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Digital Version – Myth busting book on beef eating #Download

India: Digital version of historian D.N.Jha’s myth busting book on beef eating by Hindus and Buddhists in ancient times


In The Myth Of The Holy Cow, the author reveals that in ancient times, Hindus and Buddhists ate beef. According to him, the cow earned its status as the holy animal of Hinduism only in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The book states that hindus regularly used cows both as part of dietary traditions and as offerings to God.

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Shaitan ki khala: Washing Brains the ISIS Way? #Vaw

[A take on the attempted brainwashing of our young minds and the sexist nature of some religious speeches]

 Guest Post By  Asthma Anjum Khan 

[Boy, O, boy, don’t tell me, but can we make this “condemning” our Common Collective Ummah Sport? Condemn, condemn, condemn! And don’t stop. Condemn some more, thank you.]

This happened a few years ago.

It was the usual hurried Jumma. My 12 year old boy looked solemn in his long, pale white kurta. His usual fervor for the special Jumma lunch [Daal Gosht with piping hot fried rice] was absent and I found him sitting at the corner of our large mahogany bed. He seemed contemplative, very unusual for him. When asked to join, he looked up and asked, Mom, why do you work? And before I could react and open my mouth to say Whatttt and look gawky; I heard this next.

And why don’t you stop working?

That was a barb totally out of the blue. Never before in all these years was I questioned this way. My little son had seen his mother rushing from work to home and vice versa, since he opened his eyes into the world and understood things. Trying not to lose my composure, I waited for him to make an elaboration. He began. Today Moulvi sahib was saying in his khutbah that women who work outside home are from Shaitan. They are going to hell. He paused for my reaction but continued however. Working women are not good women, he was telling.

After an awkward and difficult pause, he asked. Mom, is it true? At this I sure lost my cool. Does he believe the man who told him this? The cold reply he gave was:

I want an answer.


Juma at Jami Masjid, Firoze Shah Kotla
Sadly I had to give an explanation to that angry young man, my own son. I told him how a woman is well within her Islamic rights to work, if she chooses to. I told him how many of our pious women were financially independent and earned their own money. H.Khadeejah RA, the wife of Prophet P.B.U.H. was prominent among them. H.Zainab bint e Jahash RA [and H.Umme Salmah RA] used to tan leather with their own hands and thus earned their own money. Being financially better capable than her husband another Zainab RA, the wife of H.Abdullah bin Masood RA was urged to help her husband and children. This was double the charity, for a woman is not required to spend on her family. H.Umme Shifaa used to look after the affairs at the market place and was appointed by none other than H.Umar RA. The examples are too numerous to count.

Coming back to the tense situation that had all of a sudden developed at home, I looked at the young man, My son, My child, who questioned me after 12 years of living together, of growing together. I was made to stand in the dock; had to beat a retreat and look back pensively towards my last 15 years of tiptoeing struggle of balancing home and work. Where had I gone wrong? More than the abrupt impulsive question what was surprising was the sense of conviction with which I was questioned. That kind of chilled me to my very bones. How did the shift occur?

It was the Jummah khutbah where he had heard this. The new Moulvi had spoken. The working women are friends of shaitan. Listen more, those who ride bikes become the handy devices of his. I had to assure my child that there was no such thing and even in the olden times women had made their outings riding the camels. [Isn’t it pure common sense that women need a means of conveyance to move around?]. He didn’t take much time to be convinced; being a sensible and compassionate child. What had worried me more was the kind of sway that speaker had held over him, however briefly. How could he achieve this feat within minutes of his weekly speech and nullify my work of 12 long years? This was what worried me most.

I began wondering if a few minutes of passionate speech can make my little son tend to change his thinking track, even if momentarily then what about those who are brainwashed seriously with and for a certain purpose? It was too horrific to imagine. The kind of sway these semi-literate preachers hold over some of their young immature audience is worth watching. These guys do traditional Daras e Nizamiya and it is supposed to add to their knowledge, with little or no modern education. From impoverished and mostly illiterate backgrounds these young fellas study in madrasas sometimes located in decrepit buildings with little or no sun shine or fresh air, perhaps signifying the closed state of mind they develop there. [Of course, every rule has some exceptions; hence there are some Imams who work hard to bring the errant boys on to the right track.]

Question is should we not try to see what is being fed to our boys on Jummahs apart from the usual Daal-Gosht fair? We should, we must.

Read about brain-washing Israel Style here.

Writing on the Wall: ISIS

I am reminded of that pic where our boys posed in T-shirts. The words on those Ts seemed like writing on the wall. Watching those boys from Tamil Nadu in ISIS T-shirts was a horror. Sheer horror. What made them do such an outrage? A pure nut case of fools rushing where angels fear to tread! I gasped for breath when, a female Islamic preacher changed her profile pic to the ISIS logo! Interestingly horrific to watch was how people were getting swept off their feet and dreamt of a Khilafah! The media begins listing the horrific crimes of the group, burning, destroying the shrines, making the Christians flee Mosul, converting churches into mosques, their being asked to pay jiziya and of course that favorite Western pet peeve of female genital mutilation which was a pure hoax. The media and the social media bahadurs begin discussing it fervently and in effect making us all stand on the back benches of the class. You did it, they accuse us; by all means they seem to. When we swear we didn’t, they say, “Oh, You, yes, you didn’t condemn it”. And lo and behold there we go on a condemning spree. [Boy, O, boy, don’t tell me, but can we make this “condemning” our Common Collective Ummah Sport? Condemn, condemn, condemn! And don’t stop. Condemn some more, thank you.]


ISIS T-shirt Foolies
ISIS T-shirt Foolies:

Wonder who instigated these ISIS T-shirt foolies and more wonder how could they get so easily fooled? What did they achieve by doing this? Their defence that, this way they wanted to thank ISIS for sending the Kerala nurses back home safely does not hold water. In fact it should be thrown into the water, with their Ts included. Such an irresponsible act must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

It is said, the boys must have been tutored by someone to act out such whims. Who is this someone? Such indoctrination of young minds happens because of the lack of an open, all encompassing atmosphere of dialogue and for the lack of a mature meaningful and honest leadership. There is a tremendous need to engage our youth in various positive and constructive ways. They need to be sensitized about the critically delicate political situation that exists today. They must be made aware of the serious consequences of their silly immature acts. But who is going to do that? Of course this work can’t be left to the speakers/preachers who have nothing beyond their madrasa education. In fact they themselves need to be educated first.

