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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-30 June
Dr Khalid Siddiqui, Dr Ziauddin Nadwi, Al-Hikmah chairman (standing),
Maulana As’ad Israeli, Parvez Hashimi
Coimbatore case continues
Coimbatore : Nine persons were sentenced to life imprisonment by the special
court for bomb blasts cases on 16 May on charges of conspiring and triggering
the 3 December 1997 explosions at Udamalpet, which killed three women and
injured four persons. Of the 12 accused Riyaz-ur-Rahman an explosives dealer
from Mysore (Karnataka) turned approver. Another accused, Muhammad Dastagir was
acquitted, while the Special Investigation Team was yet to apprehend Mujibur
Rahman , one of the key witnesses of proscribed Al-Umma.
The explosions occurred on the heels of the communal riots in Coimbatore in
November-December 1997, following the murder of a traffic constable, Selvaraj on
29 November 1997. The funeral of 18 Muslims killed was held late in the evening
on 3 December.
In less than an hour, a bomb planted on a cycle exploded near the Udamalpet bus
stand, killing three women and injuring four others besides causing damage to
nearby shops and public property. The case was later on transferred to the
Special Investigation Team of CB-CID, that was constituted to probe the 14
February 1998 blasts.
Dozens of Muslim youths are languishing in jails following the bomb blasts. It
was during riots in Coimbatore an industrial town where a large number of Muslim
business houses were specially targetted by the perpetrators of the riots
started by alleged Hindu Munnani activists, a Sangh outfit.
Religious bill under implementation
Deoband: The local administration has ordered to stop the construction work
in the hostels of Darul Uloom Deoband. It is alleged that the local
administration stopped the work on the hostel in Darul Uloom acting on the UP
religious Places Bill. The bill has not been sanctioned by the central
government following the nationwide protests by the Muslims.
The local administration has come in for sharp criticism from all quarters.
Voice principal of the Darul Uloom Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi while
criticizing the local administration said that we respect the Constitution and
judiciary and it was Darul Uloom Deoband that started the first movement for the
freedom of the country from the colonial rule. He said that we will not tolerate
if a corrupt official tries to play with the historical status of Darul Uloom.
The Maulana said that the government wants to illegally implement the UP
Religious Places Bill in the state. He said that RBO Act 1958 can not be imposed
on Darul Uloom Deoband, as the government has no right to interfere in the
religious buildings. He said that even the British government did never
interfere in the long history of the institution neither any government tried
anything even after independence. Maulana also said that Darul Uloom never takes
any assistance from the government and spends on its developmental projects
itself so even the developmental charges can not be levied on Darul Uloom
Fathima Beevi under attack
Chennai: Tamil Nadu governor Fathima Beevi is under sharp criticism from the
BJP and its allies for swearing in of AIDMK supremo J Jayalalitha as TN chief
BJP general secretary Narendra Modi told reported that this action is against
all conventions which have been followed all these years. It looks as if she
(Governor) has not obtained legal opinion before swearing in Jayallalitha, Modi
The criticism of not seeking legal advice by the Governor seems senseless as
Fathima Beevi is her self a great legal luminary. She has served as chief
justice in Madras High Court and was a supreme court judge.
BJP is Anti Muslims: Naqvi
New Delhi: The secretary of the BJP and a former union minister Mukhtar
Abbas Naqvi criticized the party’s policy towards minorities and refuted the
party’s claim that it had no stakes in the Assembly elections that concluded
last month in five state.
Naqvi who toured the states during the polls was of the opinion that the BJP had
not yet been able to take minorities communities into confidence. He was of the
opinion that the minority communities have to be taken into confidence and the
BJP has to pay more attention to their problems, if it wanted to strengthen its
base in the country.
While the BJP leaders were crying hoarse saying that the party had no stakes in
the last elections, Naqvi felt that this type of approach was wrong.
Muslim youth killed in custody
Dehradun: The incident of a Muslim youth’s death in the police custody has
not been solved yet. The opposition in this Himalayan state has put the
government in the dock on the issue. Thousands of people led by a state Congress
leader gheraoed the state assembly building in protest against the custodial
death and violation of minorities in the newly carved state.
Mansoor a twenty-five year old youth from Ikkad Khurd village in the district
was killed in dubious circumstances in the state capital. The police had
detained Mansoor for a week and forced him so that he would divulge facts
regarding the whereabouts of his brother-in-law who had eloped a Hindu girl in
Madrasas being lured by Azad Univ.
Hyderabad: The purpose of education is not merely to provide employment
alone, its real purpose is to evolve a person into an honest man, widen his
opinion and create leadership qualities in him. These thoughts were expressed in
a meeting of heads of madrasas organized by Maulana Azad National Urdu
The workshop was inaugurated by the University Registrar, Prof. Muhammad
Sulaiman Siddiqi who welcomed the guests and presented a report on the
development of the university since its inception. Ulama of Hyderabad alone were
invited in the workshop as a preparatory workshop. The university intends to
organize such a workshop at the national level.
The registrar, while speaking in the workshop, said that the fundamental purpose
of the madrasas will not be affected if students from these madrasas take
admission in the Urdu university. He said that the Urdu University will never
interfere in the syllabus of madrasas or their focus. He said that the
university is preparing its syllabus according to its needs and is ensuring that
it may not create any controversy on any issue.
The participants advised the organizers to consult ulama also on different
topic. They also advised the officials to send the copies of admission
announcements in madrasas so that the students there could be informed. Ulama
also emphasized to charge the fee in two installments so that it may not prove a
hindrance for poor students. They also said that the university should accept
the alimiyah or fadeelah degrees of madrasas as equivalent to inter. Registrar
assured that the university will recognize the courses of those madrasas that
teach English of intermediate level in their syllabus.
