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OCTOBER 2000

MONTHLY    *    Vol 14-10 No:166    *   OCTOBER 2000 / RAJJAB 1421H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

OCTOBER 2000


Maharastra Govt. Lets off Criminal Cops
Rs. 200 cr. Embezzled from UP Minority Fund
Islamic Exhibition in Chennai
Mosque Construction to be allowed
Honnalli is New Anjuman President
Engineering College at T.Velli
Commonwealth Fellowship
Faiz Poems in Kannada
News in Brief
People

Srikrishna Commission

Maharastra Govt. Lets off Criminal Cops

Toeing the BJP-Sena Govt line, Maharashtra’s Democratic Front Govt promotes the cops indicted by the Srikrishna Commission

M. H. Lakdawala

A policeman in uniform can murder innocent people, help miscreants to loot and claim to represent a communal organization and expect, no not punishment, but reward. The affidavit filed by Maharashtra government before Supreme Court in Srikrishna Commission case exactly conveys this.

The Democratic Front (DF) government has exonerated 12 of the 31 policemen indicted by the SriKrishna Commission of delinquency on the ground that (1) they acted in the call of duty or (2) that they have now retired hence their prosecution is time barred.

All this has been stated in the affidavit filed by R. S. Negi, principal secretary, home (Special), in the Supreme Court on September 1. The DF government has filed the affidavit in compliance with the Supreme Court order of July 21, 2000, on a petition filed by one Mohammed Ishaq Ibrahim Batatawala. The petitioner had sought to know the status of the recommendations made by the Commission.

R. D. Tyagi, the then joint commissioner of police, the senior most of the 31 indicted by Justice B. N. Srikrishna has been exonerated on both grounds. He acted in the call of the duty and he has retired from duty.

What duty does R. D. Tyagi discharged? Killing nine Muslim bakery workers and Madrassa students, all in cold blood. Srikrashna Commission held him responsible for these killings in police firing at Suleman Usman Bakery, adjacent to Chuna Bhatti Mosque, in January 1993.

“Mr. Tyagi has acted in discharge of his duty,” the affidavit said. Incidently, Police inspectors Lohane and Deshmukh, who formed part of Mr. Tyagi’s special operation squad, are facing a probe for the same incident.

In the affidavit, the DF coalition has praised the Mumbai Police for its ‘Secular, impartial and free- from bias’ character. This is in stark contrast to the Commission’s report which had categorically stated that the police are biased against the Muslims.’

Consider these incident as reported in the Commission report:

  • The Antop Hill conduct during the January 1992 riots in Pratiksha Nagar; On January 14, three constables, one of them armed, watched from a distance of 150 feet, as a mob pulled out three Muslims from their Maruti car, assaulted them, put them back into car and then set the vehicle on fire.

  • On January 10, eight police constables chewed tobacco and watched a pregnant woman’s stomach being cut open with a sword and the foetus thrown into a bonfire.

  • Police herded Muslims, whose homes were looted, into an open space outside Sunder Vihar hotel from January 9 to 12. There they allowed Shiv Sainiks to surround, threaten and stone them, refused to allow their non-Muslims neighbours to give them food and refused to accompany anyone who left the spot to buy food. They collected Rs.10 from every Muslim there ostensibly to buy them food but never game them any. They advised those who asked them for water to drink their own urine.

Similar incident are documented from the other police station areas. Many of the policemen accused were latter given promotions.

In fact, the contamination of police is one factor that comes out whenever riots between Hindus and Muslims, are analysed.The National Police Commission looked into political pressures only.Justice Srikrishna has pointed out how the police response to Muslims’ appeals was “cynical and utterly indifferent”.It says,”on occasions the response was that they were unable to leave the appointed position. Their attitude was that one Muslim killed was one Muslim less.Muslims were given “harsh and brutal treatment sometimes bordering on inhuman (behaviour).” Registered riot-related cases were “unsatisfactorily investigated”, showing lack of enthusiasm, lackadaisical approach and utter cynicism. Clues were not pursued if the suspects happened to be “Hindus with connections to Shiv Sena.”

The ruling DF government came into power promising implementing Srikrishna Commission recommendation. In fact both Congress and Nationalist Congress party (NCP) had rejected the Action Taken Report (ATR) of the then Sena-BJP government. Naseem Khan, minister of food and civil supplies and petroleum, in the DF government is one of the petitioner in the Supreme Court.

Ironically the DF government is now toeing the line of the Sena BJP government’ss argument in absolving 12 policemen indicted in Srikrishna probe. The affidavit repeats word for word, what the Shiv Sena- BJP government had said in its Action Taken Report (ATR) tabled along with the Commission report, that the police department is by and large free from communal bias.

Justice is the prerequisite for a just and free society. Any society, which fails to provide justice to the citizens who have been wronged, has to pay heavy price in term of peace and brotherhood. In today’s world where public memory is very short, the citizens of this great country can afford to overlook the heinous pogrom against innocent citizens.The least we can do to is at least verbally and through words demand that justice must be done by punishing the culprits.

