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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

26 FEB. NEWS AT 9: Delhi violence:Death toll rises to 27, at least 200 injured; Photos: School Masjid burnt in Delhi’s Mustafabad, protest sites vandalised/ UN chief closely following situation in Delhi/'World Is Watching': US Lawmakers Take Note Of Delhi Violence/ Delhi HC anguished over police failure to lodge FIRs over hate speeches by 3 BJP leaders; SC also pulls up police/NSA Ajit Doval tours violence-hit areas says Inshallah, there will be complete peace here


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 26 Feb.  2020: 01 Rajjab 1441: Vol: 12, No: 142
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Delhi violence:Death toll rises to 27, at least 200 injured
27 people have been killed and at least 200 injured in communal violence in northeast Delhi for the last few days.  There was fresh violence this morning with reports of arson and stone-throwing. A battery shop was set on fire in Bhajanpura area. The shop was vandalised and burnt batteries were strewn on the road, according to PTI. Reports have emerged of fresh violence in northeast Delhi's Bhajanpura area this evening, hours after NSA Ajit Doval visited the violence-affected part of the national capital."Public can call on 22829334 and 22829335 for any help or information. I would like to appeal to the public to not pay heed to rumours. Situation is under control today," said MS Randhawa, Delhi Police PRO.Cabinet Committee on Security - the final decision-making body on matters related to the country's security - will meet today to discuss the violence in the capital. Smoke was seen rising from buildings and streets were strewn with rocks and broken glasses after three days of violence between pro- and anti-citizenship law protesters. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who oversees law and order in Delhi, held his third meeting within 24 hours over violence in the northeastern part of the national capital. NDTV
Photos:Masjid set on fire in Mustafabad during riots
Faroqiya Masjid in Brijpuri Puliya near Mustafabad in North East Delhi was allegedly set on fire on Tuesday evening at 4 pm by a Hindutva mob, according to bystanders. The school beside it, Arun Modern Higher Secondary School was also set on fire.Locals informed The Wire that there were children inside the mosque and school at the time, and the mob had locked the doors and were not letting anyone out. A rescue was arranged by locals in the area through a back door, but a child had locked himself in a bathroom after being injured by the mob. As there was ongoing gunfire at the site until late in the night, locals could not extract the child until past 10 pm.A reporter from The Wire spoke to the child while he was inside and witnessed him being carried out.thewire
Photos: School burnt in Delhi’s Mustafabad, protest sites vandalised
By afternoon today, a quiet had settled on the Mustafabad locality of North East Delhi but signs of the previous evening’s damage were still evident. Scroll.in reporters visited the violence-hit area. Some of worst violence took place on Mustafabad main road, which cuts through Brijpuri area, at entrance to Mustafabad proper. A protest site that was destroyed at Brijpuri, on Mustafabad main road, in Delhi. A school was set on fire by miscreants in Brijpuri on Tuesday evening, staff told Scroll.in. Here are some pictures from the school. Schools in North East Delhi have been told to remain closed on Wednesday.Down the road from the school, a mosque was torched around 8 pm on Tuesday, residents said. The mob allegedly shot at the people who were praying inside the mosque.The imam of the mosque was injured and has now been hospitalised.A madrassa next to the mosque was burnt this morning, residents alleged.Meanwhile, a temple in Mustafabad remained untouched by the mob. Haji Yunus, AAP MLA from Mustafabad constituency, claimed that about 10 to 11 people have lost their lives in the area.scroll
Mosque set on fire during Delhi's worst violence in decades: aljazeera
Times Now claims video of mosque being vandalised is fake but video turns out to be genuine
No mosque damaged in Delhi's Ashok Vihar:Police
Verification: Video of mosque vandalised, set on fire is from Ashok Nagar in Delhi
‘You want azadi?’: Chant that haunts this Muezzin who woke up in hospital torn away from his family
New Delhi: Jalaluddin, a muezzin from the riot-hit locality of Yamuna Vihar in northeast Delhi, has blood clots all over his face, bruises on his body and stitches on his mouth, making it difficult for him to even speak. But he does manage to utter three words — “woh kahan hain (where are they)”. The ‘woh’ are his wife and five children. On Wednesday morning, he woke up in the hospital with two more men lying injured on the beds flanking his, but no one of his own to listen to his pain and attend to his needs. Every riot injured patient in LNJP Hospital has a family member or a friend to attend to them, but Jalaluddin is alone. He weeps in pain, sleeps in pain.He lost consciousness and woke up in hospital on Wednesday morning, asking his wife and kids.But he remembers one thing the rioters said while attacking him – “so you want azadi?” news18
UN chief closely following situation in Delhi: spokesperson
UN chief Antonio Guterres is closely following the situation in New Delhi and stresses that demonstrators should be allowed to protest peacefully and security forces should show restraint, his spokesperson said."I think it''s very important that demonstrators be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and that security forces show restraint. This is the SG''s constant position," Secretary General Guterres'' spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing on Tuesday.When asked if the UN is monitoring the situation, Dujarric said "Yes, we’re obviously following it closely." PTI
‘Deadly surge of religious intolerance horrifying’: US lawmakers voice concern on Delhi violence
Several lawmakers in US raised concerns over violence that has erupted in northeastern parts of New Delhi. “It is important to strengthen relationships with democratic partners like India,” Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Party’s contender for US presidential elections later this year. “But we must be able to speak truthfully about our values, including religious freedom and freedom of expression– and violence against peaceful protestors is never acceptable.” Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal expressed shock over the violence, and described it as a “deadly surge of religious intolerance. “Democracies should not tolerate division and discrimination, or promote laws that undermine religious freedom,” she tweeted.“World is watching.” Last year, Jayapal had introduced a Congressional resolution asking India to end the restrictions on communications in Jammu and Kashmir, and reserve religious freedom for all residents.“This week, Trump visited India but the real story should be communal violence targeting Muslims in Delhi right now,”tweeted Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. “We cannot be silent as this tide of anti-Muslim violence continues across India.”Tagging a report on Trump evading a question on the violence in New Delhi, US lawmaker Alan Lowenthal said it was a “tragic failure of moral leadership”, and said that people must “speak out in the face of threats to human rights in India”.
'World Is Watching': US Lawmakers Take Note Of Delhi Violence
USCIRF urges Modi govt to protect religious minorities
US  Commission on International Religious Freedom, or USCIRF said the reports of “deadly mob violence targeting Muslims in New Delhi” was alarming. “...[USCIRF] urges the Modi government to rein in mobs and protect religious minorities and others who have been targeted,” the commission tweeted.scroll
US panel to hold hearing on citizenship laws next week; India, Myanmar under scanner
CAA violence: HC anguished over police failure to lodge FIRs over hate speeches by 3 BJP leaders
Delhi High Court today expressed "anguish" over Delhi Police''s failure to register FIRs against alleged hate speeches by 3 BJP leaders in connection with the CAA-related violence and asked the Police Commissioner to take a "conscious decision" on it by Thursday.The court asked Special Commissioner of Police, who was present in the hearing, to forthwith convey its "anguish" to commissioner and observed that city has seen enough violence and it should not witness another 1984 anti-Sikh riots-like incident.A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh said when the police can register 11 FIRs in incidents including arson, looting, stone pelting, why it did not show alacrity when it came doing so in connection with the alleged hate speeches by 3 BJP leaders -- Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma and Kapil Mishra."Why are you not showing alacrity when it comes to registration of FIR in these cases?... We want peace to prevail. We do not want the city to witness another 1984 riots. This city has seen enough violence and anguish. Let it not repeat 1984," the bench said.The court noted in its order that Special Commissioner Praveer Ranjan has assured he will sit with the police commissioner today itself and view all video clips and take a conscious decision on the issue of lodging of FIRs and convey it to the court on Thursday. It made it clear that it was not confining the proceedings to the video clips of these three BJP leaders and the court will look into other clips as well.The bench also issued notice to the petitioners -- human rights activist Harsh Mander and activist Farah Naqvi -- on an application moved by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to implead the Centre in the matter.The court was hearing a plea by Mander and Naqvi seeking lodging of FIRs and arrests of those involved in the ongoing communal violence in parts of northeast Delhi.The hearing, in a jam-packed courtroom, witnessed heated arguments between Mehta and Delhi government standing counsel Rahul Mehra, on who would represent the police commissioner.Mehra and Mehta also differed on the issue of registration of FIRs in relation to the hate speeches.Earlier in the day, the court, which observed that the situation outside was very unpleasant, asked Mehta to advise police commissioner on issue of lodging of FIRs against the leaders. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioners, said it was shocking that the senior law officer was suggesting to wait at this stage to lodge an FIR.The video clips of speeches made by Thakur, Verma Mishra and BJP MLA Abhay Verma were played in the courtroom.While watching Mishra''s video, the bench asked the name of the police officer seen standing next to BJP leader and was informed by Gonsalves that it was DCP (north-east) Ved Prakash Surya.PTI
Delhi violence: ‘We cannot allow another 1984 riots,’ says HC, rebukes police for inaction
HC Directs Police to File FIR against Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Others for Hate Speeches
'Appalled' by Delhi Police's State of Affairs, HC Plays Clip of Kapil Mishra's Speech
Delhi violence: SC pulls up police, says lives would have been saved had they acted on time
The Supreme Court today castigated Delhi Police over the clashes around CAA and said lives would have been saved had the police acted on time to stop people from making inflammatory remark. A bench of Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said the Delhi High Court is hearing a matter pertaining to the violence and that petitioners are free to pursue legal remedies. During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told judges that their remarks may “demoralise police” during such tense situations. In response, Justice Joseph said: “I will say”.“Lack of professionalism of police is the main problem here,” Joseph added. “If you had not allowed people to get away after inflammatory remarks, all this would not have happened. If you act the way law requires to act, you will see the difference.”The court said police do not have to wait for orders when someone makes inflammatory statements.Mehta pointed that one of the police constable also died in the clashes.The court said it has nothing against Delhi Police but the remarks are being made to ensure that law and order is maintained. “This will happen if you allow people to get away,” Joseph said. “Unless you do not get the police to act, there will be no difference. Look at how police acts in UK.Do they require somebody’s nod? If somebody makes an inflammatory remark, police swings into action immediately.”Justice Kaul said what happened in Delhi during last few days is “unfortunate”. Mehta then urged Kaul not to use the term “unfortunate” as it may “legitimise” whatever had happened.“Who can deny that whatever has happened is not unfortunate?” he asked.“Yes, many unfortunate things have happened. It should not have happened.”One of lawyers, advocate Mehmood Pracha, told the court that “houses are being burnt” even as the hearing is underway.scroll/ the hindu
‘Inshallah, there will be complete peace here’: NSA Ajit Doval tours violence-hit northeast Delhi
In an effort to diffuse the simmering tensions in parts of northeast Delhi marred by violent clashes, NSA Ajit Doval today reached out to locals and assured them the situation is under control.“Situation is totally under control. People are satisfied. I have confidence in law enforcement agencies. Police are doing its work,” Doval said after visiting the areas.While interacting with locals, a student wearing a burqa walked up to him and said “we are not feeling safe and comfortable.”Doval assured her saying: “I give you my word, you do not have to worry, it is the responsibility of the police, it is the responsibility of the government.” He also said he was there on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.Earlier this morning, Doval held a meeting at the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) along with the top brass of the Delhi Police.indianexpress
NSA takes charge of northeastDelhi,briefs AmitShah
No untoward incident reported today; 106 arrested, 18 FIRs registered in Delhi clashes: police
Delhi Police today said it has arrested 106 people and registered 18 FIRs in connection with clashes that broke out in several areas of NorthEast Delhi over past few days.MS Randhawa, Delhi Police PRO, said, Miscreants are being identified. We have CCTV footage and strong evidence.No untoward incident took place today. Randhawa went on to say that no untoward incident occurred today as PCR calls are being monitored carefully. He went on to say that senior officers have been conducting flag marches in affected areas throughout day to keep maintain law and order.IndiaToday
After 4 days of violence in Delhi, PM Modi appeals for peace
After four days of violence in North East Delhi over the CAA  which claimed over 20 lives, PM Narendra Modi tweeted appealing for peace and harmony.“Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest,” PM Modi tweeted.
