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[Fabricated] Delhi: July 9: Public Meeting on Politics of Terror: Targetting Muslim Youth


These are just a few cases of hundreds, with official reports now admitting that a majority of prisoners in Indian Jails are Muslims. Citizens concerned about the increasing intolerance and authoritarianism of the Indian state where the minorities no longer feel safe in their own homes have decided to come together to organise a Public Meeting to raise a voice against injustice and what amounts to state terror. A resolution calling upon the state for remedial action at different levels will also be adopted at the Meeting that will be addressed by political leaders and senior representatives of civil society.

We call upon you to join and support the initiative that is part of a series of protests held by civil society on this issue in Delhi and other states over the last few weeks,by sending us a line with the name of your organisation.


JULY 9,2012 at 3p.m.

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[Breaking News] Activists Meet with the Home Ministry Re: Soni Sori

Today a group of 5 campaigners and human rights activists met P Chidambaram the Home Minister to talk about the Soni Sori case. They delivered close to 4000 signatures on a petition started on Change.org , a memorandum and a common letter telling the Home Minister to help Soni Sori get prompt and due medical care and treatment and seeking immediate intervention to ensure safety of Soni Sori, subjected to custodial sexual torture by Chhattisgarh police. The meeting took place at the Home ministry at 3:45 pm, on 27th March’ 12.

Details of the meeting:

Where: Home Ministry, New Delhi
Time: 3.45 pm
Date: 27th March’12
Who attended: P Chidambaram, Brinda Karat (Ex-Rajya Sabha MP), Sudha Sundararaman (AIDWA), Kalpana Mehta (Women against Sexual violence and State repression, WSS), Indira Chakraborty (WSS) and Kiran Mamta Shaheen (Writer).

“We discussed issues related to Soni Sori and delivered voices of 4000 people from all over India” said Kalpana Mehta (Member, Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression). Brinda Karat, ex Rajya Sabha MP, demanded that Soni Sori be given adequate constitutional safegurads as an under trial prisoner and sought his intervention for prompt and exemplary action against SP Ankit Garg of Dantewada and other officials involved in the custodial and sexual violence inflicted upon Soni Sori on the night of 8/9 October 2011 in Dantewada police station. A letter addressed to the home minister, from the campaigners urged that Soni Sori be given prompt and due medical care and treatment, and moved to a safe place, in consultation with her through her lawyers, where the policemen cannot interfere with the course of justice.

The campaigners expressed their concern about the fact that they were not being allowed to meet Soni Sori.

The Home Minsiter assured the women’s delegation that he will write to Chhattisgarh government raising the issues related to human rights violation.

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[Kafila] On the arrest of Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi

On 7 March, Delhi Police arrested Delhi-based journalist Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi on charges of being part of the plot to kill an Israeli diplomat’s wife in Delhi on 13 February. Many have expressed concern that Kazmi is being falsely implicated. Give below is the text of a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner by the DELHI UNION OF JOURNALISTS, followed by a statement from the INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS, and thereafter by a statement issued by a group of citizens. […]

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[Newzfirst] Thousands gathered at India Gate, demand release of Kazmi

In yet another show of solidarity, thousands gathered at India Gate on Monday evening, seeking justice for journalist Mohmmed Kazmi. Around two thousand people gathered this evening for the candle light vigil called by the family members of Mr. Kazmi. Protesters holding placards, candle and shouting slogans demanded immediate release of Mr. Kazmi. They also demanded the disbanding of Delhi Police Cell, citing violation of fundamental rights and charges of fabricating evidences by its senior officer. A large number of members of Journalist fraternity were also presents at the vigil in solidarity. […]

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[Countercurrents] Demand To Release Journalist Kazmi Grows Stronger

In a rare show of solidarity from different quarters, the demand for the immediate release of noted Urdu journalist Syed Mohammed Kazmi is growing stronger and stronger. Over a few days, many press conferences have been organized across the country by Journalists Unions, Civil Society Organizations and Muslim groups. Kazmi, a senior Urdu Journalist with “extraordinary linguistic skills”, in veteran Journalist Saeed Naqvi’s words, was picked on 6th March while returning home from India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) in South Delhi’s Lodhi Road area. Kazmi lived at the nearby B K Dutt Colony of Jor Bagh area. The Delhi Police have alleged Kazmi’s involvement in terms of local support in carrying out the attack on the Israeli Diplomat’s car last month. The very next day, the police produced him before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav at the Tis Hazari court. The court sent him in police custody till March 20th for further investigation. […]

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[Kracktivist] Citizens’ Statement on the arrest of Journalist Kazmi

The undersigned condemn the arrest of senior journalist Syed Mohammad Kazmi by the Delhi Police Special Cell in connection with the attack on Israeli diplomat last month. Mr. Kazmi’s arrest is reminiscent of the arrest and false allegations against another veteran journalist, Iftikhar Gilani, several years ago. We fear that Mr. Kazmi may be made a scapegoat in order to please an international lobby. It is no secret that Israel held Iran culpable within minutes of the attack, and there has been immense pressure on India to sever its ties with Iran—both from Israel and US (to the extent that US displayed its obvious unhappiness to foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai over the fact that India was not heeding the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US on Iran.) […]

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[FirstPost] LeT arrests in Delhi: The myth of the “suspected terrorist”

[…] Imran’s case raises an important question: Is a ‘suspected’ terrorist the same as a terrorist? And does the media know the difference between the two?

