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By Arka Mondal

New Delhi:  Amid the protest, politics and the police move, ‘beef’ is expected to be served at the Kerala House canteen by noon today.

The ‘beef raid’ by 20 policemen at the Kerala House drew flak from various quarters with stalwarts lambasting the move by Delhi Police and Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee using twitter to condemn the moral policing by the Delhi law and order force.

Kerala House sources declared that they have decided to bring back ‘carabeef‘ (buffalo meat) dish and serve it by Wednesday noon.

Meanwhile, condemning the initiative by the police, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy sent a strong worded letter to the Prime Minister asking him to look into the matter.

“I would like to inform you that the Kerala House staff canteen serves authentic vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala cuisine and the items in the menu are entirely within the law,” Chandy mentioned in the letter Narendra Modi.

The Prime Minister’s Office seeking details of the Delhi Police action from the home ministry questioned why ‘such a big team’ of 20 policemen were deployed for the move.

Justifying the raid, Delhi Police chief Bassi said, the preventive measure had to be enforced owing to the ‘reputation’ of the complainant. Backing the move, Bassi further said, the police was stationed to prevent any kind of communal flare up.

“We know no irregularities will take place at Kerala House, but it was our duty to investigate the matter since the complaint was on a serious issue… We had no option but to react very fast, as it could have been a situation which would lead to a communal flare up,” said Bassi on Tuesday evening.

Earlier on Monday evening, Kerala House had to welcome some unwanted guests as 20 policemen raided the canteen to check the presence of ‘cow meat’ following the complaint lodged by Hindu Sena men.

In defense, the police claimed that the move was a precautionary measure to stop any communal flare from brewing.  Citing the incident involving Jammu and Kashmir lawmaker Engineer Rashid, the police defended themselves saying, they acted for the sake of law and order.

Mentioning that if the Kerala House registers a complaint, Bassi said, “we will conduct an inquiry against the Hindu Sena men”.

 

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Increase in Attacks related to Cow Vigilantism under Narendra Modi Government: Report

Out of the 63 attacks that were reported over a span of eight years, 5% faded away without any reports of the attackers being arrested

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Cow vigilantism and the crimes related to it have topped in Northern India
The threat of cow vigilantism has only been increasing. Pixabay
  • A report by IndiaSpend suggests that Muslims were the target of 51% of violence centered on issues related to cow for over eight years
  • The report is based on the survey of reports in English language media available online since 2010
  • 86% of those killed in the incidents related to cow protectionism, according to the report, were Muslims

New Delhi, August 19, 2017: Cow vigilantism and the violence related to it is not an unfamiliar story in India these days. But a report by IndiaSpend has highlighted the scale of the issue.

According to a survey that took into account the reports in IndiaSpend, the data was accessible online since 2010- it claims that Muslims were the target of 51% of violence that centered on issues related to cow for over eight years, 2010-2017, making them 86% of the 28 Indians that were killed in 63 incidents related to cow protectionism.

97% of these incidents, according to IndiaSpend, were reported after the Modi government came to power in 2014. 32 of the 63 cases were from the states that BJP governed when the incidents were reported. No less than 124 people were injured in these attacks, more than half of which were only based on rumors.

20 such attacks were reported in the first six months of 2017, more than 75% of that in 2016, making it the worst year for cow-related violence.

The attacks included a range of crimes such as mob lynching, murder, attempt to murder, harassment, assault and even gang rape. These attacks were reported from 19 of the 29 states of India, with Northern states, especially Uttar Pradesh and Haryana topping the list. 13 of the total 63 cases were reported from the Southern and Eastern states, with six being reported from Karnataka. Northeast accounted for only one incident, in which two men were murdered in Assam, on 30th April 2017.

“Lynching does not find mention in the Indian Penal Code. No particular law has been passed to deal with lynching. Absence of a codified law to deal with mob violence or lynching makes it difficult to deliver justice in the cases of riots. However, Section 223(a) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 says that persons or a mob involved in the same offense in the same act can be tried together. But, this has not proved to have given enough legal teeth to (the) justice delivery system. – India Today, 25 June 2017” 

Out of the 63 attacks that were reported over a span of eight years, 5% faded away without any reports of the attackers being arrested. In 13 attacks (21%), police registered cases against the victims or the survivors. In 23 attacks, the attackers were mobs or people belonging to the Hindu groups such as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and local Gau Rakshak Samitis.

From 2010 to 2017, which is the period being considered, the first attack of cow related violence in which four people were injured and three were arrested, occurred in Joga town in Mansa district, Punjab, on June 10, 2012.

