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Open letter to Narendra Modi from 2002 riot victims

Posted by KAMAL CHOPRA on September 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

New Delhi: The 2002 Gujarat riots victims gathered at Naroda Patiya and sent an open letter to Narendra Modi seeking justice.

Here's the full text of the letter:

Dear Narendrabhai

Why do you have to undertake this “Sadbhavna Mission” by observing three days “upvaas”?? No other Chief Minister of the 26 States in India has to do such a “prayaschit” to earn sadbhavna! Have you finally realized after about a decade that all the so called “developmental” publicity cannot earn you the faith, respect and love of the people?

You are quite good at story telling. Do you remember the story of king Midas? Whatever he touched turned into gold. Your supporters say you have the Midas touch of turning Gujarat into Swarnim Gujarat. But do you remember that despite all his power, Midas thirsted for just a glass of water, like you are thirsting for the love and respect of the victims of the 2002 riots? No amount of power or arrogance gave Midas his glass of water nor will you get your sadbhavana with all your developmental publicity!

You say all your critics are liars! Is it a lie that in the months of February and March 2002, over a thousand helpless men, women and children were butchered all over Gujarat with your police watching the mobs looting and killing?? Is it a lie that you were the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time? If you were so great a Chief Minister as you claim today, why couldn’t you protect these innocent, helpless Muslims?? In fact, why did you fail to protect the innocent 58 passengers of Sabarmati Express who also died in the terrible fire on 27th February, 2002??

You say that you are not guilty of the mass murders of those days! If you are not guilty then tell us who are guilty? Tell us why your police failed to prosecute them because of which Supreme Court had to appoint SIT? Tell us why even after SIT was appointed, all those who were arrested including Mayaben Kodnani and Jaydeep Patel are roaming freely in this State? Tell us why POTA was applied to only Muslim accused? Tell us why the muslim accused were not granted bail and most of them have been convicted and even sentenced to death! Tell us why the accused of the Naroda Patiya or Gulberg massacre have not been convicted till today??

Tell us why the blame of the Haren Pandya murder was falsely put on the muslim boys who had to suffer 8 years in jail till they were acquitted by the high court?

Tell us why Sameer Khan Pathan, Sadiq Jamal, Ishrat Jahan, Sohrabuddin, Kausar, Tulsi Prajapati and several others were murdered in fake encounters and in every FIR it was alleged that they were intending to kill you? Did you ever investigate why every FIR made such an allegation regarding you? If such an allegation was false, did you take any action against the police officers who killed them? Or did you give them promotions??

Are you celebrating the pain of the victims or are you trying to confuse the people by organizing the five-star programme to give an impression that the cases against you have been closed?

Narendrabhai, you may turn Gujarat into a heaven for a handful of rich and powerful. But have you ever peeped into the hell through which we the victims and community as a whole is going through? No, you have not and we know, you have no desire or intention to give us Justice. We therefore dismiss your “Sadbhavana Mission” as just another publicity stunt.

On our part, we declare that we have no ill feeling towards our Hindu brothers and sisters despite our terrible loss and sufferings. We are both the victims of powerful political forces whose strength lies in our division. We alone can create “Sadbhavana” by uniting and defeating the forces of fraud and deception for vote politics. You may be doing all this for your great ambition to become PM of the country, but we have only one small demand- WE WANT JUSTICE.

Your riot victim citizens.

Jan Sangharsh Manch

September 18, 2011


Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test, Nottingham

Posted by KAMAL CHOPRA on July 31, 2011 at 6:48 AM Comments comments (0)

Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test, Nottingham

ENG 221, 67/2 (21.5 Ovs)                     IND 288

Player Name         Score ( Ball )                     Bowler Name                Over

IAN BELL                        38 ( 64 )                                          Ishant Sharma                         5.2-3-11-1

Kevin Pietersen           3 ( 12 )                                               S Sreeshant                             8-3-20-1

Police trawl for Mumbai blasts lead

Posted by KAMAL CHOPRA on July 15, 2011 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Detectives have been questioning people with links to underworld gangs as they scramble for a breakthrough in the Mumbai blasts that killed 17 people, officials said on Friday. Home secretary RK Singh told reporters in New Delhi that "people are being questioned based on our previous databases and previous known linkages" to help find those responsible for Wednesday's deadly rush-hour blasts.

