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Monday, May 21, 2007

Firing on Muslims: The ugly pattern from Delhi to Hyderabad

Already a lot has been written about the police firing in Hyderabad but I could feel the sense of dejection among Muslims elsewhere. In hotels and eateries in Muslim dominated areas in two cities, I could hear angry voices.

The pattern is similar. Protesting Muslims or gathering of Muslims where there is a trouble of any sort, are fired at readily compared to gatherings of other communities with much more unrest, said people in chai-khanas. (Apart from Muslims, the gatherings of Dalits and tribals have also seen similar police excesses)

In July last year, this happened in Bhiwandi where Muslims were killed in police firing (Click to read). The story was similar at Vadodara where cops were seen on television set, aiming at Muslims (Click to read). The bullets invariably hit Muslims in chests.

And just a few months back the same treatment was meted out to Muslims in Seelampur locality on ceiling issue. Nowhere else bullets were fired though Delhi remained on boil for several days and there were many violent protests. But on September 22, three Muslims were killed in firing (Click to read).

Water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas are not considered. And when bullets are fired, they are hit at chests, never at legs. The argument of cops is often that in 'surcharged circumstances' the firing becomes inevitable. Really! At least in the recent firing in Hyderabad, everybody is aware and we have seen on TV screens how people were targeted and murdered by this brute police force.

Now it's Hyderabad where after the bomb blast in Mecca Masjid, the angry and shocked Muslims, were shot dead. (Click to read). But do the politicians (about Muslim leadership one hardly expects them to take up the issue seriously) have an iota of interest in this alleged communalisation of police and ways to deal with this malaise.


Soul In Exile said...

Did u even bother to consider that people didnt go about rioting and resorting to arson/rampage after the serial blasts in delhi/Varanasi/Mumbai rail blasts or even todays Gorakhpur blasts?

Are you justifying the arson/rioting..?

Anonymous said...

From the Deccan Chronicle

Hyderabad, May 22: The city Special Branch and the State Intelligence have admitted that the police firing on a group of people after the Mecca Masjid blast was ‘indiscriminate and unwarranted’. Sources said that the intelligence department submitted a report to Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy stating that the police firing on May 18 could have been avoided.

Both the agencies pointed out in their preliminary reports that cops trained their guns on a panic-stricken mob running away from the blast site. Video footage collected by intelligence agencies from TV channels revealed that police personnel chased the people and fired at them. The agencies will submit their final reports later.
In the report submitted to commissioner of police Balwinder Singh, the special branch also blamed police personnel for unnecessarily opening fire.

Groups of people rushed out of the mosque after the blast and some of them pelted stones at the police, who opened fire without much provocation, killing five persons. The autopsy report too had described the police firing as ‘indiscriminate’. Sources said the reports mentioned the name of Falaknuma Inspector P. Sudhakar, the picket in-charge, for giving the order to fire.

Moghulpura inspector Ramachandra Reddy and Charminar ACP Reddanna were present at the spot and the quick response team of the city police opened fire on the mob. An SB official said that names of two officers were deleted from the report. Mr Balwinder Singh, however, refused to disclose details of the probe.

Anser azim said...

Muslims loose life and they themselves are blamed for their own death. This is nothing but Islamophobia. I agree that there is a pattern. However, Arson and rioting is not justifiable and should be condemned. The blasts that took place in Hyderabad have trade mark of VHP and like minded organizations that are supported by
intelectuals sitting here in USA. I saw some organizations who are against Mr Reddys government were showing there Hindutva color here in USA. I am very positive that these people are trying to come to power again on religious ground by disturbing peace and harmony between Hindus and Muslims that has coexisted for centuries.
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