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Levels of distrust – Muslim and Police

August 23, 2014 1:38 am
"Pakistan still  has many voices that point out the falsehood of the intolerant doctrine fed to our population as its daily  diet."24 per cent of Muslims in the same economic class expressed the same level of distrust of the police.


Survey data confirms perceptions of a trust deficit between Muslims and the police.

The gap of learning between India and Pakistan is significant because it goes beyond the argument of population ratios.

By sanjay kumar

The recent report “Strategy for making police forces more sensitive towards minority sections” prepared by three directors general of police, Sanjeev Dayal, Deoraj Nagar and K. Ramanujam, could not be more timely. There seems to be a sense of shared anxiety amongst Muslims after the BJP assumed power at the Centre. It is for the Modi government, more so for the home ministry, to act upon some, if not all, of the report’s recommendations which could help build confidence in the BJP among Muslims.

The report concludes that there is a trust deficit as Muslims perceive the police to be communal, biased, insensitive, ill-informed, corrupt and lacking professionalism. Surveys across countries indicate that the level of trust among people in the police is very low, much lower compared to other institutions. In India, the DGPs’ report moves one step further in endorsing such a perception.

Findings from surveys conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) confirm some of the observations in the report by the DGPs. Not only is the level of trust in the police amongst Muslims lower compared to Hindus, it has also declined during the last few years. In a 2009 survey, 21 per cent of Hindu respondents indicated they had no trust in police forces. This perception hardly changed in the next four years. But the proportion of Muslims who reposed faith in the police declined during the same period. In the 2009 survey, 19 per cent among Muslims indicated they had no trust in the police —  this went up to 26 per cent in 2013. But this change in perception was largely reflected among urban, upper-class, educated Muslims. Among Muslims living in villages, 24 per cent said they placed no trust in the police ( in comparison, 20 per cent among the Hindus said the same), but the figure corresponded to 29 per cent among Muslims living in towns and cities. While there is hardly any difference in perception between rural and urban Hindus with regard to trust in the police, there is a noticeable difference among Muslims on this question.

Similarly, the level of distrust of the police is higher among Muslims belonging to all economic strata as compared to Hindus in the same economic rungs. The 2013 study indicates that among upper-class Hindus, 17 per cent had no trust in the police while 24 per cent of Muslims in the same economic class expressed the same level of distrust of the police. This figure was even higher among middle-class Muslims (27 per cent) as compared to 17 per cent among lower-class Hindus. The level of distrust among Muslims keeps increasing as one goes down the economic ladder — 29 per cent in the lower class, and 32 per cent among poor Muslims. This holds true for Hindus as well (22 per cent for lower class and 23 per cent among poor Hindus) but the level of distrust of the police amongst them is much lower compared to Muslims belonging to similar economic strata.

Responses to a question in the 2013 survey on whether they believed the police would treat Muslims and Hindus equally if they needed to approach a police station for resolving disputes further revealed this clear difference in perception between Hindus and Muslims. Thirty-nine per cent among Hindus believed the police would discriminate between the two, while this figure corresponded to 49 per cent among Muslims. This perception is shared both among rural and urban Muslims, though in much higher proportion among urban Muslims.

The findings of the survey also indicate that of the various institutions and agencies (panchayat, tehsil/ BDO office, courts, police station/ thana, government hospital and ration shop), the police station is seen as the most corrupt by a cross-section of Indians, but in greater proportion by Muslims. About 25 per cent of all respondents considered the police to be the most corrupt. Among Muslims, 28 per cent perceived the police station to be the most corrupt.

The DGPs’ report seems to be correctly pointing towards the basic reasons behind such perceptions, namely, the under-representation of Muslims in the police and, perhaps, the misconduct of some police personnel, especially during the time of communal disturbances. In the 2013 survey, a larger number of Muslim respondents (51 per cent) expressed varying degrees of difficulty in obtaining help from the police compared to Hindus (40 per cent). Poorer Muslims had greater difficulty in obtaining police help (53 per cent) compared to rich Muslims (40 per cent).

Changing perceptions is a very challenging task, more so when it is about an institution like the police. Such perceptions could be changed largely by social interaction. The report rightly suggests steps like training, outreach programmes, forming specialised cyber wings to combat rumours and similar efforts for building long-term trust in the police. The positive side to this story is that, despite the trust deficit, many Muslims are not averse to getting in touch with the police if the need arose. In fact, there is hardly any difference of opinion on this issue among Hindus and Muslims.

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Dalit woman accuses police of taking bribe


SURKHET, August 1:After her husband eloped with another woman, Nanda BK of Sandhikhola, Ramghat VDC-2, Surkhet district was asked by the police to appear at the Area Police Office, Chhinchu.

Although Nanda was seven months pregnant she reached the police office only to be detained for two days for no apparent reason at all. After being released, Nanda had thought she would never be troubled by the police again. “But the police demanded bribe from us,” Nanda told media persons, “I even paid them the amount they demanded but they have still been troubling me.”

The family of the woman with whom Nanda´s husband had eloped with had earlier registered a complaint against the latter accusing him of human trafficking.

Nanda then went to Shimla of India and brought back the woman to Surkhet district. The woman explained to the police that she had married Nanda´s husband. But the police continued thrashing Nanda.

Nanda accused sub-inspector Radheshyam Chaudhary of accepting Rs 80,000 from the woman´s relatives. She claimed that her brother-in-law Hemant had seen Chaudhary accepting the bribe.

She also accused sub-inspector Chaudhary of demanding an additional Rs 27,000 to pay to a senior police officer. Superintendent of Police Prakash Adhikari, who the chief of Surkhet police, said that he had held a discussion with Nanda and the police officials after learning about the case.

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Forged Gram Sabha Complaint: Jabalpur HC Takes Singrauli SP to Task

The issue of the forged signatures in the Gram Sabha resolution has received a boost from the Jabalpur High Court. The HC has pulled up the Superintendent of Police of Singrauli for not taking action on the complaint filed by the villagers on the forged Gram Sabha resolution of March 6, 2013. Acting on a writ petition filed by Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS) member and Greenpeace Activist, Priya Pillai, the Jabalpur High Court passed an order directing the Singrauli SP to conduct an inquiry within seven days and communicate the outcome to the petitioner in the next 30 days.


