Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hypocrisy over cow slaughter in India: Muslims don't consume beef but are unfairly blamed, constantly targeted

The Congress workers said that they slaughtered the cow to protest the beef ban.

In Kerala and many other states, beef is consumed by the Hindu populace.

Though in North Indian states, it is illegal and there are strict laws against cow slaughter.

BJP-RSS stand on beef keeps changing, depending on party's poll prospects in a state. It changes from region to region, leader to leader. There is no clarity.

They speak in a different voice in North India and a different voice in South, North East, Eastern India and states like Goa. Principally, BJP is against beef consumption as it feels it is against nation's thous though the most indigenous tribal have been beef eaters.

On one hand, BJP's Hindu leaders have repeatedly said that they have no problem with beef, its Muslim face Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had said that the beef eaters should be sent to Pakistan.

1. Apart from the incident, beef fests were organised in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They were all Hindus who were performing cow slaughter and eating beef. LINK

2. Muslims avoid beef because the Hindu majority considers cow as a holy animal. Mostly, it is the Hindu populace in different parts of the country--South, East, North Eastern States and Tribal regions, that consume beef.

3. In Goa, where BJP has been the ruling party, beef is not banned. In North Eastern states,  BJP has openly said that it is not against beef. In Kerala, its leaders have offered 'quality beef' in case they are elected.

4. Union minister Kiran Rijiju had said that he consumed beef and no one can force their dietary preferences on him.

5. Even, RSS leaders who went to North East, said that a person who consumes beef could join the Sangh.

6. Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar had said that government can't take position on issues like consumption of beef. "Beef consumption is a matter of personal opinion", he had said. LINK

7. BJP leader quit party over beef ban. Three days after saying the would reduce beef prices in Meghalaya if he were elected, Bernard N Marak quit BJP, stating that the party was trying to impose its ideology on people. He had said that in Meghalaya, most BJP leaders eat beef. LINK and LINK

Later, another BJP leader Bachu Marak resigned from party against the cattle trade legislation. He said that beef was staple food in Meghalaya. 5,000 members of BJP also quit the party, unhappy with BJP move. LINK

8. BJP leader in Karnataka, Vaman Acharya, who is party spokesman, said Brahmins used to slaughter cows and ate beef, in the past. Later, he retracted the statement, saying he wanted to close the issue. Clearly, he seemed to avoid controversy or under pressure now. LINK

9. Tarun Vijay says that eating habits of North Indians can not be imposed across the country. In an article in Panchjanya, he wrote that cow vigilantes should read likes of Vivekananda and VD Savarkar to understand that habits of people in N Indian can't be imposed across country. LINK

Still, right-wing groups use the issue of 'beef' to target Muslims. Muslims do eat buffalo meat, which is wrongly termed 'beef' in English media. Unfortunately, Muslims are nowhere in picture, they respect laws and even the sentiments of the Hindus, yet, they remain on target.

When it comes to cow vigilantism, the Muslims are targeted. Laws are applied in such a manner that a person is booked even if he is not carrying beef--as the sample would be tested later. Even an armyman's father, Akhlaq, was murdered over a 'suspicion that there was beef in the fridge of his house'.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Six lynched in Jharkhand: Photo that should haunt us, Indians, inhabitants of the land of 'non-violence'


Will this photograph haunt us, Indians, for long?

A man--Mohammad Naeem, begging for his life, yet, the mob killed him in cold blood.

The man was not alone. Apart from him, Md Sajjad alias Sajju, Siraj and Md Alim. were also killed.

The incident occurred at Shobhapur near Rajnagar, which is 45 km from Jamshedpur. All the victims were cattle-traders.

Apparently, there was a rumour that children were being abducted from the area though police said that there no such complaint, and no incident of child theft was reported.

"Villagers got information that some people are taking kid in car. They came out armed and surrounded Shobhapur. It was alleged that one Muslim man, Murtaza Ansari, was protecting them. Mob accused him of saving them and Murtaza asked the mob to check the vehicle. But the mob didn't buge", reports Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar.