Delhi violence : Kejriwal visits affected areas to take stock of situation
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia interacted with the local residents in the sensitive areas in North East Delhi after violent clashes in the area led to severe property damage. indiatoday
Delhi Riots: After Late Night HC Direction to Police, Injured Muslims Get Safe Passage
In an unprecedented midnight hearing at the judge’s residence, Justice S Muralidhar and Justice A J Bhambhani ordered immediate evacuation of the injured from Mustabafad’s Al Hind Hospital. A forum, consisting doctors from various government and private hospitals, had moved Delhi High Court late Tuesday night seeking police protection for ambulances heading towards medical facilities with people injured in violence at North East Delhi’s Mustafabad area.The bench also said that the injured be moved to GTB or other nearby hospitals, which had facilities to treat them.The court was hearing a plea by Concern Citizen For Peace, comprising doctors and filmmaker Rahul Roy, who sought directions to the Delhi government and police to ensure their safety and protection during a visit to the riot-affected areas, including Al Hind Hospital. Indianexpress/ thewire
Identities of 12 people killed in Delhi riots confirmed
New Delhi: Two autorickshaw drivers, a Delhi police cop, a man who works with the Intelligence Bureau and a civil engineer are among over 25 people who have been killed in the violence in North East Delhi since Sunday. The Wire has identified 12 persons among the deceased. Apart from those killed, over 2 hundred have sustained serious injuries due to gunshots, sharp-edged weapons, stone-pelting and even falls sustained from buildings during the violence.Mubarak Hussain, a 28-year-old resident of Babarpur. He was shot in the chest at Vijay Park. A native of Darbhanga in Bihar, he worked as a labourer in Delhi.Shahid Khan Alvi, 22 years. An autorickshaw driver, he was shot in the stomach near Bhajanpura dargah.Mudassir Khan, also autorickshaw driver and a resident of Kardampuri, he was also shot dead. Nazeem Khan, a 35-year-old scrap dealer, was also shot dead.Mohammad Furquan, a 32-year-old was shot dead when he stepped out to buy food in Bhajanpura area of Jaffrabad.Mahtab, 21 years, and a resident of Brijpuri was burnt to death.Ratan Lal, 42 years, a Delhi police head constable was fatally shot in Gokulpuri.Rahul Solanki, resident of Babu Nagar near Shiv Vihar and a civil engineer by profession, stepped out to buy milk when he was shot in the neck, killing him. Ankit Sharma, a 26-year-old security assistant with the Intelligence Bureau was a resident of Khajuri Khas. His body was found in the Chandbagh drain and he is believed to have been beaten to death.Vinod Kumar, 45 years, was also beaten to death in Brahmpuri when he was returning home.Vir Bhan Singh, 48 years, was going to have food when shot dead.
Businessman, father of 2 among over 20 killed in Delhi violence, families wait for bodies
Right under Delhi Police nose, men with rods, sticks assault, set homes ablaze, check ID cards, smash CCTVs: Indian express
New Delhi :In embattled neighbourhood after neighbourhood in northeast Delhi, which has been in the grip of violence for 3 days, one story played through Tuesday from morning to midnight — groups of young men armed with sticks and rods looking for a fight, setting shops and homes owned by Muslims on fire. All right under the nose of the police who either stood as silent spectators, looked the other way or were plain missing when they were most needed. Right through the day and into the evening, Indian Express reporters witnessed several specific examples where mob ruled the street as police stood right next to them:Between 7 am and 12 noon, across lanes and bylanes of Maujpur, Babarpur, Kabirnagar, West Jyoti Nagar, Gokulpuri, Indian Express witnessed young men bracing themselves for what they described as “action”. Collecting metal rods, breaking chunks of brick into smaller pieces. These preparations were in full view of small groups of police personnel.At 11.15 am on Chajjupur-Kabir Nagar road, six policemen stood by and watched as hundreds of men holding rods and sticks, many with faces hidden behind motorcycle helmets, raised chants of Jai Shri Ram.Identification cards was checked by men in masks and Muslims were persona non grata.By afternoon, there was a pattern: properties owned by Muslims were targeted for arson and police arrived after the stores were set ablaze. First to be set afire was a hair-cutting salon in West Jyoti Nagar around 4.54 pm as a crowd cheered.indianexpress
Scenes From Muslim Gullies:Hindu mobs terrorise Vijay Park’s residents:Caravan magazine
Since 23 February, armed Hindu mobs have targeted Muslim neighbourhoods in northeast Delhi, including Babarpur, Maujpur and Vijay Park—all areas ruled by the BJP. At Vijay Park, some residents said they saw police chanting “Jai Shri Ram” and charging at Muslim neighbourhoods along with Hindu mobs. Other Muslim residents of Jaffrabad, many of whom sustained multiple injuries, said they were beaten up in front of policemen who refused to help.According to the Muslim residents of Jaffrabad and Vijay Park, the CAA supporters began attacking Muslim houses in the localities barely minutes after Mishra left. The situation in these areas continues to be volatile.caravanmagazine
Ground Report: Delhi Riots Show BJP Using Mobs To End Women's Protests
New Delhi:It was poised to emerge as the second Shaheen Bagh-like venue in Delhi but following repeated insistence from police officials to clear the road for regular traffic and despite vehement disagreements between some protestors and their male supporters about moving elsewhere, protesting women of Jafrabad vacated their demonstration from the spot late on Tuesday night. As reports of violence continued to emerge close to midnight on the night of Feb 25 in other parts of north-east Delhi, the women sitting on one side of a road underneath Jafrabad metro station ended their sit-in. Jafrabad metro station is a short walk from other riot-affected localities such Maujpur and Gokulpuri. The withdrawal of the women’s sit-in protest from Jafrabad was a significant development amidst the seemingly endless and rapidly escalating violence across north-east Delhi on Tuesday. Jafrabad was one of the two protest sites cited by BJP’s leader Kapil Mishra on Sunday, when he gave a public “ultimatum” to the Delhi Police officials. As the protest was finally lifted on Tuesday night, HuffPost India’s interviews at the spot suggest the women’s withdrawal was not voluntary. Some women vehemently disagreed with their male supporters about withdrawing. The sequence of events in Jafrabad also illustrated the difference in Delhi Police’s response towards women protestors in Shaheen Bagh and Jafrabad.The withdrawal of the women’s protest further shows how ruling BJP-led govt appears to be leaving it to violent mobs to end peaceful demonstrations against CAA.huffingtonpost
Delhi violence: Hindus, Muslims of Yamuna Vihar unite against communal wave
As northeast Delhi was engulfed by communal clashes on Tuesday over the amended citizenship law, Hindu-Muslim residents of Yamuna Vihar chose to defeat those forces who sought to divide them. The residents of Yamuna Vihar say they have never seen such a communal frenzy in past 34 years."Hindus and Muslims have been living peacefully in the area since a long time. Such madness is new to the area. This is the reason why we have decided to defeat the communal forces together,"Mohammed Sajid, a resident, said.He said the residents drew away outsiders who had come to market area of Yamuna Vihar and tried to create disturbance in the region.Locals are taking turns to guard region against outsiders."Residents armed with sticks and lathis are guarding the region against outsiders. We are trying hard to prevent such elements from slipping inside the colony and creating ruckus," Rahul, another resident of Yamuna Vihar, said. Raisuddin Rehan said only unity can defeat the divisive elements.PTI
At Epicentre Of Delhi Riots, How A Mohalla Of Hindus And Muslims Kept Peace
Muslim protesters save Hindu families as emergency services fail to respond
New Delhi: Amid the chaotic communal riots that are tearing through North East Delhi for the last 3 days, a small group of around five to 6 Muslim residents of Vijay Park has taken it upon itself to ferry innocent Hindus and Muslims from the riot-hit areas to safety.These people, who had been protesting against CAA till Sunday afternoon, have now rescued at least 100 Hindus who had nothing to do with either pro-CAA or anti-CAA mobs and countless others since last night. 67-year-old Mohammad, stationed at the entrance towards Yamuna Vihar and Vjay Park, told Millennium Post that they had no differences with any people of any religion."We are not even fighting. All we are doing is trying our best to defend ourselves with all the might we have and in the meantime, if we can save people from the violence - then there is no reason we should not do this, irrespective of their religion."Millennium Post
Body Of IB Officer Ankit Sharma Killed In Delhi Clashes Found In Drain
New Delhi: The body of an officer of the Intelligence Bureau was recovered today from a drain in Jaffrabad, one of the areas worst hit by the violence that has swept northeast Delhi. Ankit Sharma, who worked as a Security Assistant with IB, was returning home on Tuesday evening when he was allegedly attacked by a mob at the Chand Bagh bridge and beaten to death; his body was later thrown into a drain, according to officials.After the body was recovered today, Ankit's father, Ravinder Sharma, who also works with IB, has accused supporters of an AAP leader of attacking Ankit and killing him. Ankit was shot after he was beaten, Ravinder Sharma told police. The body has been sent for autopsy. The high court also called Ankit Sharma's death as "unfortunate". Ndtv
Delhi violence: Kejriwal announces Rs 1 cr compensation for kin of slain cop Ratan Lal
CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore for kin of slain Delhi Police Head Constable Ratan Lal, who died on the line of duty in North East Delhi's Bhajanpura. "I want to assure the family of Delhi Police Head Constable Rattan Lal ji that we will take care of them. We will give a compensation of Rs 1 Crore and a job to a member of his family." Indiatoday
₹2 lakh compensation for families of those killed in Delhi violence: Official
A compensation of ₹2 lakh will be paid to the next of kin of the people who have died in the communal violence in northeast Delhi, senior officials said.“A compensation of ₹2 lakh will be paid to the next of kin of the people who have died in the communal violence. Persons who have been seriously injured will be given a relief amount of ₹50,000,” said a senior official. thehindu
An 85-year-old woman was burnt to death in her home in Delhi’s Gamri extension
At around noon on February 25, when Mohammed Saeed Salmani was out buying milk for his family, he received a call from his younger son. An armed mob of around 100 people had entered their lane in Gamri extension, around 1.5 km from Khajuri Khas in Delhi, and were setting shops and houses on fire. Their 4-storey house, too, had been torched, and his family had sought refuge on the roof.When Salmani ran towards his lane, people from neighbouring lanes restrained him. “They told me it was too dangerous, I could be killed, and I should just wait because what’s happened has already happened,” said Salmani, a 48-year-old owner of a readymade garments business. “I was stuck for hours, thinking that my family was dead the whole time.”While most of his family survived the arson, Salmani’s mother, 85-year-old Akbari, died in the fire on the third floor of their house. The building itself was burnt, including the family’s tailoring workshops on the first two floors. Salmani claims that the mobs also looted him of Rs 8 lakh and all the family jewellery stored in the building. “I have nothing left, I am zero,” he said. Scroll.in.