16 July 2014Public Meeting at Mahan in Madhya Pradesh © Vivek M / Greenpeace


Members of MSS today personally delivered a copy of the court order to the SP to ensure that the order has reached the right people.

“The SP now has seven days to conduct a preliminary enquiry into the issue. If the enquiry reveals a cognizable offence, an FIR should be filed and necessary action should be taken against the thana-in-charge of Maada police station, who refused to register an FIR despite repeated attempts. If no cognizable offence is found, we should be given an answer in writing within the next 30 days,” says Priya Pillai.

This is a welcome development for the community members of the Mahan region and a setback for Essar’s proposed coal mine in the forests of Mahan. “The Jabalpur High Court’s order is a big blow to Essar’s plans of mining in Mahan forests. In case an FIR is filed, it could mean that a fresh Gram Sabha could be conducted to decide the fate of mining in Mahan forests,” says Pillai.

The Gram Sabha resolution in question is a forged document that was created to give a go-ahead to the mine in Mahan forests. Conducted in order to get a vote on the mine on March 6, 2013, the special Gram Sabha was attended by only 182 people. However, a copy of the resolution acquired through Right to Information (RTI) has 1,125 signatures. The villagers have evidence that most of the signatures in the resolution have been forged. The document even contains names of people, who have been dead for a number of years. On February 12, 2014, the Veerappa Moily-led environment ministry granted the stage II forest clearance to the coal block on the basis of this doctored document. Following this, MSS began a peaceful Van Satyagraha and declared the clearance null and void.

“For the past couple of months we have been urging the authorities to lodge an FIR for this case, but to no avail,” says Hiramani Singh Gond, member of MSS and resident of Amelia village. “This forged Gram Sabha resolution has given a free ticket to the officials from Essar and forest department to enter our forests and mark trees which need to be felled to clear the way for the mine. All this has to stop, till a thorough investigation is conducted into the forged resolution,” he adds.

The district collector of Singrauli had earlier gone on record saying that a fresh Gram Sabha on FRA would be conducted if he finds any discrepancy in the March 6 Gram Sabha resolution. “Several months have passed since he said this and we still do not know the outcomes of the enquiry or the action the district collector has taken,” says Pillai.

“Members of civil society, such as Ashish Kothari and Ramesh Agrawal, have written to the Tribal Minister and the district collector of Singrauli expressing concern over the way the Forest Rights Act is being implemented and urged them to ensure that a free and fair Gram Sabha is conducted the second time around,” says Pillai.

The Jabalpur High Court’s order is a move in the right direction and the local police in Singrauli should file an FIR after a detailed enquiry into the matter. Additionally, necessary action should be taken against the thana in-charge of Maada, who failed to do his duty.

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Cop arrested taking money from transgender in Ajmer

TNN | Jun 19, 2014, 02.06AM IST

AJMER: Former SHO of dargah police station Vijay Singh Choudhary was arrested by police on Wednesday under charges of criminal breach of trust by a public servant in a rape case filed by a transgender on June 10. Choudhary is charged with taking Rs 40,000 from the transgender before she was arrested.

The district police confirmed on Wednesday that half of the story of the transgender that money was stolen from her was was true but remained adamant on the second charge that she was raped and said the matter is under investigation. Previously Choudhary was removed from dargah police station last week and sent to police lines and investigation officer IPS Gaurav Yadav arrested him.

Police charged Choudhary with breaching of trust when the possessions of the transgender which was kept in the police station was not returned back when she was released. “We took statements of policemen posted in te dargah police station and found that SHO Vijay Singh Choudhary took Rs 87,000 from the transgender when she was arrested and showed only Rs 47,000 on record. We found it to be a crime of breach of trust under Section 409 of the IPC” said SP Mahendra Singh Choudhary.

He further denied that any conclusion has been arrived on the rape accusation by the transgender and said that nothing came out during the investigation so far. “We are still waiting for the FSL report to reach a conclusion but it is certain that there was no rape of the victim in the police station on the night of June 5 when she was in custody and was under arrest,” Choudhary claimed.

Choudhary said that there is no sign of wounds on private parts of the transgender who stated that she was raped. “The wounds on her other body parts are just because she fought with the policemen on June 4 on main road,” Choudhary further said.

The victim accused that when she was arrested she was having Rs 87,000 in her possession and also three Rs 500 notes with the series bearing 786 but when she was released police handed her only Rs 47,000 and kept remaining Rs 40,000 with them.

Meanwhile, sources said with arrest of SHO Choudhary, the police are going to close the case and give a clean chit to the accused who are charged with sexual abuse and rape. But PUCL, an NGO which came out in support of the transgender, gave a memorandum to the SP to arrest all accused in the case.

The incident happened when the transgender from Mumbai came to offer prayers in the dargah. She was accused of beating up a constable June 4 in the dargah bazaar along with seven other transgenders. Later all accused were sent to jail by a court. On June 9, when the transgender came out on bail, she filed a report to the police alleging that ASI Laxmi Narayan and two other constables of raping her in the dargah police station on the night of June 5.

She was taken for medical examination twice and also for sonography and it was confirmed that the victim transplanted female part in 2009. Her statement was also recorded in the court while police recorded statement of other witnesses.

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Mumbai Police thrash two runners training on city’s roads at night #WTFnews

Vijay V Singh


Navy Employee And BPO Manager Claim Inspector Assaulted Them At Vikhroli

Two sports enthusiasts, who were training at night for a marathon, were allegedly thrashed by a policeman early on Saturday and threatened with a false case.Breeze Sharma (40), employed with the navy , and his friend Kavin Kondabathini (34), a BPO employee, regularly practise on the city’s roads by night to train for a run on Himalayan terrain. They were on a regular round on Friday night near the Eastern Express Highway and halted for a snack in Vikhroli at around 2am on Saturday , when they were first accosted by the policeman.

Sharma and Kondabathini were having refreshments inside a makeshift tent at Vikhroli, when a police inspector spotted them. The tents had been set up to conduct the physical tests of applicants for constables’ jobs and are left unattended at night.

