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After Rajasthan minister walked off TV debate, CM Gehlot wants people to focus on ‘real issues’ like NRC and not children deaths in Kota

Though the infant death toll at government-run JK Lon hospital in Kota continues to rise to reach an alarming number of 104, Congress government in the state seems to be completely unaffected by the tragedy.

Days after trivialising the incident by saying that “children die, there is nothing new in it”, the Rajasthan CM today said that “Some people are trying to divert attention from ‘other major issues’ such as CAA and NRC’.

In a media brief, Ashok Gehlot attempts to shrug off his responsibilities by saying that some people are trying to divert the attention from the Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC by talking about the infant deaths in Kota. According to the CM the “real issue” is CAA and NRC and not hundreds of children dying in the Congress-ruled state.

Ashok Gehlot denied any negligence on part of the hospital. He also sought to play down the death toll, saying, “1000 children have died under BJP’s rule, while 100 have died under Congress rule. There should be no politics in it. The media is creating an issue out of it.”

The apathetic response by CM Ashok Gehlot comes only a day after the Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma was seen dodging questions asked to him on the incident in a debate. While the news anchor is seen repeatedly coaxing the minister to answer the government’s apathy towards the family of the children, the minister was heard saying: “mein kuch nahi keh sakta” (I cannot comment in this regard), before taking out the microphone and walking away.

Read: ‘Main kuch nahi keh sakta’: Rajasthan health minister dodges questions on Kota infant deaths, walks off when anchor persists

It is pertinent to note here that several Congress functionaries have even been arrested and charged for the violence that has been unleashed by Muslim mobs across the country.

The apathetic attitude of the Congress government in the state has not gone down well with many Opposition parties who have demanded Gehlot’s resignation.

BSP supremo Mayawati, on Friday, said that the chief minister should be sacked. The former UP chief minister charged that Gehlot was making political statements that were irresponsible and unsympathetic. “This is highly shameful,” Mayawati said in a tweet.

She demanded that Gehlot is dismissed and replaced by a new dispensation otherwise more women will lose their children.

Read: NCPCR issues notice to Kota Health Officer over deaths of kids in JK Lon Hospital, finds several irregularities in the govt hospital

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the BSP chief had on Thursday targeted the Congress over infant deaths, suggesting that party leader Priyanka Gandhi should have gone there to console the children’s mothers instead of “playing politics” in UP.

It is indeed tragic that while over a 100 kids have died in Kota, the Chief Minister thinks that the more pertinent issue that the media should be focussing on the fictitious issue of CAA and NRC that is purely a product of the Congress’ imagination. Several Congress leaders have been charged for instigating violence during anti-CAA riots.

While investigating the incidents of statewide violence which occurred on December 21, the Patna Police recently got their hands on Congress leader Ashutosh Sharma who has been accused of attacking media people during the Bihar bandh and has been on the run since then. Congress leader Ashutosh Sharma was caught on camera assaulting journalists at the Dak Bungalow Chowk in Patna. The Congress leader was reportedly on the run after the case was registered against him.

Read: Take revenge, don’t spare any cop: Congress Corporator Shehzad Khan Pathan instigated anti-CAA riots in Ahmedabad

The crime branch of Ahmedabad police had nabbed a Congress leader for posting a fake and misleading video on social media which incited a Muslim mob during a protest march at Shah-e-Alam, Gujarat, where several police officials were brutally attacked by Muslim mobs.

Congress party’s minority cell member Umar Khan Pathan had shared a video on social media in which a police action against rioters from Lucknow was passed on as an incident in Ahmedabad stoking violence in the Shah-e-Alam. The fake news had unleashed a violent Muslim mob, who attacked and injured more than 25 policemen on duty.

Read: Khilafat 2.0: How Useful Idiots in the media and political parties were fooled by Jamia students associated with the ‘blood brother’ of a banned Radical Islamic outfit

The Ahmedabad Police had arrested Congress Corporator Shehzad Khan Pathan along with 32 others for carrying out the deadly attack during anti-CAA riots on police personnel. They have been booked for attempt to murder, rioting and assaulting police.