“Led by activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Gowshala Sangh, villagers gathered in the morning and broke into the premises of the factory…The mob went on the rampage damaging the factory and setting ablaze the houses of at least two of those running the unit, Ajaib Singh and Mewa Singh,” reported The Hindu the next day.

In August 2016, in Mewat, Haryana, a woman, and her 14-year-old cousin were, allegedly, gang raped after they were accused of eating beef.

On May 30, 2017, a Ph.D. scholar in IIT Madras, was attacked for eating beef, when he was at a vegetarian mess on the campus.

33 out of the 63 attacks since 2010 were based on rumors.

In a recent case on April 21, 2017, Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old dairy farmer from Alwar in Rajasthan was beaten to death, on suspicion of carrying cattle for slaughter.

Also Read: We need to take Action Against the ‘Communal Violence in the name of Cow’ : PM Narendra Modi

On June 11, 2017, in Rajasthan, officials of the Animal Husbandry Department of Tamil Nadu’s government were attacked by cow vigilantes, for transporting cows in five trucks, mentioned the Indian Express report. The fact that they had a no-objection certificate (NOC) and official permission from police and other authorities did not prove any help.

Massive protests have had happened in states like Kerala, West Bengal, and in the Northeast, since the Centre decided to modify an existing law against cruelty to animals, to ban sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter. The Threat of cow vigilantism, after all, has only been increasing.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Delhi Smog: Najeeb Jung orders De-Registration of 15-year-old Diesel Vehicles in Delhi

The decision will apply to about two lakh diesel vehicles on Delhi roads, a statement from Jung's office said

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New Delhi. November 8, 2016: Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday ordered de-registration of diesel vehicles that are 15 years old or more to battle unprecedented smog levels that have turned the national capital into a virtual “gas chamber”.

The decision will apply to about two lakh diesel vehicles on Delhi roads, a statement from Jung’s office said.

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Jung also banned bursting of firecrackers during weddings and other social occasions and ordered shutting down of all polluting industries in Delhi.

A statement from Jung’s office said the firecracker ban will not apply to religious functions.

The decisions were taken at a meeting at the Raj Niwas here to discuss the serious air pollution levels in Delhi.

Jung also ordered no entry into Delhi for overloaded trucks and those not destined for the national capital with immediate effect.

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Environment Minister Imran Hussain, apart from senior government officials.

Kejriwal had described the high pollution levels in the capital as like a “gas chamber”.

Environmental experts Sunita Narain and Anumita Roy from Centre for Science and Environment and Prof. Manju Mohan from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi also participated.

“In two days, a system to turn away overloaded and trucks not destined for Delhi will be worked out,” the statement said.

Jung emphasised the need to take extraordinary measures to tackle pollution and said all concerned must come together on the issue.

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He said measures announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday to curb pollution should be immediately implemented.

The Delhi government on Sunday unveiled a slew of steps, including closure of all schools for three days and a ban on construction and demolition work for five days.

Jung ordered municipal authorities and Delhi Police to ensure strict enforcement of the ban and extended it till November 14.

“The Delhi government shall be issuing advertisements to this effect,” the statement said.

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Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung (at right). Twitter

Jung ordered strict enforcement of the ban on burning of dry leaves and garbage in the open, asking the agencies concerned to intensify their drive and take action against violators.

Municipal authorities were asked to take all measures to control fires at landfill sites.

The national capital continued to suffer from “severe” air quality on Monday, though the smog cover thinned somewhat.

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research showed that PM2.5 and PM10 breached the 500 mark in most locations on Monday afternoon as well.

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Particulate Matter less than 10 micrometres in diameter (PM10) is so small that it can get into lungs, likely causing serious health problems.

Particulate Matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5) is produced by burning fuels. (IANS)

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Suspended Aam Aadmi Party MLA Devinder Sehrawat Alleges embezzlement of donations by the Party

Aam Aadmi Party's suspended legislator Devinder Sehrawat on Monday accused Delhi's ruling party of embezzling public donations

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October 17, 2016: Aam Aadmi Party’s suspended legislator Devinder Sehrawat on Monday accused Delhi’s ruling party of “embezzling” public donations and urged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to “clarify the fraud within 48 hours”.

Sehrawat, a retired colonel, in a press conference alleged that large-scale misappropriation of money was going on in the AAP.

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“Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is deeply mired in corruption, which is evident from vanishing of more than Rs 16 crore from the donations received from the common man,” he alleged.

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Sehrawat, who represents Bijwasan, was suspended from the AAP for anti-party activities in September.

The AAP refused to comment on Sehrawat’s allegations, saying that his allegations were not worthy of any reaction.

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Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay said, “Sudden deletion of AAP’s donation list from its website and revelation of financial irregularities in the party shows that financial scams were going on in Kejriwal’s party.” (IANS)