. The next day (14-12-2016), a Muslim mob allegedly attacked Hindu homes and shops and them ablaze. “Policemen rushed to the spot and managed to diffuse the tension. But the next day, for almost two hours, there was a stand-off between the police and rioters from both communities. They were carrying bombs… We used tear gas shells… Finally, we had to call in reinforcements to bring the situation under control,” said the officer. Police said a case has been registered under charges of rioting and breaking communal harmony against members of both communities. “The situation is under control… Forces, including RAF, have been posted at Dhulagarh to maintain peace,” said an officer[2]. When contacted, Trinamool Congress MLA from Sankrail in Howrah, Sital Kumar Sardar, said: “There was some tension. But both communities sat down with the police and came to an amicable solution. Peace has been restored.” Incidentally, here also, the reporter is “Aniruddha Ghosal”, but, he did not express anything of that sort as reported on 29-12-2016.

dulagarh-attacked-on-14-12-2016-rioters-and-policeThe First post’s report appeared on December 28, 2016 based on the reports of other newspapers![3]: Dhulagarh, a town 25 kilometres west of Kolkata, has been simmering for the past fortnight, following communal clashes that saw people’s houses and shops being targetted and set on fire. A “Times Now report” said 65 people have been arrested, and the state administration has asked the DGP Surajit Kar Purakayastha to take prompt action against the culprits and to ensure peace. The tension erupted on 12 December, 2016 when two groups clashed as a procession was brought out in the area last week[4]. After the groups were not allowed to carry out the procession, the “Times Now website” reported, they hurled bombs at each other, and the angry mob also looted and torched people’s homes. The next day, on 13 December, 2016 the occasion of Milad-ul-Nabi, there were further clashes in the area. A section of locals claim the clashes were unprovoked, according to a report in the “DNA newspaper”[5].

dulagarh-14-12-2016-temples-attackedLocal residents claim that they had to flee with their children and elderly as soon as the mob hurled country-made bombs at their houses. Later, the mob allegedly looted the houses and fled with the money and jewellery, later also setting it on fire[6]. “Nothing is left. We are looted of all our belongings. They ransacked and vandalised our houses and eventually set them on fire. We could not save a single penny from our houses, only managed to save our children and ran for life,” said a local, Lakshmi Mallya. The violence didn’t stop there, however. The next day, a Muslim mob allegedly attacked Hindu homes and shops and them ablaze, reported “The Indian Express”. “Policemen rushed to the spot and managed to diffuse the tension. But the next day, for almost two hours, there was a stand-off between the police and rioters from both communities. They were carrying bombs. We used tear gas shells. Finally, we had to call in reinforcements to bring the situation under control,” an officer said.

dulagarh-14-12-2016-rioters-in-action-2BJP group prevented from going to Dhulagarh: A case of rioting and breaking communal harmony was registered against members of both communities. “The situation is under control. Forces, including RAF, have been posted at Dhulagarh to maintain peace,” the “Indian Express” report quoted the officer as saying. However, despite the heavy presence of police and armed forces in the area, things didn’t return to normalcy. A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation — comprising party leaders Jagdambika Pal, Satpal Singh, state president Dilip Ghosh and national secretary Rahul Sinha, and several volunteers — was stopped at Ekabbarapur Road, about one kilometre away from the spot where the clashes had taken place a few days ago, reported “The Quint”[7]. Angered by this, the BJP delegation, along with thousand-odd supporters, blocked the road in protest. Alleging that there is no law and order in the state, Pal said the government was following “appeasement politics towards a particular community”. Ghosh alleged right-wing Muslim outfits and Simi activists have entered the area and were creating trouble[8]. He also said BJP was not given prior any information about prohibitory orders being imposed in Dhulagarh. “We are surprised that police did not allow us to approach the people in the area to know about their plight of sufferings,” Ghosh said.