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Rs. 200 cr. Embezzled from UP Minority Fund

Obaid Nasir

Lucknow : Over Rs. 200 crores meant for scholarships to the students of the minority community have been misappropriated by the officials and employees of the Minority Welfare Department here during the last three years.

Alarmed at the unfolding scandal, the UP government has ordered severe action. Nine district minority officers have been arrested and a high level inquiry has been initiated. More arrests are in offing.

The loot of the funds meant for Minority Welfare was conducted by officials in collusion with unscrupulous elements from among the Muslims. Fake list of students were provided to the department, fake madrasas were registered and recognition was obtained.

The BJP led government has decided to screen all madrasas and minority educational institutions. A circular from the Chief Secretary has been sent to all districts heads to lodge the FIRs against erring officials.

Though the step cannot be objected to in the wake of the enormity of the crime, it is apprehended that genuine institution will be harassed in the grab of screening by the saffronised administration.

The Minority students assistance scheme was started during the tenure of Mayawati as chief minister in 1995. The scheme earmarked funds for scholarship for Muslim students in madrassas as well as common schools.

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Islamic Exhibition in Chennai

Islamic Exhibition

From Muqith Mujtaba Ali

“Immensely impressed and divinely-inspired”.

“Excellent display. Keep organising similar shows”.

“Being an ignorant Muslim it was a very good opportunity to learn so much about Islam”.

These are some of the comments made by the visitors to the Islamic Cultural Exhibition (ICE) organised by the Chennai division of Jamat-e-Islami Hind on August 26-31.

The exhibition held in Centenary Exhibition Hall of Government Museum, Chennai, turned out to be an instant crowd-puller.

Mr. G. K. Moopanar, President of the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) inaugurating the exhibitionMr. G. K. Moopanar, President of the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) while inaugurating the exhibition said, “How man should live has been vividly depicted in this exhibition”.

Mr. Abdul Hadi, retired Judge of the Madras High Court, released the audio version of book At-Tibbiyan, designed to teach Quranic Arabic in an easy way. The exhibition has sections on Quran, Seerah, calligraphy, Islamic multimedia, Islamic arts and architecture, Quran and science, Islam and women.

A seminar on Islamic culture was part of the ICE on the August, 28. Mr. Peter Alphonse, M.P. and the General Secretary of the TMC said that one cannot simply brush aside the civilisational role of Islam in this country.

Participating in the seminar, the Sahitya Academy award winner Dr. Kaviko Abdur Rahman dwelt on the difference between Muslim culture and Islamic culture and said that these should not be overlapped.

An inter school Islamic quiz competition was also conducted in connection with the ICE.

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Mosque Construction to be allowed

Calcutta (IINA) : The Chief Minister of West Bengal, has told a Muslim delegation that he would not allow any government authority in his state to stop the construction of a mosque. He told them that the new law that only allows a mosque to be built after government authorization was promulgated in 1985, but was only enforced a year ago, and one of its provisions is the disallowing of the construction of any house of worship, except if it is situated over 200 meters away from the nearest temple of other religions.

The Chief Minister was addressing a Muslim delegation that was headed by Sheikh Ahmed Bukhari, the Deputy Imam of the Delhi’s Jama Masjid, who said that the Muslims object to the law because it is contrary to the Indian Constitution. He said the law has alarmed the Muslims.

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Honnalli is New Anjuman President

By A Staff Writer

Hubli: Mr. Jabbar Khan Honnalli, Congress MLA from Hubli was relected President of the 97-year old Anjuman-e-Islam , Hubli on september 25. Rival candidate M.A. Pachapur, a protege of Karnataka Minister for Labour and Wakfs, Mr. Abdulhakeem Hindasgiri suffered a humiliating defeat. The elections were held after a lot of politicking between rival groups amid tight security. The city administration had deployed Rapid Action Force. Anjuman elections in Hubli are a popular index of minority leadership in this region of Karnataka.

The general secretary is Mohammad Yusuf Savanur. Mr. M. R. Mulla, advocate has been elected vice president. Anwar Mudhol is the new joint secretary while Abdul Nazeer Gadakar is the treasurer.

Seven members of education committee are, A. Rasheed Kittur, A. Wahab Mulla, Lal Sahib Imaratwale, Syed Tajuddin, Md. Haneef Dharwad, Firdous Konnur and Shafi Ahmed Muddebihal.

The elections came six months after the previous elections in which Mr. Honnalli had been declared unanimously elected, were annulled by the State Wakf Board at the behest of Hindasgiri.

The Anjuman e Islam runs a string of schools and colleges in Hubli and its elections witness stiff contests. Most of its presidents end up being MLA, MLC or ministers in Karnataka. Its general body has 1700 members.

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Manarul Huda Trust starts

Engineering College at T.Velli

Trivandrum (From Kayamkulam Yoonus) : The Manarul Huda Trust based here has set up a new engineering college at Tirunelvelli in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu governor Justice Fathima Beevi inaugurated the college named as National College of Engineering on September 6 at the college campus at Moonradaippu, 10 kms from Tirunelvellu town. Manarul Huda Trust runs several schools and colleges in Kerala and the Gulf. It is headed by Dr. M. K. Kamaluddin. Affiliated to the M.S. University, the college has been given approval by the AICTE.