Ulama from a number of local madrasas attended the workshop.
Christian protest in Gujarat
Ahmedabad: The All India Christian Council has accused the BJP government in
Gujarat of functioning hand in glove with the communal elements to harass the
minorities in Gujarat.
Citing the recent example of Bhavanipura village in Petlad Taluka of Kaira
district, the AICC executive member Samson Christian claimed that Christian
burial grounds were under attack from the communal elements in Kaira and Anand
districts in central Gujarat during the last four years. and in most of the
cases the police had refused to entertain complaints from the Christians or had
acted against their interests.
In Bhavanipura village, he claimed that even after a particular plot of 40
hectares of land was earmarked as the burial ground for the Christians by the
government officials concerned and the minority members started erecting a fence
around it, the police arrested the Christian leaders on complaints from the
Hindus that they were trespassing the land. The Hindu leaders had damaged many
of the graves in the burial ground to take a road through cemetery but no action
was taken by the police against them.
He said if situation continues without any improvement, the Christians would
have no option but to stage protests against the BJP government in the state.
Controversy courts thespian
Nasik: Chief Judicial magistrate SV Deshpande has issued summon to actor and
Rajya Sabha member Dilip Kumar alias Yusuf Khan and three others to appear in
court on 14 June in connection with a criminal case initiated against them for
The summons were issued in response to a complaint that the thespian had grabbed
19 acres of land belonging to freedom fighter late Shivram Khanderao Borate at
Dudgaon village for Rs 3000.
According to advocate Dharmendra Chavan, lawyer of Borate's widow Meerabai, the
actor had made provisional agreement in 1964 for the land and paid Rs 3000. But
failed to fulfil the final agreement.
In 1975, in response to Borate's application, a court cancelled the provisional
agreement. However, on the actors appeal in 1987, the session court gave a
verdict in his favour. After Borate's death, Meerabai appealed against the
ruling in Bombay High Court in 1996 which stayed the verdict. However Meerabai
has alleged that Kumar had approached Talathi Sukdev Tajanpure and circle
officer Ratnakar Shirsat and got the property registered in his name. He then
transferred the land to his brother Ahsan Khan through power of attorney.
Saifullah committee survives
New Delhi: The Delhi government has extended the scope of Zafar Saifullah
Committee set up to examine the issues of improving the surroundings of the Jama
Masjid here including historical Meena Bazar and empowered it to draw up a
holistic plan for the development of the area in an application for extending
time for removal of all illegal constructions around the 17th century mosque
built by the emperor Shahjahan, the Delhi Development Authority in its
application told a division bench comprising Delhi High Court chief justice
Arijit Passayat and Justice DK Jain that the committee had been asked to give
its recommendations within three months.
Besides removal of hundreds of illegal constructions around the mosque, which
the DDA counsel said was not possible without adequate police protection as it
might lead to law and order problem, the committee had been asked to advise plan
on redevelopment of the mosque's surrounding. 'Keeping in view the social,
cultural and historical importance of the area, the committee is expected to
give in three months its recommendation, which would form the basis for
finalization of comprehensive plan for development of the area' the DDA said.
The court however allowed the government two months time to clear all
unauthorized constructions around the historical mosque.
Healthy Minds for Healthy Society
New Delhi: The Al-Hikmah Foundation, a Delhi-based organization that runs
free clinics, library services and relief work among the poor, observed 8 May as
the World Mental Health Day, with a seminar on the subject at the Constitution
Club in the national capital. All over the world the World Health Day was
celebrated as Mental Health Day as per a UN decision to highlight the condition
of the mentally ill and raise awareness about their rights, besides promoting
The seminar began with a recitation from the holy Qur'an, and was formally
inaugurated by the Delhi Government Transport Minister Parwez Hashmi. He
observed that the upbringing of physically and morally healthy children was
vital to building a healthy society. He advised parents to inculcate healthy
moral values in their children to ensure that they would be able to create a
healthy society in future.
The Director of Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, Dr Khalid
Siddiqui, emphasized the role of healthy social traditions in the growth of a
healthy society. He also explained the role of Indian healing traditions in the
service of society. He urged the government to work with the Al Hikmah, a
non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) in future social health
Dr Farooq of the Himalaya Drugs was of the opinion that the feeling of
contentment had to be cultivated to avoid unnecessary frustrations and unwanted
emotional stress that has plagued society.
Kunwar Akhilesh Singh, MP, assured the gathering that he would table a private
member’s bill in Parliament in the monsoon session seeking greater support of
government for Indian healing systems.
Among the dignitaries who presented their views were Dr P.K. Sethi, Chairman
Deptt. Of Neurology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, Professor of Psychology Dr
Aruna Barota (Delhi University) and Prof. Tahir Mahmood, former chairman of
Minority Commission. The learned Prof. Mahmood who chaired the second session,
regaled the audience with his fine speech and words of al hikmah (wisdom).
Dr Ziauddin Nadvi, chairman of the Foundation, welcomed the guests and made
brief introductory remarks about the organization. Dr Mehre Alam Khan compered
the programme with remarkable competence, mixing wisdom with humour,
well-crafted prose with exquisite poetry. The organization honoured its patrons,
well-wishers and activists on the occasion, which was also its 11th annual
programme. Among the people thus honoured were Dr Nafis Siddiqui, Mr Shahid
Qureishi, Mr Salman Jafri, Mr Mursileen, Syed Shoaib Ahmad, Dr Saghir Ahmad, Dr
Zafar Hasan, Mr Zaki Ahmad and Mr Masih Farooqui.