Saturday, October 2, 2010

Two more letter threats to Jayalalitha

 Chennai: Three days after Tamil Nadu government decided to transfer a set of cases relating to death threats to AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa to CBI, the party-backed Jaya TV today said it had received two more letters warning her against visiting Madurai for a rally this month. 

In a complaint to the city police, Jaya TV said two more letters were received at its office today from persons identified as O S Mathi of Madurai and Anu Mohan of Marthandam and both warned her not to come to the town which is considered to be the stronghold of Union Minister and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's son M K Alagiri. 
One of the letters said Jayalalithaa will be targeted irrespective of the mode of transport she choses to Madurai. It said the task was not difficult as even former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi could be assassinated. The task would be executed by a "suicide squad", the sender warned. 

Jayalalithaa had received many threats over the past one month, almost all of them warning her to not visit Madurai. One of them even identified themselves as the 'suicide squad' of 'Anjanenjan', a sobriquet for Alagiri. However, the AIADMK chief had said she would go ahead with the rally, even as her party MLAs and MPs continued to mount pressure on the state and Centre for enhancing her security as well as order a CBI probe. 

Bowing to AIADMK pressure, the state government had on September 28 ordered for a CBI probe into the issue. AIADMK MPs had earlier met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram complaining about 'lackadaisical' approach of the DMK government and pressed for more security to their leader.

Friday, October 1, 2010






Ayodhya verdict only tenable solution: Pak media

Islamabad: The Allahabad High Court verdict on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi issue trifurcating the disputed land into two parts for the Hindus and one for the Muslims seemed to be the "only tenable solution", a leading Pakistani paper said Friday, adding it hoped the "demarcation is done amicably and fairly".

"Perhaps this was the only tenable solution considering the divergent views of the three-member bench: Justice Sudhir Agarwal felt 'the building in dispute was constructed after demolition of a non-Islamic religious structure i.e. a Hindu temple", while Justice S.U. Khan's findings were that 'no temple was demolished for constructing the mosque'," an editorial in Dawn said. 
It said that initially, it appears to be a judgment in favour of Hindu demands, but noted the verdict will "be viewed as pragmatic if it soothes communal passions and ensures such ugly incidents do not happen again". 

"Nearly two decades after Hindu zealots tore down the 16th-century Babri mosque, there appears to be some sense of closure to the divisive issue. Or is there", the editorial wondered, noting that "when religion, mythology and politics come together in issues such as this, the mix is nothing less than incendiary". 

It said the verdict must have come as a relief for the Congress-led government - under whose watch the mosque was demolished in 1992. "A totally pro-Hindu verdict would have put a question mark on the government's secular credentials while a pro-Muslim judgment would have alienated the government from the Hindu majority," it said

TN Govt orders CBI probe into death threats to Jaya

Chennai: Buckling under pressure from AIADMK, Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday decided to hand over to CBI five cases regarding repeated death threats issued to its party chief Jayalalithaa.

The DMK government's decision comes a day after an AIADMK delegation made yet another representation to the Chief Secretary and Home Secretary demanding a CBI probe into the threats.

"Accepting the demand made by the AIADMK delegation, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to transfer to the CBI all cases pertaining to issuing of death threats to Jayalalithaa," the government said in a statement. 
It, however, said the state police were taking all required action on a set of complaints by AIADMK backed Jaya TV channel, which has claimed it has received several letters warning Jayalalithaa against touring Madurai for a proposed rally in October. 

The statement said special teams had been formed to probe the matter after cases were filed at Guindy police station in Chennai and the teams had toured Madurai, Tanjavur to conduct investigation with employees of Postal department. 

High-ranking officials were overseeing the investigation and the letters have been sent for forensic examination, it said. 

AIADMK claimed the letters had also warned the channel not to air programmes about the murder of a former DMK minister. 

An AIADMK delegation led by party Treasurer O Panneerselvam had claimed in its representation to the government yesterday that no action had been taken on its complaints and pressed its demand for a CBI probe. 


The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court today delivered a verdict on the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi Babri Masjid issue, calling for the disputed land to be divided into three parts with Hindus, Muslims and the Nirmohi Akhada sharing the parts.
The decision has evoked widespread reaction from politicians, lawyers and eminent personalities in the country. Here's what some of them had to say in the initial hours after the verdict

Mr Zafaryab Jilani, Sunni Waqf Board lawyer - "We will appeal for declaration and possession of the entire land. There is no need for public resentment, no reason for gloom. We hope peace and tranquility will be maintained throughout the country."

