Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Nitish Kumar on the rampage targeting Muslim protestors

Nitish Kumar on the rampage targeting Muslim protestors


Forbesganj firing: Police killed women, infant from pointblank

Shocking video of the dead persons expose brutal face of Bihar police under JDU-BJP rule
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

Patna: The Bihar police are becoming more brutal and communal under the rule of Nitish Kumar who is heading a coalition government of Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party. In less than six months in Muslim-dominated Araria district, the police have opened fire to kill Muslim rural protesters on two different occasions.

On 3rd June 2011, residents of Rampur and Bhajanpur villages under Forbesganj block in Araria district came out, after Juma Prayer, to protest against blockade of the connecting road between the two villages for a factory. The police not only opened fire on the protestors but chased them to their homes, entered in and killed even women and infant pointblank. Six people including two women and a six-month-old infant of the two villages of 90% Muslim population were killed. While the state government claims that four people were killed, has got a video of the bodies of all six victims including the infant.

What exposes the brutal face of the police is the bullet marks on the bodies. All the victims have got bullets on head, face, neck, chest and abdomen. This clearly tells that the police opened fire on them to kill not to just terrorize them. There are burnt marks around the bullet holes, evident that they were killed pointblank. Moreover, video clip shows bullet marks on walls and windows of homes.

Forbesganj police firing victim
The poverty that looms large on the area belies the police claim that protestors were armed and they fired on police.

Rampur and Bhajanpur villages (90% Muslim population) had an old connecting road. For last some time they were using the NH 57 but after it was converted into a four-lane road and a flyover was constructed over it, the villagers stopped using it due to high traffic and accidents and returned to their old road. Meanwhile, the land between the two villages including the road was given to a company Auro Sundaram International Company by Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority to set up a Glucose factory. 

The villagers demanded that their road is not disturbed. If not the same, they should be given alternative road. But none heeded to their demand. However, of late some talks began between the villagers and the company officials with the mediation of the district administration.

Forbesganj police firing victim
There was a meeting on Wednesday (1st June 2011) between the company officials, administration and villagers. They agreed on a road but next day (on Thursday) the company turned back and started blocking the road. The news spread like wildfire and next day (on Friday), hundreds of people of the area came out protesting after Friday prayer. They demolished the portion blocking the road and put on fire a jeep of the company. Senior officers including SP reached the site. Police fired on the protestors. They chased them to village, entered their homes and killed people including women and infants.

Influence of Sangh Parivar in the district

Over many years, Araria district, though has Muslim population (41%), has elected BJP candidates. Bhajanpur and Rampur villages come under Rampur Panchayat which comes under Forbesganj block. The block falls in Forbesganj Assembly constituency which is held by BJP MLA Padam Parag Roy 'Venu'. Local MLC is Ashok Agarwal, also BJP. And Araria district is represented in Lok Sabha by BJP’s Pradeep Kumar Singh. Since JDU-BJP alliance came to power six years back, RSS has held several meetings here inviting top Sangh leaders.

Forbesganj police firing victim
Very interestingly, one of the directors of the Auro Sundaram International Company is Saurabh Agarwal, son of BJP MLC Ashok Agarwal.
“The entire region has been peaceful. Never any ISI ‘agent’ was picked up from here, but for last some years the entire belt has been presented as haven for terrorists. Sangh and BJP people have been making such propaganda. ABVP calls it chicken net. Since BJP came to power in alliance with JDU, RSS and Sangh have held here several meetings and their top leaders have arrived here,” says Mr Nayyaruzzaman, state president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. He belongs to Araria district and was living there until one month back when he was elected state president of JIH and shifted to Patna but he frequently visits Araria.

Forbesganj police firing victim
Police becoming lawless under Nitish regime
Condemning the bloody police firing on local Muslims, Mr Nayyaruzzaman said: “The wrong policies of Nitish Kumar Government have made state police lawless. Full power has been given to police that is violating civil rights.”
“If there was any dispute it should have been resolved through dialogue. If the police had worked with wisdom, the tragedy could have been averted.”
He sent a two-member team to the affected area on Saturday to find out the truth. The firing had taken place at 3 pm on Friday. Fortunately, the team could get to the bodies of the victims and what they saw and captured in the video is simply shocking. Young kid, and women were killed pointblank. Six were killed including one child and two women.