Additionally, Six people including four local politicians and the former Congress MLA were named as suspects in the Delhi Police FIR related to Jamia violence. The Delhi Police had named former Congress MLA Asif Khan as one of the accused in its FIR.

Essentially, CM Ashok Gehlot wants the media to focus on a problem created by Congress itself and not ask his government any questions on the deaths of children in his state. While the CAA aims to give citizenship to persecuted minorities from neighbouring Islamic nations, the NRC aims to ensure that illegal immigrants in India from neighbouring countries are not allowed to settle here. Interestingly, while CAA has been passed by the Parliament, NRC is only limited to Assam till now. The Congress has instigated Muslim mobs in the country to go on a rampage by spreading falsehoods and lies and now, it seems to be using the violence to obfuscate from its governance failings.

Mob goes on a rampage in Bengal’s Duttapukur following ‘unnatural death’ of one Asadul Islam accused of assaulting women: Read details

Prohibitory orders were imposed in three panchayat areas of North 24 Paragans district in West Bengal following widespread rioting and vandalism by Muslim mobs in Duttapukur on the New Year’s Eve. The riots occurred after the ‘unnatural death’ of a Muslims shopkeeper who was beaten by some people accusing him of molesting a woman on 31st December.

According to reports, Pragati Sangha, a local club, had organised a fair in Duttapukur from 25th to 31st December like every year, and Asadul Islam had put up a stall in the fair. On 31st December evening, he had an argument with a woman customer when she had come to buy some items from his stall. According to locals, Islam misbehaved with the woman and tried to molest her. The woman approached the members of the club and alleged that he had assaulted her.

After this, some members of the club came and took him to the club, where they allegedly beat him. But later in the night, his body was found hanging inside the club. This news was spread like a wildfire and a large number of people from Muslim community arrived at the fair and started vandalising it. The mob went on a rampage and demolished electric posts and lights, shops and roadside stalls, vehicles etc, and set them on fire. According to some reports, a Hindu temple situated in the area was also vandalised by the mob.

The mob alleged that the club members killed Asadul. While the club members have denied the allegations. They say that they had only kept him in the club following the complaints against him, and he committed suicide due to the allegations. The mob kept the club surrounded for several hours, preventing police from retrieving the body. The club was completely ransacked by the mob, with all the furniture and other items broken and torched.

Read- West Bengal: Hindu activist murdered in Nadia, ‘killed because he refused to join TMC’, says family

The rampage by the mob led to a clash between the two clashes, and both sides hurled bombs, stones and bricks at each other. The police force that had arrived to control the situation got caught in the fight and several policemen were injured by the flying bombs and stones. The mob also blocked railway lines and roads, and train services in the Sealdah – Bongaon section was suspended for almost a day following the violence.

Later additional police forces had to arrive to control the situation, and the body of Islam was removed from the club. Police resorted to lathi-charge and tear gas shells to control the mob. The administration suspended internet services in the area, and prohibitory under section 144 has been imposed Duttapukur, Amdanga and Deganga areas. Twelve persons have been arrested so far by the police for their alleged role in the clashes.

UP: SP leader promises to give pension and award to anti-CAA rioters when voted to power, calls them ‘Samvidhan Rakshak’

For the last one month, Muslim rioters “protesting” against the newly amended Citizenship Law have run amok, turning various parts of the country, especially Uttar Pradesh into a war zone. Sporadic incidents of extreme violence, arson and hooliganism were witnessed throughout the country, leaving many innocent people and police personnel injured or dead and several public properties damaged. Despite all this, a senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Ram Govind Chaudhary has today brazenly offered pension and awards to anti-CAA rioters.

Extending his unconditional support to these anti-CAA ‘protests’, the SP leader said that when the Samajwadi Party comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, it would provide pension and confer the award of ‘Samvidhan Rakshak’ on all those who protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). According to the leader, these rioters have been protecting the Indian Constitution.