Mr Mohan Bhagwat, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsangchalak - "The judgment has paved the way for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. The judgment is not a win or loss for anybody. We invite everybody, including Muslims, to help build the temple."

Mr Janardhan Dwivedi, General Secretary Congress Party - "Congress has held that the controversy should either be solved through talks or the verdict of the court should be accepted. The court has given the verdict. We should all welcome the judgment."

Ms Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister - "Please maintain communal harmony and beware of forces that try to spread communal strife. If anyone tries to spoil the peace in Uttar Pradesh, the state government too will take strict action."

Mr Mohammed Hashim Ansari, Litigant - "I welcome the court decision. I appeal to all Muslims in the country not to get upset over the decision."

Mr Nritya Gopal Das, Ramjanmabhoomi Trust chief Mahant - "It is the responsibility of Hindus and Muslims to ensure peace prevails even after the verdict. It (verdict) should not affect the composite culture of the country. Hindu-Muslim ties need to become stronger after the verdict."

Mr Lalu Prasad, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief - "Maintain harmony and brotherhood. Let the text of the judgment come, there is still confusion on what the verdict is."

Stay tuned for more news on the Ayodhya verdict and reactions.

‘The Ayodhya order will help maintain communal harmony in country’

The verdict pronounced by the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad high court on the Ayodhya title suits case was welcomed by all fraternities in Surat.
The decision was termed as a process by the court to maintain and foster communal harmony in the country.
Leaving aside some incidents of celebration at few places, no untoward incident was reported from the city.
From 3 pm, Surtis began to gather in front of the television eagerly waiting for the verdict. Citizens danced to joy after the court gave its decision on the disputed land and burst crackers at many places.
However, to prevent any ugly situation from cropping up, police intervened in the matter and urged people to stop celebrating. The Hindus welcomed the decision, and so did the Muslim community, who termed the verdict as balanced and based on facts.
Even religious leaders, advocates and intellectuals welcomed the court's verdict. They urged people from both the communities to respect the judgement of the court and work towards spreading communal harmony in the society.
“High court's verdict on the Ayodhya case is based on the principles of Indian Constitution and Indian judicial system. This is an incredible decision, where all parties have been judged properly by court. People should respect the decision and should avoid playing politics over the issue,” said, Mahant Batukgiri, head of Atal-Ashram in Surat.
“None of the complainants can claim that the court verdict is against them. The court has given a decision in which nobody has won and nobody has lost. If any of the complainants feel that justice has not been delivered, there is still the option of moving the Supreme Court. Otherwise, this is a very balanced decision by the bench,” Manoj Khernar, a city based advocate, said.
Devkishan Mangani, president of FOSTAA, said that the court's verdict has brought an end to a long pending dispute. Looking at the decision, there is no room left for any hatred between people. The law has provided a perfect solution that was so much related with the lives of common man.
Prior to the court's verdict, there was curfew like situations at Bhagal, Cinema Road, Chowk-Bazaar, Rander, Jahangirpura, Salabatpura, and Saiyedpura. Majority of the shops remained closed throughout the day, while there was hardly any vehicular movement all the day in these areas. To prevent any untoward incident post verdict, heavy security was deployed in the city.
Few youths tried to break into a shop owned by a person belonging to a minority community at Limbayat on Thursday evening. However, police arrived at the spot and foiled the plan. Except this, no incident was recorded in the city till late in the evening

Temple town calm after Babri verdict

The Allahabad high court verdict had enough potential to spark adverse reactions, but the Hindus and Muslims they did not let that happen.
In the temple town, there was no jubilation on the face of the ordinary Hindu and there was nothing to show that Muslims were angry. They were tired of the conflict and determined not to let anybody exploit their feelings. They wanted peace.
Most people preferred to stay in. The leaders of trade associations from both communities had appealed to their members to discuss the verdict only within the confines of their homes, so they did that.
In fact, most people were unwilling to talk to the media. Ramnaresh Tiwari, who owns a paan shop near Hanumangadi, downed shutters within half-an-hour of the verdict and started rushing home.
He said, “We wanted the verdict to come and we are happy it has come. Now, our only aim is to maintain mutual harmony and peace.”
When asked whether he was happy with the judgment, Tiwari said angrily, “Do not force me to make any controversial statement.”
Irfan Sheikh, who owns a grocery shop, looked slightly sombre. When asked for his reaction, Sheikh said, “At least the tension is over and we can start a fresh chapter together. Now it is up to leaders to decide whether they would end the matter here.”
Maulana Mohammad Zafar has been holding regular prayers at the local for peace. “The prayers have done their work,” he said. “There is absolute peace.”