It’s imperative for the Muslim society that they watch their youth. We must watch who is talking to them, or trying to give them those doses of indoctrination. This may or may not lead to their radicalization but we must be alert. Giving the youth a positive and constructive atmosphere should be a priority. In place of only madrasa educated preachers, let’s have some young charismatic speakers/leaders who are well versed in both strands of knowledge, the deen and the duniya, the religion and the world. Engaging the youth in a positive healthy way is crucial.

Nay, our biggest need is this. Our young Turks are our treasure; let us not allow anyone to steal them away!

Now came the next jumma and as a third party source [ my uncle!] revealed; my angry young man goes to that finicky Moulana and gives him not just a piece of his mind, but literally a verbal thrashing. The poor Moulana was told that his mother observes hijab, works and that he feels very proud of her. Soon after, there began a round of collecting charity money. My young man pulls out a bill of 1000 from his pocket and before putting it into the box, says loudly. This is from my mother who is a teacher and who has taught me everything good I have today. Turning back to that finicky speaker, with a mischievous smile, he asked,

Am I right, Moulana?

Do I need to tell you that I had got back my boy again?!

Post Script:

Sexist Nature of Some of Our Religious Speeches:

Another very serious thing is the sexist nature of the talks by some of the Khateebs/speakers. I cringe in my seat when words like, Beware of women, don’t allow women to work, all evil things sprout from women, fall on my ears. My pet peeve: it’s a woman who makes or breaks a home; that success of a marriage depends wholly upon the wife. This one is special. They hold a woman responsible for a happy home and family, entirely absolving the men from all responsibility. How convenient! Such a patriarchal attitude! Never have read or heard of such a thing from our authentic sources of Islamic knowledge. Another favorite of such speakers is to berate women constantly about how they waste time by watching TV for hours but failing to mention hours and hours of watching cricket matches by our men folk and ah that time spent on chai chats at the nooks and corners of our neighborhoods or on the internet. While the main and obsessive thrust of these speeches is Obey your husbands, rarely ever have I heard them talk about that most beautiful saying of our beloved Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. where he says, the best among you is the one who is the best with his wife. Anyone listening?]


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Levels of distrust – Muslim and Police

August 23, 2014 1:38 am
"Pakistan still  has many voices that point out the falsehood of the intolerant doctrine fed to our population as its daily  diet."24 per cent of Muslims in the same economic class expressed the same level of distrust of the police.


Survey data confirms perceptions of a trust deficit between Muslims and the police.

The gap of learning between India and Pakistan is significant because it goes beyond the argument of population ratios.

By sanjay kumar

The recent report “Strategy for making police forces more sensitive towards minority sections” prepared by three directors general of police, Sanjeev Dayal, Deoraj Nagar and K. Ramanujam, could not be more timely. There seems to be a sense of shared anxiety amongst Muslims after the BJP assumed power at the Centre. It is for the Modi government, more so for the home ministry, to act upon some, if not all, of the report’s recommendations which could help build confidence in the BJP among Muslims.

The report concludes that there is a trust deficit as Muslims perceive the police to be communal, biased, insensitive, ill-informed, corrupt and lacking professionalism. Surveys across countries indicate that the level of trust among people in the police is very low, much lower compared to other institutions. In India, the DGPs’ report moves one step further in endorsing such a perception.

Findings from surveys conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) confirm some of the observations in the report by the DGPs. Not only is the level of trust in the police amongst Muslims lower compared to Hindus, it has also declined during the last few years. In a 2009 survey, 21 per cent of Hindu respondents indicated they had no trust in police forces. This perception hardly changed in the next four years. But the proportion of Muslims who reposed faith in the police declined during the same period. In the 2009 survey, 19 per cent among Muslims indicated they had no trust in the police —  this went up to 26 per cent in 2013. But this change in perception was largely reflected among urban, upper-class, educated Muslims. Among Muslims living in villages, 24 per cent said they placed no trust in the police ( in comparison, 20 per cent among the Hindus said the same), but the figure corresponded to 29 per cent among Muslims living in towns and cities. While there is hardly any difference in perception between rural and urban Hindus with regard to trust in the police, there is a noticeable difference among Muslims on this question.

Similarly, the level of distrust of the police is higher among Muslims belonging to all economic strata as compared to Hindus in the same economic rungs. The 2013 study indicates that among upper-class Hindus, 17 per cent had no trust in the police while 24 per cent of Muslims in the same economic class expressed the same level of distrust of the police. This figure was even higher among middle-class Muslims (27 per cent) as compared to 17 per cent among lower-class Hindus. The level of distrust among Muslims keeps increasing as one goes down the economic ladder — 29 per cent in the lower class, and 32 per cent among poor Muslims. This holds true for Hindus as well (22 per cent for lower class and 23 per cent among poor Hindus) but the level of distrust of the police amongst them is much lower compared to Muslims belonging to similar economic strata.

Responses to a question in the 2013 survey on whether they believed the police would treat Muslims and Hindus equally if they needed to approach a police station for resolving disputes further revealed this clear difference in perception between Hindus and Muslims. Thirty-nine per cent among Hindus believed the police would discriminate between the two, while this figure corresponded to 49 per cent among Muslims. This perception is shared both among rural and urban Muslims, though in much higher proportion among urban Muslims.

The findings of the survey also indicate that of the various institutions and agencies (panchayat, tehsil/ BDO office, courts, police station/ thana, government hospital and ration shop), the police station is seen as the most corrupt by a cross-section of Indians, but in greater proportion by Muslims. About 25 per cent of all respondents considered the police to be the most corrupt. Among Muslims, 28 per cent perceived the police station to be the most corrupt.

The DGPs’ report seems to be correctly pointing towards the basic reasons behind such perceptions, namely, the under-representation of Muslims in the police and, perhaps, the misconduct of some police personnel, especially during the time of communal disturbances. In the 2013 survey, a larger number of Muslim respondents (51 per cent) expressed varying degrees of difficulty in obtaining help from the police compared to Hindus (40 per cent). Poorer Muslims had greater difficulty in obtaining police help (53 per cent) compared to rich Muslims (40 per cent).