Singh's department has said two suspected members of the Indian Mujahideen militant group, arrested in Mumbai last week on suspicion of involvement in bomb attacks in the western city of Ahmedabad in 2008, have been quizzed.

Others questioned about the three co-ordinated blasts included people with links to underworld gangs and "anti-social elements" in Mumbai, PTI said, quoting an unnamed anti-terrorism squad officer.

"We believe we are moving in the right direction," the officer added.

Singh, meanwhile, said police had identified the owner of a scooter in which explosives were hidden at one of the three bomb sites.

Asked about possible "cross-border" involvement in the attacks -- meaning Pakistani militants -- the politician said detectives were following up on an email "which originated elsewhere", without elaborating.

Investigators have been scrambling for a breakthrough in the case, amid fears torrential downpours that have hit Mumbai since the blasts may have washed away vital forensic clues.

Teams of detectives are scouring hours of grainy security camera footage taken from the bomb sites in south and south central Mumbai to try to assemble a complete picture of what happened.

Forensic examination of debris has already indicated that the bombs, hidden in the crowded streets, used ammonium nitrate, a fertiliser ingredient commonly used in improvised explosive devices.

On Thursday evening, the head of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad, Rakesh Maria, admitted the seasonal rainstorms had hindered the scientists.

Devices using ammonium nitrate have been used in the past by the Indian Mujahideen, which has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks across India in recent years.

Maria declined to speculate on who was responsible and struck a note of caution about reports that a severed head found at one of the scenes and a body embedded with wires suggested a suicide attack.

"We are not confining ourselves to any one group. At the moment all possibilities are being examined," he told reporters.

"As the investigation progresses, the angles, the possibilities narrow down and we will be able to pinpoint the individuals responsible for this... All angles are being covered. It's too early to say human bomb."

The chief minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan, was also cautious but said indications that remote-control timers were discovered "logically" ruled out the possibility of a suicide attack.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has vowed that those responsible will face swift justice.

But newspapers on Friday focused on the lack of an immediate breakthrough, amid widespread anger at the return of terror to the city after the 2008 attacks on Mumbai that left 166 people dead and more than 300 wounded.

"Intel: 0 Leads: 0" said a front page headline on the local newspaper, questioning home minister P. Chidambaram's assertion on Thursday that there had been no intelligence failure.

The daily said promises to improve intelligence sharing and set up fully functional rapid-reaction squads to deal with terror strikes had not been fulfilled.

Police, security and intelligence agencies were heavily criticised for their response to the November 2008 terror attacks.

In a television interview aired on Friday, Chavan said accusations of intelligence failures were "harsh" and while there was a need for better security measures and wider public awareness, blanket monitoring was not possible.

"(If) simply a group of three to four people get together, the chances of generating intelligence are very much less," he told NDTV.

'Diesel, LPG hike to hit middle class

Posted by KAMAL CHOPRA on June 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM Comments comments (1)
KARNAL: A litre of plain diesel would cost at least Rs 40.75 while consumers will have to shell a minimum of Rs 42.58 for every litre of premium diesel.

Against its present rate of Rs 347 , LPG cylinder would cost at least Rs 397

The projected amount is exclusive of taxes levied by government that are added to the base price of the commodities.

The increase in percentage of taxes could not be ascertained till midnight because the Union government had reduced central excise rate, increase the profit margins besides other changes. The changes would reflect on taxes levied by UP and a final amount would be fixed thereafter.


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Batsmen cave in, first defeat for India in series

Posted by KAMAL CHOPRA on June 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM Comments comments (0)
The first defeat as world champions came sooner than expected after the Indian batsmen failed against pace and spin to go down meekly against West Indies in the fourth ODI on Monday. The comprehensive 103-run victory gave a massive boost to the hosts searching to infuse self-belief among their playe rs while the manner in which India surrendered, despite having won the series 3-0, could hurt them ahead of the final ODI and first Test in Kingston, Jamaica.

West Indies pacemen Kemar Roach and Andre Russell relished a good pitch and softened up the top order batsmen, leaving Antiguan leg spinner Anthony Martin to cause the damage as Indian batsmen tried to hit their way out of trouble.

Both opener Manoj Tiwary, playing for India after three years, and Subramaniam Badrinath, who is also in the Test squad, were nervous against pace, allowing the hosts to suddenly start believing in themselves. Virat Kohli overbalanced trying to play forward to be stumped and skipper Suresh Raina went for a desperate heave to be caught at wide mid on to make the day memorable for Martin, a local cop who was picked in place of the impressive Devendra Bishoo, who was rested.

