Are we a Soft State ? India

17 05 2008

Congress Spokesperson, Veerapa Moily — ironically — said, ” I agree. Laws must be tougher.”

With 2,300 lives lost in 2007 because of terrorism, many are now asking India to look westwards and borrow from their version of war on terror.

In the UK, the Terrorism Act 2006, enacted after the July 7 2005 London bombings, allows detention for 28 days of any suspect without any charges.

The US has the Patriot Act, passed a month after the 9/11 bombings. Provisions under the Act range from allowing police to conduct raids on private property without notice, to indefinite detention of non citizens without any charge.

In Australia, the Anti-Terrorism Act 2005 enables the investigating authorities to deny the right for a detainee to question as to why he or she is being detained.

India has a long list of cities which have suffered terrorist bomb attacks: Mumbai, Delhi, Malegaon, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Ajmer and now Jaipur.

The two attacks in Hyderabad, the blast on Samjhauta Express train, the blast outside a mosque in Malegaon and the attack in Varanasi have not been conclusively solved. Often, the masterminds behind the blasts are never caught.

Does the recurring terrorist attacks and the authorities inability to prevent them prove that India a safe haven for terrorists?

Major bomb blasts in places of worship

14 05 2008

courtesy : IBNLIVE.COM

Terrorists have been targetting places of worship for some time now in what seems to be an attempt to fuel communal tensions in states. While blasts targetting mosques seem to be happening on Fridays, during the sacred Friday prayers, when temples are the targets, the day chosen is usually a Tuesday — the Hindu religious day.

There seems to be a clear cut design and the idea is to disturb peace, which is why the attackers choose soft spots like places of worship and the result is not an attack on a mosque or temple, but an attack on India’s religious harmony

Here are some of the major blasts that have rocked places of worship in India:

bullet May 7, 2006: At least 20 people were killed and many others injured when two high-intensity blasts rocked the Sankatmochan Temple in Varanasi. The blast happened on a Tuesday evening.

bulletSeptember 8, 2006: At least 37 people were killed and 56 were seriously injured when three bombs concealed on cycles went off near a mosque in Maharashtra’s Malegaon town when people were coming out after Friday afternoon prayers. Thousands of people were out on the streets on Friday for Shab-e-Barat, a festival during which people offer prayers to dead relatives.



bullet May 18, 2007: A bomb exploded at the Mecca mosque in Hyderabad, killing 11 people. The blast shook the crowded mosque, which is situated near the historic Charminar. At least 1,000 people were offering Friday prayers at the mosque, which is the city’s largest.

bullet October 11, 2007: At least two people were killed and 20 others injured when a blast ripped through the sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer. The blast took place shortly after the custom of Iftaar, when evening prayers were on and at least 500 devotees were packed inside the shrine.

bullet January 2008: Terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur kills eight.
bullet October 2007: 2 killed in a blast inside Ajmer Sharif shrine during Ramadan, in Rajasthan. August 2007: 30 dead, 60 hurt in Hyderabad ‘terror’ strike.
bullet May 2007: A bomb at Mecca mosque in Hyderabad kills 11 people.
bullet February, 2007: Two bombs explode aboard a train bound from India to Pakistan, burning to death at least 66 passengers, most of them Pakistanis.
bullet September 2006: 30 dead and 100 hurt in twin blasts at a mosque in Malegaon.
bullet July 2006: Seven bombs on Mumbai’s trains kill over 200 and injure 700 others.
bullet March 2006: Twin bombings at a train station and a temple in Varanasi kill 20 people.
bullet October 2005: Three bombs placed in busy New Delhi markets a day before Diwali kill 62 people and injure hundreds.

India: states of insecurity Courtesy : Open democracy

30 11 2007

Ajai Sahni
A fresh bombing wave in Uttar Pradesh and land-confrontation in West Bengal expose the Indian polity’s security failures, says Ajai Sahni.
28 – 11 – 2007

A series of blasts in court compounds across three cities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh killed fifteen persons and injured over eighty on 23 November 2007. They are the latest link in a chain of comparable terrorist attacks by Islamist groupings that have long received safe haven, sustenance and support from Pakistan and, increasingly, Bangladesh – a chain that includes, over the past three years alone, major terrorist strikes in Delhi, Bangalore, Ayodhya, Mumbai, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Malegaon, Panipat, Ajmer and Ludhiana, and lesser attacks at a number of other locations.

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FACT is they are at our door step Ajmer darga the latest

12 10 2007

Now in the continuing terror, They reach the Ajmer Dargah the next could be your house. Cant we act on them… Act with awareness and caution with responsibility and duty. That is all it takes to ward off if not eliminate terror. If peace needs a chance they should never have one and it is we that should defend and decide how we act with responsibility. The fact that its the Sufi Shrine that is targeted reveals a lot of things ….

The bomb was hidden inside a tiffin box and placed in the main courtyard called Aasthan-e-Noor, just outside the 750-year-old mausoleum of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the Sufi shrine revered not only by Muslims in South Asia but people of all faiths.

The latest was the Mecca Masjid blasts in Hyderabad, now conclusively blamed on the Bangladesh-based and ISI-linked Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HUJI), during packed Friday prayers and before that, the Malegaon blast on
Shabb-e-Barat night, when Muslims gather to pay homage to their ancestors.

(Times of India)

We at FACT pray for the lives of the two souls

Following is the list of dead and injured in the blast at the shrine of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisthi in Ajmer:

List & video courtesy CNN IBN

Mohammed Shoaib (45), resident of Mumbai
Saleem, resident of Hyderabad

Yijul Haq (32), resident of Sundargarh Orissa
Patham Imran (24), resident of Gujarat
Faiz khan (35), resident of Bhavnagar, Gujarat
Sheikh Abdul Rehman (45), Nasik, Maharashtra
Mohammed Hafeez Shah (55), Boraj Road, Ajmer
Bismillah Khan (22), resident of Gujarat
Asif Khan (23), resident of Nadiyad, Maharashtra
Sammer (19), resident of Kotara
Mohammed Gulam Nabi (63), resident of Poonch, JK
Mohammed Sabir (42), resident of Bhilwara, Rajasthan
Dr. Badrul Hasan (59), Khadim Mohalla, Ajmer
Nand Lal (50), resident of Ajmer
Arshad (7), resident of Mumbai
Abdullah Mohammed (26), resident of Ajmer