POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 07, 2015 AT 17:13 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 07, 2015 17:13 IST

Contrary to initial reports the 'rapist' dragged out and lynched by a mob at Dimapur on the afternoon of March 5 was not an illegal immigrant or a Bangladeshi. He was an Indian citizen and his father also served in the Indian Army for over two decades. These are some of the other information which has emerged since the mob fury in yet another show of growing violence and intolerance fanned by half-baked information:

  • Syed Farid Khan, third among six brothers, hailed from Karimganj (Assam).
  • He had married a Naga woman four years ago and they have a three-year-old daughter.
  • The complainant, another Naga woman, apparently was close to the family, claims Farid’s brother.
  • Farid’s brother, who had called on him in jail before the lynching, claims that Farid had been asked to give the complainant Rs 2 lakh and when he refused, a false complaint of rape was lodged.
  • While the alleged rape took place in a hotel on February 3, the police is examining the CCTV footage only after the lynching.
  • Dimapur has a population of 1.23 lakh and is 74 km from the capital, Kohima.
  • The arrest and detention of Farid was reported by a local newspaper on its front page a week after the incident.
  • On March 4 people had met district officials and demanded that the accused be handed over to them.
  • On March 5 the mob marched to the prison, broke open the gate, dragged Farid out and lynched him. His body was then tied to a motorcycle and he was dragged to the clock tower 7 km away.
  • While there is an alert in Assam and Nagaland and nobody has been arrested yet.

There are clearly several uncomfortable questions that remain to be answered.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 07, 2015 AT 17:13 IST, Edited At: Mar 07, 2015 17:13 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 08, 2014 AT 18:47 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 08, 2014 18:47 IST

About today's attack on the AAP HQ, Arvind Kejriwal:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 08, 2014 AT 18:47 IST, Edited At: Jan 08, 2014 18:47 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 08, 2014 AT 18:41 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 08, 2014 18:41 IST

Aam Aadmi Party's office in Kaushambi was vandalised today by workers of an outfit calling itself the 'Hindu Raksha Dal'. A group of 30 to 40 people attacked the party office in Kaushambi. "We managed to get all the volunteers inside the office in the nick of time. The attackers were hurling abuses, threw bricks at the office and attacked our members with sticks. They damaged the office and broke window panes," said a volunteer present at the office.

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 19, 2012 AT 23:56 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 19, 2012 23:56 IST

This is the (unedited) full-text of the status update by Shaheen Dhada which was 'liked' by her friend Renu Srinivasan on Facebook:

"With all respect, every day, thousands of people die, but still the world moves on. Just due to one politician died a natural death, everyone just goes bonkers. They should know, we are resilient by force, not by choice. When was the last time, did anyone showed some respect or even a two-minute silence for Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Azad, Sukhdev or any of the people because of whom we are free-living Indians?  Respect is earned, given, and definitely not forced. Today, Mumbai shuts down due to fear, not due to respect."

As the press reports summed up:

Though the girl withdrew her comment and apologised, a mob of some 2,000 Shiv Sena workers attacked and ransacked her uncle’s orthopaedic clinic at Palghar.

Getting the statement withdrawn or an apology under intimidation was clearly not enough for the brave Sainiks of the Sena as they went ahead and lodged a complaint with the police. It is instructive that the police, instead of taking action against the mob, wanted 14 days' custody for the young girls, not even straightaway releasing them on bail as provided under law.

Consider this: the police commissioner has confirmed that no action has been taken against those who attacked the clinic of Shaheen Dhada's uncle’s orthopaedic clinic at Palghar.

And just to put matters in perspective, let's remember that the state's chief minister yesterday chose to "honour the sentiments of Mumbaikars" by according a state funeral -- taking the body draped in the Tricolour in a procession on a gun-carriage with full police bandobast, besides a 21-gun salute ahead of the funeral -- to someone about whom the Sri Krishna report had stated:

From 8th January 1993 at least there is no doubt that the Shiv Sena and Shiv Sainiks took the lead in organizing attacks on Muslims and their properties under the guidance of several leaders of the Shiv Sena from the level of Shakha Pramukh to the Shiv Sena Pramukh Bal Thackeray who, like a veteran General, commanded his loyal Shiv Sainiks to retaliate by organised attacks against Muslims.

For more inconvenient truths about the one honoured with a state funeral, here's a random compendium.

The message from the ruling establishment about those it chooses to honour and protect and those it chooses to penalise could not be clearer.

Also read:

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 19, 2012 AT 23:56 IST, Edited At: Nov 19, 2012 23:56 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Sep 08, 2012 AT 08:25 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 09, 2012 11:27 IST


For those who came in late...

It is a mere matter of record that Narendra Modi "promoted" Maya Kodnani from an MLA to a minister in 2007, despite knowing the serious charges of having led the the Naroda Patiya brutalities and killings of 2002.

While five years were allowed to elapse in the case of Ms Kodnani, Mr Jagdish Tytler's rise was far swifter, as Manoj Mitta and HS Phoolka record in When a Tree Shook Delhi:

...the political career[] of ... Tytler, far from suffering on account of 'the taint of 1984' blossomed as if  [he] had been rewarded for engineering the violence. Having won the 1984 election under the shadow of the carnage, Rajiv Gandhi immediately...inducted Tytler into the government for the first time as minister of state...[He] remained in the Rajiv Gandhi government till the end of its tenure in 1989...

He remained a minister whenever Congress returned to power: He was back under P.V. Narasimha Rao, and then again under Manmohan Singh in 2004, till he was forced to resign under duress, following his indictment by Nanawati Commission report on 1984 anti-Sikh violence. Which of course was claimed by the worthies of the Congress to be "in keeping with the high traditions of sacrifice exemplified by the party"

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Sep 08, 2012 AT 08:25 IST, Edited At: Sep 09, 2012 11:27 IST
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