After appearing confused about his role during the World Cup, Yusuf Pathan did not stamp his authority as a batsman in the Indian Premier League as his limitations were exposed. He had a good opportunity to redeem himself but tamely hit part-timer Lendl Simmons' to the fielder at the long off fence off the second ball he faced when he could have built his innings.

Rohit Sharma top-scored and was again expected to somehow drag the team to victory as he did in the third ODI, but with only the tail for company against a team that suddenly lifted its game, his attempt to hit out against Martin failed.

"Batting was a problem and we did not put on partnerships after we got a good start," Raina told later. "Our plan was to take chances against the leg spinner but that did not work."

He said: "When you are chasing a total of 250, you need 50-run partnerships twice. In these two games, I didn't play well, Hopefully, I will in Jamaica."

Mumbai politicians, activists condemn Mid Day scribe's murder

Posted by KAMAL CHOPRA on June 11, 2011 at 1:33 PM Comments comments (0)
MUMBAI: Strongly condemning the murder of veteran crime journalist J Dey, journalists, politicians and activists in Mumbai demanded strict action against his killers.

"The Press Club of Mumbai expresses shock over the killing of veteran crime journalist J Dey," said an office-bearer of the club.

"We demand that the perpetrators and conspirators of this heinous killing of the senior journalist be arrested and brought to book immediately," he added.

A senior journalist who worked with Mid Day said that the Dey's murder underlines the increasing threat that investigative journalists are being subjected to by powerful political and business interests indulging in illegal acts. "Scores of incidents of journalists being beaten or threatened by politicians and local mafia have been brought to the fore in recent weeks and months," he said. Journalists' organisations have also demanded a law to make attacks on journalists a non-bailable offence but to no avail, he noted. Condemning the killing, Leader of Opposition in the assembly Eknath Khadse said that such attacks on media persons should be stopped. "The state government should take strict action to stop such attacks," he said. Former Mumbai police commissioner MN Singh said that the mafia gangs that were believed to have died down are slowing rising back to power. "Many mafia gangs have been rising back to power in and around Mumbai." "Dey's death is a living proof of their existence," he said. A Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) spokesperson, condoling the murder of Dey, lashed out against the government's laxity in maintaining law and order. "Dey's killing shows how the law and order situation has worsened in the state. Such an incident had never taken place in the recent history of Maharashtra," he said. "This incident shows that despite the tall claims by home minister RR Patil, the underworld can easily target their victim irrespective of his position," he added. Mumbai Congress president Kripashankar Singh also condemned the killing in strong words, saying: "Attack on a fearless journalist like Dey is an attack on democracy." Writing to home minister P Chidambaram, the convener of Mumbai-based NGO Movement against Intimidation, Threat and Revenge against Activists (MITRA) demanded that the government take note of the strengthening hold of mafia. "Dey was the first journalist to have written an investigative piece on the sand mafia of Raigad in 2004 after I was assaulted on Kihim Beach," said Sumaira Abdulali, the convener of MITRA. "The stranglehold of mafias in Maharashtra is impeding free, fair and active civil society (including journalists), who increasingly fear for their safety and lives," she said. Dey, the editor (special investigations) for Mid Day, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Powai area of northwest Mumbai Saturday afternoon. Considered to be one of the most effective writers on Mumbai's underworld, Dey had been reporting on crime for the last 22 years. Before taking up crime reporting as a career, Dey was a deep sea scuba diver. He had wide contacts in several police departments and had broken numerous stories related to the underworld. Dey had been writing about gangsters Dawood Ibrahim, Chota Rajan and others for a long time.