The inspector reportedly assaulted Sharma and Kondabathini with a lathi, for stopping at the police tent and took another lathi when the first one broke. Sharma and Kondabathini had parked their jeep and bike respectively on the service road before they started and following the assault, they left the spot hurriedly in their vehicles. The duo said they stopped their vehicles some distance from the tent but the inspector reportedly followed them in a van and assaulted them. They then drove for quite a few kilometers and stoppedagain for Kondabathini to collect his bag from Sharma’s jeep when the police van also arrived there.

A constable from the van then allegedly told the duo that the inspector would arrest them in a false case, so they sped off with their vehicles fearing arrest. “He had beaten me badly and I didn’t tell my family members about it initially,“ said Kavin. “I am unaware of this incident.
They can meet senior officers with their grievances and we will inquire into it,“ said Mahesh Patil, deputy commissioner of police and city police spokesperson.

Sharma said he has been practising on roads for 14 months and is associated with a group called the `Mumbai Road Runners’.

Breeze on Facebook states


Guys am about to share something which can happen to any of u;As u r aware i was to run 100kms as my last training leg before my gruelling event at Himalaya (Himalayan Crossing-360k). Many of my runner friends had planned to join me at various timings,another friend joined me at 2000hrs.At around 0230hrs i finished 66kms and my friend 40kms.We both were taking a break near a police recruitment tent on Eastern Express Highway Mulund. A police patrol van comes and without asking anything a three star police person just started blowing lathis left,right center on us. We kept on hitting.I am from armed forces still they did not have any courtesy.While beating the lathi broken eventually , this person snatched another one from a havldar standing side by .It was a highest degree of torture and i was thinking at the moment that he should not shoot us in frustration.They kept us chasing as if we were criminals and terrorists.When we stopped near Gandhi nagar bridge to review our injuries and put on shoes n tees again the VAn came n this time they asked about the docks of the vehicles the three star ordered to put us behind the lock up , then i said him that without any reason u r doing all these things,M not an out sider I live in Naval colony just meters ahead, ok m ready to go any where take me,then one of the havaldar came and told us that :SAB KA MIJAJ THIK NAHI H….CHALE JAO.M still too much up set that without any reason my friend had to face this kind of situation.As few of other friends were to join at 0300 we called and alerted them.This is just done.WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS WE ARE RUNNERS. I will be back again on the same road soon……


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Press Release – Civil Society condemns police action and sexual assault against peaceful demonstration of Dalits of Bhagana in Delhi

We condemn police action and sexual assault against peaceful demonstration of Dalits of Bhagana in Delhi

We express shock and dismay at the mindset and functioning of the government and the state machinery towards rape survivors and their families and sympathizers.

Families of four minor rape survivors and the girls themselves belonging to a Dalit community from Bhagana village, Haryana, have been sitting in a peaceful dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi since early April. The community has been denied justice and the dominant Jat community hounded them out completely, by not allowing daily survival requirements as access to water, common lands or the market or a doctor.

In May 2012, the Dalit community of the village came to the Hisar Secretariat with their families and cattle, and started an indefinite dharna in front of the District Collector’s office. In continuation of the social boycott, four minor girls were attacked when they had gone out to relieve themselves on the night of 23 March 2014.

Instead of considering their demands, the state and central government on early morning June 4th clamped down on the peaceful protestors in a clearly planned manner in Hisar and Delhi simultaneously.

On the same afternoon when the Bhagana protestors (including the families of the rape survivors and the girls themselves and representatives of women’s organisations, Dalit organisations and students’ organisations) went to the Parliament Street Police Station, Delhi to present a memorandum asking to be allowed to stay in Jantar Mantar since they had nowhere else to go, the police responded in the most crude and unlawful manner.

The mothers of two of the rape survivors were leading the group. Women police were directed to sexually assault the protestors. Using undue force and targeting the women by grabbing their private parts and pushing their hands into the anal region, the mothers of the survivors and several women activists were attacked. At one point a senior police officer came out and shouted out – “Are ye aise nahi manenge – lathi ghusao.” Batons were then thrust at the women’s private parts.

It is shocking to see that the police has used sexual assault to deal with demonstrators. The police had removed identification badges and engaged in a totally unacceptable crime.

We demand strong, immediate and exemplary action against personnel accused in this incident. This incident makes it clear that the new government has to take steps beyond tokenism in well publicized rape cases and ensure lawful conduct of its functionaries.

The Bhagana families have no place to go and it is no concession to allow them to stay at Jantar Mantar for another ten days. They have to be offered livelihood and adequate security and the investigation in the rape cases has to proceed seriously and till then they cannot be asked to leave.


Anil Trivedi, Perin Daji, Chinmay Mishra, Sister Rosali, Jawahar Dassani, Ajay Lagoo, Ashok Dubey, Alok Khare, Kailash Limbodia,  Kamayani Bali Mahabal and Belu George, Jayashree, Subhadra Kharpade, Sarika Srivastava and Kalpana Mehta from Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression

Contact Sarika Srivastava [email protected]; 9589862420

Belu George [email protected]; 76970162113

Kalpana Mehta [email protected]; 9425056985


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Maharashtra Police are underplaying the horrific lynching of a Dalit teenager #WTFnews

A protest rally on May 20, 2014 from Dadar East to Chaitya Bhoomi, Dadar West against brutal murder of Nitin Age (Kharda Village, Dist- Ahemadnagar).
The police attempted to cover up the casteist nature of the murder of a 17-year-old Dalit boy in Maharashtra last fortnight, says an independent fact-finding report.
On April 28, the body of a 17-year-old Dalit boy was found hanging from a tree, in Kharda village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district. He had a broken spine and burn marks all over his body. The boy, Nitin Aage, had been allegedly killed by a group of Maratha men for daring to speak to an upper-caste girl.The police have arrested 13 suspects so far, but had it not been for the intervention of Dalit activists, Aage’s death may not even have been recognised as a murder. According to a fact-finding report drawn up by a group of activists this week, the police first intended to record the incident merely as an accidental death.The report, written by a team of seven activists from the Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights and the Republican Panthers  Annihilation of Caste group, said that though the media emphasised the fact that Aage was a Dalit youth killed by upper caste men, the report claims that the police and other lobbies in Ahmednagar are attempting to label it as a case of honour killing unrelated to caste.

