Showing posts with label Narendra Modi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Narendra Modi. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

CAA: UP Minister Says Victims Of Police Torture Can Complain To Police About Torture

HuffPost India spoke with Shrikant Sharma (centre), a cabinet minister and spokesperson of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, on 13 January, 2019.
LUCKNOW, Uttar Pradesh — The Uttar Pradesh Police has been accused of beating and torturing social activists who were arrested after the peaceful demonstration they had organised to protest the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was disrupted by masked men who unleashed violence on 19 December, 2019. 
Of the more than 200 people arrested in Lucknow that day, at least 30 were held at the Hazratganj Police Station in the heart of the city. Following their release on bail, at least three activists gave detailed accounts of the extreme brutality perpetrated by the police—which is in contravention of the laws and procedures of arrest and detention in the country—to HuffPost India 
In an interview with HuffPost India, Shrikant Sharma, energy minister in Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet, said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in UP will not investigate these allegations of its own accord, and placed the onus on anyone alleging mistreatment to move the courts or approach the SITs (Special Investigation Teams) being set up to investigate the violence which erupted in UP in December. 
Sharma, who is also the spokesperson for the state BJP government, also spoke about why the state government has readied a list of refugees even before the rules for implementing CAA are yet to be notified, and why it does not allow even peaceful protests and dissent in Lucknow. 
Edited excerpts:

Activists who were arrested on 19 December say they were badly beaten in the Hazratganj thana. Their bail orders say the police have no evidence against them. Why have they been subjected to so much violence?

I have a counter-question for you. What is the reason that you have lynched the police? There is no law that says you can surround the police and burn them. (Ed: This is a claim made by the Meerut Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Narayan Singh). They burnt a bus in which women and children were sitting. What has the government done that they are doing this? Why are you taking the law in your hands?
The law prevails in this state. If anyone has any complaint against the state, go to the court and make your appeal. We have set up SITs in each state to investigate the violence. If you were not there then you can go tell the SIT. 

I’m talking about the people that I have reported on and they did not do any of these things. They were peaceful protesters. Sadaf Jafar was not throwing stones at anyone. She was beaten inside the Hazratganj thana. Who will be held accountable? 

The government has a clear stand… 

The names of SHO Dheerendra Kushwaha and SSP Kalanidhi Naithani have been put forward by the activists. 

Law prevails in this state. If anyone takes the law in their hands, the law will do its work. If anyone thinks they have faced misbehaviour and injustice, then they should go to court. They can go to the SIT and tell their side of the story. In each district, SP Crime is looking at the work of the SIT.

Activist Deepak Kabir says he was beaten in the presence of SSP Naithani. Sadaf Jafar says she was beaten by male constables. A Dalit activist Pawan Rao Ambedkar says a helmet was broken on his head. The names of the SSP and the SHO have come up. Surely, this warrants a departmental inquiry? 

The investigation is going on. I’m telling you again and again that SITs are investigating this whole matter. And SP Crime is overseeing the SIT in each district. Wherever these kinds of complaints are being lodged with the SIT, the SIT is looking into it. If there has been misbehaviour against anyone in a thana or a wrongful FIR has been lodged, then they can raise the matter with the SIT.

But with respect to Hazratganj thana

I have been quite specific about what the government is doing. I kindly request you not to repeat this question.

But does this not warrant a departmental inquiry on its own? A person will have to go to the SIT and first raise allegations against the SHO… 

I’m talking to you about investigations. SIT is investigating all the issues that you are alleging.

Okay, so there is an investigation if someone goes and complains to the SIT, as you say. Why was there violence in the first place? Why was a woman beaten in custody? It was not in the heat of the moment. The violence played out for hours at Hazratganj thana. They were not even given food and water… 

The government is responsible for the security of 22 crore people. To give that security, the government is responsible for the law and order. In all that, if something wrong has been done to someone, that person can complain to the SIT. That is why the SIT has been made. This is my final answer

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Modi Govt Is Singling It Out said Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board

The Act overseeing the functioning of Muslim shrines and properties was abolished. However, the Acts that oversee Hindu and Sikh shrines in J&K remain unchanged.