He further said that the Samajwadi government would give compensation to those killed and jailed in the anti-CAA protests. “This promise will be fulfilled on the day Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav takes oath as chief minister. All cases related to protest against CAA, NPR and NRC would also be withdrawn without delay,” he said.

Read: Radical Islamic organisations PFI, SDPI along with Samajwadi Party workers instigated violence in the state: UP Police

The Samajwadi Party, he said, will not question anyone’s citizenship. Chaudhary said the party’s “satyagraha” against these laws will continue till the time the BJP decides to withdraw it.

This statement, however, does not come as a surprise, as Samajwadi party goons have been spearheading some of these riots in various parts of the state. Uttar Pradesh police have restated time and again that it was radical Islamic groups like PFI and SDPI and mainstream political parties like the Samajwadi party who had conspired to perpetrate violence and unleash riots during the anti-CAA protests in the state.

Last month, Muslim rioters had damaged public property worth around Rs 100 crore in seven districts in Uttar Pradesh during the protests. Following the violence, the Uttar Pradesh government had taken strict action against the culprits by attaching their properties for causing violence and arresting several people in connection with the protests.

Read: Anti-CAA riots: Samajwadi Party’s MP Shafiqur Rahman, Firoze Khan booked by UP Police for violence and arson in Sambhal

On December 20, Sambhal, a stronghold of Samajwadi Party, witnessed a large-scale protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act as four buses of UPSRTC and six police vehicles were vandalised by protesters who also hurled stones at security personnel and media persons.

Sambhal SP Yamuna Prasad had then confirmed that the protest was called by Samajwadi and most of the rioters were SP workers. Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Shafiqur Rahman Barq and Feroz Khan were then booked for instigating violence.

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut along with anti-Hindu Kolse Patil to attend anti-CAA function by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in Mumbai

Even as several parts of the country are witnessing anti-CAA riots organised by various Muslim groups, Shiv Sena politician Sanjay Raut is going to attend a function organised by the Islamist organisation Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Mumbai on Saturday.

Raut, who is considered as a chief architect in stitching the unholy alliance between the ideological disparate parties of Congress and NCP with his party Shiv Sena, will be a part of a program organised by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Mumbai and Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) at Marathi Patrakar Sangh.

Along with him, the function will see the participation of Justice (Retd) BG Kolse Patil, senior counsel Mihir Desai and PCR President and senior advocate Yusuf Muchchala to debate the relationship between the CAA and the NRC and understand their constitutional implications.

Read: Balasaheb Thackeray’s grandson to share stage with ‘Tukde Tukde Gang’ in anti-CAA, NRC event co-organised by Islamist SFI

Kolse Patil was accused of sexual harassment during the Me Too movement. The lady in question had gone to Patil’s house to record an interview with him. The interview was recorded inside the house as there were lots of noise outside. At the end of the interview, he asked the woman why the top button of her kurta is open and said that he thought they can be ‘friends’.

It can be noted that justice Patil was one of the organisers of Elgar Parishad which was held in Maharashtra last year, which led to the Bhima Koregaon riots. Commenting on the arrest of ‘urban naxals’ by Pune police in relation to the Bhima Koregaon violence and plot to kill PM, he has said that the allegations are false and arrests were made to stifle dissent.

Justice Patil is also known for his anti-Hindu and casteist speeches. In one such speech in 2016, he has alleged that RSS is spreading Hindu terror. In another speech he had said that ‘RSS is the biggest enemy of India, we need to defeat the poisonous ideology of RSS on the ideological level’. He also had mentioned that ‘Hindutva is nothing but deluding name of Brahmanism and the real enemy of India are Brahmanism and Capitalism’. He also has a problem with the word Hindustan, as according to him it refers to Hindus only and all Indians are not Hindus.

Read: Kolse Patil, Ex- Judge, ‘Hindu terror’ theory fan & Elgaar Parishad organizer accused of sexual harassment

He has even made an outrageous allegation that RSS has taken money from Pakistan’s ISI. Attending an event of Islamist fundamentalist Popular Front of India (PFI), he had insinuated that RSS chief la Mohan Bhagwat received ₹24 lakh to destabilise India, saying that ‘Brahmin-wadi’ people are dividing Hinduism.