“In many cases of atrocities against Dalits, the caste angle is suppressed, even if the guilty are punished,” said Arun Ferreira, one of the seven members of the fact-finding team put together by the Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights and  the Republican Panthers Annihilation of Caste campaign. They plan to submit their report to the police and local government officials by the end of the week.

The police frequently underplay the casteist nature of such crimes, Ferreira said, in order to create the impression that caste-based oppression is no longer a major problem in India. Despite this, the number of crimes reported against Dalits remains significantly high across the country. Here are the figures for Maharashtra alone, both in terms of general crimes as well as crimes registered under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, where Nitin Aage was murdered, has seen at least 73 incidents of caste-based atrocities last year, according to the fact-finding report.
Aage was in class at the Rayat Shikshak Sansthan, a well-known school and junior college near Kharde village, when he was allegedly taken out by three Maratha men, beaten in the school premises, dragged across to the nearby highway road and eventually taken to an abandoned area where they smeared him with burning embers and hung him from a tree, to make it look like a suicide.

By this time, eye-witnesses had already informed Aage’s parents that their son had been beaten by Sachin Golekar, the brother of the upper-caste girl Aage had spoken to, and his friend Sheshrao Yeole. Later, Aage’s parents stated in their complaint that they had warned their son to stay away from the upper-caste girl to avoid any trouble.

Several witnesses in and around Aage’s school described to the fact-finding team how the beating had taken place. “But many of the young witnesses claim that the police has not recorded their statements,” said Shabana Khan, an advocate from Mumbai who was part of the  team.

Even though the police have booked Sachin Golekar, Sheshrao Yeole and other suspects for murder as well as under the Prevention of Atrocities Act, the report suggests that there have been deliberate lapses in the investigation.

“For one, the police claim they were unable to take the statement of the girl Nitin spoke to soon after the crime, because that would hurt her family’s sentiments,” said Khan. However, a few days later, news emerged that the girl had attempted suicide by setting herself on fire and is now battling for life in a Solapur hospital.

“We want investigating teams to recognise the girl is also a victim and that her statement would be important for the case,” said Ferreira.

While the fact-finding team believes that it is impossible that the school authorities were unaware of the fact that a student was being beaten up on campus, the police have not recorded the statement of the school principal. The deputy superintendent of police cited “the principal’s due retirement and his inability to take pressure” as the reasons for not recording his statement, says the report.

“That school is well-known in the area because its committee members include NCP [Nationalist Congress Party] leaders like Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar and Supriya Sule,” said Shyam Sonar, a member of the Republican Panthers organisation. “The Golekars themselves are part of the administration of the institute, so it is not surprising that they are being protected.”

The Golekar family, according to the report, is closely associated with the NCP and enjoys a lot of “economic and socio-political clout” in Kharda village. While Nitin Aage’s father is a landless labourer in a stone-crushing mill, the Golekars own more than 500 acres of land and a number of businesses.

The fact-finding team has recommended that the school management, principal and teachers should be made co-accused in the crime, that the safety of the Aage family and the girl from the Golekar family should be ensured and that the Ahmednagar district superintendent of police should be suspended. “A proper investigation should be done to bring out the casteist intent of the offence so as to ensure proper applicability of the charged provisions of the Prevention of Atrocities Act,” the report says.