dulagarh-14-12-2016-chaudhary-vs-banerjeeThe Police became “secular” with the rioters and also with the political parties: CPM the opposition party also attempted to do the same. However, perhaps in an attempt to prove that they weren’t targeting one specific political party, the police also stopped a CPM delegation from entering the violence-scarred area. The CPM team comprised party general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Lok Sabha MP Mohammad Salim and MLA Sujan Chakraborty, among others, said another report in The Indian Express. Having addressed a public rally at Dhulagarh Chaurasta (crossing) and appealed for peace, the CPM leaders tried marching to the locality where arson and clashes had occurred, but the police stopped them. “If we are not being allowed to enter even now, and there is Section 144 of CrPC imposed, it means the situation still hasn’t been brought under control,” Salim said. “Our demand is for the state government to bring normalcy immediately, and paying monetary compensation for those affected by violence.”

sudhir-chaudhary-facebook-27-12-2016Cases filed against Zee-TV reporters for covering the riots: Under fire from various quarters, the state government imposed restrictions on the media regarding coverage of the Dhulagarh violence[9]. According to The New Indian Express, the state government even went a step ahead and slapped a non-bailable offence against three employees of the TV channel Zee News, including editor Sudhir Chaudhary, West Bengal correspondent Pooja Mehta and cameraperson Tanmay Mukherjee under Section 153A (promoting enmity) of the Indian Penal Code[10]. However, the Sankrail police didn’t confirm registering an FIR. “We register over 30 FIRs on a daily basis. We can’t distinguish which are related to Dhulagarh,” said a police officer at the Sankrail police station. Chaudhary took to social networking site Facebook to call the action taken against his channel an example of the West Bengal government’s “intolerance”. “It’s another low point in our democracy to see a democratically elected govt using police force to curb media in an effort to suppress uncomfortable facts and reality. When you can’t manage media,use the state machinery to conquer the media only to conceal the failures of your administration. It shows the intolerance of a chief minister who is using the state machinery as her personal fiefdom and acting like a feudal lord,” he wrote[11]. In a case of crackdown on press freedom, a non-bailable warrant was filed against Zee News reporters by the government of West Bengal for covering the Dhulagarh riots, claims Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhury[12]. He wrote on Twitter: “@MamataOfficial Govt files FIR against me& @ZeeNews reporter for covering #DhulagarhRiots with Non Bailable sections. FIR for showing truth?”

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04-01-2017

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[1] Indian Express, Howrah: 25 held after communal clash, Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Kolkata | Published:December 17, 2016 12:15 am

[2] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/howrah-25-held-after-communal-clash-kolkata-4430988/

[3] First Post, Dhulagarh riots: West Bengal town on the boil after communal violence, Dec 28, 2016 16:29 IST

[4] http://www.firstpost.com/india/dhulagarh-riots-west-bengal-town-on-the-boil-after-communal-violence-3177608.html

[5] DNA, Dhulagarh riot: Pressure mounts on Bengal govt as Governor summons DGP, Pooja Mehta, Thursday, December 22, 2016, 09.35 pm.

[6] http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-bengal-governor-summons-bengal-dgp-over-dhulagarh-communal-clashes-2285541

[7] The Quint, Violent Clashes in West Bengal’s Dhulagarh That No One Knows About, December 24, 2016, 7:19 pm

[8] https://www.thequint.com/politics/2016/12/24/violent-clashes-in-west-bengals-dhulagarh-that-no-one-knows-about-hindus-bjp-procession-muslim-celebrations

[9] DNA News Analysis, Mamata govt filed FIR against Zee News reporters for covering Dhulagarh riots, says Sudhir Chaudhury, Tue, 27 Dec 2016-06:05pm 

[10]  Indian Express, Howrah: 25 held after communal clash, Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Kolkata | Published:December 17, 2016 12:15 am

[11] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/howrah-25-held-after-communal-clash-kolkata-4430988/