NHRC Chief:Delhi violence an 'aberration', not communal
Bengaluru: NHRC chairman HL Dattu today said the violence in Capital could not be termed communal and was instead an “aberration”.Dattu said: "See, this is an aberration… you can't call it a movement where people hate each other… some small aberrations will be there in a democratic country, there will be dissent.” The former CJI also said matters could be resolved through dialogue.“There will be pro- there will be those anti-, but for that violence is not the answer. People should sit together and peacefully sort out their problems. Now if the commission comes to know that there are any violation of human rights, either by police or by state, then we will take precautionary measure and also seek appropriate enquiry,” he added.With the unrest failing to ebb, the chairman was of the opinion that an application to the apex court on expediting the CAA issue could be made so as to take up the issue earlier.“The SC can take it up and see what is being done by way of legislation by parliamentarians, whether it's correct or whether it's unconstitutional and I believe it will give a landmark judgment on that.”News18
Muslim Leaders Rush to Meet Delhi Police Chief, Hundreds Throng to Chief Minister's Residence
New Delhi:As reports coming from the violence-hit northeast Delhi unveiled horrific details Tuesday evening, Muslim leaders wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order deployment of Indian Army in the area.Around Tuesday midnight, a delegation of Muslim leaders also rushed to Delhi Police HQ to meet Police Commissioner seeking deployment of armed police personnel in the area.The delegation had Syed Sadatullah Husaini, National President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Mohammad Salim Engineer, Vice President of Jamaat, Navaid Hamid, President, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, and social activist and United Against Hate leader Nadeem Khan. For more than an hour, they had to wait for the Police Commissioner. Later it was learnt that he was visiting northeast Delhi and so will not come office. The delegation went to his residence to meet him.Meanwhile, unsatisfied with the response of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to the large-scale violence in the area for the past three days, hundreds of people Tuesday past midnight thronged to his residence to hold a protest demonstration.India Tomorrow
Delhi Violence: JNU, Jamia Students Protest Near Kejriwal's Home, Water Cannons Used
Delhi Police today dispersed the crowd gathered outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence, who assembled there late last night and were demanding action against perpetrators of the violence in Delhi. The crowd mainly consisted of students from JNU, members of Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) and Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC). They had surrounded Kejriwal's residence.The protesters gathered at around midnight. Police personnel were seen removing them at around 3:30 am.The students were demanding to meet him and submit a charter of demands over violence in the capital. Water cannons were used by the Delhi Police to disperse the crowd. The students later alleged that they were detained by the police and taken to nearby Civil Lines police station. Appealing to Kejriwal to take action against the violence in affected areas in North-East Delhi, protesters who called themselves concerned citizens, asked CM to personally visit affected areas with local MLAs and organise peace marches to de-escalate tensions.ndtv
Delhi Violence: Kejriwal Govt In Damage Control Mode After Public Backlash
Soon after being re-elected as CM of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal is battling public anger over his government’s sparse efforts to control the riots in Northeast Delhi and delayed response to the prevailing violence. After two days of inaction, AAP seems to have gone into damage control mode. A report in The Telegraph says that AAP’s assessment that playing down the violence would lead to a retreat by rioters has misfired. A section of the party leadership has now demanded a more visible approach to counter rioters, the report said, but added that AAP’s “strategists” have asked them to hold back. On Wednesday, a day after Kejriwal said he had held a “positive” meeting with Amit Shah, the party launched an attack on Home Minister. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, AAP leader Sanjay Singh asked why Shah has not appealed for peace till now. “Does Amit Shah have no responsibility?” he asked. He also asked why the army had not been called in yet. “If Amit Shah and his police are not able to control the riots, why is Amit Shah not calling the army? Army should immediately be sent to Delhi,” Singh said.AAP government has been accused of focusing on photo opportunities and not taking concrete steps to defuse the situation or go to the affected areas.huffingtonpost
Hindus, Muslims both suffered in violence: Kejriwal
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, addressing the Delhi Assembly regarding the spate of violence in the National Capital on Wednesday, said that people of both Hindus and Muslims had suffered due to the violence."People of Delhi don’t want riots, just a regular life. Then why did the riots happen? This was not done by the aam aadmi, it was done by outsiders," he said.He then listed the names of those who have died and also mentioned their religion to illustrate that people of both religions were affected. "People of both religions died, a policeman also died. So who benefited from the riots? Hindus and Muslims both got affected. The families of those who have lost family members have nothing to do with any communal agendas."