Changing perceptions is a very challenging task, more so when it is about an institution like the police. Such perceptions could be changed largely by social interaction. The report rightly suggests steps like training, outreach programmes, forming specialised cyber wings to combat rumours and similar efforts for building long-term trust in the police. The positive side to this story is that, despite the trust deficit, many Muslims are not averse to getting in touch with the police if the need arose. In fact, there is hardly any difference of opinion on this issue among Hindus and Muslims.

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Uttar Pradesh – 2 killed in clashes in Saharanpur curfew imposed

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 26, 2014

Two persons were killed and at least 12 injured as clashes broke out between two communities over a land dispute at Saharanpur in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

Curfew was imposed in the town, nearly 170 km from national capital Delhi and 560 km from state capital Lucknow, following the outbreak of violence in which mobs set nearly two dozen shops and a dozen vehicles on fire.

“Harish Kochar, a traders’ leader, and an unidentified person have been killed in the clashes. A policeman has sustained bullet injury in the clashes,” Saharanpur divisional commissioner Tanveer Zafar Ali said.

Watch video: Two groups clash over land dispute in Saharanpur, curfew imposed

A long-standing dispute between the two communities over two places of worship close to each other led to the flare-up, the police said.

N Ravindra, deputy inspector general of police, Saharanpur range, said litigation was on in a local court over a piece of land between the two places of worship.

On Saturday morning, members of one community began construction of a boundary wall around the land. Several members of the other community gathered and started opposing the construction.

Soon, both groups began throwing stones at each other. The clash rapidly spread to nearby localities and arson began.

The police fired in the air and baton-charged mobs. The district administration assessed the situation and quickly declared curfew in six areas.

The administration also diverted the route of the ongoing ‘kanwar yatra’.

The tension in Saharanpur comes even as the police grapple with a volatile situation at Kanth in western UP’s Moradabad district.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has declared it will lodge an FIR against police officials for excesses against party leaders and workers during and after clashes with the police over convening a mahapanchayat on July 4.

The mahapanchayat (meeting of several village councils) was proposed to protest the removal of a loudspeaker from a Dalit temple in Akabarpur Chedri village of Kanth town. The administration had denied permission for the mahapanchayat.

Western UP has been witnessing intermittent flare-ups for over a year now, the worst being the Muzaffarnagar riots in August-September 2013.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Sena MPs ‘force’ fasting Muslim staffer to eat chapati, Maharashtra Sadan says sorry #WTFnews

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | July 23, 2014 1:44 pm
A file photo of the Sadan. The Shiv Sena MPs wanted Maharashtrian food, said they were insulted, and allegedly vandalised Resident Commissioner’s office.  Source: Express Archive A file photo of the Sadan. The Shiv Sena MPs wanted Maharashtrian food, said they were insulted, and allegedly vandalised Resident Commissioner’s office. Source: Express Archive


‘If you keep abusing, will someone not slap?’ says Mumbai-South MP Arvind Sawant, who argued that MPs have been allotted tiny rooms.

A group of around 11 Shiv Sena MPs, apparently angry over not being served Maharashtrian food, allegedly forced a Muslim catering superviser who was fasting for Ramzan to eat a chapati at the new Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi last week.

Within hours, IRCTC, the Indian Railways subsidiary that was catering for the Sadan, stopped all operations in protest, and complained in writing to the Maharashtra Resident Commissioner, saying the employee, Arshad Zubair S, had been “deeply pained and hurt… as religious sentiments are attached”.

The Resident Commissioner subsequently apologised to IRCTC and Arshad, and asked to “meet him personally (to) convey the sentiments of our government”.

The Maharashtra government has said it is examining the matter, and has promised “appropriate action”. The MPs have said that they were “insulted” at the Sadan, but claimed that the allegations against them were “wrong”.

In an email sent to Resident Commissioner Bipin Mallick on July 17, IRCTC Deputy GM Shankar Malhotra wrote: “Today there was a meeting of 12-15 MPs at New Maharashtra Sadan in the Press Conference Hall in which they were complaining about the services of Electrical, civil, housekeeping, catering, etc. which they are facing from the last several months in the premises of Maharashtra Sadan.

“The entire delegation along with the electronic media and Manager, Maharashtra Sadan, walked inside the public dining hall and started throwing chafing dish covers in the buffet area. They also issued physical threats to the kitchen and service staff while using highly objectionable language. The specific incident happened with the Resident Manager/IRCTC, Sh. Arshad who was forced to consume full chapati whilst he was having fast on the eve of Ramzan. The concerned has been deeply pained and hurt on this account as religious sentiments are attached.”

Malhotra said that the MPs “demanded [a] Maharashtrian caterer in the NMS [New Maharashtra Sadan]. It may be noted that this is not the first time that such an incident has happened. We have received no support from the NMS management in this regard.”

In his complaint, which was forwarded to Mallick, Arshad said, “All the guests along with media reporters and staffs of Maharashtra Sadan got into kitchen where I was getting the orders prepared. They caught me and put the chapati into my mouth. I was wearing a formal uniform set as prescribed by IRCTC and everybody in the panel also knew my name as ‘Arshad’ as I was wearing the name tag. Even then they inserted chapati in my mouth which caused my fast to break on the eve of Ramzan. I was hurt with the thing they have done as religious sentiments are concerned.”

Soon after the incident, IRCTC pulled out of work at the Sadan because of “instances of manhandling of staff, use of abusive language, discriminatory actions with regional and religious biases and veiled threats towards the personnel of IRCTC as well as the service provider”. The canteen at the Sadan is currently shut.

Mallick, the Resident Commissioner, sent a letter of apology to IRCTC, expressing “his shock” at the incident.

“I can understand the pain and the agony of your Resident Manager, Mr. Arshad who was forced to do something against his religious belief. On behalf of my state government, I convey sincere apology to Mr. Arshad for the indignation caused to him by a few Hon’ble MPs while he was performing his duties and rendering services for our government. I would like to meet him personally and convey the sentiments of our government,” Mallick said in the letter, which has been accessed by The Indian Express.

The Maharashtra Chief Secretary has been apprised of the incident. The letter sent to him names 11 Shiv Sena MPs: Sanjay Raut (Rajya Sabha), Anandrao Adsul (Amravati), Rajan Vichare (Thane), Arvind Sawant (Mumbai-South), Hemant Godse (Nashik), Krupal Tumane (Ramtek), Ravindra Gaikwad (Osmanabad), Vinayak Raut (Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg), Shivaji Adhalrao Patil (Shirur), Rahul Shewale (Mumbai-South Central) and Shrikant Shinde (Kalyan).