The development comes amidst Shiv Sena’s hazy stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act. Earlier, after supporting the Act in the lower house of the parliament, Shiv Sena abstained from voting in the upper house of the parliament. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads a precarious alliance in the state of Maharashtra, was mealy-mouthed about his party’s support to the CAA. Passing the buck to the apex court, Thackeray said that he would wait for the Supreme Court verdict on CAA to decide whether to support or oppose the NRC.

Shiv Sena had already shunned its Hindutva agenda to slake its power-thirst by forming a government in Maharashtra by aligning with the so-called ‘secular’ parties of Congress and NCP. The two alliance partners of the Shiv Sena- Congress and NCP, have openly opposed the government’s move to enact the CAA and held demonstrations at many parts in the country against the possible implementation of the NRC. Shiv Sena seems to be caught between two stools to appear on the same page as its partners while at the same time do not betray their traditional vote bank who have welcomed the central government’s decision to legislate the CAA.

Balasaheb Thackeray’s grandson to share stage with ‘Tukde Tukde Gang’ in anti-CAA, NRC event co-organised by SFI

Aditya Thackeray, the grandson of Shivsena’s founder Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray seems to have joined hands with the ‘Tukde Tukde Gang’. A pamphlet published by Chatra Bharati inviting all for an anti CAA, NRC event has the name of Aditya Thackeray on it along with various members from the ‘Tukde Tukde Gang’, like Umar Khalid.

Pamphlet by Chhatra Bharati, Mumbai

This event ‘ CAA, NRC Virodhi Chhatra Parishad’ is going to be held at the Yashvantrao Chavan Centre in Mumbai on the 5th of January. The event is organised by Chhatra Bharati. Various other left-leaning student organisations are also part of the same.

Read: CAA: 4 Goa Congress leaders quit, slam Congress for ‘misleading people, creating fear in minorities for political mileage’

The list of people on the pamphlet includes Mr Umar Khalid, the JNU student who was accused of chanting anti-India slogans in the university campus in February 2016.

Facebook post by Chhatra Bharati, Mumbai

On January 14, the police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, including former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, saying they were leading a procession and supported the seditious slogans raised on the campus during an event on February 9, 2016. In this event, slogans like ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge, Inshallah Inshallah’ were raised.

In December, the court has granted two months to the Delhi police to get sanction to prosecute Umar Khalid and others in the JNU sedition case.

Read: JNU row: Event preplanned, Kashmiri students accused of raising anti-India slogans were in touch with Umar Khalid

Jamia Millia Islamia’s student leader Hammadur Rahman and AMUSU president Salman Imtiyaaz have also featured on this pamphlet. Mr Javed Akhtar who had signed mercy petition of the infamous terrorist Afzal Guru will also be attending this anti-CAA event.

The presence of Congress, NCP leaders in this event should come as no surprise but the name of Balasaheb Thackeray’s grandson who is now a cabinet minister in the Maharashtra govt in this list comes as a shock

The organisers of the event, as detailed in the pamphlet itself also includes Communist organisation SFI.

Read: Anti-CAA riots: Police seek ban on PFI as 25 members arrested for involvement in criminal activities during the protests

Balasaheb who was a staunch Hindutvavadi believed that no infiltrator should be allowed to stay in India. He fought for the cause of Hindutva for all his life and was hailed as ‘Hinduhridaysamrat’ by his followers.


His party, Shivsena broke its long-standing alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party after the recent assembly polls in Maharashtra. And to everybody’s surprise, Shivsena formed a government with the Congress and NCP with Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister. This was a betrayal of all the voters of Maharashtra who voted for the Sena-BJP alliance.

But the followers of Shivsena had hoped that the party would at least not betray the cause of Hindutva and nationalism. But with its leader’s participation in such events, Shivsena seems to have made it clear that its hatred for the BJP is stronger than it’s love for the cause of Hindutva.