'Delhi Cops Beating Injured Men, Forcing Them to Sing National Anthem'
A video of police personnel in riot gear thrashing five people lying injured on the side of a road has gone viral on social media. The video shows a policeman capturing the incident on his mobile phone while the injured men are being forced to sing the national anthem. The cops can also be heard hurling abuses and repeatedly using the word ‘Azadi’ while beating the men. Official Twitter account of Shaheen Bagh wrote that the clip was shot violence in Delhi in the view of protests against CAA.Alt News found an aerial view of the same incident. A person in the background can be heard describing the police brutality. It may be noted that one can spot eight police personnel at the scene.Alt News spoke with one of the victims who sent us a video testimony. “Police had brutally thrashed 5-6 (men). [They] broke someone’s hand, someone’s leg. My hand and leg are also broken. There are 8-10 stitches on my head. I am unable to speak. Policemen were saying do you want azaadi?” he said. According to the victim, the incident took place near Krishna Marg bus stop in Kardam Puri locality of Shahdara at around 5:45 PM.In conclusion,Alt News was able to independently verify that the video showing police brutality in the vicinity of Delhi’s Jafrabad was shot during violent clashes on Feb.24, 2020.thewire
Delhi violence: Video of inflammatory slogans at BJP MLA’s march surfaces
New Delhi :BJP MLA Abhay Verma on Tuesday night led a march in his area in Laxmi Nagar of east Delhi, during which people were allegedly chanting “Police ke hatyaaron ko, goli maaro saalon ko” (Shoot the people, who murdered the policeman).In a video of the march, the group was also heard chanting “Jo Hindu hit ki baat karega, wohi desh pe raj karega” (People who talk about the welfare of the Hindus, they will only rule in the country) and “Jai Shree Ram”. vWhen contacted Verma confirmed that both the slogans were raised, but that it was by “common people” in the area and not his supporters. “You see the videos, I’m waving my hands and asking people not to raise the slogans. But in a mob, who will stop whom,”  Verma said.In the video, a person walking very close to Verma, on his right side, is raising the slogans, while others surrounding him completed the slogans. Verma is seen waving his hands, at least when the group was chanting “Hamara vidayak kaisa ho... Abhay Verma jaisa ho”.thehindu
BJP MLA Abhay Verma leads East Delhi march with ‘Goli maaro saalo ko’ as mob violence continues
BJP avenged electoral loss by inciting riots in Delhi:RJD leader Tejashwi
Patna:Former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday gave his two-cents on the violence erupting in the national capital. "BJP has avenged their (electoral) loss in the national capital," said RJD leader and sitting leader of opposition in the Bihar Assembly.  Tejashwi trained his guns on BJP in power at the Centre by claiming, "After such a big (electoral) loss, BJP has sent a message to the nation that if you defeat us, we will burn you."indiatoday
"Exercise Caution": US Advisory For Its Citizens In Delhi Amid Clashes
New Delhi: Amid clashes in parts of Delhi over the controversial citizenship law, US today advised its citizens to "exercise caution". The advisory comes a day after US President Donald Trump concluded his first state to India. Today, in an elaborate advisory, US advised its citizens to "exercise caution". "US citizens in India should exercise caution in light of violent demonstrations in northeast Delhi and avoid all areas with demonstrations," the official statement read. ndtv
Delhi violence:Journalists have been attacked by communal mobs, say media organisations
Press Club of India and Indian Women’s Press Corps have expressed serious concern over the attack on journalists covering the communal violence in northeast Delhi.“Several of them have been hospitalised. They have been punched and attacked by communal mobs, and police were either absent or have not come to help. Shockingly, mobs were checking religious credentials of journalists,” said joint statement. thehindu
Delhi violence: I&B ministry asks TV channels not to air content promoting ‘anti-national attitude’
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has asked all private satellite TV channels to be cautious about content that may instigate violence or promote “anti-national” attitudes. “It is hereby reiterated that all TV channels are advised to be particularly cautious with regard to any content which is likely to encourage or incite violence, or contains anything against the maintenance of law and order or which promotes anti-national attitudes,” advisory read.The advisory also asked television channels not to air any content that contained attack on religions or communities or visuals or words that could be contemptuous of religious groups or which promote communal attitudes.scroll
 ‘Hindu ho? Bach gaye’ Express journalist’s account from Karawal Nagar
Indian Express journalist Shivnarayan Rajpurohit on being confronted by a mob that assaulted him, snatched his phone and smashed his spectacles in Northeast Delhi. Rajpurohit recounted,"It was around 1 pm. I stopped to write down the mobile number of a bakery shop whose confectionery items and furniture lay singeing in middle of a road at West Karawal Nagar.A man in his 40s walked up to me and asked: “Who are you? What are you doing here?” I introduced myself as a journalist. “You can’t report from here,” he threatened and consigned my notebook into the burning heap of bakery items.Amid this, a group of around 50 people surrounded me and the clamour to check my phone grew because they were convinced I had clicked photos of violence. They thumbed through my recent pictures and found no photo or video of the unrest. But they were not taken in and deleted all my photos and videos before returning the phone to me. “Why have you come here?” “Are you from JNU?”. These questions were asked before group asked me to leave if I cared for my life.This was a precursor to what I was about to encounter." He continued, "Again some men accused me of clicking pictures. A youth, with his face covered, told me to hand over my phone. Reluctant to part with it, I told him all photos had been deleted. He shouted back: “Phone de.” He then stepped behind me and landed a rod on my thighs twice, which made me unsteady for a moment. Expletives poured in. Some sane voices filtered through the din: “What’s more precious to you: Your phone or life?” I gave the phone to the youth. They cheered and the youth disappeared into the crowd. I was spared momentarily until another mob followed me.A man, seemingly in his 50s,removed my spectacles, stepped on them and slapped me twice for “reporting from a Hindu-dominated area”. They checked my press card. “Shivnarayan Rajpurohit, hmm. Hindu ho? Bach gaye.” Not satisfied, they wanted more proof whether I was a real Hindu. “Bolo Jai Shri Ram”. I was silent."
Delhi violence: Pregnant woman out to pick daughter from school in Chand Bagh narrates ordeal, says cops, mob beat her unconscious
As northeast Delhi witnessed massive riots on Monday, several innocent men, women and children were caught between the clashing groups and the ensuing police crackdown.Rubina Bano, a resident of Delhi's Chand Bagh area narrated her ordeal. In a first-person account, Bano revealed that she was mercilessly beaten up by male policemen with lathis and batons. She said she had heard about the disturbance but she had only come out of the house as she had to go to pick up her daughter from school who was appearing for her board exams. Bano was also three-months-pregnant when the incident happened. She said she was on her way to the school when she was stopped and ambushed by a group of policemen and an angry mob.Bano's attackers left deep welts and scars all over her body. It was several hours after the attack that someone found her lying bleeding and unconscious, and her family was alerted. Bano also revealed that the policemen were actually preventing locals from accessing government hospitals or ambulances stationed close to the protest sites.firstpost
Muslim cemetery desecrated and shops set on fire, but police missing in action in Delhi
New Delhi: A group of at least 200 people were gathered around a Muslim cemetery armed with hammers, sickles and axes. This was just 100 metres from Gokulpuri police station in Northeast Delhi. On one call, all of them raised their tools and struck the building’s boundary wall. “Jai Shri Ram,” they said, and struck again. There was not a single policeman in the vicinity to stop them.A part of the mob then ran across the road and set two shops that had ‘Khan’ written on them on fire. And still no policemen, who were clearly outnumbered, tried to stop them. The mob that demolished the boundary wall of cemetery in Gokulpuri was then adamant to go inside and damage the graves.“Now wait and watch. They have challenged us and we will now show them their place,” one man from the mob screamed.When this reporter tried to ask questions, another man said, “Let us do our work. Just go away. And I am warning you, no one will report from this. No video will be shot, else we will bury you in these very graves.”This reporter (Ananya Bhardwaj) was also heckled and asked to show her phone.A policeman on bike, doing rounds of the area, crossed at that very moment. He saw the mob, but did not care to stop.“Do not think the police will help you. They are with us. The entire Hindu community is with us. Go away,else you will meet the fate of the men who have been killed. Till when will we sit and see our men getting killed? It is our chance now,” the second man said.The mob chased this reporter and at that moment they saw a few people videographing the episode from the opposite carriageway. A group of men then ran to that side to stop the men and the same mob then set a shop on fire.theprint
Delhi Violence: Sonia Gandhi says violence pre-planned, calls for Amit Shah’s resignation
 Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday demanded resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah for failing to control the situation in Delhi. Addressing the media, she said that the Central government and Home Ministry are responsible for the loss of lives in the national capital. “The Centre and the Union Home Minister is responsible for the present situation in Delhi. The Union Home Minister should resign,” she said. She also blamed the provocative remarks made by BJP leaders for the unrest. She alleged that there is a conspiracy behind the violence and the country also saw this during Delhi elections. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the city police was unable to control the situation in the national capital and Army should be deployed.
'Never felt so scared': AAP, Congress, DMK, CPI(M) leaders express concern over Delhi violence
As death toll in the violent clashes in Northeast Delhi touches 20, leaders across India have condemned the incidents, slamming the ruling governments for failing to control the situation.Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia said he had never felt scared in his own city before. "Been in Delhi since 30 years. Never felt so scared in my own city. What is happening? Who are these people who are burning down Delhi? I am really saddened and embarrassed today. This is Delhi-the national capital. We have to save it," Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condemned the violent protests over CAA in Northeast Delhi, urging people to show restraint and understanding.Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram raised questions over the inefficiency of the Delhi Police.Punjab CM Captain Amrinder Singh urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal "to sit together and resolve the crisis immediately".Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and DMK President MK Stalin said the violence in Delhi had reached alarming proportions with gruesome attacks on citizens and journalists. "Union Govt, which controls police in Delhi, must act swiftly to book perpetrators of violence and restore normalcy. Democracy is at peril," he tweeted.CPI (M) leader and MP from West Bengal, Sitaram Yechury questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the deteriorating law and order situation in the national capital.businesstoday
CBSE postpones board exams scheduled for tomorrow
CBSE postpones the English exam for Class 12 scheduled for tomorrow in North East Part of Delhi. In a notification, it said that exams in rest of Delhi shall be conducted as scheduled. The next date of exam for affected students will be notified shortly, it added.