The mob went on rampage, rummaging houses and setting afire property. Victims were baten to death. Naeem succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. The houses of Shamsul Haq and Azizul Haq were burnt. Police officers's vehicles including Tata Sumo and Indigo were also burnt.

ANOTHER INCIDENT OF MOB LYNCHING IN JHARKHAND

Apart from the incident, three more persons were lynched in Jharkhand. Gangesh Gupta, Vikas Verma and Gautam Verma were killed in cold blood. This incident occurred in Nagadih.

The elderly grandmother of one of the victims, Ramsakhi, was also brutally beaten. Her condition is reported to be critical. BJP is in power in Jharkhand, and there is no statement from the top party leaders, condemning the killings.

UPDATE: Reports suggest that the figure of deaths is SEVEN (7). LINK

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Another day, Another attack: Muslim man lynched, Hindu farmers brutally beaten by cow vigilantes

Lynchings, mob attacks, vigilantism--that seems to have become the order of the day in India.

A Muslim man was beaten to death in his house in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, just because he was supportive of an inter-religious marriage.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini members barged into his house, abducted middle-aged Ghulam Muhammad, took him away and thrashed him until he died.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini is an extremist Hindu group, which was formed by Yogi Adityanath, who is now UP's chief minister.

Locals said that members of the Vahini were behind the attack and murder. There are barely a couple of Muslim families in this village in Bulandshahar. Now, after the incident, they plan to move out.

From Pahlu Khan to Akhlaq, from Mazloom Ansari to Najeeb Ahmad, the stories of Muslim men disappearing--either killed, lynched or taken away, never to return, it is becoming a regular affair now.

As private armies or right-wing Hindu militias keep growing in size, the incidents are increasing. Along with Muslims, a few Hindus here and there too bear the brunt of these attacks. In North India, the situation is worst.

The other incident took place close to national capital Delhi. It happened in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Two Hindu farmers were brutally beaten.

Their fault--they were carrying cows along with them. Bhoop Singh and Jabar Singh were intercepted by self-styled 'Gau Rakshaks'--a term that means protectors of cows.

"We kept telling them that we are Hindus, farmers but they kept accusing us of being cow smugglers and started thrashing us", said the victims, who later lodged an FIR.

"They abused us verbally and kicked us on the stomach and even the face. We collapsed on the ground but they continued beating us". While this was happening, no one intervened. [TOI report]

Hindu Sena leader crushes Muslim youth to death in Bhopal

In yet another incident of extremist groups' violence, Hindu Sena district chief killed a Muslim youth, Salman, by crushing him to death under a SUV. This incident occurred in MP Nagar in Bhopal.

Salman was beaten brutally and later his head was struck against a tanker. The Hindu Sena leader Shivaji Patil later crushed Salman to death on the spot, with his car, and escaped. He was later arrested.


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Cow Vigilantes' Terror: Two more Muslims killed in India, mob lynches them in Assam

Two more Muslims have died--victims of Cow Terror.

Abu Hanifa and Riyazuddin were lynched by a mob in Assam.

Clearly, terror in the name of cow continues in India.

This is the worst form of Terrorism in the world, where people kill in the name of cow. They feel that they can kill anyone and have moral right to decide whether someone is guilty or not.

Akhlaq was killed because it was imagined that the meat in his fridge was not of goat but cow. Similarly, the mob decided that Abu Hanifa and Riyazuddin were cow thieves.

So they got the 'authority' to kill them in cold blood. Both of them were beaten to death. The incident occurred in Nagaon district. The Kachamari Pathar village is just 130 km from State capital.

Soon after the incident, in which two people were murdered, the cops had started claiming that 'it was not a case of cow vigilantism'. How? Why such hurry to give a clean-chit, instead of focusing on crime of such magnitude.

Even before probe, it was termed that they were 'cow thieves'. So where is the need for police or law-enforcing agencies?The self-styled 'Gau Rakshaks' are on a spree of attacks, violence and killings across India.

The prime target are Muslims, and in some cases Dalits too. Occasionally, non-Muslims have also been beaten or tortured. Like in Una in Gujarat, where Dalits who skin dead animal, were tortured by right-wing extremists.

