[Reader-list] fwd:An Open Letter to Hon'ble Prime Minister
murali.chalam at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 18:02:15 IST 2009
Custodial killings were rampant during the emergency period. However,
custodial killings became rampant in Kerala throughout the last three
decades of the post-emergency period during the dispensations of both
the CPI (M) and Congress-led governments. According to the NHRC, there
were a total of 54 custodial deaths in Kerala during 2002-2003, of
which 4 were in police custody and 50 in judicial custody.
On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM, anupam chakravartty <c.anupam at gmail.com> wrote:
> And also selectively picking up people labelling them as terrorists, staging
> selective encounters, with selected guns, and selected police officers,
> selected threat perceptions for the selected Cheif ministers because they
> have selectively killed people. are we talking about natural selection here?
> i dont think so, Peace be Upon Darwin.
> On 9/9/09, Murali V <murali.chalam at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Selective awakening and selective amnesia!!
>> V Murali
>> On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM, Rajendra Bhat Uppinangadi
>> <rajen786uppinangady at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Dear all members in the reader list,
>> > often I am confused by the fuss and hue and cries raised by some for
>> > selective amnesia if the encounters happen in the nation, often, few CMs
>> > become targets of annoyance, amused talks, and ofcourse of the disgust. A
>> > death by encounter is a death, which has no justification as rules of
>> > are not followed when a person is killed, and if the person is deviant,
>> > accused criminal, the utmost care for the law keepers is to not to kill,
>> > over power by ways of even using the fire power, to hurt and over power,
>> > there is no justification for encounter killings as such, but such
>> > have to be prosecuted and dealt with as per rule of laws..
>> > But the some ids seem to have made it a practise to charge the CMs whom
>> > they have prejudice, a party to blame, as we in this continent always
>> > the blame game, and conveniently be selective of the deaths by faith,
>> > and region.?
>> > Was the encounter death in Manipur not to be condemned,? Was the CM of
>> > Delhi not responsible by the same standards, why no letters , no hue and
>> > cries for the deaths in some places for some people, is it because they
>> > of different faiths.?
>> > It is really amusing at times when we see the individuals in turn,
>> > support the anti national acts and the law of lands is silent and faith
>> > brought in to save the enemies of the society because they belong to any
>> > faith, all those guilty of deviant acts in society must be taken care by
>> > rule of laws, by the system of laws expeditiously, but when judges fudge
>> > with prosecutions, prosecutions are negligent with biryani eating
>> > investigative agencies are all powerful to ignore the swabs of the
>> > forensic evidence leads, to doctored evidence, may be law keepers
>> > executors.?
>> > Such acts of executors does not augur well for the society, nor the acts
>> > of selective protests for the followers of any selective faith, as
>> > will doubt the credibilty of such acts of selective protests, and
>> > we have enough socialite social workers, artists with art as their credo
>> > living on immoral artistic expressions, and those who are unethical and
>> > immoral in their profession of journalism. Great cobinations of
>> > permutations and combinations to make the society of a nation of jungle
>> > Regards,
>> > Rajen.
>> > On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 10:56 PM, Inder Salim <indersalim at gmail.com>
>> >> An Open Letter to Hon'ble Prime Minister
>> >> Dr. Manmohan Singh
>> >> Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
>> >> September 8, 2009, 1.02am
>> >> Dear Dr Manmohan Singh.
>> >> I had written a small article in
>> >> The Hindustan Times in June 2004. It was called ‘Come Shoot Me: I am a
>> >> Terrorist’. It was to express my anguish on Ishrat Jahan’s killing in
>> >> Gujarat.
>> >> The Magisterial Enquiry, which is mandatory in every encounter case
>> >> (and which was never done in the Batla House encounter) has finally
>> >> termed it Ishrat jahan’s killing as a fake encounter yesterday in a
>> >> metropolitan court. It is not a matter of surprise for us as we knew
>> >> that she was killed in cold blood. Perhaps you will also agree that
>> >> such things are happening and happened in Gujarat under Modi. But I am
>> >> not writing to talk about how bad Modi is.
>> >> I am writing this to ask you a small favour.
>> >> I know you have absolutely hectic schedules and thousands of issues to
>> >> handle so I am putting down here the facts, gathered from various
>> >> media reports.
>> >> On June 15, 2003, the Ahmedabad city crime branch, then headed by the
>> >> now jailed IPS officer D G Vanzara, shot four young people –Ishrat
>> >> Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Jisan
>> >> Johar. It was propagated that these four young people were alleged
>> >> Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operatives who were allegedly on mission to kill
>> >> chief minister Narendra Modi.
>> >> Ishrat, was a 19-year old student of Khalsa College in Mumbra, a Mumbai
>> >> suburb.
>> >> Ishrat's mother filed a petition in the high court in 2004 demanding
>> >> death compensation and a CBI probe. Ishrat Jahan’s mother’s Petition
>> >> alleged that it was a fake encounter as one of the many that the
>> >> present government regime in Gujarat headed by Narendra Modi had done
>> >> to achieve Political Mileage to publicly create panic and sympathy
>> >> that the Chief Minister was sought to be assassinated.