Delhi Violence Like 'Horror Film Depicting Anti-Sikh Riots,' Says Shiv Sena
Mumbai: Observing that the violence in Delhi is akin to a “horror film” depicting the grim reality of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday said the “bloodbath” has brought disrepute to the national capital like never before while US President Donald Trump was in India with the “message of love”. Editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana lamented that Trump was welcomed in Delhi while there was a bloodbath on the streets.PTI
Delhi violence similar to Gujarat 2002:Maharashtra Minister  Nawab Malik
Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik, has said that the violence in Delhi is similar to what happened in Gujarat in 2002 and raised doubts about the role of police.Malik said, "There is continuous violence in Delhi, the police are standing by the rioters, their role is doubtful. If such is the situation in the national capital then what can happen in the rest of the country. What is happening in 2020 in Delhi is looking similar to what happened in Gujarat in 2002. There is some kind of a model like 2002 Gujarat model."ANI
‘Won’t be another Shaheen Bagh in Delhi’:BJP leader  Mishra as protesters leave Jafrabad road
New Delhi: BJP leader Kapil Mishra tweeted a short video on Tuesday which shows the police in riot gear patrolling an empty road below the Metro station in Northeast Delhi’s Jafrabad, one of the worst affected areas due to violence.11-second clip has been tweeted with the caption in Hindi: “Jafrabad is empty. There won’t be another Shaheen Bagh now.” It is a reference to the south Delhi locality where a section of road has been blocked due to protest against the  CAA which has been going on for more than 2 months now. The protest site below the Jafrabad Metro station was cleared by the police on Tuesday evening.HT
Only those who say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ can stay in India, says Himachal CM on Delhi violence
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has said only those who say “Bharat Mata ki Jai” can stay in India amid escalating tension in North East Delhi after groups opposing and supporting the new citizenship law clashed over 3 days. “The person who says ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ will stay in India and the one who does not say it, who opposes India, does not respect the Constitution, and repeatedly dishonours it, there is definitely a need to think about them,” Thakur told the media after first sitting of the Vidhan Sabha’s Budget Session. The chief minister added that it was time to “strictly deal” with those who complain too much about the situation in the country. BJP is in power in Himachal./scroll/Indian Express
'Delhi violence reminding us of Gujarat 2002', Owaisi flays BJP on violence in Delhi
AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi has slammed the Modi-led BJP government for being the soul cause for violence in the national capital that has already claimed 20 lives. Owaisi compared the situation in Delhi with the riots in Gujarat in 2002 when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of the state."What is happening in Delhi cannot be called as a communal riot, this is a genocide. It reminds us of Gujarat 2002. I pray to god that it does not escalate to the level of 2002 riots. I plead to Central government, this is not 2002, this is 2020. If you have any shame lef, please stop this," Owaisi said.india tv
Imran Khan Targets Modi Govt Over Delhi Violence: Genie Out Of Bottle, Bloodshed Will Get Worse
New Delhi :Even as officials grapple to restore normalcy in the violence-hit North-East Delhi, India’s nuclear neighbour Pakistan on Wednesday targeted the Narendra Modi government. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to launch a veiled attack against India. Without specifically mentioning violence in Delhi, Khan said that the world must take notice and act on it. “Today in India we are seeing Nazi-inspired RSS ideology take over a nuclear-armed state of over a billion people. Whenever a racist ideology based on hatred takes over, it leads to bloodshed,” Khan said in a series of tweets.“As I had predicted in my address to UN GA last year, once the genie is out of the bottle the bloodshed will get worse. IOJK was the beginning. Now 200 million Muslims in India are being targeted. The world community must act now,” he further said. Khan then went on to issue a farce warning against those indulging in violence against minorities in Pakistan. “I want to warn our people that anyone in Pakistan targeting our non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be dealt with strictly. Our minorities are equal citizens of this country,” Khan said.  newsnation
 Pakistan PM claims all Indian Muslims are being targeted, urges global intervention
Army writes to Defence, Home ministries over combat dress of police, paramilitary
New Delhi:After photographs of paramilitary or state police personnel in Jaffrabad, Delhi wearing “Army pattern” combat uniforms surfaced on social media, the Army has requested Defence Ministry and Home Ministry to issue guidelines that combat dress not be worn while handling law and order situations, or in urban areas affected by terrorism.Sources said Army, in a letter to Defence Ministry, said that “combat dress should not be worn” by paramilitary forces “while being employed to handle law & order situations as also while being deployed in urban areas affected by terrorism, as the surroundings do not demand such a requirement”. It also said that “use of distinctly different (both in colour and pattern) disruptive dress by CAPFs and State Police forces should be restricted only to employment in jungle terrain in Left Wing Extremism affected areas”.TOI  
Delhi CAA violence: MANUU students call for one-day bandh, demand action against accused
In the wake of continued violence over the new citizenship law, that rocked the national capital on Tuesday, MANUU Students' Union (MANUU) in Hyderabad on Wednesday called for a one-day university bandh.In order to show solidarity, hundreds of students took out a rally from all the hostels and gathered at the main gate of the university in Gachibowali, Hyderabad and raised slogans demanding stringent action against the accused.indiatoday
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Shaheen Bagh protest: SC says ‘too many ifs and buts’ in interlocutors’ report, larger Issues Need to be Handled First; next hearing on March 23
The Supreme Court today deferred hearing on petitions to remove Shaheen Bagh protestors to shift their agitation against the CAA to an alternative site, saying the “environment is not conducive”.A bench of Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph passed no interim orders and fixed matter for hearing next on March 23. “Environment isn’t very conducive to hear Shaheen Bagh protests case,” the court said. “Sanity has to be maintained by everyone when a matter is to be heard.”“Let everything cool down first,” Justice Kaul said. “There are larger issues that need to be handled right now. I expect both sides to act responsibly.”The SC said that there are “too many ifs and buts” in the  interlocutors’ report. The problems raised by the report will have to be considered by the court while arriving at a decision.The court reiterated that report will not be shared with the petitioners or the lawyers representing the Centre and Delhi Police at this stage.scroll/ News18 /indian express
Shaheen Bagh protests: SC rebukes Delhi Police, says timing 'unconducive' to hear matter
Allegations of Manhandling, Detentions as Delhi Police 'Clears' Protesters From Khureji Khas
New Delhi: Amidst news that the anti-CAA protests at Khureji Khas in north east Delhi have been ‘cleared’ by Delhi Police, scattered protesters at the site have been putting up social media posts of alleged manhandling, lathicharge and an unwarranted detentions by police. Lawyers have allegedly not been allowed to enter the Jagatpuri police station, where the detainees have been taken.One of the lawyers present at the police station that The Wire spoke to said police first discouraged lawyers who were present at the police station from entering. After they waited there for more than an hour, and demanded to be let in to meet the unspecified number of people who have been detained, police began asking them to back off.“An official began filming us, and another snatched away a phone from a female colleague who was filming the goings on,” said one of the lawyers on the scene, requesting anonymity. Lawyer also alleged that rightwing activists in saffron were present outside the police station. A tweeted video shows police using force while shoving a woman protester into a police vehicle.Police have also removed the bamboo framework, gateway and awnings at the protest site as the videos below show.In video below, police can be seen breaking CCTV cameras, allegedly at the site. Protests at Khureji have been taking place off the road, since January 13.Late on Tuesday, police also removed protesters sitting in at Jaffrabad, against CAA.thewire
Police Clear Khureji Protest Site with Force, ‘Attack’ Lawyers Seeking Release of Detainees
Delhi: Lawyers allegedly get beaten up by policemen for seeking release of anti-CAA protestor
'They want to break us': In Shaheen Bagh, anxiety and determination after Delhi violence
“This is not the time to sit at home and watch TV,” exhorted Amna Faheem on the mic, urging more people to come out and protest. “They want to break us. Scare us. But it won’t work. We will carry on peacefully.” Faheem was speaking at protest site in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area where women have occupied a road for more than two months to protest the Modi government’s plans to bring in a religious element to Indian citizenship. The mood at Shaheen Bagh was a mixture of anxiety and anger on Wednesday.“It is shameful what has happened over the past 3 days. Delhi is the capital. And here the government is sleeping?”said Mehrunnissa, a woman protestor. “If someone is protesting peacefully how can they be attacked. It is our right [to protest]. How can Kapil Mishra call for violence?”scroll
Anti-CAA women protesters begin dharna at Seelampur again
New Delhi: Even as an uneasy calm prevailed in northeast Delhi after several incidents of violence which claimed many lives, women protesters on Wednesday were back at Seelampur to protest against the citizenship law, opening yet another front for the administration to deal with.This was the exact place where women have been protesting for the last two months. They had moved to Jafrabad Metro station on Saturday but were removed by the local police on Tuesday following objections by groups supporting the citizenship law.Interestingly, women protesters are accompanied by men who are standing there as a shield for the women protesters.-IANS
Adityanath slams anti-CAA protests for sullying India's image abroad
 UP CM Yogi Adityanath today underlined ruling BJP ideology of “Nation First” and slammed arson and violence on issue of CAA.Speaking on the floor of the house in assembly, Adityanath blamed the opposition parties for peddling lies and creating confusion in the country on the issues of CAA, and NPR and NRC.He claimed the anti-CAA protests were being intensified at a time when the country was progressing towards becoming an economic powerhouse.business-standard
Former UP Governor Aziz Qureshi booked over anti-CAA speech in Moradabad
 Former Uttar Pradesh governor Aziz Qureshi was on Wednesday booked for his "provocative" speech during an anti-CAA protest meet held in Moradabad on February 22."Qureshi participated in an anti-CAA protest meet at Idgah Maidan in Moradabad. He addressed the gathering there. For issuing a provocative speech and stoking emotions, a case has been registered against him at Galshaheed police station," SP (City) Moradabad Amit Kumar Anand said. Earlier, Qureshi had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have no right to discriminate on the basis of religion, which is unconstitutional.ANI
Police issue prohibitory notices to 302 people in Aligarh
Aligarh Police has issued prohibitory notices to over 300 people restricting their movement and warning them of action if there is any trouble in the city, which has seen violent clashes over CAA. Officials said the "red notices" were issued on Tuesday to 302 people in connection with the violence on Sunday, informing them about restriction on their movement. The notices have been issued in connection with the violence in Upper Court locality Sunday evening when women protesters were asked to vacate a sit-in site. The tension spilled over to Monday when clashes broke out between the anti-CAA protesters and the police in Jamalpur locality. The police also took some initiatives on Wednesday to maintain peace in the city and called upon all sections of society to join hands and play a proactive role in keeping harmony, ADGP Ajay Anand said. Meanwhile, DIG Pratender Singh said one Mohammad Tariq, who suffered gunshot injuries on Sunday, is "stable and recovering" at Jawaharlal Nehru hospital." The rumour of his death is absolutely baseless," he said.PTI