When contacted by The Indian Express, Chief Secretary J Saharia said, “There are allegations like this. We are examining the whole issue and appropriate action will be taken.”

MP Sanjay Raut said, “These are wrong allegations, someone is doing mischief. There are many problems with Maharashtra Sadan that have come up, but I don’t even stay there.”

An incident report filed by the manager of the Sadan said “the mob”, which included the MPs’ supporters and members of the media, damaged the Resident Commissioner’s office.

“The mob threatened to break the glass door of RC’s chamber in New Maharashtra Sadan, forced an employee to open the door, occupied the cabin and started shouting slogans etc. Thereafter, the mob broke the wall clock in RC’s cabin and wrote ‘Jai Maharashtra’ on the wall,” the report said.

Mumbai-South MP Arvind Sawant said, “I have been living there for the past two months, and have faced nothing but insults. There are so many rooms here for MLAs, Ministers of State and Secretaries, but all the MPs from Maharashtra have been boxed into tiny rooms. All of this, even as 4 MPs from Uttar Pradesh have larger rooms. Is this not an insult?”

Sawant added, “The food at the Sadan is terrible. It is run by the Railways people who know nothing about Maharashtrian food. If you go to Andhra Bhawan, you are served Andhra food, but here Railways people make the food. They even gave stale water. We wanted to sort these issues out amicably, and did not come with the intention of committing violence. But even on that day, the Resident Commissioner refused to meet us, and after a lot of delay, said that he had gone to receive the Chief Secretary at the airport. Is that not an insult? No tod phod happened at all, but we have been provoked in a sustained manner. Nobody was manhandled, but if you keep abusing, will someone not slap?

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“BJP trying to polarise Moradabad on communal lines”

In Moradabad, the BJP is busy appropriating dalit Jatavs, long ignored by Mayawati, into its anti-Muslim agenda.


Baba Hoshiarnath, the priest of the temple from where removal of the loudspeaker led to a confrontation between BJP workers and the police at Naya Goan in Akbarpur Chendri village in Kanth town of Moradabad. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
The HinduBaba Hoshiarnath, the priest of the temple from where removal of the loudspeaker led to a confrontation between BJP workers and the police at Naya Goan in Akbarpur Chendri village in Kanth town of Moradabad. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Controversy over installing loudspeaker at Naya Goan in Akbarpur Chendri village in Kanth town of Moradabad

For Bijay, the 47 years-old Dalit labourer, installing a loudspeaker in the village temple is not a “big deal” but a “right” of what he terms as Hindu minority living in the Nayagaon Akbarpur Chendri village in Kanth town of Moradabad.

Two weeks after the local administration removed a loudspeaker from the Shiva temple, the only temple in the village which has Muslims in majority and Dalit Jatav community constituting about 10 per cent of the total population, on Saturday the situation in the village and its vicinity is coming to a semblance of normalcy. There was heavy deployment of police and Section 144 of CRPC remained in force prohibiting any unlawful gathering.

But a random talk with its inhabitants leaves an impression that shadows of tension are not very far from the village.

Sitting on the temple premise, Bijay, a member of Jatav community, a Dalit sub-caste, refers to the big confrontation between the BJP workers and local police after the party’s plan to organise a “Hindu Mahapanchayat” on the issue of removal of the loudspeaker. He praises the local BJP MP Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar Singh and other Hindu groups for standing up with the Dalit minority and the larger “Hindu” cause.

The idea of what would appear to many as a pretty mundane issue of a loudspeaker, remains at the centre of the controversy which has shot up the religious tempers of majority and minority communities in this sensitive region of Western Uttar Pradesh which has barely emerged from the deadly ravages of Muzaffarnagar riots which left many dead and thousands from the minority community displaced

But contrary to reports, the controversy did not start with the removal of the loudspeaker. Going by what the local SSP Dharmveer, it all originated when the local BJP MP forcibly installed the loudspeaker in the temple which never had a loudspeaker as a permanent feature.

“The loudspeaker was never a permanent feature of the temple. The tradition in the village has been that only on two occasions of Mahshivratri, and Janmashtmi, a loudspeaker gets used for bhajan and kirtan. The next morning the devotees themselves used to remove it, Mr. Dharmveer told The Hindu

The SSP argues that the local MP was trying to politicise and polarise the atmosphere ahead of the by-election in Thakurdwara, an Assembly segment of Moradabad which was earlier represented by the present MP himself.

“This region is very sensitive. When we got to know by some members of minority community that a loudspeaker has been forcibly installed on June 16 by the BJP MP, we got it removed,” he added. The SSP specifically mentions that among the crowd of thousands which clashed with the police on Friday no one belonged to Kanth or Moradabad. “All of them were outsiders. Even among the 62 people arrested by us and whom we presented before a judicial magistrate, no one belongs to this area but have been brought from Bijnor to disturb the social harmony,” adds Mr. Dharmveer.

But Mr. Bijay does not agree with the SSP and argues that the police administration was acting on behalf of a conspiracy of the UP Minister Azam Khan to put the Hindus irrespective of their separate identity of caste into submitting Muslim domination, a narrative which came into play during Muzaffarnagar riots.

Interestingly, a compromise was reached on July 3, just a day before the BJP’s plan to hold the Mahapanchayat, between Anisurrahman, the local MLA and the BJP leaders like Mr. Singh, BJP MP from Sambhal Satyapal Saini, former MLA from the region Rajesh Kumar and others in which it was agreed that Muslim had no problem with installing a loudspeaker in the temple and it would be installed on August 3, next day of Eid.

The compromise was documented and signed by the people present there including the BJP leaders, says Anisurrahman, the Samajwadi Party MLA. But terms of the compromise were rejected by the BJP supporters and Mr. Singh called him to communicate that the loudspeaker should be installed the very day otherwise the compromise stood annulled, he adds.

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Iraq & Syria conflict not Shia-Sunni clash; requires political solution: Muslim leaders

By TCN News,

Mumbai, June 23: Prominent social, educational, religious and human rights Muslim NGOs, based in Mumbai, strongly condemn the human rights abuses and unchecked killing spree of innocent people in Iraq and Syria, whether it is by the ISIS(L), the forces of Bashar-al-Assad or Iraqi Army under Noori-al-Maliki.