[12] http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-mamata-govt-files-fir-against-zee-news-for-covering-dhulagarh-riots-says-editor-in-chief-sudhir-chaudhury-2286937

Why Dhulagarh riots have been communalized, secularized and neutralized, as if nothing happened from 13-12-2016 to 31-12-2016? (1)

January 4, 2017

Why Dhulagarh riots have been communalized, secularized and neutralized, as if nothing happened from 13-12-2016 to 31-12-2016? (1)

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Secularizing the riots – both Hindus and Muslims suffered, but Muslims suffered more[1]: The reports coming after riots and printed in the newspapers appear strange, as they do in a more secular way pointing out that both Hindus and Muslims suffered, but Muslims suffered more and so on. Thus, the Indian express reports as follows: A fortnight after violence and arson brought nondescript Dhulagarh, at the heart of Howrah’s micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) growth story, to national discourse, locked doors, shuttered windows and burnt walls unite the neighbouring localities of Pollepara and Munshipara. They are dominated by Hindus and Muslims, respectively. Of many families that fled after the clashes on December 13 and 14, 2016 some Hindus returned this week (before 31st December). Most Muslim neighbourhoods still remain deserted. The reporter however has not exposed the secret or explained the significance of “some Hindus” returning back homes and “Muslim neighbourhood” looking deserted. District officials said more than 100 houses and shops were attacked over those two days[2].  Thus, obviously, the suffered Hindus would have returned to assess about their loss, whereas, the safely gone Muslims would return happily, when everything was normal.

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“Some Hindus returned this week. Most Muslim neighbourhoods still remain deserted”: Whether Aniruddha Ghosal had written this as directed by the editor of Indian Express or by the State authorities, it is evident that the tone and tenor or drafting, editing and approved text printed in the newspaper proves that the “communal riot” is interpreted as “secular” and “economic loss” is secularized, as if the insurance companies do not pay for the insured machines, etc., owned by the Muslims, but not by the Hindus. What happens to the uninsured houses and shops of the poor Hindus? Is it communal for them not to be insured, because of poverty? Here, the point is after the “communal riots”, December 12 and 13, 2016, nothing was reported in the print and electronic media. After the details spread through “Social media”, the elite, eminent and professional press woke up and started reporting guardedly, as Zee-TV colleagues were clamped with police action. Ironically, the fellow media people did not condemn the State government’s action for throttling the freedom of press, but, now, Indian Express gathered strength, but, reporting differently.

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Secularizing the loss: “More Hindu homes and shops were attacked, but the financial damage done to Muslim-owned factories is far more: “More Hindu homes and shops were attacked, but the financial damage done to Muslim-owned factories is far more,” an administration official said. Superintendent of Police, Rural (Howrah), Sumit Kumar said, “There have been 56 arrests. Violence took place on December 14 and since then it’s been peaceful. Investigations are on.” About 30 km from Kolkata, Dhulagarh’s MSMEs focus on embroidery and garment-manufacturing. Already dealt a big blow by demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, many units in the area have now downed shutters following the violence. According to local officials and unit owners, equipment averaging around Rs 5 lakh per unit has been destroyed, raw material burnt, and workers left unemployed. The economy of Dhulagarh has been crippled. State government statistics say there are 350 functional units in the Howrah clusters, of which locals estimate about 100 are in Dhulagarh. The Howrah units employ more than 9,000 people, and the average investment in each plant and machinery is calculated at Rs 5 lakh.