Caste atrocities onDalits have always been a feature of our country. However the number of such incidents has been growing in recent times. This growing incidence, combined with the attempts by the dominant castes and the police and other state agencies to cover up the casteist nature of these atrocities, has made it all the more important for Civil liberty and Democratic rights organizations to rigorouslyinquire into the facts of such incidentsand bring out their true castenature. It is only by thus bringing out the facts that any attempts at suppression and cover-up can be exposed and that democratic consciousness among the broad masses against caste can be raised, thus making a contribution to the long-term goal of annihilation of caste.
As part of such an effort,a fact finding team was formedby the Dalit AtyacharVirodhiKrutiSamiti (Mumbai) on 4th May 2013 to inquire into the honour killing of one such dalit boy on 28th April in Kharda, Jamkhed tehsil, Ahmednagar district. The members of this team were: Subodh More (VidrohiSanskrutikChalwal), Jatin Desai (Journalist), Pratima Joshi (Journalist, Maharashtra Times), ShyamRanjankar (Independent Filmmaker), Shabana Khan (Advocate), Arun Ferreira (Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, CPDR) and Shyam Sonar (Republican Panthers JatiAntaachiChalwal).
The following terms of reference for inquiry were decided upon:
1. To understand the chain of events that led to the atrocity and the culpability of the people involved.
2. To expose any lapse on the part of the police machinery in investigating, arresting and properly charging the perpetrators of the atrocity.
3. To conduct a preliminary social inquiry into the cause of such an atrocity.
On the evening of 28th Aprilwhen the body of a 17 year old boy was brought in at the Government Hospital of Jamkhed for post mortem, a few Dalit activists happened to bepresent. The body was of Nitin Aage and it was immediately understood from his surname that he belonged to the Dalit community.On noticing burn marks on his body that had beenfound hanging from a tree, thedalit activists present immediately realized that this was another incident of caste atrocity. “We immediately demanded that the Police Officer register a case of murder” said ArunJadhav, Advocate and president of the LokAdhikarAndolan while speaking to the fact finding team. As the Police Inspector of Jamkhed was on leave, DheerajPatil, the DySP of Karjat-Jamkedh was the officer responsible. He initially intended to register it as a case of accidental death, awaiting the post mortem report. But the blatant burn marks on the body and pressure from the Dalit community, who had, by then, gathered in numbers, forced the DySP to register a murder case.ArunJadhav and Bapu Oval, another activist of LokAdhikarAndolanwhile speaking at length with the members of the fact finding team explained of how it was the pressure from the community, the video-recording the assault marks on the corpsethat they got done and their efforts in breaking the news out to the media that ultimately forced the administration to take cognizance of this offence as a murder and caste atrocity. Soon it became apparent that Nitin Aage was a victim of an honour killing. His alleged ‘crime’ was that he spoke to a girl of the dominant Maratha community.
The Incident:
Raju Aage, Nitin’s father,alongwith his wife-Rekha, two daughters and other members of the community,was sitting outside his tin hut when we met him. He spoke of how he was not an original resident of Kharda, but had settled here from Geetewadi, the adjoining village, almost 10 years ago. Having no land, he had to earn a living by crushing stones in a small electricity driven mill. Due to frequent load-shedding and electricity cuts he had to sometimes work till almost 2 am to earn a decent wage. He and his wife nevertheless managed to get all their children into school. Nitin was the eldest and he had just passed his 11 standard and was attending the extra classes held in the school and junior college run by the RayatShikshakSansthan.
The Aage’s tin dwelling (1 in Fig.) was the only one situated almost one and a half kilometer from the main settlement in Kharda. The Maharashtra State Highway No. 157, was infact the approach road for the Aage’s to the village and the RayatShikshan Mandal school (2 in Fig.) lay about a 500 meters to the right while on the way to the village.
On 28th April, Nitin had left for school for his extra classes. At around 11.45 am while Raju was crushing stones a villager informed him that his son was beaten up at the school. Raju arrived home by 12 noon and began inquires about Nitin’s whereabouts. A few villagers informed Raju and also his wife, who by then too was searching for Nitin, that their son was earlier beaten up by the Sachin Golekar and SheshraoYevle. Raju along with his brother searched in the shrubby area on the other side of the road opposite the school, assuming that Nitin would have wandered off in shame due to the beating and hence would need some persuasion to come back home. However it was only by 3.30- 4pm did Raju see the dead body of his son in the area of the Brick kiln (3 in Fig.) owned by the Golekars. Nitin’s body lay hung from a tree, with its torso and legs lyingslanting on their left sides along the ground. The noose by which he was strangulated was put together from rope and rags. The corpse was swollen from waist below, spine broken and at many places showed burn marks by embers from the kiln. Raju immediately got in touch with Sunil Salve, a local activist of the Republican Party of India who phoned the local police API by 4.45- 5pm.
By 1 am, on the 29thApril, after the body was examined in the Jamkedh Government Hospital, the DySP had registered the complaint as FIR no. I-71/2014 dated 29.04.2014 under sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 143,147, 148, 149 (charges relating to unlawful assembly and rioting) of the Indian Penal Code and under the Section 3(2)(5) of the Prevention of Atrocities Act and Section 7(1)(d) of the Protection of Civil Rights Act. In the FIR, the complainant, Raju Aage mentions how Nitin had told him two days earlier that a Golekar girl wanted to marry him, on which he told Nitin that he should no fall in these problems as they were poor. On inquires Rekha had come to know that the three Maratha boys, whose names are mentioned in the FIR, had mercilessly thrashed Nitin saying that he should not fall in love with a hindu girl. And after beating Nitin they had sent him to the KanohbaMandir. There after killing him they partly hung him from the branch of a lime tree, so as to hide the fact that he was murdered and make it out to be a suicide.
Immediately after the lodging of the complaint, the brother of the girl who Nitin is said to have spoken to, namely Sachin Golekar, (21) and his friend and relative SheshraoYeole (42),both Marathas were arrested and another minor Maratha boy had been detained.
Till the writing of this report, the police state that they have arrested a total of 13 youth,all relatives of the Golekarextended family. When the fact finding team members spoke to the local Dalit activists, they said that many of the accused persons have close associations with Rashtrawadi Congress Party ( NCP ).

Background of atrocities in AhmedNagar District
Much of Marathwada’s socio-political situation, especially regarding severe caste oppression has its influence over this region. Ahmednagar district is on the border of Marathwada. In this district many cases of atrocities against schedule caste and schedule tribes have taken place. In village LimpanGaon (DhangarWadi) TalukaSriGonda where 16 houses and 20-25 shanties of Schedule Castes, tribes and Nomadic tribes and members of religious minorities were burnt. In the same taluka in the village DhawalGaon, JanabaiBorge, a woman belonging to Matang community was burnt alive. One of the case happened around 2014 April end in ChibhaleGaon, in TalukaSrigonda where castiest community of the village banned and refuse to carry out cremation of one of the Dalit Woman of that village. This SrigondaTaluka was always happened to be a hometown of Mr. BabanRaoPachapute (Ex- Tribal Minister of Government of Maharashtra). In the same Ahemednagar district from Bhabhulgao, KarjatTaluka a Dalit youth called DipakKamble was severely beaten. Suman Kale a woman belonging to the Nomadic tribe was brutally sexually violated and killed. In ShegaonTaluka, village Paithan, Walekar a Dalit Youth was killed by cutting him into pieces. BabanMisal around 2008 a matang youth in JamkhedTaluka was killed by Castist.
A year back, on 1st January 2013three young men of Sonai village, TalukaNevasa, Ahmednagar, Sandip Raju Dhanwar, Sachin SomlalaDharu and Tilakaliase Rahul Raju Kandare, from the Mehtar community were drowned to death in a septic tank, by a mob of upper caste men. It too was an ‘honour’ killing. One of those killed was in love with the daughter of an upper caste farmer, who was among those accused. This matter was suppressed by the authorities for almost a month. This Sonai Village was well known by the name of Ex M.P. and senior leader YashawantraoGadakhPatil.
The leading Marathi daily, Sakal, in its Pune edition dated 12th December has pointed out that there have been 73 cases of atrocities have been registered in Ahmednagar District. District stands on3rdrank in the state in terms of atrocities against SC/STs.
Context of Kharda incident