To explain on the issue Muslim NGOs have called for a press conference today at Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Mumbai, where Maulana Mahmood Daryabai, General Secretary, All India Ulama Council; Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi, Director Markazul Ma’arif Education & Research Centre; Maulana Mohammad Zakir Qasmi, General Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-e Maharastra; Maulana Ejaz Kashmiri, Imam, Handiwali Masjid and Mr. Farid Shaikh, Presdent, Mumbai Aman Committee along with others have addressed the press.


L-R: Mr. Farid Shaikh, Maulana Ejaz Kashmiri, Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi and Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi.
L-R: Mr. Farid Shaikh, Maulana Ejaz Kashmiri, Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi and Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi.
The joint statement issued stated:

We strongly decry the terming of the conflict in Iraq and Syria as a Sunni-Shia clash. The fighting in both these countries needs a political solution because the people are fed up of the two inept governments and are eager for change, the change must come.

The people of the two countries tried to press for their demands but the arrogant and power-hungry governments did not pay any heed to them and so the people had to come out on the streets, which ultimately spread to an open civil war where innocent men, women and children are the prime sufferers.

We appeal to the USA, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the other power houses in the region not to interfere in the internal matters of these countries. They should let the matter be solved by the people themselves through political dialogue rather than use of arms.

The media should stop the portrayal of the fighting as a sectarian clash between Sunnis and Shias but as a genuine outburst of political unrest in the region.

The sheer scale of killing of men women and children and displacement of an estimated 50 million people is unprecedented since World War I. Measures must be taken to stop the killing of innocent women, children and old persons who are bearing the brunt of the misery.

India has no stake in this conflict thus Indian citizens must not be harmed and those held captive by the fighting fraction should be released immediately on humanitarian grounds.

We appeal to the UN and the international community to urgently seek a solution to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region. And we do appeal to the opposing forces to respect human rights of all citizens by all means.


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Communal Attacks on Muslims of Pune : Fact Finding Committee Report



June, 20, 2014


This fact finding exercise was coordinated by National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations  (NCHRO).  Human right activists from different regions of India participated in this inquiry. They are,


1. Reny Ayline, National Secretary,  NCHRO, New Delhi,
2. Prof A.Marx, Peoples Union for Human Rights, Chennai,
3. Prof. G.K. Ramasamy, Peoples Democratic Forum, Bangalore,
4. Adv. Y.K. Shabana, Committee for Protection of Democeatic Rights,  Mumbai,
5. Adv. Babita Kesharwani, Mumbai,
6. Sudhir Dhawale, Editor ‘Vidrohi’ , Mumbai,
7. Rupali Jadhav, Kabir Kala Manch,Pune.


This team is in Pune for the past three days visiting different places in and around Pune where Muslims and their properties were attacked from May 31 onwards.The team visited Hadapsar where the muslim techie Sheik Mohsin was beaten to death and places such as Handewadi, Syed Nagar, Kale Padel, Loni, Uruli Devaichi, Landewadi, Bosery where people were beaten, bakeries, shops, hotels,houses and places of worship that belonged to Muslims were ransacked. We met the victims and their near and dear, owners of the lost properties, injured persons and religious leaders and recorded their statements.


We  also met the district collector of Pune Mr.Saurav Rai, deputy collector Mr.Suresh D Jadhav, Hadapsar police senior inspector Mr. B.K.Bandharkar and crime branch senior inspector Mr. Gopinath Patil who is investigating the June 2 incidents. We discussed with the officers in detail about the attacks, action taken and the general situation today in this area.


The Incidents


It all started in the last week of May when some fringe Hindu outfits, mainly one Hindu Rahtra Sena ( HRS) led by a maverick by name Dhananjay Desai protested with road rokos and demonstrations against a derogatory face book posting mollifying  the iconic king Shivaji and the Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray with morphed photographs. The agitation turned violent from May 31.  The protestors, who were initially only targeting government properties such as buses, later started pelting stones, looting and burning shops and  religious places of the minority community in and  around  Pune city. The collector said that more than 250 government buses were damaged.


On may 31in Handewadi two madarasas and two masjids were attacked. When the attack took place there were children  working on their lessons  inside the buildings. A masjid under construction by one Salim Memon was badly damaged. The Majid e Chudeja was partly burnt  and the Imam was left with a head injury. The manager of the Memon masjid Mr. Mohammed Aziz Sheik said that the attackers, all youths came in two wheelers shouting “Jai Bhavani” and “Jai Maharashtra”  with deadly weapons in their hands such as cricket bats, iron bars and talwars. Between 9 and 10 pm three such attacks took place at half an hour intervals. In the last phase about 50 to 70 armed goons participated in the attack. Though the manager called  the police  and cried for help, they came only at about 12 pm after the attackers left safely.


More or less at the same time about 35 armed  activists of the Hindutva outfit came by motor cycles shouting in the same manner attacked  Rose bakery, Bangalore bakery and Maharashtra bakery  in Loni. All of these belongs to Muslims. Glass doors, fridges and glass show cases were damaged. The owner of Rose bakery one Shaban Sulaiman Shaik said that Rs 35,000 cash was also looted from his shop. A near by mosque known as Alamgir  masjid was also stoned.


At the same time in Landewadi Bosseri the Madina masjid and a nearby Muslim kabarsthan (graveyard) were attacked. The masjid was not only attacked but also burnt using petrol which they brought with them. About 35 children in the age group of 12 to 17 were in the upstairs of the masjid at that time. They actually jumped out  to the next building and escaped. The imam  of the masjid one Mohammed Alam had broken his leg when he tried to jump out. He is still under treatment. Four two heelers which stood before the masjid were also burnt. Even the dead were not shown mercy. The graves  and a small  worshiping  shed in the grave yard were ransacked. In Noor Mohalla at Bosery about 40 houses were stoned from outside. Glass windows and  doors were damaged. About 25 bykes were attacked and broken to pieces.


All these attacks were in the same pattern. In all the instances the police came only after the attack was over. When the Landewadi masjid was burnt the fire service came to the place only after two hours when everything is burnt already.  The fire station is situated just below the masjid.