IIT-Kanpur denies media reports that it is probing whether Faiz’s ‘Hum Dekhenge’ is anti-Hindu, only unauthorised protests being probed

In the beginning to the New Year, on the very first day itself, the mainstream media engaged in a concerted campaign to discredit IIT-Kanpur. It was reported on Wednesday that a panel was constituted by the institution to decide if Faiz’s poem ‘Hum Dekhengey’ was anti-Hindu. However, it appears such a thing never happened.

Refuting the media reports, the deputy director of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Manindra Agarwal said that the panel instituted to probe the protests in the institution will not look into whether the poem is anti-Hindu or not. “The institute is not sitting in judgement on whether Faiz’s poem is communal or not. The committee is looking into several complaints of inflammatory actions/posts and will decide if there was a deliberate attempt to disturb the harmony at the institute,” Agarwal, who heads the five-member probe panel, told media.

The institution has only constituted a high-level committee to look into the protests that were conducted against the CAA in the campus without permission. No panel has been set up to specifically determine whether Faiz’s Islamic Supremacist poem is anti-Hindu.

In fact, Manindra Agarwal had tweeted on 1st January itself that panel was constituted to look into various complaints and that is far cry from a probe to determine whether Faiz’s poem is anti-Hindu.

He had also said that among many complaints, only one was against the poem saying it hurt religious sentiments. He had said on 1st that the committee has been formed to look all the complaints, but today it was clarified by him in an official statement that the poem has been dropped from the ambit of the probe.

OpIndia independently reached out to IIT-Kanpur and was informed that the committee will not be looking into the poem. The Information and Media Outreach Cell of the institute told us that even the reports of anti-CAA protests taking place in IIT-Kanpur were not correct, as some students had taken out only a march in solidarity with the students of JNU. As this march was not authorised, and multiple complaints have been received against it, the committee was formed to look into them, but the poem is not being probed.

Read- Idols will be removed, thrones will vanish, only Allah’s name will remain: Complaint against IIT-K’s Jamia solidarity event

However, the mainstream media had already spread the message far and wide that IIT-Kanpur had actually set up a panel to specifically determine whether Faiz’s poem laced with Islamic Supremacist imagery is anti-Hindu. The BBC and the Economic Times were quick off the block to report on the matter without bothering to verify the actual facts of the event.

BBC Hindi on the matter


The Economic Times Headline

Meanwhile, ‘intellectuals’ and ’eminent citizens’ have already condemned IIT-Kanpur have jumped in and issued words of condemnation. Javed Akhtar was at the forefront of it.

Javed Akhtar on the matter

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with the IIT-Kanpur setting up a panel to determine whether Faiz’s poem is laced with anti-Hindu rhetoric, the institution has not done any such thing. Only a high-level committee has been set up to determine whether any rules were broken by the individuals in the said protest and if so, whether any or what disciplinary action should be initiated against them.

ABP journalist expresses concern for anti-CAA rioters, wonders how will poor rioters pay for damaged public property

The desperation of media to whitewash the crimes committed by Muslim mobs during the anti-CAA riots by humanising them was once again on display after ABP journalist Shobhna Yadav questioned UP government’s decision to make rioters pay for damaging public properties and referred them to as ‘poor’.

On Thursday, at ABP Shikhar Sammelan 2020, Uttar Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya spoke on the anti-CAA riots that took place in Uttar Pradesh in which Muslim mobs unleashed extreme violence on police officials and damaged public properties.

Responding to the allegation of the police excess against the rioters in the state, UP Deputy CM Maurya said that the police of Uttar Pradesh showed restraint despite they were attacked by the rioters. He reiterated that the government will not accept any kind of violence. The innocent will be treated with respect and anyone who has indulged in violence will not be spared, he added.

Read: Anti-CAA riots: Over 100 arrested for posting inciting content on social media, 93 FIRs registered by UP Police

However, the ABP journalist was quick to humanise the Muslim mobs by stating that the rioters belonged to ‘poor’ families and could not afford to pay for damages. She questioned the government on how will they make those ‘poor’ pay for damaging public properties in the state.