These questions are timely because those ‘suspected terrorists’ are making headlines again. On Wednesday, the police claimed they have arrested two LeT militants who were planning attacks in Delhi. The next day newspapers dutifully reported the same: “Delhi averts terror, 2 LeT men arrested”, “Major terror bid foiled in Delhi; 2 Lashkar men arrested”, etc.

Last October, the Sunday Guardian reported that in response to an RTI application, the Delhi police admitted that between 2005 and 2010 it had “wrongfully” arrested 47,545 individuals who were later acquitted by various courts.

The report also said that the maximum number of acquittals were in cases handled by the prestigious Special Cell. Between 2005 and 2010, the Special Cell arrested 174 people on various charges, but was able to convict only 55 of them. The South Delhi police had 9,910 convictions out of 13,946 arrests. The situation was worse in the Outer District, where there were more acquittals than convictions between 2005 and 2010. […]

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[Photoes] Feb 29th, 2012 Protest Demonstration and Hunger Strike in Solidarity for Soni Sori (Rajghat Delhi and Mumbai)

At CST Station in Mumbai, India — activists, allies and supporters gather in solidarity for Soni Sori. Plus photoes from RajGhat, Delhi where 30 odd activists also gathered for a hunger strike.

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More Photos can be found here at Independent Media

A report on the RajGhat Hunger Strike by Ashutosh Kumar (Hindi) (Facebook Note)

‘राजघाट पर भूख हड़ताल की एक रपट” (कुछ कवितानुमा )
by Ashutosh Kumar on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 9:59pm·

गाँधी -समाधि के आंगन में बोलने की मनाही थी.इस हद तक कि गांधीजी तक को पथरा दिया गया था. हम कुछ ‘पढ़े लिखे’ लोग बाहर ही एक पेड़ के नीचे बैठ गए . हमने गीत गाये .गोरख , बल्ली ,अदम के गीत . सोनी सोरियों के अपमान की उस धधकती हुयी आग के गीत जो देश भर में सिर्फ इस लिए किया जा रहा था कि वे सोनी सोरियाँ थीं .
समाधि पर भीड़ यों भी कम थी .वह शहर से भी गायब होती जा रही थी.किसी ने बताया कि भीड़ आजकल सिर्फ जेलखानों , पागलखानों या साहित्य -पुस्तक -मेलों में दिखाई पड़ती है.
नजदीक ही सुप्रीम कोर्ट में सोनी सोरी की आख़िरी सुनवाई एक बार फिर आगे बढ़ा दी गयी थी.
अचानक गांधीजी जैसी एक छाया दीख पडी सामने . दो नौजवानों के कंधे के सहारे रुक रुक कर चलती .छाती से फूटती खून की लकीर अंगोछे में छुपाये .
लोहे की एक टूटी हुयी बेंच थी जिस पर हम ने उन्हे आदर के साथ बिठाया .और पाया कि कोई और नहीं खुद जस्टिस सच्चर थे .
प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय में एक भूमिगत अज़ीयतखाना है . बर्फ ही बर्फ है वहां .मैं वहीं कैद था , लेकिन देखो मैं निकल आया हूं.
आओ चलते हैं . सब से पहले गांधीजी को इस पथरीले जेलखाने से आज़ाद करते हैं .
कहते हैं कि बापू चलो .लेकिन अबकी लाठी टेक कर नहीं, तान कर .
खुद अपनी आँख से देखो कि सत्यकुमारी और अहिंसादेवी के साथ क्या सलूक हो रहा है इन दिनों भारत -दंडक- अरण्य में.

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[Intercultural Resources] Hundreds march in Jamia Nagar (New Delhi) against illegal arresting

New Delhi, 26 Feb: Hundreds of peoples demonstrated today in Jamia Nagar against illegal arresting, kidnapping and harassing of local residents by the police.

Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) Delhi secretary, Syed Akhlaq while addressing to the protest-march said, “Police is for people’s safety not for terrorizing them and it is their prime duty to respect civil rights while arresting or nabbing any person and Supreme Court should take action if its given guidelines are not being followed by any law enforcement agency.” He added, “People should aware and come out to protect their civil rights.”

Adv. Feroz Gazi vice president of APCR, Delhi chapter said, “No one is allowed to take law into his hand either police or common people and every person has right to protect himself from illegal detention.” […]

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[Kafila] Delhi Police Special Cell – Encounters, Frame-ups, Impunity: Manisha Sethi

An RTI enquiry has revealed that Delhi Police Special Cell’s conviction rate is a paltry 30 per cent. Nearly 70 per cent of the accused it charge-sheeted over the past five years were acquitted for want of credible evidence. Do these figures tell us something? A news story in a leading English daily bemoans this trifling record and quotes a senior police officerattributing this to the fact that “police sometimes get tangled in cross evidences and it becomes tough when you rely more on circumstantial evidences”. [i] This evokes the image of a bumbling policeman, reminiscent almost of Jacques Clouseau, tripping over reams and strings of evidences, in an impossible attempt to build a watertight case against the villains. But Special Cell couldn’t be farther from this sort of cute sloppiness.

These bare statistics of 30-70 must be read in conjunction with court judgments and the track record of the Special Cell itself to arrive at the big picture. It is not shoddy investigative skills—a pardonable offence; or poor infrastructure—a justifiable excuse again—but the simple non-existence of a case that is allowing accused to secure acquittals. Created in 1986 to tackle terrorism and high profile crime, Special Cell has become a law unto itself, a marauding force, ‘encountering’ and detaining ‘suspects’ almost at will. This is not a charge of bleeding heart liberals and human rights wallahs alone, but a fact corroborated by judgment after judgment of the city courts. […]

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