Communal tension in Bhopal: Stone pelting mobs torch vehicles, situation under control says police

Newsroom24x7 Staff

Bhopal: The old Bhopal city is sitting on a powder keg of communal divide and this was amply demonstrated late Tuesday night (30 May 2017) when communal clashes erupted in certain nearby areas after a social media message, especially on Whatsapp, went viral stating that a religious structure inside the Hamidia Hospital complex had been damaged.

Rampaging mobs indulged in large-scale stone pelting and torched over a dozen vehicles by the time police had gathered in full force to bring the situation under control. A large number of STF and RAF personnel were deployed to quell violence.

The Police fired in the air and lobbed teargas shells to control the violent mob. At least three security personnel are reported injured.

According to a police sorce, a crowd from a particular community that had gathered near Hamidia hospital was engaged in a bloody clash with members of another community at Peer Gate. People had come out in large numbers and all roads from the newly built cable-stayed bridge at Kamla Park to the Shahjehanabad area were filled with agitated mobs after the word spread about the religious structure at Hamidia Hosptal.

Later around midnight, Bhopal DIG R.S. Sikarwar told media-persons that the situation had been brought under control and the community leaders have been asked to come forward and help in restoring peace.

Meanwhile additional police force from Sagar, Gwalior and Indore had been called to augment the security arrangments and tackle any eventuality in the State capital, which was once described as an “Island of peace by late Sunderlal Patwa when he was the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. Soon after that Bhopal had witnessed one of the worst communal riots following the demolition of the Babri Masjid structure in December 1992. The Patwa Government was dismissed in the wake of the post-Ayodhya riots that had engulfed even other cities of Madhya Pradesh.

Advani, Joshi, Uma and others get bail in Ayodhya demolition case

Lucknow: The Special CBI Court today granted bail to all the 12 accused, including veteran BJP leaders LK Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti in the Ayodhya demolition case.

The accused appeared in the court of Special Judge (Ayodhya matter) Surendra Kumar Yadav, who granted them bail on a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 each.

At the outset during framing of charges, the counsel for the BJP leaders sought the dropping of conspiracy charge against them

Investment from Germany for the “Make in India” initiative is rising: Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel witnessing the signing of MoUs/JDIs between India and Germany, in Berlin, Germany on May 30, 2017.

Berlin: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said here that foreign investment from Germany to India is rising, especially for the “Make in India” initiative and the German partnership is important for the “Skill India Mission” as German parameters being “global benchmarks” are crucial for India.

Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel today co-chaired the 4th India Germany Inter-Govermental Consultations in Berlin.

On this occasion, the Indian Prime Minister said that cooperation is also envisaged in the sports arena, particularly in football. Outcome oriented momentum is perceptible in relations between the two countries, he added.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Prime Minister Modi appreciated Chancellor Merkel’s vision for Europe and for the world.

The Prime Minister spoke of themes such as climate protection and smart cities, which came up for discussion. He said German innovation and Indian youth could together add great dynamism in the start-up space.

The Prime Minister said a global order based on democracy is the need of the hour, in an interconnected and interdependent world.

Responding to a question, he said Germany and India are “made for each other.” He explained the huge synergy that exists between German capabilities and Indian requirements. He spoke of India’s pursuit of excellence in areas such as engineering, infrastructure and skill development. Describing the values of innovation and democracy, as a blessing for mankind, he said India and Germany share these values.

In response to a question on climate change, the Prime Minister reiterated India’s timeless values of nurturing and protecting nature. He recalled India’s commitment to generate 175 GigaWatts of energy from renewable sources by 2022. Emphasizing the importance of protecting nature, the Prime Minister said “playing with the well-being of future generations would be an immoral and criminal act.”

Earlier, during the IGC, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the big role that the European Union has to play in nurturing a rule-based global order. Both leaders shared deep concern over the global menace of terrorism, and decided to strengthen mutual counter-terrorism initiatives.

The Prime Minister thanked Germany for support of Indian membership of export control regimes. Themes such as clean coal, electric mobility, science and technology cooperation, cyber-security and aviation security came up for discussion. The consultations also touched upon Afghanistan and other global matters.

Both countries signed 12 agreements. A comprehensive joint statement was also issued, covering various aspects of the negotiations.

The Prime MInister, after concluding the first leg of his four nation visit, left Germany for Spain on May 30, 2017.

Police and Transgenders: An encounter of the bizarre kind

Anusha Narain

Bhopal’s Pride Parade (Photo by Snehdip Biswas)

Bhopal: Who will protect you from the protectors? This rhetorical question holds real implications for the members of transgender community for whom safety concerns are massive and recourse from the police is also suspect.

This issue surfaced during a conversation with a cross-section of transgenders who were attending the first Pride Parade in the state capital from 13 to 17 May 2017. Talks, screenings, and street plays were the highlights of this event.

Harassment of all kinds is an everyday reality for most transgendered persons. From catcalls to rape, they face the entire gamut of sex crimes. After enduring repeated threats and attacks when they turn to the authorities for help; their appeals are rudely brushed aside. The rudest shock comes when they are subjected to lewd remarks and sexual solicitation by the police.

“According to the police, it’s not possible to violate the modesty of a trans person. If someone harasses us on the streets, they side with the offender and justify their remarks. If someone abuses us sexually, they say you are a sex worker, so there is no abuse. They treat us worse than they treat women. For them, we are objects that must be undermined,” said one trans person.

“Police apathy only emboldens the perpetrators; this compounds our troubles so we refrain from approaching them altogether,” said another.

Pride Parade in Bhopal (Photo by Snehdip Biswas)

So what do these transgendered people do when things get really dangerous? “That’s when it is helpful to be a part of the community. Fellow kinnars (transgenders) rally for our protection. We have each other’s back.”

The system fails to uphold their rights or ensure their dignity but yet they hope, “If the government makes provisions, we will educate ourselves which will lead to increased employment opportunities. Hopefully, then we will get too busy building our lives and police intervention will become redundant”.