Responding to this, Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya shot back to say that that Uttar Pradesh will not discriminate between rich and poor while adding that the government intends to make the rioters pay for the damage irrespective of their financial background.

Keshav Prasad Maurya also reiterated that the Muslims of the state are not afraid and stated that they have full faith in PM Narendra Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath. Maurya also added that the Muslims are being benefited by the schemes rolled out by the BJP government and they will continue to receive benefits without any discrimination.

Read: Anti-CAA riots: ‘Liberals’ brought back the ‘urban riot’, but Yogi Adityanath might have a solution

Deputy CM Maurya also attacked Congress and Samajwadi Party for supporting the violent mobs in the state during the anti-CAA protests. Maurya also said that anti-national elements will not be allowed to commit violence in the name of students and accused radical Islamic organisation PFI of instigating riots in the state by disguising as ‘protestors’.

The Uttar Pradesh saw unprecedented communal riots after Muslim mobs following the Friday prayers resorted to extreme violence against police officials. The Uttar Pradesh administration had to resort to lathi-charge to take control of the situation. The Muslim mobs also fired bullets in those ‘peaceful protests’ and pelted stones at the police officials.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad violent mobs targetted police officials during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest. A police post was also damaged and three vehicles were torched by an unruly mob, following which the police used tear gas to control the situation. Similarly, a violent mob attacked the police personnel in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh.

Muslim rioters threw stones at police forces in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh during the Citizenship Amendment Act protests. Several cops and protesters got injured as Muslim mobs indulged in vandalism in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr.

Read: Anti-CAA riots: Samajwadi Party’s MP Shafiqur Rahman, Firoze Khan booked by UP Police for violence and arson in Sambhal

In a similar incident, security personnel had to baton charge violent rioters at Amroha and Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh. The situation in Kanpur also turned violent after protesters went unruly in the city. The violent Muslim mobs chased a police jeep and ransacked the public property.

In an extremely violent incident, anti-CAA Protests in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar also took a violent turn as protesters set vehicles on fire.

In Sambhal, a stronghold of Samajwadi Party, the Muslim mobs had unleashed large-scale riots during against the Citizenship Amendment Act and torched four buses of UPSRTC and six police vehicles. The Muslim mobs had also hurled stones at security personnel and media persons.

Read: Radical Islamic organisations PFI, SDPI along with Samajwadi Party workers instigated violence in the state: UP Police

Several towns and cities in Uttar Pradesh especially Meerut had witnessed widespread violent protests over the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act. In Meerut, soon after the Friday prayers, a crowd of people wearing black bands came out from the Jama Masjid at around 2 pm to protest against the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

CCTV footage from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh had emerged in which it was seen two men firing at cops during the protests in Meerut. In one of the videos, a masked man in a blue jacket is seen walking around with a gun. The police officials had even recovered 500 cartridges of prohibited bores from places where violence broke out across the state.

Similarly, violence erupted in Muslim dominated Aligarh Muslim University, in which protestors broke down university gate, burnt down several public infrastructures and attacked the police officials.

Passport Dept seeks MEA nod to prosecute ‘activist’ Medha Patkar for concealing details of criminal cases in her application


The Mumbai Regional Passport Office (RPO) has sought the External Affairs ministry’s nod to prosecute ‘activist’ Medha Patkar for not disclosing details pertaining to criminal cases against her in the passport application, reports The New Indian Express.

According to reports, the RPO had written a letter to External Affairs Ministry seeking permission to file a criminal case against Medha Patkar for hiding the details about many pending cases against her at the time of filing the passport application in 2017.

In her passport application of March 30, 2017, Patkar had claimed that no criminal cases are pending against her and in the column on pending criminal cases, if any, she had declared “none”.

The officials in the passport officer said her passport has automatically been impounded after she surrendered it on December 9. The officers added that Patkar cannot absolve herself from prosecution after surrendering her passport.