7 AMU students booked for anti-CAA protest sans permission
The police booked seven students of AMU, including five females and two males, in connection with the ongoing anti-CAA  protest on an important link road in Jeevangarh area of Aligarh. Protest began on Monday night, a day after the violence in Aligarh when a group of women staged a sit-in on the link road.“The protest at Jeevangarh is illegal and does not have permission from administration. We have lodged an FIR in this regard. Role of AMU students has been found in the protest, so a few of them are also named in the FIR,” said SSP (Aligarh) Muniraj G.According to police sources, one Mohd Sajjad and Shadab, active in student politics at AMU, and five female students, are named in FIR along with the two. “For further action, we will share the details of these accused with the AMU administration,” said the SSP.AMU registrar Abdul Hamid said, “The university administration will take suitable action against the students after reviewing evidence and information provided against them.”HT
Women at Deoband to carry on peaceful anti-CAA protests
Meerut:Thousands of women who are protesting against CAA at the Idgah ground of Deoband since January 27 are determined to continue their protest peacefully till it meets its right end and will not give up even after the changed circumstances post clashes in North- East Delhi which has claimed more than 20 lives.The recent violence in Delhi has strengthened the determination of the women protestors in Deoband though they have clearly said that they would not resort to any kind of violence and will never reply a stone with a stone.The Idgah ground of Deoband of district Saharanpur is all packed with women who are sitting on a dharna in order to protest CAA. Amna Roshi, President of Mutahida Khawatin Committee( MKC) which is leading the protest said, “Whatsoever are the circumstances we would continue our protest until this CAA is withdrawn, ” she said adding that the women on protest in Deoband are not affected after the Delhi clashes and their spirits are not deterred.thestatesman
Kafeel Khan’s wife fears threat to his life in jail
Days after Gorakhpur-based doctor Kafeel Khan’s maternal uncle was shot dead, his wife on Wednesday wrote to authorities stating that she feared a threat to his life and demanded that the detained paediatrician be provided better security in jail.Dr. Khan is lodged in Mathura jail, after being booked under National Security Act for allegedly delivering a provocative speech at a protest against CAA at AMU.Shabista Khan wrote to Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) and DGP (Jail) of the State asserting that she fears he could face a murder attempt and that “some innocent prisoner would be falsely implicated” by administration to shift responsibility .Ms. Khan demanded that her husband be kept away from “active criminals” and be lodged with ‘ordinary prisoners’ in the jail, and also be provided security.“My husband is being mentally tortured in jail and is being subjected to inhuman behaviour,” she alleged. Nusratullah Warsi, a businessman and Dr. Khan’s maternal uncle was shot dead late on Saturday in Gorakhpur. In June 2018, Dr. Khan’s younger brother Kashif Jameel was grievously wounded after being shot thrice.thehindu
Hapur DM appoints magistrates at police station level to prevent anti-CAA violence
Hapur: Taking note of the violence against CAA, DM of Hapur on Wednesday divided the district into 3 zones and appointed magistrates at the police station level to prevent any such incident in the area.A directive issued by the district administration stated that DM has appointed Deputy Collector Satya Prakash as magistrate for the entire tehsil area.Further, Tehsildar Gajendra Singh has been appointed in Kotwali area, Tehsildar Judicial Renuka Dixit in Babugarh and Thana Pawar Kumar Magistrate in Hapur village area, letter added.ANI
Gauhati HC rejects Assam woman’s 8 documents, mother’s testimony for citizenship
Agarwala :On Feb.18, Gauhati High Court dismissed a petition claiming citizenship by a woman from Assam, incarcerated at a detention centre in Jorhat since Jan.2019.Nur Begum, declared foreigner by Foreigners’ Tribunal, Jorhat, on January 24, 2019, petitioned the High Court defence of her citizenship.Nur Begum submitted 8 documents, including a 1966 voters’ list bearing her grandfather’s name. To establish her relationship with her grandfather, she submitted three documents: Class IX certificate from a provincialised school, a Gaon Burah (village headman) certificate, and a caste certificate stating that she belongs to the ‘Jolha’ community. All of them bore her father’s name, Raju Hussain, alias Rajen Ali.In addition, she submitted 1997 voters’ list, which established the relationship between her projected father and grandfather. However, the court was not satisfied with the documents, which sought to establish her relationship with her projected father.The court ruled that “all certificates rendered itself as inadmissible in evidence, inasmuch as the authors were not examined to prove the certificates and the contents thereof”.In other words, the court affirmed that the issuing authority of the linkage documents failed to vouch for their authenticity in court.“The court was of the opinion that she could not prove her linkage with her father because of lack of oral testimony to prove the contents of the 3 documents,” Nur Begum’s lawyer HRA Choudhury said.indianexpress
Case Against Poet Imran Pratapgarhi For Asking "Why No Shaheen Bagh In Hyderabad"
Hyderabad Police has registered a case against well-known poet Imran Pratapgarhi for his statement asking why there was "no Shaheen Bagh in Hyderabad". According to Charminar Police, the complaint was registered by Sub-Inspector S Guruswamy, who was on duty at QQ Stadium on Feb.24 where an Ehtaji Mishaira (Poetry Program) against CAA, NRC and NPR was held.Permission for the said event was granted by Hyderabad Additional Commissioner of Police to the program organisers with certain guidelines including that poetry program should be held on February 24 from 6 pm to 9 pm, and no speaker should give provocative speeches in the program.However, the police said that the program was started by the organisers at 6 pm and continued till 9:48 pm even after police officers asked them to end the event by 9 pm. The program was attended by around 3,000 members at QQ stadium. According to police, while addressing the meeting Pratapgarhi said, "Mujhe hairath hai us Hyderabad mein koi Shaheen Bagh kyu nahi hai (I am surprised why there is no Shaheen Bagh in Hyderabad)", which is "provocative" and may cause fear to any section of the public.Congress leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir took to Twitter to condemn the police action."Shame on TRS Government and Hyderabad Police for targeting a poet for no-fault," he added.ANI
''''Maoist'''' posters against CAA surface in Kerala village
Kannur:Handwritten posters allegedly put up by Maoists, calling for a "revolt" against CAA, have surfaced in a village near here on Wednesday. The posters, which were found pasted at Ambayathod this morning, flayed the central and state governments over the amended Citizeship law and called for a "joint action" by Dalit, Tribal and Maoist groups. The posters, in the name of Western Ghats Special Zone Committee of CPI (Maoist), also cautioned against the "communal agenda" of "fundamentalist organisations" such as PFI and SDPI in backdrop of anti-CAA protests. "Resist the attempts of PFI and SDPI to implement their fundamentalist communal agenda by making use of the communist-Maoist and Dalit organisations," it read in Malayalam.PTI
Kerala: Hundreds join ‘occupy Raj Bhavan’ protest
Thiruvananthapuram: The city saw one of the biggest protests in recent history when anti-CAA protesters laid siege to Raj Bhavan under the aegis of Welfare Party of India.30-hour protest titled ‘Occupy Raj Bhavan’ was inaugurated by Asma Khatun (90) of Shaheen Bagh, one of the oldest women leading the protest there. She handed over a copy of the preamble of the Constitution to Aysha Renna of Jamia Millia Islamia University, who is one of the young faces of the protest.Khatun said it was the brutality on their children at Jamia that prompted mothers of Shaheen Bagh to launch the protest. Congress leaders Adoor Prakash and MM Hassan, IUML general secretary KPA Majeed spoke at the event. WPI state president Hameed Vaniyambalam delivered the keynote address.On Wednesday, Bilkis (82) and Sarvari (75) of Shaheen Bagh will turn up at the protest venue to address the agitators.TOI
Kerala: Bajrang Dal activist held for posting video on social media abusing Muslims
Kerala police has arrested a youth for releasing a video on social media abusing and instigating violence against the anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi.Agali police in Palakkad district arrested 24-year-old Sreejith Raveendran of Kallamala in Attappadi following a complaint lodged by Mohammad Iqbal, branch secretary of DYFI.Muslims will be taught a lesson after US president Donald Trump leaves India. Sreejith is said to be a local office-bearer of the Bajrang Dal.Mumbai Mirror
In Kerala, the Constitution of India is a much sought-after 'Mahr' in Muslim weddings:bangalore mirror
Young couples in Kerala are lately using their wedding as a platform to convey the message of religious harmony and importance of the Constitution of India in the time of communal tension in various parts of the country over CAA.Recently, wedding between PA Nishad, a lawyer practising in the Kerala High Court, and Najma Thabsheera, an LLM student at Calicut University, saw the groom presenting the bride copies of the Constitution of India and the Quran to his bride as 'Mahr' during their wedding held on Feb.16. In Islam, a 'Mahr' is a payment in the form of money or possessions paid by groom."Apart from sending home the message against dowry, we wanted to tell the people the Constitution is as important as the Quran for Muslims in India. It is the Constitution that protects the Quran in our country," Nishad was quoted as saying by a report.
Assam: Akhil Gogoi to Hold 24-Hour Anti-CAA Dharna in Jail
Guwahati: Peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, arrested under stringent UAPA during anti-CAA protests in Assam, said on Tuesday he will stage a 24-hour dharna in the jail from March 1 in protest against the contentious law.A Special NIA Court on Tuesday extended the judicial remand of Gogoi, adviser of peasant body Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), till March 7. The organisation’s general secretary Dhairjya Konwar and Bittu Sonowal, president of KMSS students’ wing Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS), were also remanded to judicial custody for the same period.While being produced before the court on Tuesday, Gogoi told journalists that the movement against CAA is weakening because people are not united.Gogoi said if BJP has to be defeated in 2021 Assembly elections in the state, “we must create an alternative force”.Gogoi, also an RTI activist, has been in judicial custody since December 26. PTI
*J&K AND S. ASIA*
Mehbooba’s daughter seeks direction to J&K police to produce her mother in SC,case listed on March 18
The government dossier justifies detaining former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) on grounds such as she was “scheming, hard-headed and a daddy’s girl” with a “short-lived marriage”, Iltija Mufti, her daughter, informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday.In a habeas corpus petition, Ms. Iltija Mufti sought a direction to the J&K police to produce her mother in the Supreme Court and set her at liberty. She also sought the court to quash Feb.5, detention order of her mother under PSA.A 3-judge Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra issued notice to J&K govt. It then listed the habeas corpus case on March 18, nearly a month later. The habeas corpus petition of another former Chief Minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah, is also pending in the Supreme Court.The petition said Ms. Mufti had been termed ‘Kota Rani’ in the dossier. It said the name was an insult as it referred to a “Muslim queen who rose to power by dubious means such as by poisoning her opponents”.
