The Statesman – Rohingyas are illegal migrants, they need to be deported: Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi, 5 September 2017. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday defended the government’s decision to deport Rohingyas, saying they were illegal migrants who did not have same rights as any ordinary Indian.

He said that international organisations and human rights bodies were unfairly accusing the government of being harsh towards the Rohingyas.

“Let me make it very clear. Rohingyas are illegal migrants and not Indian citizens… So they are not entitled to anything that any ordinary Indian citizen is entitled to,” Rijiju told a press conference.

He said his statement in the Parliament regarding deportation of Rohingyas was based “completely on a legal position”.

“They are illegal migrants and as per law, they stand to be deported. So we have instructed all state governments to constitute task force to identify Rohingyas and start the process of deporting them.

“It’s a completely legal process,” Rijiju said.

However, he added, India is a nation with democratic tradition.

“We are not going to throw them in the middle of the ocean or going to shoot them. Why are we being accused of being very inhuman,” he asked adding that international human rights organisations were unnecessarily targeting the central government.

“India has absorbed maximum number of refugees in the world. So no one should teach India the lesson on how to deal with refugees,” he said.

Rijiju had earlier told Parliament that the central government had directed state authorities to identify and deport illegal immigrants, including Rohingyas.


The Tribune – US gurdwara vandalised with hate graffiti

One of the messages calls for ‘nuking’ Sikhs – Witness from New York films accused on cellphone

Washington, 6 September 2017. A gurdwara in the US state of California has been vandalised with hate messages scrawled on its walls, including one calling for “nuking” Sikhs.

The incident took place at the Vermont Gurdwara in Los Angeles, also known as the Hollywood Sikh Temple.

A witness confronted the vandal and caught him on cellphone footage walking away from the gurdwara’s wall without any explanation, NBC Los Angeles reported.

“I said I was going to call the police, at which point he said he felt threatened,” Karna Ray, the witness who filmed the vandalism, said. “He said, ‘I will slit your throat’.”

The Hollywood police were investigating the hate messages written on the side of the gurdwara.

Ray, who is from New York, was visiting a friend on Thursday when he saw the man writing long incoherent messages with a black maker on the pristine white wall of the gurdwara and started recording him with his cell phone.

He then uploaded the video on Facebook and received thousands of comments.

Ray was particularly disturbed by one of three separate passages calling for the “nuking” of Sikhs, according to Fox 11. According to a Facebook post by Ray, the vandal flashed a razor at him as he made his threat.

Ray said the hateful message left on the walls of the gurdwara counters everything the Sikh community stands for.
A member of the gurdwara hoped to invite the vandal to a service so he could experience what the community believes in.

“I would love to invite the person in the gurdwara, make him, show him what he is missing,” Sarab Gil was quoted as saying. Nirinjan Singh Khalsa of California’s Sikh Council is in close contact with the Los Angeles Police Department about the case.

“This particular incident isn’t a matter of swastikas and ‘go home, ragheads’, which we get sometimes. This seems to be a diatribe by someone who may or may not be mentally imbalanced,” Khalsa said. (PTI)

Vermont Gurdwara
1966 N Vermont Avenue
 Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

Gent Gurdwara – De Krook – Oude Scheldestraat

Gent Gurdwara
20 August 2017

Naujawan Kirtan Jatha

Chaur Seva – Guru Granth Sahib

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
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De Krook
24 August 2017

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Outside De Krook
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Oude Scheldestraat
24 August 2017

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Yoga on call
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Dawn – Peshawar’s Sikh community school gets new lease on life

Ali Akbar

Peshawar-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-Pakistan, 6 September 2017. A school run by the Sikh community in Peshawar will continue operations after fears arose earlier that it would have to halt operations after being asked to vacate premises on Wednesday.

The Rising Hope Public School located in Peshawar’s Jogan Shah area, next to a historical Gurdwara, is the only private school providing education to the Sikh community in the area.

Principal Gurpal Singh explained that the school administration does not own the property where it is built, “and this is a problem” as it has had to change three buildings due to various problems.

