Shocking: Two dead as Assam Police fire at protestors, photographer jumps over motionless body

Untold India September 23, 2021

At least two persons were killed and several injured as the police opened fire at people protesting over the state government’s eviction drive against landless Muslim families in Sipajhar in Assam’s Darrang district on Tuesday. On camera, policemen in riot gear and armed with guns and sticks chased and attacked protesters and even firing shots. Some visuals that have gone viral show policemen indiscriminately firing at the protestors. A photographer is seen jumping over the motionless body of a poor man. The photographer was allegedly hired by the Darrang District Administration. According to the police, he was arrested later. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma indicated that the policemen resorted to action in self-defence. He has ordered a probe – to be headed by a retired High Court judge – into today’s violence. 800 Muslim houses were demolished and almost 5,000 persons were forced to live under the open sky on Monday in Dholpur 1 and Dholpur 3 villages of Sipajhar. Two mosques and a madrassa were also razed. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has praised the eviction in a tweet. He had said 4500 bighas of land were cleared by ”evicting” 800 households. However, rights groups had criticised the government for evicting people without having any rehabilitation plans. On Thursday, thousands of locals protested against the eviction drive. Later the police resorted to using force against the unarmed protestors. Former Congress politician Rahul Gandhi has called the action ”State-sponsored fire”. Several other opposition politicians have also condemned the brutality.

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Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui’s arrest is tantamount to arresting a Shankaracharya : Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan

Untold India September 23, 2021

Here are Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan’s replies to media questions about the arrest of Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui on the false charges of using unfair means to convert people to Islam: Do you know Kaleem Siddiqui saheb? Yes, I know him as a respected community leader, a religious scholar who runs a madrasa in Phulat in UP. I know him for the last three decades at least. He is a genuine and extremely polite and civilised person. The arrest of such a popular and genuine Muslim scholar is tantamount to arresting a Shankaracharya. What do you think about his arrest? I think this is all part of the BJP’s efforts at polarisation. BJP is using the fake “conversion” claim as a means to instill fear in the Hindu community when the reality is that there is no such threat. If a few thousand people change their religion to embrace any other faith, out of their own choice, nothing is going to happen to the religious demography of the country. We continuously hear of Muslims embracing Hinduism and this is celebrated by the same BJP leaders why the Muslim community is not making any hue and cry about it. Is helping somebody in conversion process is a crime under the constitution? No, it is not. In fact, Article 25 of our Constitution says that “all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right to freely profess, practice, and propagate religion subject to public order, morality and health.” Hence what Umar Gautam or Maulana Kaleem were doing was perfectly legal. Is getting some foreign funds for community welfare work is also a crime? It is not, but the issue here is that the claim that foreign funding is coming to India to help spread of Islam is bogus. No Arab or Muslim country is interested in spreading Islam. This bogus claim is added to the police chargesheet so that a legal activity could be proved illegal. This bogus claim will fall in courts but by that time the innocent victims would have spent years and years in jails which will destroy their lives and careers and ruin their families while the implicators will go scot-free. Perhaps this sadism gives satisfaction and pleasure to the some current rulers of the country. Do you think that there is politics in such arresting? It is pure politics. A gimmick to polarise society and create or consolidate the Hindu votebank. This is especially needed since state assembly elections are round the corner in a number of states especially in UP. BJP remembers these issues whenever elections approach. Is BJP trying to polarise the election campaign by using such trivial issues. Yes. Is it an appeasement tactics for the BJP to divert the attention of the majority community from main issues? Yes, the false claim about a conspiracy to convert Hindus and getting foreign funds for it is part of the BJP politics to harass Muslims and create a Hindu votebank by claiming that it is alert about core issues of the Hindu community

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