Read: Passport Office issues notice to ‘activist’ Medha Patkar, asks why passport should not be impounded for concealing pending cases

If MEA grants permission for prosecution against Patkar, the Mumbai RPO will file a criminal case against her as per the Passport Act. The maximum punishment under the Act is two-year rigorous imprisonment or Rs 5,000 fine or both.

According to the section 10(3) of the passport act, the passport authority may impound or revoke a passport or travel document if proceedings in respect of an offence alleged to have been committed by the holder of the passport or travel document are pending before a criminal court in India.

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The RPO Mumbai had issued Patkar a notice on October 18 seeking details regarding the nine criminal cases that have been registered against her – three are in Barwani, one in Alirajpur and five in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, which is still pending adjudication.

“In view of the same, it is proposed to impound your passport bearing no. and any other passport if issued subsequently under section 10(3)(e) of the Passports Act 1967. You are requested to state why action should not be taken under section 12(1) of the Passports Act 1967,” the notice issued by the passport office on October 18 said.

Later, in November, the Mumbai Regional Passport Office had issued a show-cause notice to ‘activist’ Medha Patkar seeking details on cases pending against her asking and had asked why her passport should not be seized for hiding information regarding pendency of cases against her.

Read: Watch: Hindu refugees confront and chase Medha Patkar away, ask her to live in Pakistan to know what they suffered

The notice stated that Patkar had not disclosed the pendency of these cases and obtained the passport on March 30, 2017, by suppressing information.

Reportedly, most of the cases against Medha Patkar have been lodged for rioting and obstructing government servants from carrying out their duty. In March 2017, a passport was reissued to her which is valid till March 2027.

A complaint was filed against the activist in June 2019 by a journalist Sanjeev Jha, accusing Patkar of obtaining her passport by concealing and suppressing material facts from the RPO Mumbai. The complainant had provided the details of nine criminal cases with documentary evidence, pending against her in various districts of Madhya Pradesh.

Congress, AAP leaders to Activists and journalists follow this troll who advocates throwing dead body of a 90-yr-old Modi supporter in gutter

The “liberal” hate against anyone who supports Prime Minister Modi or believes in an ideology opposite to “Left Liberalism” is not unknown. The ‘secular’ politicians, activists and even journalists have often mainstreamed and normalised such vicious hate. One recalls that the Pulwama terrorist had released a video where he said he wanted to kill all ‘cow piss drinkers’, referring to Hindus. That openly bigoted pejorative too has been normalised by the intellectual class that has now started hating Hindus in their quest to hate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a similar shocker, a hateful troll who wants “Sanghis to be thrown in the gutter” has been normalised by the very intellectual class that had normalised terrorists like Burhan Wani and even Adil Ahmad Dar.

The troll, Amit Behara, posted a terribly hateful comment to an individual who merely said that his 90-year-old maternal grandfather watches Zee News and calls himself a proud Bhakt (A supposedly pejorative used by the Left to demean supporters of the Prime Minister).

To that, Behara commented that when his 90-year-old grandfather dies, he should “throw him in the gutter” and tell his kids why he threw him in the gutter. The comment inspired disgust from various quarters on Twitter with people mostly connecting his despicable conduct to how ‘tolerant’ self-proclaimed liberals are.

Once Behara started getting called out, he started posting even more genocidal and hateful content against Hindus.

An older tweet by Defence Analyst Abhijit Iyer Mitra also started getting noticed where he had exposed this troll for the venom he harbours. In the screenshots posted by Iyer, Behara was seen hoping for a slow, painful death for leaders like Arun Jaitley. He had also spoken about how he would celebrate those deaths.

This venomous, genocidal and habitual troll has been normalised by several people in power who otherwise exalt themselves to be the paragons of virtue. Some prominent people, politicians and journalists follow this troll who wishes slow, painful death upon people and wants Hindus to be thrown in the gutter for their views.

Among the people who follow this troll is Nitin Pai who is the Director of Takshashila Institution and also a columnist with Left publications. Journalist Salil Tripathi and bigot Sudheendra Kulkarni.