1. In Bihar, a man honked at a cow and he was attacked, resulting in damage to his eyesight. LINK

2. In Delhi, a woman tried to shoo away a cow and she later nearly escaped the violent mob. LINK
Ganesh Mandal or Sharmila's case are exceptions.

3. Jabar Singh and Bhoop Singh brutally beaten by cow vigilantes in Noida. LINK

OLD INCIDENT 2015: Gulli alias Phool CHaran kills two friendsGulla Soma and Ganesh Bhilala in Damoh as he suspected they were involved in transportation of cows. LINK

4. Tribal** accused of cow slaughter, dies in police custody.

5. Appu Malviya was brutally beaten by vigilantes in Ujjain. He was thrashed, kicked, beaten with belts publicly. LINK & LINK

6. Sheikh Bismillah, 27, and his uncle Sheikh Siddique, 65, had gone to sell buffalo meat when they were attacked, brutally beaten in Washim in Maharashtra. The assailants accused them of selling beef. "It was buffalo meat. They just won't listen", victims said. The incident occurred in Washim in Maharashtra. Shockingly, after they were assaulted, they two persons were booked under section 295 (A) of IPC. The police said that they seized meat and sent samples for test to the lab. The attackers were seen shouting slogans and forcing the duo to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', slapping, punching and kicking them repeatedly, and ordering them to come to the police station with them. Later, police booked seven persons for the assault. LINK & LINK

**Elderly Kodar Gamar was arrested under the newly enacted cow protection law for allegedly slaughtering bovines, reported HT. Gamar, in his 60s, was arrested and was in the custody of Sabarkantha police. He died. A judicial probe has been ordered.

7. Muslims are the main target. In national capital, Delhi, just over a week ago, Muslim cattle transporters--Rizwan, Ashu and Kamil, were brutally beaten. This happened in Kalkaji. LINK and LINK.

They hailed from Pataudi, Haryana. They were stopped, pulled out of vehicle, beaten up. The police had to save them. The attackers claimed to be 'animal rights activists' and representing People for Animals (PFA).

8. Self-styled 'gau rakshaks' beat up people for buffalo slaughter, a man thrashed even as he is escorted by police. The incident occurred in Aligarh. See video

9. Five members of a family including a nine-year-old girl injured in attack by cow vigilantes in Jammu & Kashmir in April. The girl suffered multiple fractures. The family was moving with their livestock. "One of our children, a 10-year-old, is still missing. We don't know whether he is alive or dead. They even beat our elders very badly. They wanted to kill us and throw our bodies into the river". LINK

10. Shivam, a BA student, stabbed after cow vigilantes thought he was a journalist [photographer] and was not taking the photograph of their protest. LINK

11. Yet another cow vigilante attack in Jharkhand. Ainul Ansar attacked, cops later save him. He insists that it was meat, not beef. This incident occurred in Darbhanga (Jharkhand) on June 7. LINK

12. 100 cow vigilantes had surrounded Hayat Rabbani hotel in Jaipur, wanted owner to be handed to them, alleging that it sold beef. The incident had occurred on March 19.  Now, forensic lab report reveals that it was not beef. LINK

Over the last three years, there have been numerous cases of attacks and killings. The most recent case was that of Pahlu Khan, who was killed in Rajasthan. However, the State government, did not take the crime seriously and even one of its ministers tried to play it down, ending up blaming victim.

13. Officials of Tamil Nadu's Animal Husbandry Department had bought cows and calves from Jaisalmer for a Central government's breeding programme when they were attacked near Rajasthan's Barmer. The cow vigilantes also attempted to set fire to one of the trucks which had the animals inside, the police said. The cows would have been burnt alive had they not been rescued by the police. LINK

14. [June 20] Cow vigilantes strip, tie to tree and beat up three people mercilessly in Etah in Uttar Pradesh. They alleged that these were cow smugglers. A cop seen in video but couldn't do anything. LINK

15. [June 24]. Junaid, 16, stabbed to death in train, when he was returning after Eid shopping from Delhi to Ballabhgarh in Haryana. Called Pakistani and termed beef eater because of their dress and skullcap, assailants attack Junaid, a Hafiz-e-Quran, and his brothers in train. LINK & LINK

