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Monday, January 18, 2010

Hindu saints' solidarity for man fasting for Batla House judicial inquiry

A large number of Hindu saints, sadhus and mahants are expressing solidarity with Ahsan Khan, who has been on a fast unto death demanding institution of a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter case.

Khan, whose condition is now critical, on the 25th day of his fast, has got support from all cross-sections of society. Religious figures of both the communities, Hindu and Muslim leaders, intellectuals and writers have expressed their solidarity with him.

Strangely, it seems that such news get lost somewhere on way from Azamgarh to Delhi. It fails to reach even Lucknow. Khan has been urging UPA government to institute a judicial inquiry, which is a genuine demand in case of any encounter death.

Further, the point that when personalities ranging from Maulana Imran Falahi to Mahant Baba Somnath visit him, pledging their support for his cause, should such a news be blacked out?

Meetings are being organised and residents cutting across social strata are voicing concern over his deteriorating health, as also about the apathy of the Centre towards the agitation in Azamgarh.

If there is Arabic Teachers' Association's Abdul Qadir who is speaking for Ahsan Khan, there is also Bar Council's head Rajendra Prasad who held a meeting for the cause. Social activist Krishna Kumar Pandey is also holding programmes just like Maulana Muzaffar Islahi.

It again proves our pluralstic culture. When Azamgarh was termed Aatank-garh and four million Azamgarhis [80% of them Hindus] were demonised, then also the town had seethed with anger. Both Hindus and Muslims were equally pained as just because of suspicion of terrorist links on a few youths, a historical town and the entire district was defamed.

Did Delhi notice it then? When there is a man undergoing 'aamran-anshan', Hindu and Muslim religious leaders approach him. Once again Delhi will either ignore it or won't bother to see it. It doesn't fetch TRPs, perhaps.

It is not necessary that all of them consider the encounter at Jamia Nagar in Delhi as fake. However, as citizens of a democratic nation, they are concerned that demand for a probe shouldn't be pushed under the carpet by the Congress-led government, as it leaves a lot of doubts and also puts a question mark on the credibility of a state.


Amit J said...

finally...a ray of hope...Jai Hind

suds said...

The NSA (M K Narayanan) unequivocally calrified that those killed were indeed terrorists. They also killed a police officer. Its absolute travesity of "human rights activism" to still insist that its a fake encounter.

A similar case in point is the Shopian case where the CBI found the police to be innocent and also proved that evidence was fabricated by the so called intellectuals.

indscribe said...
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indscribe said...

@ Ya Amit bhai

@ Suds: MK Narayanan has to defend it. The same was said about Khwaja Yunus, another professional killed in Mumbai, or for that matter the murder of MBA student Ranbeer Singh in Uttarakhand or 21-year-old Kuldeep Kumar [See Link]or endless such cases.

Everybody including police defend their fault. However, there must not be any suspicion of coverup.

God forbid, when someone close to us gets falsely implicated, you can only then visualise how bad it is to lose civic rights. Let the inquiry take place. It's good if like Shopian, truth comes out. Isn't it?

Shafiq said...

I heard about the shootings only earlier today.

I don't know what really happened, but if the Delhi police have nothing to hide, then they have nothing to fear from a judicial inquiry.

On the other hand, if these two people were indeed innocent, then this is a serious matter.

Nyayman said...

The success of a democratic polity lies in fixing the checks and balances system in such a manner that the legislature, executive - and judiciary work in unison.and no one goes out of his orbit!Police is part of executive.Its work should be subject to judicial monitering!So any Govt, hailing Human Rights should not hesitate to order such a probe, when there is a genuine public demand,.

Lokesh said...

I beg to differ. I feel that the encounter was justified and those killed were indeed terrorists. I feel this way particularly because the series of terrorist activities that were happening at a regular 3 month interval till then stopped after this encounter.

eastdelhicitizen said...

Not just the NSA, but the NHRC did an enquiry too and supported the police version.
I hope we are not reaching a stage that the only a guilty verdict will satisfy the Batla House agitators.

Also, just who on earth is Mahant Baba Somnath? And, pray, why is he important?

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Brian@Hindu Mantras said...

Finally all Indian have taken right decision for this case.Both Hindu and Muslim people joined together for this protest.I this protest will be peaceful and effective.