SC seeks J&K govt’s response on plea challenging Mehbooba’s detention under PSA
Under scanner for 11 deaths  in Jammu, 3,400 bottles of cough syrup sold
 At least 3,400 bottles of cough syrup ColdBest-PC from the batch suspected to have contained a poisonous compound — which allegedly led to deaths of 11 children in Ramnagar area of Udhampur district in Jammu region between Dec.2019 and Jan.2020 — have been sold since Sept.last year.“Around 3,400-3,450 (bottles) have been consumed already because the batch was in market since Sept,”said Himachal Pradesh Drug Controller Navneet Marwah. “We are trying our best to track down consumers through sales receipts, but this is an old batch. It’s a 60 ml bottle, so if someone took 5-6 ml in each dose, it would finish in 10-12 doses,” he said.About 5,500 bottles of the cough syrup, manufactured by Himachal-based Digital Vision Pharma, were sold in J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Shillong (Meghalaya) and Tripura, in Sept.2019. Between Dec and Jan, at least 17 children experienced adverse effects in Ramnagar area of Udhampur. Eleven of these children died from acute kidney failure. While investigations are still on, initial findings point to the cough syrup as the cause of death.indianexpress
*OTHERS*
Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan, Wife And Son Sent To Jail For A Week By UP Court
Rampur: Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his wife Tanzeen Fatima and their son Abdullah Azam, a former MLA, have been sent to jail for seven days by a court in western Uttar Pradesh's Rampur town. The next hearing of the case will be on Monday.The Khan family had been ignoring summons by the courts in various cases lodged against them in the last year by the Yogi Adityanath government, as a result of which warrants were issued against them. Azam Khan, MP from Rampur has cases of land grab, encroachment, book theft, power theft, statue theft, buffalo theft, goat theft against him, while his son Abdullah Azam was booked by the local police for forgery in birth date documents.A local court in Rampur had earlier ordered attachment of the properties of the three after non-bailable warrants were issued against them in one of the cases and they still refused to appear in court. Samajwadi leader had made several attempts to get anticipatory bail but the same was denied by the court.Visuals from the Rampur jail showed the politician and his family being brought to prison in a police jeep and hundreds of Samajwadi Party workers collected outside the jail complex raising slogans in his favour. "He is a big leader. BJP government, ever since they came to power, is foisting false cases on him to malign him. But Azam Khan respects the law and the law will give him justice,"said Naresh Uttam Patel, the state president of the Samajwadi Party.ndtv
UP Cabinet nod to replace ‘Urdu, Arabi-Farsi’ in Lucknow’s Chisti varsity with ‘languages’
Lucknow :In a significant decision, the state Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a proposal seeking amendment in the Uttar Pradesh State University Act 1973, to rename of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University, a state university, as “Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Languages University, Lucknow”.Sources said that in proposal it was cited that in the state, apart from Urdu, Arabic and Farsi languages, literary and cultural studies as well as research takes place in other languages as well such as Hindi, Sanskrit, Pali, and other Indian languages. Not just this, there is a need to study not just English but foreign languages as well like French, German, Japanese etc. Moreover, since there is no specific university for languages in Uttar Pradesh thus, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Urdu, Arabi-Farsi University can serve as a useful center for study and research of not just Indian but also foreign languages.indianexpress
Malegaon blast case: No effective progress in trial, Bombay HC directs NIA to explain delay
Bombay High Court has  said there has not been any ‘effective progress’ in the trial of 2008 Malegaon blast case and asked NIA to explain the delay.A division bench of acting Chief Justice Bhushan P Dharmadhikari and Justice NR Borkar was hearing a plea by Samir Kulkarni, one of the accused seeking speedy trial, stating that NIA and co-accused were deliberately delaying the proceedings.BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit are among the accused facing the trial.Kulkarni submitted that the High Court in October last year had ordered the Special NIA court to expedite the trial, but only 14 witnesses have been examined since then.After perusing reports submitted on Tuesday, the bench said, “Prima facie, we find that there has been no effective progress in the trial as of now.”The bench also directed NIA to explain as to why the trial was being prolonged and posted the further hearing to March 16.indianexpress
Time is ripe for bringing in uniform civil code: Karnataka Minister  Ravi
Karnataka Minister C T Ravi today said "time is ripe" for bringing in Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country, as there was demand for "equality" from across the board now. Pointing at opposition parties and those opposing CAA and NRC seeking equality, he said, as those who desired for inequality in the past are now seeking equality, the time was right to bring in UCC now. "As a BJP spokesperson if I have to say- time is ripe to bring in Uniform Civil Code, why because, everyone is speaking about equality; there is no time ripe than this to bring in UCC,"Ravi said. He said, "There is some kind of acceptancy now,all these days those who were opposing are now asking for equality. Those who were feeling that BJP had the lease on chanting ''Bharat Mata ki Jai'' are now saying ''Bharat Mata ki Jai'' and are also chanting ''Vande Mataram''. They are holding national flag and roaming around, so the time is ripe. This is my opinion holding a responsible position in the party, he added.PTI
Communal Violence in Gujarat: Govt to place parts of Khambhat under Disturbed Areas Act
Khambhat:On the third day after communal violence broke out in Khambhat, a town in Anand district, the Gujarat government announced that it would place parts of the town under the Disturbed Areas Act, blaming its demographic situation for repeated incidents of violence. The continuing hostilities between the communities are being blamed on an eight-year-old land dispute.Clashes broke out in Akhbarpura area of the town on Sunday, leading to arson and rioting in which 13 people were injured.RAF was called in on Tuesday.On Tuesday, Khambhat remained shut following a bandh called by members of Hindu community, even as sporadic incidents of violence was reported from various parts of the town. After the Sunday violence, four separate FIRs were registered, over 2,000 people were booked and 47 people were arrested under charges of rioting, arson and attempt to murder.According to FIR, a mob armed with stones, sticks and other sharp-edged weapons gathered at Akhbarpura over a stone-pelting rumour.Several members of Muslim community locked their homes and took refuge in madarasas, police said.indianexpress
Former IPS officer DG Vanzara gets post-retirement promotion by Gujarat govt
Gujarat govt has given a post-retirement promotion to former IPS officer DG Vanzara to the post of IG on Tuesday. Dahyaji Gobarji (DG) Vanzara had retired from the IPS as DIG on May 31, 2014, after eight years in jail for his alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings by Gujarat Police. However, in 2017 and 2019, CBI courts had acquitted him of all charges in two fake encounter killing cases. Vanzara is now entitled to pension and arrears of salary pending from Sept.2007.An IPS officer of 1987 batch, Vanzara along with RK Pandian and Dinesh MN (Rajasthan cadre) was first arrested in April 2007 by a team of Gujarat CID for his alleged involvement in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser bi fake encounter case. He was later also charged for the encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others and Tulsiram Prajapati.indianexpress
Jawed Ashraf to be India's next envoy to France
New Delhi: Seasoned diplomat Jawed Ashraf was on Wednesday appointed India's next Ambassador to France. Ashraf, a 1991-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is presently serving as Indian High Commissioner to Singapore. "He is expected to take up the assignment shortly," Ministry of External Affairs said.PTI
In UP, village head wishes "bright future" in death certificate
Ever heard of someone wishing a 'bright future' for the dead? In a bizarre incident in Unnao district, a village head issued a death certificate with the wish for an elderly man who had died last month.The incident took place in the Sirwariya village in Asoha block where an elderly person Laxmi Shankar died after a prolonged illness on January 22.His son went to the village head Babulal and requested him to issue a death certificate that he needed for some financial transactions.Babulal not only issued the death certificate, but also wished "a bright future" for the deceased on the document.IANS
55 Rajya Sabha seats to go to polls on March 26
New Delhi:Election Commission has announced elections to 55 Rajya Sabha seats spread across 17 states.A notification for the biennial elections will be issued on March 6. The last date of filing nominations is March 13. The polling is scheduled for March 26 and the results will be announced the same day.Out of the 55 seats going to polls, BJP currently occupies 18 and Congress 11. indianexpress
Bar Association "Deeply Concerned" Over Supreme Court Judge's "Effusive Praise" For PM
New Delhi: Bar Association of India (BAI) has expressed concern and dismay over the use of "effusive terms of praise and adulation" by Supreme Court Judge Justice Arun Mishra for PM Narendra Modi, saying such an act served to dilute the perception of impartiality and independence of the judiciary.It is a foundational obligation of the judges to maintain a discreet and dignified distance from the executive branch of the govt, it said.BAI President Lalit Bhasin said in a statement on Tuesday that such act also diminishes the confidence of the public as the judges of the top court are expected to decide cases against the executive branch while upholding constitutional principles and the Rule of Law as paramount. Ndtv
Rajasthan bus accident: 25 killed, 3 injured after vehicle falls into river in Bundi
Kota: At least 25 people died and three others sustained injuries as a private bus carrying a wedding party fell into a river on Kota-Dausa highway in Bundi district Tuesday morning, police said.The wedding party with 28 persons on board was headed to Sawai Madhopur from Kota early morning when the driver apparently lost control of the bus while traversing a bridge near Papdi village under Lekhari police station limits, Lakheri Sub-Inspector Rajendra Kumar told PTI over the phone.PTI
Delhi Once Again Tops List Of World's Most Polluted Capital Cities: Report
Delhi topped the list of most polluted capital cities in the world in 2019, according to a new report which also revealed that 21 of the world's 30 most polluted cities are in India. According to the World Air Quality Report 2019 compiled by IQAir Air Visual, Ghaziabad is the most polluted city in the world, followed by Hotan in China, Gujranwala and Faisalabad in Pakistan and then Delhi in fifth place. 21 Indian cities which are in world's 30 most polluted cities, in the order of their ranking, are, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Greater Noida, Bandhwari, Lucknow, Bulandshahr, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Jind, Faridabad, Coraut, Bhiwadi, Patna, Palwal, Muzaffarpur, Hisar, Kutail, Jodhpur and Moradabad.According to country-wise data, India ranked fifth in world's most polluted countries with Bangladesh on top of the list followed by Pakistan, Mongolia and Afghanistan. However, the report also mentions that Indian cities have shown improvement from last year.PTI
*WORLD*
Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan coalition backs Anwar as PM
Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim today announced Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition nominated him as its candidate for prime minister.Anwar's People's Justice Party (PKR) members also announced they are putting his name forward as the country's leader.The announcement follows the resignation on Monday of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is currently running Malaysia in an acting capacity.Earlier on Wednesday, Mahathir delivered a national address and apologised for the "political turmoil" he caused."As a normal human being I am bound to making mistakes. I apologise if my resignation was wrong," the veteran leader said."If it is possible I will try to establish a govt that does not favour any party. Only the interests of the nation will take precedence."In a statement, Anwar said he opposed "any efforts to form a backdoor government"."Pakatan invited Mahathir to chair a meeting to restore Pakatan Harapan, but he disagreed to attend the meeting on Tuesday,"said Anwar. "Therefore, presidential committee has decided that Anwar Ibrahim is the prime minister nominee for Pakatan."We wait for the decision of the king," he later told a news conference.To try to end the crisis, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has been meeting all 222 elected members of parliament over two days.aljazeera
PA: Building 3,500 new settlement units puts region at risk
Palestinian Authority (PA) condemned an Israeli decision to build 3,500 new settlement units in E1 area, stressing this would undermine security in the region, Al Watan Voice reported.According to Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the official spokesman of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, this decision comes in the context of the Israeli policies aiming to destabilise the region.Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the construction of 3,500 new settlement units in area E1, which lies between occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. This is in addition to 46,000 new settlement units which will be built in the occupied West Bank.“I instructed the ministry’s planning teams to prepare plans to expand communities in Judea and Samaria [occupied West Bank],”Minister of Construction and Housing Yifat Shasha Biton said. “We currently have plans to build 46,000 housing units,” he added. He continued: “This number will increase three times after the implementation of deal of the century.”middleeastmonitor
Hamas denies reports of meeting with Israel leaders
Hamas denied reports that meetings were held with Israeli leaders, a statement said.“Hamas views Israel as an illegal and occupying entity,” the statement, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, said.Hamas condemned the reports about the claimed meetings with “Israeli enemy” and stressed that all of these reports “are completely false and baseless”. The resistance group said that these reports intended to “demonise Hamas and distort its image, its stances and its leaders.” Hamas called on the media to be cautious in order not to “fall into traps set by Zionist media and some of its arms.”MEMO
Report: 56 wounded in Israel crackdown on Palestinians in Jordan Valley
Some 56 people were wounded in an Israeli crackdown on Palestinians in the north of the occupied Jordan Velley in the northeast of the West Bank , the Palestinian Red Crescent said.According to Anadolu, six of the wounded were shot with live ammunition and five were shot with rubber coated metal bullets and were admitted to hospitals.Eight had suffered tear gas inhalation and needed medical treatment in hospital.Palestinians gathered in the area in order to protest against the US “peace deal”, which gives the Israeli occupation the power to annex most of the occupied West Bank.