It is admitting students for B.E course in Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics and Communication. The college is having a fully air-conditioned building with state-of-art infrastructure.

Address : National College of Engineering, Maruthakulam, Nankuneri, Tirunelvelli, Tamil Nadu. Ph.: 04635-56343, 56374. Fax: 04635-56344.

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Commonwealth Fellowship

Shimoga: Dr. Riyaz Mahmood, reader in bio-technology in Kuvempu University here has been selected by the University Grants Commission to persue further research in genetics at the University of Wales in the UK. He will be receiving Commonwealth fellowship to pursue studies on sex related deformities and their biological repair. Dr. Riyaz is the first member from the science faculty of the Kuvempu University to receive a foreign fellowship.

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Faiz Poems in Kannada

Mandya (Karnataka): Kannada Translation of selected poems of late Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani Urdu poet, was released here in a function by noted Kannada writer Dr. G. S. Shivarudrappa on September 24. The poems have been translated by Mr. L. K. Atheeq, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Nadya district. Titled Faiz Ahmed Faiz : Ayda Kawanagalu the translation has been reviewed by Prof. C. Naganna.

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News in Brief

Rare Surgery

Mysore: The Bibi Ayesha Milli Hospital here carried out a rare surgery on a woman with a foetus growing in the ovary. The foetus had grown for eight months outside the womb, the natural abode of a foetus. The 1.2 kg foetus however could not survive. According to surgeon Ulfath Fathima, such pregnancies occur one among a million and the ectopic surgery has to be carried out within 45 days. Dr. Fathima has documented the surgery for a paper. Mother Sadiqa Banu who underwent the surgery is reported to be healthy.

High Energy Physics in AMU

Aligarh: The Physics department of the Aligarh Muslim University has joined an international research group on High Energy Physics. The group will have 900 scientists from 70 universities in 27 countries. Vice Chancellor Mohammad Hamid Ansari inaugrating a seminar, said the AMU had been taking active interest in the field since 50s.

Amanath Bank's 11th Branch

Bangalore: The 11th city branch of The Amanath Co-operative Bank was opened here in the Ilyas Nagar locality on September, 21. RBI regional director K. Vijayaraghavan cut the ribbon to declare the branch open. Speaking at the occasion bank chairman K. Rahman Khan said the bank proposes to increase the number of branches to 60 in the state by 2005. He said the deposits will be mobilised to fulfil the target of Rs. 1000 crore and the staff strength would go up to 1000 during the same period. He said the bank has launched its micro credit scheme recently.

Crescent Cyber Centre

Bangalore: Crescent Cyber Centre was inaugurated here by State Tourism Minister Mr. R. Roshan Baig on September, 21 at the Crescent Educational Complex in Basavanagudi locality. The complex has a primary school, a high school and a composite junior college. Secretary Mohammed Rashid Makki said Crescent School has introduced computer education from fifth standard onwards.

M.A. Economics in Urdu Medium

Hyderabad: The Nampalli Post Graduate College here has been permitted to start M.A. Economics course through Urdu medium from this academic year. The college has now offers urdu medium education to girls from KG to PG.

Nizamia Website

Hyderabad: The 128-year old Islamic seminary here has launched its website. It was inaugurated by rector Syed Shah Akbar Nizamuddin on August 30. The website provides answers for a vast array of Shariat issue. However, enquiries can be made through e-mail on such issues that require constant research.

Computer Lab in Abbas Khan College

Bangalore : The Abbas Khan College for Women commissioned a computer block on September 8. The college has started Diploma courses in Computers and Computer Technology as a subject in Degree level. The Wakf Board gifted 10 of the 16 systems while Rahman Khan MP sanctioned five computers from the MPLADS fund.

Mosque in Hospital

Mysore : Khadeejatul Kubra Mosque was consecrated here on September 7 evening by Mufti Ashraf Ali of Darul Uloom Sabeelur Rashad. It is located within the premises of Bibi Ayesha Milli Hospital on Bangalore Road and can accommodate nearly 200 namazis. Ashraf Ali also laid foundation for the second phase of the Ayesha Hospital.

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People

Historian Prof. Kareem Passes Away

Prof. C. K. KareemErnakulam: Historian and noted author Prof. C. K. Kareem died here after a brief illness on September 17. He was 71.

A doctorate from the Aligarh Muslim University, Kareem wrote several books on Kerala history in English and Malayalam. He began his teaching career from Farook College at Feroke near Calicut and was appointed principal of the Iqbal College at Peringanmala. For some time he was editor of the Kerala Gazeteer. In 1987 he joined the Kerala University at Trivandrum as the Head of the Department of Islamic Studies. He was secretary of the Kerala History Association and was general secretary of the Samastha Kerala Sahitya Parishath between 1987 and 1991. He was a member of syllabus committee and examination boards of various universities in the state.

He leaves behind his widow, two sons and two daughters.

Appointed

V. Ayisha Beevi a teacher with schools in Kannur district in Kerala has been appointed a member of the Kerala Public Service Commission, the first Muslim woman to be appointed to the commission so far. Earlier, she had been nominated to the sundicate of the Kannur University.

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