Amit Behara’s followers

Among his followers, are ‘activist’ Harsh Mandar who has often been caught peddling lies, even during the anti-CAA riots, and was a part of Sonia Gandhi’s NAC and self-proclaimed fact-checking website Alt News’ co-founder.

Amit Behara’s followers

Several others who follow the troll are official functionaries of Congress, Aam Admi Party and journalists with various publications including Barkha Dutt’s MoJo.

Followers of Amit Behara

BBC journalist and cartoonist along with AAP functionaries also follow the troll.

Followers of Amit Behara

His followers include the President and Managing Director of Bloomberg Media, the Managing Editor of Live Law and Congress leader Sanjay Jha.

Followers of Amit Behara

And more AAP functionaries.

Followers of Amit Behara

Snuggled between AAP and Congress functionaries, was a Special Correspondent of Shekhar Gupta’s The Print.

Followers of Amit Behara

Further, other than Congress functionaries, the Managing Editor of Outlook too followed the troll Amit Behara.

Followers of Amit Behara

Amit Behara seems to be a habitual offender who not only gets abusive but also says criminally insane things to people who don’t believe in the same ideology as him.

Read: Pro-Congress troll Abhishek Mishra posted communally charged posts on Internet to earn money

The fact that prominent people not only from political parties like Congress and AAP but also media publications are legitimising this troll only goes to show the deep malaise that the people who scream the most about ‘intolerance’ actually harbour against anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

This phenomenon of political parties and journalists supporting vicious trolls is not new. One recalls how Congress supporting abusive troll Sanjukta Basu had claimed that the Pulwama terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad which claimed lives of 44 soldiers, could be an inside job carried out on behest of Prime Minister Modi owing to ‘criminal-politician nexus’. Sanjukta, in a bid to toe to the party line, had even gone on a sexist, abusive rant against ANI’s Editor, Smita Prakash, after Rahul Gandhi slyly referred to as ‘pliable journalist’ for her interview with Prime Minister Modi.

In fact, the then Congress President Rahul Gandhi had a social media outreach where he met his supporters including Abhishek Mishra, who was recently arrested for spreading fake news.

445 illegals returned from India to Bangladesh in past two months with at least 3 being involved in human trafficking: BGB Chief


On Thursday, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) chief said that a total of 445 Bangladeshi nationals have returned to Bangladesh from India in last two months following the publication of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) by the Indian government.

Speaking at a press briefing, Major General Md Shafeenul Islam, Director-General of BGB disclosed the figure and said, “About 1,000 people were arrested in 2019 for illegal border crossings from India to Bangladesh, with 445 of them returning home in November and December”. These individuals had reportedly cross over to India illegally from Bangladesh.

Reportedly, Major General Islam said BGB verified the identities of these intruders through the local representatives, who later came to know that all of them were Bangladeshis. He said that 253 cases have been lodged earlier against them for illegal trespassing and initial investigations have found that at least three of them indulged in human trafficking.

Read: Bangladeshi man Mohammad Belal arrested with fake Aadhaar and Indian voter cards in Jharkhand

Last week, Islam who had visited India on a bilateral visit had said that the creation of the NRC is completely an “internal affair” of India.

Talking on the issue of border killings, the BGB chief said, “The issue of border killings was discussed at the six-day 49th DG level BGB-BSF meeting in New Delhi from December 25 to 30. We expressed our concern about the killing of Bangladeshi people by the Border Security Force (BSF) in the border areas.”

Islam said that the BGB will continue to do its work of preventing illegal border crossings as per its mandate.

Read: Bangladesh asks for list of illegal citizens living in India, says will allow them to return

A BGB delegation headed by Major General Islam was on a bilateral visit to India to hold DG-level border talks with its counterparts, the Border Security Force (BSF). The talks took place from December 26-29, during which a host of issues related to cross-border smuggling and activities of criminals and others along the 4,096-km-long front were discussed.

“The number of border killings in 2019 was highest in the last four years. As per our calculation, the number of such unexpected deaths was 35,” the BGB chief said.

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