Kharda lies in Ahmednagar District, near the district’s south-eastern border,neighboringOsmanabad and Beed. Due to scanty rainfall and poor irrigation this entire region faces severe drought conditions almost every year.Kharda is also the location of the historical fort where the Marathas under the Peshwa of Pune fought the Nizam of Hyderabad, in 1795. The Marathas won this final battle against the Nizam, chiefly due to the assistance of theRajput (khadarajputs) community. The fort (4 in Fig.) lies on the opposite side of the village as viewed from Nitin’s hut.
But what made theyouth of the extendedGolekar family of Khardaso confident that they could beat up a Dalit boy behind the RayatShikshanSansthan School, keep thrashing him in the school premises, keep thrashing him while crossing the village approach road i.e. the Maharashtra State Highway No. 157 (all done in broad daylight), take him to a brick kiln owned by the family, put embers in his lap and pants, killhim and then strangulate him so as to appear to be a case of suicide…?? Infact, from investigations and comments so far, it is not disputed by the Golekar family and many in the village that Nitin was beaten by them for talking with a Golekardaughter. The sister-in-law of the girl who Nitin spoke with and wife of Sachin Golekar, the first arrested accused, hadin an interview with a newsdaily blatantly stated,that her husband was only protecting his sister and questioned whether there was anything wrong in that? The answer to this seemingly indestructible confidence probably lies in the economic and socio-political clout the Golekar family holds. The extended Golekar family of Kharda owns more than 500 acres of land, 7-8 Grain shops, Cloth shops, a few brick kilns employing about 20-30 labourers each; Vijay Singh Golekar was the president of the Panchayat Samiti; another Golekaris part of the administration of the RayatShikshanSansthan School and Junior college. On the other hand, thedalitsofKhardaare mostly landless. Out of their total of around 80 to 100 households, only 10 such households own land,that too not more than 1 ½ acres each. Most men of these dalit households are engaged in manual labour like Raju Aage or perform in Band Parties i.e. mobile orchestra groups. Nevertheless, education among dalits was rising, surpassing many other communities and thus posing a real challenge to this socio-economic power structure.
Police Investigations
The biggest problem in most cases of caste atrocities is the administration’s refusal to recognize them as such. This outlook inevitably leads to a shoddy investigation into proving charges under the Prevention of Atrocities Act. Though the inclusion of a charge in the FIR or chargesheet can be ensured by pressure from the dalit community, the task of proving it before the court depends heavily on the investigation authorities. Here, the Investigation Officer, DySPDheerajPatil, himself disbelieves that the murder was a case of honour killing.
While speaking to the fact finding team,DySPDheerajPatil evaded giving information claiming that it will harm the investigations. When asked whether the police have recorded the statement of the Golekargirl who spoke to Nitin Aage, the DySP declined to reply. After stressing that the security of the girl should be safeguarded as she could be pressurized & threatened by the family, the DySP assured her safety, but declined to disclose details. All this was being said by DySPPatil, even while he very well knew that the girl had attempted to commit suicide and was taken by her Golekars to the rural hospital at Barshi in the Solapur district, where she is battling for her life .
The interesting thing in this matter is that Central Agriculture Minister and NCP leader Mr. SharadPawar is the Chairperson of this school Institution , RayatShikshanSanstha and another NCP leader and deputy Chief Minister, Mr. AjitPawar and NCP Rajya Sabha MP, Mrs. SupriyaSule,both are the committee members of this institute. Because of these high profile political forces involved with the school, Police authorities are under pressure and hesitated from registering complaint against the school management. Because of the Home Minister belonging to Rashtrawadi Party, the Police are even more under pressure from lodging the complaint. It is a shameful fact that all of these High profile ministers have deliberately chosen to stay silent on this issue. Neither have they even mentioned it anywhere, nor have they expressed their regret or condolences on the same. Even after such a brutal murder having been taken place in the school premises and this news widely circulated, still there has been no action against the school principal and teachers from the School Institution authorities. This shows school institution is indirectly supporting the culprits.
In the above context, when fact finding team member asked why had a statement of the President of the school not been recorded considering his responsibility given that the acts were done on school premises, the DySP spoke of the principal’s due retirement and inability to take the pressure. Apparently the principal had fainted when questioned by local dalit activists about why he gave a false interview to a TV channel claiming that Nitin Aage was not attending classes.
Raju Aage’s narration summarizes the now latent caste divide in the village well: “Although people from other communities have come to condole with me, none have come forward to give witness. There seems to be calm right now, but I fear I will be bumped off from behind and it will be made to look as an accident. I fear for myself and my two daughters.”
Three cabinet ministers of Ahmednagar district, BalasahebThorat, RadhakrisnaVikhePatil and Madhukar Rao Pichad did not give any immediate due attention to the issues. Apart from them, State leaders of Maharashtra NavnirmanSena( MNS ), ShiveSena, BJP, none of the leaders of opposition parties have not even visited immediately , nor did they protest such atrocity. And also, shamefully, well known social activist, Anna Hazare who himself belongs to Ahmednagar district also did not express his dissent or utter a single word about these atrocities. After pressure created by Media, very few of them visited the victim’s family so as to save their faces.
For political benefits and in view of approaching state assembly elections in October, this year hasseen leaders from the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP), that has a significant base among the Marathas trying to mollify the dalit community. Numerous leaders have visited the Aage family andState Tribal Affairs Minister MadhukarPichadof the NCP has even declared a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh, Rs. 5 lakh from the State government and Rs. 5 lakh from the party, as assistance for the Aage family. Another NCP leader and State Home Minister RR Patilhavealso promised to try the case in a fast track court.
After our considered investigation, we as members of the fact finding team demand the following:
1. A proper investigation should be done to bring outthe casteist intent of the offence so as to ensure proper applicability of the charged provisions of the Prevention of Atrocities Act.
2. School management, school principal and school teacher should be made the co-accusedunder Atrocity Act Provision in this case for trying to suppress the matter.
3. If there are manipulations with Post Mortem report, then the concerned Medical officers should be made co-accused under atrocity act.
4. In Kharda village, a special GramSabha under the Chairmanship of District’s Guardian Minister should be called. In this meeting complete security should be assured to the victim’s family and such a resolution should be passed for future. Further, in future if anything happens to the Aagefamily, who is the victim, then the persons associated to the culprit should be held responsible
5. The girl belonging to the Golekar family too is a victim of this honour killing and hence it is the state’s responsibility to ensure her safety.
6. On moral grounds, Nagar district’s SP should be immediately suspended for the increasing instances of atrocities during his tenure.
7. Special Fast Track court should take up this case outside Nagar district, possibly in Aurangabad or Nasik district.
8. Nagar district should be declared as the atrocity affected district.
9. The Nodal officer appointed under Atrocity act has failed to perform his duties; hence he should be immediately suspended from his post.
10. On moral grounds, Home Minster R. R. Patil should immediately resign for the increasing instances of atrocities during his tenure.