Even after such series attacks were made against Muslims of the area neither the district administration nor the police took serious note of it. The deputy collector said that they promulgated some prohibitary order. But they had not cared to deploy more special forces in places were Muslims are living in large numbers.


This led to massive attacks on June 2.  In Kale Padel, Syed Nagar , Hadapsar main market  a number of bakeries, shops and hotels were ransacked and burnt. Not only the showrooms, but also the baking machines, fridges, tempos, four wheelers and bicycles which were used to carry the products were attacked, broken to pieces and burnt.  Patel bakery, Welcome bakery, Paradise bakery, Hotel Sahara are some of the bakeries and  shops that our team visited. The houses near by Hotel Sahara  inhabited by Dalit Buddhists were also attacked. One Neela Badukombe and anotherMaruthi Shinde Baba, all dalits said that they are living there for nearly 50 years and this is the first time they were attacked.


In Kasbapet a clash occurred between the Hindu extremists who came to attack a masjid and muslim youths  who tried to prevent them. Four Hindu extremists were  injured , two of them with severe injuries. In this connection six Muslim youths are arrested.


In the Hadapsar main market area the Nalband masjid was stoned. One fruit shop owned by Abdul Kabeer and a banana godown owned by Abdul Rafi Bagwan  were burnt out. In Uruli Devaichi the Jama majid was attacked. A fridge and a water tank and some other things weres broken. No case was registered yet.All these attacks took place between 9 and 11 pm. Slogan shouting armed goons who came in two wheelers did all these things.


It was at this time the worst thing happened.  At about 9 pm Mohsin Shaik (28), a pious young muslim techie from Solapur working as a manager in a  textile firm in the nearby area left the Shine Anjuman masjid in Unnati nagar after saying his night prayer. His friend Riyaz Ahmed Mubarak Shendru was on the pillion. When they crossed few hundred meters from the mosque a gang of 30 to 40 armed goons came  in the bikes shouting slogans. Seeing them Mohsin stopped his bike and moved aside. The armed gang seeing these young man sporting a bird and wearing a skull cap  began to attack  with hockey sticks, wooden stumps, iron bars and bats. Mohsin’s friend managed to escape with injuries. But Mohsin, the only bread winner of his middle class family succumbed to death after he was brought to a hospital.


At the end of the street two other muslim youths Izaz Yusuf Bagwan and  Ameer Shaik were  witnessing the attack on Mohsin with fear and awe in their eyes. The gang then targeted these men who ran away and escaped with injuries  and fractures  on their bodies. Out of fear Izaz immediately ran to his native village. Our team met Ameer Shaik who gave a graphical picture of what happened on the other day. Ameer’s hand is broken. He is married and blessed with two children. He is a scrap merchant. But after this incident nobody is ready to trade with him. His future is bleak.


A compensation amount of Rs 5,00,000 is given to Mohsin’s family by the state govt. The collector told us that a central govt relief of Rs 3 lakhs and another 5 lakh  rupees from the state riot relief fund will be paid in  due course. But no compensation is paid till today to the injured persons  and  to those who lost their properties in the attack. The sub collector said that only if a proposal for compensation is sent from the commissioner of police it will be considered.  But no such effort is made in this direction by the police department. Regarding the injured, the sub collector told that any amount of compensation will be paid only to those who were in the hospital for more than a week. But out of the seven people injured only one was in the hospital for more than a week. Others, out of fear left the hospital within a few days.


There are about 20 FIR s are filed in Hadapsar, Boseri, Munuva, Loni and Vagoli police stations. The investigating officer said that 23 persons were arrested for June 2 incidents. In total about  200 people were arrested .When we asked him whether all those arrested are members of HRS, he replied that it could not be said  because that fringe outfit never keeps any documents regarding its membership. When we asked  whether the govt has any proposal to ban HRS the collector replied that only if a proposal comes from the commissioner of police the govt would consider it.


The maverick leader of HRS Dhananjay Desai is now behind the bars. He is now investigated from the conspiracy angle in the riots and the attack on Mohsin.


The HRS first came into focus when it carried an attack on the office of a Marathi television channel in 2007 protesting their coverage of an incident involving a Hindu minor girl who had eloped with a Muslim boy. Then they protested against the arrest of army officials who were involved in Malegaon blasts and other such terrorist activities.

Desai has 22 cases registered against him in Mumbai and Pune. While three of the cases are related to dacoity and possession of arms, nearly all the rest pertain to hate speeches made by him.

It is said that the HRS chief Dhananjay Desai has a following of nearly 4,000 youths across Pune district. They are well organised  and ideologically motivated. Most of these youths are from poor families and are unemployed. To tend to his supporters, many of whom are from economically weaker backgrounds, Desai brokers settlements in disputes mainly related to land and other properties.

The HRS is very active in Hadapsar and  Landewadi area. Six months back they conducted public meetings in Landewadi in which hate speeches were freely spoken against muslims.


Our team found that in total 40 houses and 20 masjids were attacked.  Out of these 20  five masjids were  burnt.  In total 35 two wheelers and five tempos were destroyed.  29 bicycles were burnt. 10 thelas were also broken to pieces.  Seven people are injured and  one person killed. We estimate that the total losses suffered by Muslims  amount to 4.5 crores.




1.Maharashtra  is in a sense the headquarters of  the Hindutva  exiremist thoughts from the days of Savarkar. In the recent times  the Malegoan and Nandid  bomb blasts, the involvement  of the army people in Hindutva terrorism  and the mystery surrounding the killing of the honest police officer Karkare who investigated the Hindutva terrorist activities  in Maharashtra are some of the facts we have to bear in mind. We understand that some peace loving people  and organisations have attracted the attention of the Maharashtra govt regarding the underground activities of the terrorist organisations based on Hindutva logic. But the Maharashtra govt had not taken  such concerns and complaints seriously. In fact we understand that both the revenue and police officials are more sympathetic towards rightwing Hindutva forces and their ideologies. But we feel that if such attitude continues more such attacks on  minority communities will take place in the near future.