Earlier today, the owner of the premises had asked the admiministration to vacate the building as it was to be sold, Gurpal said.

However, the crisis was averted after the administration approached the new owner of the building and requested them to allow the school to continue operations over there.

“The new owner agreed to give the building on rent to the school management at new contract,” Gurpal said, adding that the new owner had also increased the monthly rent of the building from Rs30,000 to Rs35,000 and the security deposit of Rs150,000 to Rs300,000.

“However, this is a temporary solution and the community wants to see a more permanent solution to the problem,” the principal said, adding that they were looking to the government for a permanent solution to the problem.

Gurpal said that the school’s administration had also approached the provincial education department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for a permanent building for the school but to no avail.

However, earlier today when the issue had yet to be resolved, the PTI had tweeted offering students at Rising Hope enrollment in other KP public schools.

Rising Hope Public School began as a single-room school almost three years ago, and had attracted a number of children from the neighbourhood.

Over 250 students, including girls, are currently enrolled in school which primarily runs on community donations.

Over 50 per cent of the students, mostly from the Sikh community, are receiving free education at the school.

Although Rising Hope is a Sikh community school, it also serves Christian, Hindu and Muslim students.

Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh
Jogan Shah – Namakmandi
Peshawar, KP

The Hindu – Similar murders, different investigations

Multiple agencies involved in probes into 4 cases of shooting

K V Aditya Bharadwaj

Bengaluru, 7 September 2017. The success of the investigation into the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh now hinges on Karnataka police identifying the helmet-masked assailant captured by the CCTV camera at her house. The modus operandi in Lankesh’s murder is eerily similar to that of Narendra Dabholkar (2013) in Pune, Govind Pansare (2015) in Kolhapur and M.M. Kalburgi (2015) in Dharwad.

“Two bike-borne assailants were involved in all four murders, where the pillion rider fired at the target. Cartridges found at all four sites are 7.65 mm cartridges, fired from country-made pistols,” pointed out a senior police official who probed the Kalburgi murder.

With the Karnataka government announcing a Special Investigating Team (SIT) for the probe, four different agencies, including the CBI in one of the cases, are probing the four murders. This has raised questions as to whether a co-ordinated effort will be put into the various probes.

While the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Karnataka police probing the Kalburgi case are yet to make any arrests, the CBI handling the Dabholkar case and Maharashtra SIT investigating the Govind Pansare case have made arrests and filed charge sheets.

The accused in both cases are allegedly linked to Goa-based right-wing Hindu radical group Sanatan Sanstha.

The SIT probing the murder of Pansare arrested Sameer Vishnu Gaikwad from Sangli, an alleged Sanatan Sanstha activist in September 2015 and charge-sheeted him as one of the assailants. Months later the CBI, investigating the Dabholkar case, arrested an ENT doctor Dr Veerendra Tawde from Panvel in June 2016 for the murder conspiracy.

Dr Tawde is a member of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, an alleged offshoot of the Sanatan Sanstha. The SIT that interrogated Dr Tawde filed a supplementary charge sheet in November 2016 in the Pansare case making Dr Tawde an accused, charging him with leading the conspiracy for Pansare’s murder, thus linking the two murders to the same group.

In March 2017, the CBI announced a reward of ₹5 lakh for any information leading to the arrest of two Sanatan Sanstha activists Vinay Pawar and Sarang Akolkar, who they claim are close associates of Dr Tawde and involved in the murder of Dabholkar.

Sarang Akolkar has been on the run ever since his name cropped up in the probe into the 2009 Goa blast case and has a Red Corner notice issued against him since 2012. The CBI claims Vinay Pawar to be the assailant of Dabholkar and Sarang Akolkar, a key conspirator.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka CID probing the Kalburgi murder case has been on the hunt for Rudra Patil, also an alleged Sanatan Sanstha member and a childhood friend of Sameer Gaikwad, the prime accused in the Pansare murder case and out on bail since June 2017. Rudra Patil has also been on the run after his name cropped up in the Goa blast case.