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Saturday June 18, 2011 06:01:54 PM, Syed Ubaidur Rahman

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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 habit.

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 Bihar.

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.






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