Forbesganj police brutality has
stunned many. For the people who suffered killing, beatings and
tortures at the hands of their assumed protectors it was a crude
shock. A shock that they wouldn’t be able to forget in a very
long, long time.
We have been witness to police brutality across the country.
Moradabad, Bhagalpur, Gujarat 2002, Mumbai, Coimbtore, Meerut and
in almost all the parts of the country. But then we thought that
things are changing and India 2011 was not India of 2002.
Four people including a small child were brutally killed in
unprovoked police firing and attack on Muslims’ houses in the area
near Forbesganj in Bihar. Many more were injured and are still
battling for their life in police mayhem on June 3.
Nitish Kumar’s ‘secular and ‘Muslim friendly’ government hasn’t
done anything against the police officials involved in the
barbaric killing despite the available incriminating evidences.
Amidst the media frenzy over the issue following uploading of
video showing police brutality by a Muslim managed news portal,
though some people have protested against the incident, most of
the Muslim organizations haven’t taken part in the protest. And at
worse, very few of them have even spoken against it.
We can understand it. It is not the election time. Frogs come out
of the earth when it starts raining. The same way our netas come
out when it is election time. Muslim netas too have this very same
But I am more amazed by the lack of interest on this issue by
leading milli (Muslim organizations) including Muslim Majlise
Mushawarat, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, its recently launched Welfare
Party of India, Jamiat Ulamae Hind’s both Arshad Madani and nephew
Mahmood Madani factions, All India United Democratic Front, Muslim
League and Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen besides many others.
Almost all these organizations have kept mum on the issue. Some
have issued statements, but most of them have not even bothered to
do even that.
Meanwhile the incident at Forbesganj has showed the changing face
of Bihar government. Many Muslim intellectuals and NRIS have been
under delusion that Nitish Kumar’s government despite being part
of the BJP led NDA was secular and all for development. This
incident must bring them out of the slumber and show the true face
of his government.
With the increased representation of the Sangh backed forces in
his government, their interference in day to day governance is
rising to an alarming level. The same police that didn’t get
involved in such communal tactics during more than a decade long
governance of Lalu Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi, has suddenly
started behaving like the police in Gujarat.
It is the time when Muslims stop becoming fool by believing in
what Nitish Kumar and his cohorts are making them believe. If
Bihar is shining –that’s not the case in reality- it is shining
only for RSS, BJP and corrupt officials of Nitish Kumar government
and not for ordinary Biharis and certainly not for Muslims in
The apathy in Bihar government towards Muslims and the barbaric
killings in Forbesganj has reached to such an alarming level that
they are not even responding to National Commission of Minorities
queries regarding the case.
Wajahat Habibulla, NCM chairman is very angry at the behavior of
Bihar government officials. In a letter to the Chief Minister,
dated 14th June, Habibullah wrote, “The Commission is entirely
dissatisfied with the report received from Araria District SP Ms.
Garima Malik, which fails to explain why it should have become
necessary for the police to open fire so indiscriminately as to
target women and babies, and disappointed by the communication
received from Shri Amir Subhani, Home Secretary Bihar.”
The writer is Managing
Editor of newsportal TimesWireService.Com.