2. Historically Pune was the epicentre of the marata rule.  12 % of the population  are Muslims. For the past 15 years right wing forces are very active in this area. Hate crime and religious fanaticism  are on the rise; On 5 January 2004 a group calling itself the Sambhaji Brigade attacked the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) in Pune . The attack was the preliminary culmination in a series of increasingly disturbing and destructive events that were triggered by the publication of James W. Laine’s Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India. Since the author had thanked the library as well as some of the scholars working there the right wing extremists took such an extreme step. On January 13, 2010, RTI activist Satish Shetty was assassinated in Talegaon, about 40 km away from Pune. In the same year, out of nine social activists killed all over India, five were murdered in the areas neighbouring Pune. On July 8, 2013 one Prakash Gondhale, a social activist and a strong opponent of Hindutva  hate politics was murdered. HRS members were arrested for his murder. In 2013 August 20, the well known atheist Dr Narendra Dabolkar was shot dead by some men on motor bikes  . Nobody was arrested till today.  When everybody is pointing the  Hindutva outfits for the ghastly murder,  the Mharashtra govt has given clean chit to the Hindutva movements in the court. Then who are the culprits? The govt has no answer for it.


3.Though Hindutva terrorist organisations are very active in Maharashtra the state govt has not taken enough attention of it. Most of the govt officials and police personnel and the vernacular media are sympathetic towards them. Though the officials as well as the home minister expressed that there is a proposal to ban HRS immediately after Mohsin’s murder, now they are retracting from it. We are also of the opinion that banning organisations are not the solution. Instead the govt should be very firm against hate speeches against certain section of the people. Having an organisation in the name of “Hindu National Army” (English translation of HRS) is against the fundamental tenets of our constitution.


4.The attacks against muslims of Pune by HRS and other such Hindutva minded people are well planned. Though Mohsin was killed randomly for sporting a beard and wearing a skull cap, there is a well planned conspiracy behind his killing and the attacks on muslims. Both on May 31 and June 2 at the same time, that is, between 9 and 11 pm  so many places were attacked which are separated by large distances. The same group could not have done all these things. Clearly some high command had assigned duties to different groups to target different places. So this is a well planned attack . There is a conspiracy behind it.


5. Though Mohsin’s murder was  the worst part of the violence, the state govt as well as the media focuses only on this. But behind this so many planned attacks against the muslim places of worship and on their economic activities. This is a very serious matter of concern.


6. Muslim public, religious leaders and political  representatives expressed their concern about the time and background in which these attacks happened. A change of overnment has taken place. An extreme right wing leader who boasts himself as a “Hindu Natioanalist” have took the reign of the country. In such a background the attacks have happened. Nobody in the central govt has condemned it. The BJP Member of Parliament from Pune, Anil Shirole, spoke of how “some amount of repercussions” after the posts on social media was “natural”. Instead of distancing the party and the government from such attacks, Mr. Shirole seems to have done just the opposite.The Jamat e Islami leader Prof Asar Ali Warsi was very much concerned about such statements. We are much worried about such a fear developing among the largest minority in India.


7.Spreading of rumours and false propaganda played an important role in the escalation of violence.  We should not forget  that such  circulation of some fake vedio clippings triggered violence against Muslims in Mussafarnagar. Recently, the cyber cell of the Mumbai police identified 650 such hate pages/websites.


8. We want to mention here that not all Hindus are cultivating hate against the minorities. But the Hindutva outfits are spreading hate among the Hindus  to polarise the majority against a particular minority. The Hindus of Bhima Kortgaon  village actually resisted the attempt of  HRS when they tried to attack a mosque there. This culture of  communal harmony  should be nurtured and developed.  Writers, thinkers  and politicians with secular  views should work in this direction.




1. A central special investigation team (SIT)  should be formed to investigate the atrocities on muslims of Pune in June 2014. Reputed officers should be included in the team.


2.A fast tract court should be formed  and a special public prosecutor should be appointed in consultation with the victims to try the cases .


3. At least  Rs 25 lakhs should be paid as compensation  to the family of Mohsin.


4. A committee should be formed under the district collector which should study the actual damages  incurred by the minorities  and they should be compensated accordingly.


5. We are worried about  the fact that the govt officials are oriented against the minority communities. Sensitisation programmes for the police as well as revenue officials are to be conducted on issues related to minorities. In places where muslims are largely populated   muslim officers  and police personal  should be sufficiently deployed.


6. The communal violence bill  should be made as an act as early as possible.


7. The police and other officials who didn’t take action against the culprits should be  found out and necessary action should be taken against them. Action should be taken against the Vandewadi fire service personnel for wilful negligence of duty.


8.The cyber cell should expedite investigation  and arrest those responsible for the mischievous  posts in the social media.










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Some shocking facts about Maharashtra’s Muslims the state does not want you to know

The Mahmoodur Rahman Committee report on the socio-economic conditions of the state’s Muslims is yet to be officially released, but it reveals that the community has very poor social indices.

Maharashtra’s urban Muslims are poorer than even members of the scheduled castes and tribes. They tend to live in ghettos because they can’t find homes anywhere else, and banks are wary of giving them loans.

These are among the findings of a report prepared by a five-member committee headed by retired bureaucrat Dr Mahmoodur Rahman, which was appointed in 2008 by the Maharashtra government to study the social, economic and educational condition of Muslims in the state. However, though the report was submitted to the state’s Congress-led government in October 2013, it has not yet officially been released or tabled in the Assembly.

Since the Maharashtra government showed no signs of releasing the Mahmoodur Rahman report, which Maharashtra’s version of the pioneering Sachar Committee report on the status of Muslims across India, community organisations filed RTI queriesto find out the causes for the delay.

Last week, the Movement for Peace and Justice, a non-profit organisation, finally managed to obtain a copy of the report, seven months after applying for it. The contents reveal that Maharashtra’s 10.2 million Muslims struggle with the debilitating consequences of poverty, prejudice and discrimination on almost every aspect of their lives.

“The state of Maharashtra has witnessed the highest number of Hindu-Muslim riots post-Independence,” the report says. “Displacement and subsequent ghettoisation has been a result of communal riots. Ghettoisation has made it easier for state authorities to neglect Muslim concentration areas and not provide them with adequate services.”

The report says that one-fifth of Muslims in the state do not have a ration card, making it difficult for them to access government schemes for health, education or employment.

Here are some of the findings of the Mahmoodur Rahman report, which is based largely on data from the 2001 census.