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Posted by KAMAL CHOPRA on June 11, 2011 at 2:18 AM Comments comments (1)
नई दिल्ली. आध्यात्मिक गुरु श्री श्री रविशंकर केंद्र और बाबा रामदेव के बीच मध्यस्थता कर सकते हैं, जिसके बाद आज बाबा रामदेव का अनशन टूटने की संभावना है। इसी बीच उत्तराखंड के मुख्यमंत्री रमेश पोखरियाल ने भी उम्मीद जताई है कि आज बाबा का अनशन टूट सकता है। बाबा रामदेव को लेकर, बीजेपी के वरिष्ठ नेताओं की एक बैठक कल देर रात पार्टी नेता लालकृष्ण आडवाणी के निवास पर हुई। आज बाबा के अनशन का आठवां दिन है। श्री श्री रविशंकर ने शुक्रवार को बाबा रामदेव से मुलाकात की थी और अनशन खत्म करने की सलाह दी। हालांकि बाबा का अनशन अभी जारी है। बताया गया है कि रविशंकर की कानून मंत्री वीरप्पा मोइली से भी इस मुद्दे पर बातचीत हुई है। कल देर रात केंद्रीय मंत्री प्रणव मुखर्जी ने भी प्रधानमंत्री से मुलाकात की और उन्हें मामले की पूरी जानकारी दी। माना जा रहा है कि श्री श्री रविशंकर, अब सरकार और रामदेव के बीच मध्यस्थता कर सकते हैं। इन परिस्थितियों में आज बाबा का अनशन खत्म होने के संकेत हैं। श्री श्री रविशंकर ने भी उम्मीद जताई है कि शनिवार को बाबा का अनशन समाप्त हो सकता है। इधर मध्य प्रदेश सरकार के मंत्री नरोत्तम मिश्रा ने भी बाबा रामदेव से मुलाकात की और उन्हें मुख्यमंत्री का संदेश दिया। बाद में उन्होंने बताया कि मुख्यमंत्री बाबा के स्वास्थ्य को लेकर चिंतित हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि बाबा मुख्यमंत्री से लगातार संपर्क में बने हुए हैं। बीजेपी ने शनिवार को दिल्ली में १४ स्थानों पर प्रदर्शन कर, रामलीला मैदान पर हुई पुलिसिया कार्रवाई का विरोध किया। आपका मत क्या बाबा रामदेव को अब अपना अनशन तोड़ देना चाहिए? लेकिन अभी तक केंद्र सरकार ने उनकी विदेशों में जमा काला धन वापस लाने पर कोई आश्वासन नहीं दिया है? इस मुद्दे पर आप भी दे सकते हैं अपना मत। लेकिन किसी भी आपत्तिजनक टिप्पणी के लिए पाठक स्वयं जिम्मेदार होंगे।

Monsoon may remain active for next two weeks: IMD

Posted by KAMAL CHOPRA on June 11, 2011 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)
South-west monsoon is making smooth progress and is likely to remain active at least for the next two weeks, the weather office said here today.

Since its onset on May 29, the southern peninsula, where the monsoon is active, has received excess rainfall barring Marathwada region which has received normal rains.

"The cumulative seasonal rainfall for the country as a whole during this year''s monsoon has so far been 17% above the Long Period Average," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

According to the IMD, besides covering the entire peninsular region, monsoon could advance over most parts of Central India and large parts of the east and north-eastern region by June 24.

"An upper air cyclonic circulation is likely to develop in the North Bay of Bengal around June 12 and move inland. Under its influence, rainfall activity is likely to increase over east India," it said.

The monsoon system could cover the remaining parts of north-east over the next two days and then advance over remaining parts of south peninsula and many parts of east India, besides some parts of central India during the later half of the next one week, the weather office said.

Subsequently, between June 18 and 24, it could cover most parts of central India. As of now, the performance of the monsoon is in keeping with IMD's April forecast of a normal monsoon season.

जहीर,श्रीसंत भारत-विंडीज टेस्ट सिरीज से बा&#2

Posted by KAMAL CHOPRA on June 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM Comments comments (0)
मुम्बई। भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम के अनुभवी तेज गेंदबाज जहीर खान और शांताकुमारन श्रीसंत वेस्टइंडीज के साथ खेली जाने वाली आगामी तीन टेस्ट मैचों की श्रृंखला से बाहर हो गए हैं। भारतीय क्रिकेट कंट्रोल बोर्ड के सचिव एन.श्रीनिवासन की प्रेस विज्ञप्त के अनुसार जहीर के दाएं टखने में समस्या है जबकि श्रीसंत दाएं हाथ की कोहनी की समस्या से जूझ रहे हैं। इन दोनों खिला़डयों को कुछ समय के लिए रिहैबिलिटेशन प्रक्रिया से गुजरना होगा। इन दोनों खिलाडियों के स्थानापन्न के रूप में अभिमन्यु मिथुन और प्रवीण कुमार को टेस्ट टीम में जगह दी गई है। उल्लेखनीय है कि पहला टेस्ट मैच 24 जून से किंग्सटन स्थित जमैका के सबीना पार्क में खेला जाएगा।