Forbesganj police firing victim
Govt claims and media carried it that villagers attacked police party with arms and there was an encounter between police and public for one hour. But Mr Nayyaruzzaman refutes it saying, “It is false. The villagers are very poor, they are jute mill laborers.” And this is evident from the cluster of huts and kuccha houses in the villages.
This police firing has occurred in less than six months. About 17 km away from this firing spot is Batraha village in Kursakanta area in the same district. At Batraha, on 20th December 2010, SSB jawans had opened fire on the Muslim protestors when they reached the camp to complain that some of the jawans the previous night had entered one of village homes and misbehaved with women. Four Muslims were killed in that firing. They were Mohammad Shahnawaz, Mohammad Jabir, Mohammad Qurban and Farhat Jahan.

Forbesganj police firing victim
Mr Nayyaruzzaman has demanded dismissal of SP and all policemen involved in the firing in Forebesganj, Rs 10 lakh to kin of each deceased, Rs 1 lakh to each injured and a job to the family whose lone breadwinner has fell to the police bullets. He also demanded a road to the villages from the government land. “Govt has huge swath of land there. They got it after Bhodan Andoanl when many local landed Muslims donated their land,” he informed. This is a tragic turn of history that Muslim landed people donated land to the government but when members of the same community today demand a road they are given bullets.

Bullet marks on window of a house in Bhajanpur village in Forbesganj

A team of Jamaat Islami Hind visiting the affected area
Jamaat Islami is planning to give a bandh call against the police firing. “I will visit Araria in two days. If govt does not fulfill the demand we will call a one day hartal and chakka jam at each block and district headquarter against the police action,” Nayyaruzzaman informed.

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Indian Brahminical reservation against Muslims and Muslim world is the main stumbling block in India's enormous potential to develop Islamic Banking System, as an alternative to the exploitative bankrupt western capitalist/credit system that is fraught with grave future upheavals in world economy.

India with its communal minded Brahmin class applying its Islamophobic stranglehold on Indian financial sector, is missing a golden opportunity to bring in a paradigm change not only in world finances, but in its own fractured financial sector that has yet to reach more than 500 million of its own people which are totally deprived of any access to banking facilities. 

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Ireland aims to be home of Islamic finance in Europe

Sharia-compliant financial regulations will make Dublin a centre of excellence for Islamic finances, taoiseach says

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny
    Ireland's sharia-compliant financial regulations could make Dublin a centre of excellence for Islamic finance, says the taoiseach, Enda Kenny, above. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA
    Ireland has launched a bid to become the home of Islamic finance in Europe as it seeks to rebuild its once dominant financial services sector. The taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who was swept to power on a wave of public anger at the taxpayers' €70bn (£62bn) bailout of failed banks, told the Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) that he was doing everything he could to "ensure" Dublin became "a centre of excellence for Islamic finances". Irish tax laws and financial regulations are now sharia-compliant, he said, and the government had recently signed double-taxation agreements with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. "There is first-mover advantage. If they [Islamic institutions] feel comfortable in a particular jurisdiction and you develop a cluster, more will follow," said Ken Owens, chairman of the IFIA. He said there was currently "a scramble" for Islamic business internationally and Ireland is just behind the UK in terms of adjusting its laws to be sharia-compliant. Sharia law prohibits the payment of interest on loans or overdrafts, or the receipt of interest, and also prevents investment in certain categories including defence, adult entertainment and gambling. "Their investment universe is quite limited. Islamic funds want to own the ship or the building, not a share in it. They want to own things outright because they can't pay interest. They want commmodities, infrastructure, manufacturing, property," said Owens. On the mortgage market, institutions buy the house or the commercial real estate; the buyer then pays rent instead of interest. Owens said Irish and UK financial institutions, which were devastated by the financial crisis, saw opportunities worth billions in Islamic finance, either seeking to get a toehold in Islamic countries or attract Islamic institutions to Dublin. "The US and European asset management firms are already out in the Middle East and Asia with their products but now you've got those guys in China going 'I know China better than any US or European investor' and coming to Europe to compete with us," he said. Owens, who is a partner in Pricewaterhouse Coopers Ireland, has one Middle-Eastern client who is about to open nine funds in Ireland; and the Irish Central Bank has recently authorised several Islamic institutions to operate in the Dublin's International Financial Services Centre. The value of funds administered in Dublin is worth €1,890bn, split evenly between Irish and non-domiciled funds.