Poverty: Maharashtra performs worse than the rest of India when it comes to urban poverty rates among Muslims. Urban Muslims in the state are also much poorer than members of scheduled castes and tribes:

About 45% of Muslim households have a per capita income of less than Rs 500 a month, and only 10% of Maharashtrian Muslims own land. Only one-third of Muslim households in the state have a bank account, and just 6.8% are able to obtain credit from banks or cooperatives. According to studies commissioned by the Minorities Commission, banks tend to be reluctant about granting loans to Muslims, on the assumption that that they will not pay back their loans.

Housing: Most Muslims tend to live in ghettos because of the fear of riots and discrimination in the housing market. In urban Maharashtra, 90% of them live in Muslim areas, 8% live in mixed areas and 2% in areas that have just a few Muslim families. Banks are reluctant to give members of the minority community housing loans, because they tend to declare Muslim localities as negative areas. In fact, 58% of urban Muslims live in slums. Meanwhile, only 18.5% of rural Muslims live in pucca homes.

Education: Maharashtrian Muslims have a total literacy rate of 78.1%, which is higher than the state average of 76.9%. But the Sachar report points out that these numbers are not a true measure of a community’s educational status, because most of these literates are not able to apply their reading and writing skills in real life and slip back into illiteracy in a few years of leaving school. In addition, barely 3% of literate Muslims manage to obtain graduate degrees.

The performance of women here is even worse: only 19% of urban Muslim women, and 10.9% of rural ones, are enrolled in secondary and higher secondary school. Only 1% of rural Muslim women in the state get college degrees.

Employment: While 32.2% of Maharashtra’s Hindus are farmers, only 8.1% Muslims cultivate land, because land ownership is low among Muslims. In fact, 44.4% of rural Muslims land up working as agricultural labourers, compared with 36.1% of Hindus. Because of a severe dearth of formal employment opportunities in Muslim areas, most of them work in the informal, unorganised sector.

Muslims also have very poor representation in government and semi-government jobs. Their share in government services is just 4.4%. In 2012, there was not a single Muslim in the entire cadre of the Indian Administrative Services.

Health: One of the few positives that emerge from the report is that the fertility rate among Maharashtra Muslims has been steadily declining, even though it is above the state average.

The use of contraception has also been increasing, although Muslim women commonly report being mocked about the number of children members of the community have. While trying to access public healthcare services, Muslim women often report facing stereotypical attitudes, like being called dirty or being constantly asked to remove the veil.

Discrimination: Muslims form 10.6% of Maharashtra’s population, but form 27% of its prison population. The report found that overwhelmingly, Muslims feel that Muslim youth are wrongfully targeted.

Infrastructure: On an average, in urban areas, bus stops are located at a 1.3 km distance from Muslim areas, and discussions with transport authorities revealed that they avoid planning bus routes in those areas because Muslims are considered socially problematic. In addition, frequency of buses in these areas is low.

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Modi is this your way to take all together ? Muslim Homes Vandalized by Mob in Pune

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The mob vandalizes a mosque and madrassa in Pune.

The mob vandalizes a mosque and madrassa in Pune, Maharashtra. Dozens of mosques and madrassas across the city have been targeted by the Hindu radical groups. 

PUNE – Muslim homes, shops, mosques and madrassas have been damaged in Pune and elsewhere in Maharashtra in the violence by Hindu radicals across Maharashtra purportedly protesting derogatory images of Chhatrapati Shivaji and the late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Facebook. A 24-year old techie from Sholapur was beaten to death, sparking tensions across the state.

A mosque and madrassa ‘Tanzeemul Muslimeen Darl Uloom Ashrafiya’ situated in Landewadi was damaged by the miscreants whereas prayer mats of the mosque in Bhosari were burnt down. The mob also burnt a number of copies of the Holy Quran. Five two-wheelers parked outside mosque were also set on fire. Most students studying in the adjacent madrassa somehow managed to escape, although many suffered minor injuries.

Speaking to, Maulana Aziz Siddiqui of the Madrassa Darl Uloom Ashrafiya said, “Three students have suffered leg injuries who were briefly admitted to the hospital, but most students have now gone home. But the madrassa has been severely damaged.” He added that situation in Pune is now calm but tense as no one is certain what may happen next.

The popular dargah of Hazrat Peer Shah Jalaluddin Shah Qadri which was situated in the same area was also vandalized. Nearly 500 Hindu radicals entered Noor Mohalla of Bhosari area with swords and petrol bombs in their hands and broke doors and windows of Muslim houses.

The popular dargah of Hazrat Peer Shah Jalaluddin Shah Qadri which was situated in the same area was also vandalized. Nearly 500 men entered Noor Mohalla area with swords and petrol bombs in their hands and broke into Muslim homes.

The popular dargah of Hazrat Peer Shah Jalaluddin Shah Qadri which was situated in the same area was also vandalized. Nearly 500 men entered Noor Mohalla of Bhosari area with swords and petrol bombs in their hands and broke doors and windows of Muslim houses.

The prayer hall, ablution area, water tank and around 10 graves in Shahi Qabrastan Trust, Bhosari were vandalized. Five mosques in Hinjewadi area were also damaged. The imam of Aisha Mosque was beaten up brutally who is now recuperating in Inamdar Hospital. Masjid-e-Zainab and Madrassa-e-Shabnam Garib Nawaz were also damaged badly. Three other mosques in the adjacent areas were also desecrated by the rampaging mob.

One of the petrol pumps belonging to a Muslim businessman was totally destroyed. A mosque situated in Talode basti was also damaged. Muslim houses, shops and around 20 bakeries were targeted in Karve road area, Thergaon and Wakad.

A group belonging to various Muslim organizations made an emergency visit to the affected areas to assess the overall damages suffered by the community.

The view of a vandalized graveyard in Pune

The view of a vandalized graveyard in Pune

The damaged bakeries included Ismail bakery (Karve Nagar),Citizen Bakery (Sinhgarh road), Heena Bakery, Shabnam Bakery, Moti Bakery, Shad Bakery (Dattawadi), Sun Rise Bakery, Indian Bakery (Warje), Welcome Bakery, Sahara Bakery, Patel Bakery (Hadapsar), Supreme Bakery (Malewadi) and Unicon Bakery ( Phirsangi). The visiting group of Muslims estimated the loss of damaged bakeries alone to be more than one crore (ten million) rupees.

Senior police officer Mandhre assured the Anjuman Ittehadul Ansar that police are working to restore peace and harmony in the city and have so far arrested 116 people aging between 18 to 25 years old for the violence. –With inputs from Roznama Sahara


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