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Most of the garment manufacturing unit are owned by the Muslims: “I have seen at least 10 factories gutted in the last few days,” said Zakir Sardar. “Most units were owned by Muslims, and were in areas where people from both communities lived in equal numbers. These have been targeted.” Zakir’s factory, which employed 40 people, was destroyed, along with parts of his house. Why not the Hindus could not have any factory, though, they were also in equal numbers in that area is not known. Sheikh Allaudin claimed his factory, surrounded by homes of Hindu families, was targeted on December 14. 2016. Here, it is clear that unless the surrounding Hindus were attacked first, his factory would not have accessed to. Therefore, it is abundantly clear that the rioters wanted to attack the Hindus and the damage caused to Muslim factory was incidental. “We had got new machinery from abroad with loan amounting to Rs 18 lakh per unit. We were hoping to start exports from next year. We have now taken a loss that could touch Rs 1 crore. That essentially puts us out of business.” Alima Begum, another factory owner, said, “With demonetisation, we suddenly didn’t have cash to pay workers, and they understandably left. Most work in the garment sector is done in cash, especially with traders from Gujarat and Maharashtra. They stopped buying from us. And then the violence…” Here also, if their intention was business, then there would not have been provoking procession etc.

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Had they really interested in manufacture and income, they would not have indulged in rioting: As reported by “Indian Express”, as the Muslims were having embroidery and garment-manufacturing units, they must have concentrated only in the production, sale and earning profit out of the business. But, their involvement in politics, communal orientation and vote bank polity prove their intentions have been different. In other words, they have been exploiting the riots as a factor to increase the business, by making the Hindus poor. As the administration official said, “More Hindu homes and shops were attacked, but the financial damage done to Muslim-owned factories is far more,” then, the fact exposes their modus operandi. They have been pumping the profit or black money (as they used to sell without bills, accounting etc), for orchestrating riots. By displacing Hindus fro that area, they would settle more “Banglasesh Muslims” there, so that to increase their percentage easily. The idea of communalizing the loss in terms of “financial damage” is also intriguing, as to how they could think in such lines. In other words, the running riot project has become so profit making and this exploiting everything

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Hindus attacked the Miladi Nabi procession – now the story turns 1800 U-turn!: On December 13, 2016, a religious procession on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi was attacked. That is what many people from both communities in Dhulagarh agree on — and where their divergence starts. While the Muslim community alleged that their procession was stopped and Muslim youths were forced to chant names of Hindu gods, and then attacked, people from the Hindu community blamed “outsiders” for the attack. They alleged Muslim youths came prepared with weapons. The spark began near Annapurna Club at Dewanghat. Sheikh Narul Alam, one of the elders in the procession, said, “We had loudspeakers in our procession, and some people from the Hindu community objected to that. We turned off the loudspeakers. But some youths demanded that we chant names of Hindu gods. We refused. They started throwing stones.”

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The Hindu community has a different version: Indian Express says, that “The Hindu community has a different version”! Rabin Das, whose house at Banshtala in Dhulagarh was a few metres from the spot, said many youths in the procession were carrying “swords and bombs”, and then a crude bomb was hurled at his house. “We fled,” he said. Das said — and several locals concurred — his house was one of the first to be burnt. An embroidery factory abutting the house, owned by brothers Kamal and Jamaluddin Sheikh, was also gutted in the attack. “Who knows whether they (attackers) were Hindus or Muslims…. They were just out for blood,” Das said. Ujwal Das, a local worker, said: “The violence began outside the Allahabad Bank branch, where people had been in queue for long to withdraw cash. Tempers were already frayed,” said. It started with a stray fight, and became big, he added. On December 14, violence spread to hitherto unaffected areas — the primarily Muslim-dominated prosperous area of Haishar Para and Munshipara, and Hindu-dominated areas of Banerjeepara and Pollepara. The BJP has alleged that the whole incident was made worse by the TMC. Last week, BJP MP Roopa Ganguly alleged that a TMC legislator was behind the arson and looting, and that “minority appeasement” politics of TMC was responsible for the violence. TMC has denied the allegations.

© Vedaprakash

04-01-2017

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[1] Indian Express, WB: Its economy crippled by clashes, Dhulagarh picks up the pieces, Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Dhulagarh (howrah) | Updated: December 29, 2016 7:23 am

[2] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/west-bengal-dhulagarh-violence-economy-crippled-4449637/