Fact Finding team members:
1. Subodh More ( 0932205263 ) [email protected]
2. Jatin Desai ( 09869077718 ) [email protected]
3. Pratima Joshi ( 9821263002 ) [email protected]
4. Arun Ferreira ( 9769287956 ) [email protected]
5. Advocate Shabana ( 9029409374 ) [email protected]
6. AritroBhattacharjee ( 9222178391) [email protected]
7. ShyamRanjankar ( 09869052318 ) [email protected]
8. Shyam Sonar (08080829499 )[email protected]

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Delhi cops, govt ‘colluded’ during 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Cobrapost Sting

By  on April 22, 2014

A sting operation by Cobrapost on several police officers serving in Delhi during the anti-Sikh pogrom of 1984 allegedly exposes how the police refused to act against the rioters, partly because they wanted to be on the right side of the Congress government of the day, and partly because the police force itself had got communalized.

Based on a series of interviews by an undercover reporter with six station house officers (SHOs) of the time, from areas where the riots took place, the sting apparently brings to light ‘confessions’ by many of them. The interviews of two senior officers, ACP Gautam Kaul and then police commissioner S C Tandon, however, yielded no such confessions.


While Tandon parried all the questions, Kaul claimed that on one occasion when he went to check out reports of rioting near Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, he had to flee since he was alone in front of a hostile mob.

While TOI cannot vouch for the authenticity of the interviews, if they are true they reveal how an entire police force not only failed to act, but colluded with the government of the day to teach Sikhs “a lesson” in one of the worst examples of state-sponsored violence against a religious minority.

The SHOs interviewed were Shoorveer Singh Tyagi of Kalyanpuri, Rohtas Singh of Delhi Cantonment, SN Bhaskar of Krishna Nagar, OP Yadav of Srinivaspuri and Jaipal Singh of Mehrauli. Amreek Singh Bhullar, who was SHO of Patel Nagar at the time, was also interviewed. He had submitted an affidavit to an inquiry commission accusing some local leaders of not just participating in the riots but whipping up mobs into a frenzy.

Among the more shocking revelations is that messages were broadcast directing the police not to take action against rioters shouting slogans of “Indira Gandhi zindabad” and that bodies of victims were in some cases dumped far away from the scene of the rioting to reduce the official toll of the riots.

According to some, while news of arson and rioting poured into the police control rooms, only 2 per cent of the messages were recorded. Later, entries in police logbooks were changed to get rid of evidence of inaction on the part of senior officers.

Senior officers did not allow subordinates to open fire on rioters. Even the fire brigade refused to move to areas where cases of arson had been reported. The police also did not allow the victims of rioting to file FIRs or when they did file FIRs, clubbed many cases of murder and arson from disparate places in a single FIR.

At least three of the SHOs castigated Tandon for mismanagement. Tyagi, for instance, insisted that, “knowingly or unknowingly, he (Tandon) was under the influence of the government. He mismanaged in the beginning and in the first two days the situation went out of control.”

Yadav too accused Tandon of not providing leadership to the force, while Bhaskar said that instead of singling out some SHOs, the police chief’s head should have rolled.

The Ranganath Mishra Commission and the Kapur-Kusum Mittal Committee, both set up to inquire into the riots, held Tandon responsible for breakdown of law and order. When the Cobrapost reporter met Tandon, he refused to comment, saying anything said by him could create a controversy in poll season.

Bhaskar maintained that messages for reinforcement sent by him were ignored by senior officials. Bhullar accused additional CP Hukam Chand Jatav of refusing to act even when the press informed him about murders and arson taking place. According to Bhullar, Jatav was in the control room in Karol Bagh when a reporter passed on the information to him, but he responded by saying he was in the control room and no such thing had happened. “He knew everything lekin wahan se move hi nahi kiya,” claimed Bhullar.

Rohtas Singh, one of the officers indicted by the inquiry commissions, maintained that DCP Chandra Prakash did not allow him to open fire on the rampaging mobs. According to Singh, “he told me, and gave me in writing, that Indira Gandhi’s murder is big enough an event. Now should you make an even bigger event by opening fire?”

Singh insisted that he could have substantiated his charges if only wireless messages had been faithfully recorded. “If those messages had been recorded, I could have proved many things, but not even two 2% were recorded in the log book of the control room,” he said in Hindi, alleging also that Chandra Prakash had changed messages that would indict him.

Singh also admits to the force having got communal. “I have no hesitation saying that our policemen who were drawn from the local men too had become communal-minded,” he candidly observed.

The interviews also reveal how the police tried to put a spoke in the wheels of justice once the rioting abated following the intervention of the Army after three days. First, they did not register cases and when they did, they clubbed disparate cases in one FIR.

According to Bhullar, “The police did not register cases, instead they tried to suppress cases. They knew there were huge riots in their areas, so they tried to minimize, even picked up corpses and dumped them in Sultanpuri, to save their jobs.”


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PRESS RELEASE- Police brutally attacks film activists in Thrissur, Kerala

Photo: Police brutally attack film activists in Thrissur, Kerala. On Saturday, night February 22 five activists of VIBGYOR film festival were picked up by police from the front of the festival venue and brutally beat them up inside the police vehicle and inside the police station. Advocate R.K Asha who went to give them legal aid also was attacked by   male police inside the station. She has a wound on her leg from the attack by the male police and she is bleeding. Asha’s son Gautham and daughter Gadha who were accompanying their mother too were attacked and detained by the  police. All of them are detained by the police at the time of this writing.  </p>
<p>The activists detained in the Thrissur East police station are Neethu, Jithesh, Vivek, Nithin and Anurag, Advocate Asha and her son Gautham and daughter Gadha . All the women were verbally abused and harassed by the policemen. </p>
<p> On 14th of this month, Hindutwa hooligans with the collusion of the police had tried to prevent the screening of “Ocean of Tears” a film from Kashmir. VIBGYOR film collective stood together and drove back the lumpen elements from the venue. The police simply stood and watched the spectacle and allowed the hooligans to go scot-free. Even though these hooligans destroyed the VIBGYOR festival office, no cases were registered against them. You can read the report here</p>
<p>A police man who had sided with the Hindutwa elements was involved in the present attack on the VIBGYOR activists. It must be suspected that the Hindutwa elements are settling their score with the help of the  police force. </p>
<p>Take Urgent Action:</p>
<p>Write letters  to these key people in Kerala to take action and punish those responsible. </p>
<p>Chief Minister of Kerala<br />
Home Minister (minister incharge of law and order) </p>
<p>K.S.Balasubramanian<br />
State Police Chief


