The Indian Express – Jamia, NFC violence: Named ‘instigator’ in police chargesheet, Sharjeel Imam sent in judicial custody till 03 March

The Delhi Police filed a chargesheet in connection with the violence in New Friends Colony and at Jamia Millia Islamia on 15 December 2019.

New Delhi – India, 18 February 2020. JNU PhD student Sharjeel Imam was Tuesday named an instigator in the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in connection with the violence that broke out in the national capital on 15 December 2019.

Along with the chargesheet filed in connection with the violence in New Friends Colony and at Jamia Millia Islamia, the police attached CCTV, call detail records and statements of over 100 witnesses as evidence against Sharjeel, reported news agency PTI.

The violence had broken out in parts of Delhi during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The police is probing two cases; the first relates to clashes between a section of protesters and police, when vehicles, including a bus, were set ablaze. The second case is regarding the police crackdown at Jamia.

Imam was arrested in Bihar on 28 January on sedition charges. On Monday, a Delhi court sent him to one-day police custody in the case related to the violence at New Friends Colony. On Tuesday, his custody was extended till 03 March, reported PTI.

The Indian Express earlier reported on 11 February that a special investigation team of the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch was likely to book Imam in connection with the cases, but was seeking legal opinion before invoking charges of criminal conspiracy.

Imam has already been booked by the inter-state cell of the Crime Branch under IPC sections 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, etc) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) over a speech he delivered at AMU. Besides Delhi, police in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have booked him for alleged sedition.

During investigations, the SIT found that Imam was a volunteer at the Shaheen Bagh protest until 02 January.

BJP politicians shouting ‘kill the traitors’ are not booked, a student is booked for a string of ‘crimes’ for a much milder speech.
Man in Blue – Nagar Kirtan from Sultanpur Lodhi to Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) from 22 February

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Tarn Taran Sahib, Panjab – India, 15 February 2020. A Nagar Kirtan dedicated to 550th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji will be organized later this month. The program will start from Gurdwara Ber Sahib Sultanpur Lodhi on 22 February and will be complete at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) on 07 March.

Dr Jagdeep Singh Kala Sodhi, the chief sevadar of the Nirol Seva Sansthan Sri Muktsar Sahib told Sikh24 that the Nagar Kirtan on the first day will start from Sultanpur Lodhi and the night’s rest will be at Sri Darbar Sahib Tarn Taran.

Nagar Kirtan will complete at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) departing from Dera Baba Nanak on 07 March, the last and the 15th day. Sodhi informed that the Nagar Kirtan will go through 16 districts of Punjab. Floats of various Gurdwaras will be included in Nagar Kirtan.

In this Nagar Kirtan, the world’s largest models of Gurdwara Sri Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib will be placed on big trailers. A big moving manifestation of Sikh history will also be a part of this Nagar Kirtan.

“Jathas on elephants and horses will increase the beauty of Nagar kirtan, Managing Director Dr Jagdeep Singh Sodhi informed Sikh24. “Baba Avtar Singh Dal Baba Bidhi Chand Sur Singh is giving special support for this Nagar Kirtan.”

Nirol Seva Sansthan Dhulkot District Sri Muktsar Sahib has appealed for registration of Sangat who want to join Nagar Kirtan. He said that the aspirants can get their registration by 15 February to join the Nagar Kirtan by visiting the website to register themselves.

Nagar Kirtan from Sultanpur Lodhi to Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) from February 22

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The Indian Express – Sikh woman cremated by Muslim neighbours in Punjab after family refuses to turn up

Aslam said Kaur’s son and daughter refused to attend the cremation when they were informed about her death.

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Ludhiana – Panjab – India, 17 February 2020. The police said Muslim families from the area are also planning to organise a ritual offering at a local gurudwara.

A Sikh woman was cremated by her Muslim neighbours in Punjab’s Malerkotla town on Monday after her family members refused to take possession of the body. The woman, identified as Dilpreet Kaur, used to work as a domestic help. She died after falling ill while on a pilgrimage last month.

“We used to call her Rani Aunty. She was living alone in a one-room rented accommodation. We had no idea about her family background until the time she died. Her brother and mother live in Canada, while her in-laws’ family lives in Jhunda village of Sangrur district.

Both are from well off families,” said Mohammad Aslam, the councillor of ward number 9 under whose area Tubewell basti falls. Aslam said Kaur’s son and daughter refused to attend the cremation when they were informed about her death.

“After searching for numbers on her phone, I called her son, but he refused to come. We got to know that she had been divorced in 1999 and since then, she had been living in this one-room accommodation and was working as the domestic help,” Aslam added.

“All these years, we never came to know about her family’s details. However, it was shocking to listen that her son, as well as daughter, refused to come to her cremation. Last year, her daughter had come to meet her,” he said.

The police said Muslim families from the area are also planning to organise a ritual offering at a local gurudwara.

“As no one came from her family’s side, Muslims of the area, following all Hindu rituals, cremated her. They spent money on her cremation and will also be organising a bhog at a gurdwara,” said Sub-inspector Nirbhay Singh.

Among those present at the cremation included women in whose houses Kaur worked and staff members of a local school.

“It was really a sad incident and we were deeply shocked to hear the reaction of her children while there are no whereabouts of her parents-side relatives who live in Canada. We will be following all the rituals of her cremation, even though her family did not turn up,” Aslam added.

Dawn – India summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan’s remarks on Kashmir

New Delhi – India, 18 February 2020. India summoned the Turkish ambassador on Monday to lodge a diplomatic protest over President Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on occupied Kashmir and warned it would have a bearing on bilateral ties.

During a visit to Pakistan last week, Erdogan said the situation in occupied Kashmir was worsening because of sweeping changes New Delhi introduced in the Muslim-majority region and that Turkey stood in solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

India told Turkish envoy Sakir Ozkan Torunlar that Erdogan’s comments lacked any understanding of the history of the Kashmir dispute, the Indian foreign ministry said.

“This recent episode is but one more example of a pattern of Turkey interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. India finds that completely unacceptable,” foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

He said that India had served a strong demarche, or formal diplomatic note.

India withdrew Kashmir’s special status in August of last year and brought it under federal rule. Pakistan slammed the measure and other Muslim-majority countries such as Turkey and Malaysia joined in calls for India to reconsider its actions.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has put curbs on palm oil imports from Malaysia in retaliation and officials have said it is planning to cut some imports from Turkey as well.

“These developments have strong implications for our bilateral relations,” the foreign ministry spokesman said, referring to Erdogan’s comments.

Erdogan told Pakistan’s parliament that the Kashmir problem cannot be solved through pressure but on the basis of justice and fairness.