16. [June 25] Three Muslim men lynched in Dinajpur in West Bengal over suspicion that they were involved in cow theft. LINK

17. Muslim men--Abu Hanifah and Riyazuddin lynched in Assam, reports Al Jazeera. READ
So far, just a case has been registered and two persons detained, says this PTI report. LINK

18. NOT BEEF. [June 27] Otera Bibi, 42, a mentally challenged woman, lynched in West Bengal. LINK

19. [June 28] Mob attacks house of Usman Ansari in Jharkhand, burns the house, clashes with police, he gets injured, survives. LINK

20. [June 29] Alimuddin alias Asghar Ali lynched in Ramgarh in Jharkhand. Mob accused him of taking beef in a van. LINKLINK

21. NOT BEEF. [June 30]. Two more lynched in Bihar over suspicion of theft, beaten to death. The victims, two Dalits--Baban Musahar and Murahu killed in Rohtas district. LINK & LINK

22. [July 9] Eight killed, all of them Hindus. They were going to rescue their kin who had been caught and kept hostage by 'Gau Rakshaks'. In Jhajhar in Haryana, Xylo had a collision with a trailer truck. Eight died--Randhir, Ramu, Raju Ram, Raju son of Bhima, Jagdish, Birbal, Bhagirath and Sukhendra. They were going to get their relatives released who had been caught by Gau rakshaks. Victims belonged to Mehrana in Charkhi Dadri. LINK

23. [June 9]  Victims belonged to Mehrana in Charkhi Dadri. LINK

24. July 14: Muslim man beaten in Nagpur over false charge that he was carrying beef. Kept insisting that it was mutton, not beef [later a lab test suggested it was beef]. The victim Salim Ismail Shah is general secretary of BJP's Katol taluka minority cell. LINK

25. July 14: Muslim family attacked on train in Uttar Pradesh. Mob brutally attacked entire family including women and a disabled son too, with rods and sticks. Saying, 'kill them, they are Muslims'. LINK

READ: From minor boy Imatiaz's murder in Jharkhand to Pehlu Khan's killing in Rajasthan


COW TERROR AND LYNCHING INCIDENTS IN LAST COUPLE OF YEARS

Mohsin Sheikh, killed in Pune, because he had a beard (June, 2014)
Noman killed in Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh by cow terrorists.
Zahir Ahmad killed in Udhampur on rumours
Syed Farid Khan lynched in Dimapur, Nagaland on March 5, 2015
Akhlaq was killed in his house in Dadri in UP.
Md Mazloom Ansari and Imtiaz, lynched and hanged by tree on March 18, 206  
Md Ayub Pandit lynched by a mob in Kashmir
Md Saddam and Farooq, students, lynched in Imphal in Manipur on April 7, 2016.    
Ajju Husain, a resident of Chittorgarh, cattle trader, paraded naked and lynched    
Md Ayyub, a resident of Gujarat, taking his catle lynched in Gujarat on September 2016
Md Salik, Salman in Bhopal

OLD 2016 list on this blog HERE

Attacks Against Muslims, Lynching, Hate Crimes [Other than cow-beef killings]


*[May 29]: Muslim youths returning from Taravih, shot at in Gonda, UP. One of them, Pappu, 23, killed.

*[June 24] 70-year-old Muslim cleric shot dead inside a mosque by unidentified persons who had also thrown meat [pork] in the mosque in Mau. LINKLINKLINK

*[June 25] Md Salman, 19, shot by cops after dragging him from his house in Jharkhand. He had just returned after buying new clothes, itr and belt for Id. LINK & LINK

*July 1. Journalist M Atharuddin saved himself, his 91-yr-old father, 85-yr-old mother, wife and kids from Bajrang Dal terrorists by chanting 'Jai Shree Ram'. They threatened, say it, else we will burn the car. LINK

*July 2: Police fire at Muslims, kill Yaqub Ali. The victim is among those protesting action against 'doubtful voters.  He was shot dead. LINK