OnFebruary 22, 2014, five activists of VIBGYOR International FilmFestival were picked up by the police in Trichur and they werebrutally beaten up inside the vehicle as well as inside the policestation. Young woman cinematographer Neethu was attacked physicallyby male police and was subjected to sexual verbal abuse as well asphysical violence. Five young activists were physically attacked andare detained by police at the Thrissur East Police station. AdvocateR. K. Asha who came with her son and daughter to release theactivists were also brutally beaten up and the male police kicked herwith boots and she was dragged in front of her children. Her son andminor daughter were also subjected to physical violence. AdvocateAsha, her minor daughter, Neethu, and Sruti were hospitalized inThrissur later. We unanimously condemn the brutal violence on womeninside the police station and that also a practicing woman advocateand a young woman cinematographer as well as a minor girl. We alsodemand that the five boys who are still inside the police station bereleased immediately and unconditionally.


Itis shocking that the police attacks on women activists of VIBGYORtook place soon after the completion of 9thVIBGYOR which focused on Gender Violence. When the work ofinternationally famous Eve Einsler, `Vagina Monologues’ wasperformed, the police tried to initiate physical violence on February15, 2014 right inside the festival ground. On February 13th,when the Sangh Parivar activists tried to stop the screening of thedocumentary on Kashmir `Ocean of Tears’, the police facilitatedthem to enter the campus and destroy the festival office. While thehooligans destroyed the office right in front of the police, no casewas registered on any of these communal fascists. The activists ofVIBGYOR courageously and unitedly resisted them in a non-violentmanner and the fascists were forced to withdraw.


Weare shocked at the growing state violence and communal violence onthe cultural activists and we demand an immediate action on theguilty police officers. We demand that all the guilty police officersbe suspended and transferred immediately. We appeal to all women’sgroups, human rights groups, activists and film personalities tostrengthen this struggle against police violence on activistsimmediately. We appeal to all concerned sections to circulate thismessage immediately.


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Modi’s Ahmedabad Rally – Rs. 10 as entry fee for Youth – Rs. 10 lakhs for a class-III job #NoMore

  |Champawat Caught Red Handed
Kalyansinh Champawat Caught Red Handed collecting 10 lakhs worth of cash from a candidate

On 20th February, 2014, in the Vijay Shankhnad meeting of youth at Ahmedabad, while Modi was sneering at the UPA Government for not creating job opportunities for the Youth, the police was busy arresting BJP activists who had taken crores of bribe money to give jobs to the unemployed! In one of the most shameful acts of corruption, a leading activist of BJP, Mr Kalyansinh Champawat and his accomplices had charged an amount of Rs 10 lakhs from each unemployed youth in Gujarat to get a class-III job! The recruitment scam of the 1200 posts of Talati, senior clerk , multi-purpose health worker etc that came into light very recently, has once again exposed the dirty underbelly of Gujarat governance and the fraud the Government is playing with the lives of the unemployed youth.

Kalyansingh Champawat
Kalyansingh Champawat – BJP Leader

The modus operandi for the collection of bribe money was by organizing a coaching class for giving training to the candidates who would participate in the recruitment examination. The organizers of the coaching class were influential BJP leaders like Dr. Kalyansinh Champawat who due to their proximity with Government, had arranged with the examiners of the written test to “pass” the selected candidates who were asked to make a special mark on their answer paper for identification. Those candidates who paid the money were secretly told to mark their answer paper for being passed. Champawat and his assistant Nisal Shah were arrested on Wednesday and were remanded in police custody for a day. During remand they disclosed the names of two more accomplishes, Anil Mewada and Nainesh Jaiswal who used to bring the prospective candidates to the coaching class. Around 20 students appeared have admitted before the police that they had paid money to Champawat.

In the last ten years, almost all the recruitment to Government jobs in Gujarat has been marred with allegations of corruption including the recruitment of police constables. This is the manner in which the “clean” governance of Modi works and the youth are “empowered”. This post would remain incomplete if we do not disclose that while on one hand government jobs are being sold, on the other hand jobs to implement central schemes like MNREGA are being abolished. Three years back, Government of Gujarat which is the implementing agency for MNREGA had employed over 13000 persons as Gram Rojgar Sevak (GRS) to implement the project. By a recent circular, over 10000 posts have been abolished with effect from 28th February, 2014. Thus while ten thousand young people will lose their jobs, the rural employment guarantee scheme would also suffer due to want of necessary man power.


Exam scam: Police probing diary details

TNN | Feb 19, 2014, 02.31AM IST

AHMEDABAD: Gandhinagar police’s local crime branch (LCB) believes that Kalyansinh Champawat, the prime accused of Talati exam scam, might be involved in other cases too.

The LCB is investigating the case in which the owner of a coaching institute cheated candidates by claiming to be in possession of the question paper of the examination held for Talati post recently.

Champawat, along with his assistant, Nisal Shah, were nabbed from the institute, Smart Academy and Personality Development, in Sector 15 of Gandhinagar on Saturday.

Ashutosh Parmar, inspector of LCB, said that they had identified 15 candidates who had paid Champawat Rs10 lakh to get the question paper.

“Questioning is on to verify details written in his diaries and notebooks. We suspect that he might have duped more people in a government exam held earlier,” Parmar said.

In the diaries and notebooks cops have found initials of several students with their courses mentioned besides the initials.

“We are now trying to track down the students and ascertain other facts from them,” said a police official.

The cops had recovered Rs 1.43 crore from the accused after their arrest.
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