>> >> The crime branch carried out the operation and the same agency
>> >> conducted investigation.
>> >> When the petition was heard by Justice KS Jhaveri , he immediately
>> >> proposed, almost on line taken by the Supreme Court in the infamous
>> >> Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, for which Vanzara was jailed along
>> >> with other policemen, that a five-member team - all of the rank of
>> >> additional DGP - should probe this case.
>> >> The encounter was done by the infamous D. G. Vanzara and his team who
>> >> are presently arrested under Orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in
>> >> the case of fake encounter of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausarbi.
>> >> Sohrabuddin’s encounter has been admitted by the state to be fake and
>> >> recently on 11/08/2008, they have agreed to deposit an amount of Rs.
>> >> 10.00 Lakhs as interim ex-gratia compensation for being paid to the
>> >> Kith and Kin of the two.
>> >> There are allegedly 28 encounters which were fake and have been covered
>> >> In Ishrat Jahan’s matter the CBI was impleaded as a Party and it took
>> >> a stand that if the Court so orders they are willing to carry out
>> >> fresh investigations and unearth the truth. Such stand triggered panic
>> >> with the State Government and it seems even with some Officers of
>> >> Central Home Ministry. After UPA came to power some tainted CBI
>> >> officers placed in Gujarat during the NDA with questionable track
>> >> record were removed after a lot of pressure and almost two years but
>> >> they soon found plush positions in Delhi under UPA regime.
>> >> To our dismay we realized last month through the media reports that
>> >> the Ministry of Home Affairs in an affidavit stated that Ishrat, Javed
>> >> and two others Jisan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were all operatives of
>> >> Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba.
>> >> Maintaining that the four were terrorists, the Union government told
>> >> the high court, "No proposal for CBI investigation is under
>> >> consideration of the Centre nor does it consider the present case fit
>> >> for CBI probe."
>> >> Moreover, the Centre claimed that there is no question of independent
>> >> inquiry, as an additional DGP (CID & Intelligence) had carried out an
>> >> independent probe into the incident and the officer is neither working
>> >> with crime branch nor is he a subordinate to the crime branch, which
>> >> carried out the operation and later investigated the case itself."
>> >> If you remember Hon’ble prime Minister when I met you regarding the
>> >> Package for the Gujarat 2002 victims along with other activists from
>> >> Gujarat I had jokingly said, “The news that UPA has replaced NDA at
>> >> the centre has not reached your Home Ministry as yet’. I had said this
>> >> precisely in the connection of how the tainted officers promoted by
>> >> the BJP were still being pampered under the UPA.
>> >> The reason behind filing of the Affidavit by the Central Government
>> >> was to dissuade the Court from appointing a strong S I T and give a
>> >> message that even the Central Government had approved the act of fake
>> >> encounter. But for the magisterial enquiry the Central Home Ministry
>> >> had left no stone unturned to prove that Ishrat deserved to be killed.
>> >> The logic used always is what will happen to the morale of the
>> >> officers. My question is what happens to the morale of the officers
>> >> when they torture innocent young people, when they kill them, when
>> >> they illegally detain them, beat them. What happens to their morale
>> >> then? Do they just go home and sleep?
>> >> Why don’t we as nation stop playing the farce of being a secular
>> >> nation and why don’t we remove the article from the constitution which
>> >> says all citizens are equal?
>> >> The affidavit filed by the Home Ministry is a proof of the fact that
>> >> in Ishrat Jahan’s fake encounter case UPA has connived with the
>> >> Gujarat government in a blatantly communal manner. With 3 days to go
>> >> before assembly bye election in 7 seats in Gujarat 5 more innocent
>> >> boys have been picked up in Baroda and declared' terrorists'.
>> >> I do not know if this letter will be also lost on the way and find
>> >> itself in a dustbin as I have never received any acknowledgment from
>> >> your office, so I will be forced to circulate it to others to lodge a
>> >> strong protest against this blatant connivance of the Home Ministry
>> >> with the Gujarat government.
>> >> My request to you is that if your government has any political will
>> >> then please ask your home ministry to tender a public apology for
>> >> filing the affidavit against the innocent girl who was so brutally
>> >> murdered. It requires some courage and conviction.
>> >> You are fond of poetry.
>> >> Faiz ke chand lines apki nazar kar rahi hoon:
>> >> Tujh ko kitnon ka lahoo chahiye ae arz-i-watan, Jo tiray arz-i-berang
>> >> ko gulnaar karein
>> >> Kitni aahon se kaleja tira thanda hoga, Kitne aansoo tiray sehraon ko
>> >> gulzaar karein
>> >> (The blood of how many do you need O motherland;That which will
>> >> brighten your colourless earth;
>> >> How many sighs will soothe your heart; How many tears will cause your
>> >> deserts to bloom.)
>> >> Sincerely Yours
>> >> Shabnam Hashmi
>> >> Member, National Integration Council
>> >> Cc: Media & fellow human rights activists
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>> > Rajen.
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