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir – On 5 August, when the Narendra Modi government scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state, the Act overseeing the functioning of Muslim shrines and properties was abolished. 
However, the Acts that oversee Hindu and Sikh shrines remain unchanged.  
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019 reads, “Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Specified Waqf and Waqf properties (Management and Regulation) Act, 2004 will be repealed on 31 October and the Central Waqf Act, 1995 will be extended to the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.”
The Reorganisation Act further states, “Amarnath Ji Shrine Act 2000, J&K Shri Mata Sukhrala Devi Ji Shrine and Shri Mata Bala Sundhari Shrine Act 2013, Shri Vaishno Devi Shrine Act 1998, Shri Shiv Kishori Shrine Act 1999 and J&K Sikh Gurdwara and Religious Endowment Act, 1988 will be kept intact.”
The Reorganization Act doesn’t explain the reason for abolishing the Waqf Act, while keeping the Acts governing the other religious bodies. 
Achal Sethi, the law secretary of J&K, said that following the bifurcation all central Acts have to be extended to the J&K including the Central Waqf Act. “At the central level, there is no Amarnath, Vaishno Devi and other Hindu and Sikh religious Act and so we have to retain the state Acts of these religious bodies,” he said. 
In light of the harassment and violence targeting Muslims since the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power in 2014, and recent developments like the bifurcation of India’s only Muslim majority state and the passage of a discriminatory citizenship law, people are nervous about the singling out of the Muslim statutory body. 
Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, a senior criminal lawyer in Kashmir, said, “Waqf properties, mostly shrines, will come under the direct control of the central government. We all know what is happening in India. I don’t want to further comment on it.”
Reacting to law secretary Sethi’s explanation of there simply not being Amarnath and Vaishno Devi Acts at the Centre, Syed Lateef, a lawyer who practices in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, said, “Losing Waqf is a small thing. The larger point is that we have lost our identity.”
Mehmood Pracha, a Delhi-based lawyer and the co-convener of the Samvidhan Suraksha Samittee – a committee formed after Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act – made two points. First, the central Waqf Act is very similar to the State Waqf Act, and second, it applies to every Union Territory and state in India. 
He added, however, “But the government scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and making applicable the Reorganisation Act is foolishness.”
We all know what is happening in India.

Waqf board writes to the governor 

The J&K Muslim Waqf Board, which has an annual income of over thirty crore rupees, is one of the richest organisations in J&K. 
In addition to vast tracts of agricultural land, forest land and land on which shrines, schools, mosques and graveyards are built, the Waqf Board has also set up a university – the Islamic University of Sciences and Technology – in Kashmir and runs three nursing colleges.
G.R. Sufi, the Vice-Chairman of the Board, had written to Satya Pal Malik, the former governor of J&K, pleading with him to retain the state Act as they have managed to save the Acts of other religious properties. 
The Waqf is yet to receive a response to its letter. 
Chief Executive Officer of the J&K Waqf Board, Mufti Farid- ud-din, said, “No official correspondence from the government has come to me as yet.”
Abdul Majeed Bhat, Secretary Revenue Department of J&K, said, “We have sent the letter to GOI (Government of India) as well. Let’s see what they have to say.”
Officials and the heads of other religious boards that HuffPost India spoke with did not appear concerned about the fate of the Waqf Board. 
Bipul Phatak, the Chief Executive Officer of the Amarnath Shrine Board, who is also the Principal secretary to Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu, said, “I don’t know about the abolishment of the Waqf Act. I am only concerned about Amarnath Ji Board Act.”  
Inderjeet Singh, a member of the Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, said, “We couldn’t have done much about the repeal of the state Waqf Act.”

Saturday, January 11, 2020

How CAA and NRC are discriminatory? 🤔

Writer Shivasundar said here on Tuesday that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) were both discriminatory. He was speaking at a protest organised by the Zilla Muslim Okkoota and other like-minded organisations in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office here.
Mr. Shivasundar said that this was a struggle against those who wanted to make this country another Pakistan. The Union government had waged a battle against its citizens and the Constitution through the discriminatory CAA and NRC, he added.
In a country where there a large number of poor and illiterate people, how could the government expect them to protect documents or have their school or other records with them. There were protests across the country against these discriminatory laws. People had realised the divisive agenda of the RSS and the BJP to split people on communal lines, he said.
Pramod Madhwaraj, former MLA and Congress leader, said that the Constitution drafted by B.R. Ambedkar provided equal rights and protection to all citizens. The people of the country would not remain quiet if someone decided to tinker with the Constitution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were already nervous because of the protests across the country, he said.
“Hindus should take a vow to protect their Muslim brethren from the discriminatory CAA. The Supreme Court should declare the CAA null and void, when this case comes up for hearing. The Supreme Court should protect all citizens,” he said.
“Nobody should get frightened. If I am asked to submit documents under NRC regarding my citizenship, I will not submit them. Asking people to submit proof of their citizenship is like ‘Tughlaq durbar’,” Mr. Madhwaraj said.
U.R. Sabhapathi, former MLA, said that nobody asked to be born in a particular religion or caste. Yet people of all religions and castes were living in harmony in the country.
Hence, it was wrong to discriminate against between people on these lines, he said.
Vinay Kumar Sorake, former MLA, said that it was wrong on the part of the police to entered the university campus in New Delhi and beat up students.
Yasin Malpe, president of the okkoota, Balakrishna Shetty, secretary of the district unit of Communist Party of India (Marxist), and others were present.