21 Palestinians in Gaza lose one or both eyes from Israel forces’ fire during protests
Almost two dozen Palestinians have lost one or both eyes as a result of Israeli forces’ repression of Great Return March protests in the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem.Over the last two years, B’Tselem reported, 19 Palestinians have lost their vision in one eye, while at least two more have lost their vision in both eyes.Overall, “more than 200 people have been killed, some 8,000 wounded by live fire, about 2,400 wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets, and almost 3,000 wounded by tear gas canisters.”MEMO
Sanders says may relocate US embassy back to Tel Aviv if elected
Leading US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he would consider moving US embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv if elected president. Sanders's comments about revisiting US President Donald Trump's controversial decision in 2018 to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem came during Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate."The answer is, it is something that we would take into consideration," Sanders said before calling Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu, an ally of Trump, a "racist".  Sanders went on to say while he was proud of his Jewish heritage, he stood against Netanyahu's policies.aljazeera
Russia-backed Syrian forces kill over 20 civilians in Idlib
Over 20 civilians were killed in Syrian government attacks on targets, including schools, in a relentless advance on the northwestern province of Idlib, the final major territory in Syria still controlled by opposition fighters. According to UK-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, govt aerial bombing killed at least nine children and three teachers in Idlib city on Tuesday.Another four people, including a mother and her two children, died in government shelling of the town of Binnish, northeast of Idlib city, the monitor said.At least 6 children were among 10 civilians killed by a Russian air attack on a shelter for displaced families in Maarat Misrin, a town just north of Idlib city on the road to the Turkish border, said Yahya Jaber, a rescuer in the civil defence emergency response force.aljazeera
Turkey vows to drive Syrian forces back from Idlib
Turkey plans to push Syrian government forces away from its military observation posts in northwest Syria's Idlib region by the end of February, President Tayyip Erdogan said, despite advances by the Russian-backed military. "We are planning to liberate our observation posts from the surrounding [Syrian forces] by the end of this month, one way or another," Erdogan told his party's parliamentarians in a speech on Wednesday.aljazeera
Sudan: Demonstrators demand release of leaders of Al-Turabi’s party
Dozens of supporters of Popular Congress Party (PCP) in Sudan participated, on Tuesday, in a protest in front of the Public Prosecution headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, to demand the release of leaders of the party detained in connection with 1989 coup plot. Supporters of the PCP, founded by the late Hassan Al-Turabi, raised banners that read, “Where is the rule of law” and “Where are the freedoms?”Protesters also chanted slogans such as “No to politicised justice,” “Try them or release them,” “Freedom… Peace … and Justice”, “Freedom for us and others,” reported Anadolu Agency’s correspondent.
Qatar invites Pakistan to attend signing of US-Taliban peace deal
 Qatar has invited Pakistan to attend the signing of the landmark peace deal between the US and the Afghan Taliban in Doha on Saturday.Qatar's ambassador to Pakistan Saqr bin Mubarak, on behalf of Qatari Foreign Minister, extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.Qureshi welcomed the peace deal between US and Taliban, saying Pakistan had always held the view that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict.He said Pakistan and Qatar have played a "pivotal role" in furthering the Afghan reconciliation process. Qureshi also expressed the confidence that the peace deal will lead to intra Afghan dialogue.AFP
Maldives hires Amal Clooney to fight for Rohingya Muslims at UN court
Colombo: The luxury tourist destination of Maldives has hired prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to represent it at UN's highest court in seeking justice for Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims.Maldivian government said Wednesday it will formally join the mainly Muslim African state of Gambia in challenging Myanmar's 2017 military crackdown that sent around 740,000 Rohingya fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh. In a unanimous ruling last month, International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Buddhist-majority Myanmar to implement emergency measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya -- pending a full case that could take years.Amal Clooney successfully represented former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed and secured a UN decision that his 2015 jailing for 13 years was illegal.AFP
HRW: At least 21 civilians killed in Cameroon
HRW has accused Cameroon's armed forces of taking part in killing of at least 21 civilians this month in a region where troops are battling anglophone separatists.In a statement on Tuesday, US-based rights group said 13 children and one pregnant woman were killed by govt forces and armed Fulani herders in Ngarbuh village on February 14.The incident occurred in a remote part of Northwest region - one of 2 English-speaking regions gripped by conflict sparked by demands for independence from majority-Francophone Cameroon. aljazeera
Coronavirus spreads in Middle East and beyond
The coronavirus is spreading in Middle East, Europe and other parts of the world, while parts of China begin to lower their emergency response level as the number of new cases reported there continues to slow.More deaths have been reported in Iran and Italy, while South Korea on Wednesday said an 11th person had died of the disease there. Globally, at least 80,000 people have been diagnosed with the illness. An man in his 80s died in Tokyo after catching the new coronavirus, Japan's broadcaster NHK said, citing a govt source. A 12th person has died in northern Italy of coronavirus, while the number of confirmed cases has risen to 374, an increase of more than 50 on the day before, head of Civil Protection agency said.Iran's state television says 19 more people were killed by the coronavirus and the total number of confirmed cases rose to 139.The official cited in the report urged limiting nonessential travel.aljazeera
Afghan:Fears people with coronavirus will enter via Iran
In Afghanistan,where healthcare infrastructure is already under strain because of decades of violence, fears of a coronavirus outbreak have put authorities on alert.Public gatherings have been banned but the border with Iran remains open.An open border has the potential to allow those infected to enter.aljazeera
*views, Articles, FEATURES*
In India, Trump validates Modi’s divisive agenda:Rana Ayyub , washingtonpost
India’s politics of hate have erupted for all the world to witness:Barkha Dutt , washingtonpost
Modi And Shah Must Take Blame For Mob Takeover Of Delhi:Sudheendra Kulkarni
'I was scared they would catch me for being a journalist, molest me for being a girl, lynch me for being a Muslim': First person account from Maujpur: Ismat Ara
Another Huge Modi Success In Trump's Visit And RSS' Reaction:Swati Chaturvedi
‘Never thought Hindu-Muslim riots are possible in Delhi, we’ve always co-existed peacefully’:theprint
Delhi riots: Just 10km from PMO-Home Ministry, Jafrabad burns. What does it mean?Mukesh Rawat
Urgent Need to Restore Peace in Delhi: Jamaat Urges CM, MPs and MLAs to Visit Affected Areas
Delhi violence: Communalism runs deep in Indian society and its police force, this is the feudalism that can undo the nation: Markandey Katju
How Delhi Riots Brought Back Babri Masjid Memories in a Once Peaceful Hindu-Muslim Neighbourhood
Newspaper Editorials Condemn Delhi Police, Worry About India’s International Image:While The Hindu, HT and TOI expressed their stance on riots in editorials, Indian Express chose not to
What Foreign Media Said On Delhi Violence And Donald Trump's India Visit
Trump Says Modi Cited Rise in Muslim Population as Testament to Religious Freedom in India
Cop out in Delhi: Police response invariably reflects the bias of the ruling party:Prakash Singh
Did India deal differently with Muslim refugees after Partition, as claimed by PM Modi in Parliament?Atikh Rashid
We were wandering the streets, waiting: Family of Shahid Alvi, who was shot dead in northeast Delhi:caravanmagazine
First person: I watched a mob set a shop on fire in Delhi, chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’:Vijayta Lalwani
Two Sides Of Delhi 20kms Apart - One Was Burning And The Other Was Welcoming Donald Trump: Bobins Abraham
‘Don’t Click Photos, Just Enjoy the View’: Mob’s Warning Just Before I Saw Fellow Journalists Brutalised
Delhi pogrom 2020 is Amit Shah’s answer to an election defeat:SHIVAM VIJ
'Mob with saffron flags who chant Modi's name...': MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes slams Modi-Trump meeting amid Delhi violence
Why Delhi violence has echoes of the Gujarat riots:Soutik Biswas, BBC
Delhi violence: Chand Bagh and Bhajanpura — Adjacent colonies at war until RAF rolled in
Police response invariably reflects the bias of the ruling party:Prakash Singh
Sandeep Phukan Analysis: Centre, Delhi govt. are both responsible for inadequate response to riots in city
 
Anti-Muslim violence in Delhi serves Modi well:Mukul Kesavan, theguardian
Modi Urges Calm as New Delhi Violence Rages for 3rd Day:nytimes.com
 Delhi violence: Roads of Maujpur, Jaffrabad deserted as forces begin flag marches


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