Wednesday, April 26, 2006

[Kerala sits on riot report indicting Cong govt, Muslim League]

apr 25th

the maraad massacre is being swept under the carpet. it's only hindus
who died, so it's ok. the hindus must have committed mass suicide, the
mohammedans who ambushed them were just innocent bystanders. where is uc
banerjee, let's bring him in to give the mohammedans a certificate of
innocence.

kunjali kutty, iuml minister, was according to the grapevine, the
kingpin behind it.

e ahamed, india's foreign minister, the guy who didnt lift a finger when
maniappan ramankutty was kidnapped by the taliban and decapitated, was
very involved as well. he was 'praying' at the mosque where the bloody
swords were hidden.

t o sooraj, district collector, is a mohammedan, too.

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Subject: Kerala sits on riot report indicting Cong govt, Muslim League
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 08:45:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: Rag
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*Kerala sits on riot report indicting Cong govt, Muslim League *
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RAJEEV PI
/Posted online: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 0000 hrs IST /
KOCHI, APRIL 25
The judicial commission probing Kerala’s worst communal massacre in
Marad in 2003 has severely indicted almost every arm of the Congress-led
United Democratic Front Government: politicians, police officers and top
bureaucrats.
It has also found that the massacre was a planned conspiracy involving
extremist organizations, including those funded from abroad,
organisations, it said, successive state governments have used to
cultivate “vote banks.”
And that at least one senior politician belonging to the Muslim League,
part of the ruling Congress-led front, had advance knowledge of the
conspiracy.
The report of the commission, set up in 2004 and headed by District
Judge Thomas P Joseph, has been kept under wraps by the state government
which received it two months ago. It has been accessed by The Indian
Express.
The report asks the state government—which declined to allow a CBI
probe—to hand over the investigation to a special investigation team.
Its reason: the state police not only botched up investigation, it
planted false leads and avoided looking at the wider conspiracy.
Marad, a sleepy fishing village off Kozhikode, hit headlines on January
3, 2002 when Hindu and Muslim extremist elements were quick to hijack
what began as a trivial altercation over drinking water at the public tap.
A couple of Hindus and three Muslims lay dead the morning after.
This was the first communal eruption in this village of 275 Hindu and
191 Muslim families. The police did round up a few men, almost all were
found to belong to mainstream political groups, Congress, CPI(M), BJP
and the Muslim League. Police later found several had a dual identity as
members of a rash of extremist outfits.
No chargesheet was filed for a year and a half— until after Marad
erupted again, much more violently, at sunset on May 2, 2003. Armed men
chopped and hacked eight Hindu fishermen to death on the beach. One
assailant was reportedly hacked by mistake in the melee. The killers
then escaped into the local Juma Masjid.
The commission’s report notes the submission of then Kozhikode Police
Commissioner T K Vinod Kumar that hundreds of local Muslim women
converged on the mosque to prevent the police from entering it to catch
the killers.
While the police tried to reason with them, a nearly 300-strong armed
Hindu mob gathered as well threatening to attack the cops if they didn’t
catch the killers.
Driven to the wall, the cops opened fire after lathicharges and
teargassing failed, injuring one man. Vinod Kumar’s deposition asserts
that ‘‘the conspiracy was hatched in the Marad Juma Masjid and other
places.’’
The cops later confiscated a huge cache of arms from this mosque,
including explosives.
By then, the communal rift in Marad was total. The Sangh Parivar had
driven away all Muslim families from the village, not allowing them to
return and rapidly converting Marad into a saffron bastion.
So much so that even then chief minister A K Antony had to plead with
the Sangh leadership to be allowed into Marad after the incident.
Local Muslim families, all 191 of them, had to live in exile in relief
camps or with relatives elsewhere, for over a year. The Antony
Government did not dare to help them get back to their homes.
The Muslim League, meanwhile, vehemently opposed demands to have the
Marad massacre probed by the CBI. Though Antony said his Government
would consider a ‘‘partial CBI probe,’’ the Government later submitted
to the commission that it decided not to have a CBI probe since a
partial probe was not ‘‘procedurally possible.’’
The commission, however, dismisses this Government view saying it would
not stand legal scrutiny. Its report cites a Supreme Court order
asserting that such a probe was indeed possible, and adds that the
Government’s stubborn unwillingness to have the CBI look into the
massacre was ‘‘mysterious’’.
But the commission’s documents are more revealing. One is the deposition
of N P Rajendran, president of the Calicut Press Club, which the
Government sought to help restore peace in Marad. Rajendran told the
commission that Muslim League state secretary and then state Industries
Minister P K Kunhalikutty had asked him while he was at the Chief
Minister’s residence for the Marad meeting: “Where’s the guarantee that
the CBI, if allowed to probe the incident, will not arrest me or
Panakkad Syed Mohammed Ali Shihab Thangal (Muslim League supremo)?” The
commission’s report also says a senior Muslim League leader knew about
the conspiracy that later led to the killings.
Its other key findings:
• Coming in for strong indictment is then Kozhikode District Collector T
O Sooraj, currently director of Industries. The commission has observed
that allegations that the Collector was a communalist cannot be
dismissed as untrue.
The Collector had taken custody of the mosque from where the police had
seized lethal weapons. But, the commission noted, he allowed Muslim
League leader E Ahmed, then an MP and now Minister of State for External
Affairs, to enter the mosque and offer prayers, even as an explosive
situation prevailed in the area.
• The commission dismissed as ‘‘untrue’’ the Collector’s deposition that
intelligence officials had not alerted him about the possibility of
violence.
• The commission has taken a serious note of the deposition of state DGP
K J Joseph, that the then Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kozhikode)
Abdul Rahim “failed to investigate and take prompt action in Marad.’’
The DGP deposed that Rahim not only ‘‘hid the truth from his superior
officers’’ but also tried to establish that the key accused in the
massacre on the beach on May 2, 2003 were not guilty.
• The report talks about the presence of extremist outfits with foreign
links operating in Kerala, and slams the current and previous state
Governments for their failure to take any effective action against these
elements, being ‘‘interested only in the vote banks.’’
The commission has asserted that there was a much larger conspiracy than
what the police crime branch has revealed in Marad, and it must be probed.
*What happened in sleepy Marad*
• On Jan 3, 2002 a couple of Hindus and 3 Muslims were killed after a
trivial altercation over drinking water.
• No chargesheet filed for over a year
• On May 2, 2003, 8 Hindu fishermen hacked to death, killers escape into
mosque
• All 191 Muslim families driven out of the village by Sangh Parivar
• Cong ally Muslim League opposed CBI probe, Govt agreed
• Then Kozhikode district collector T O Sooraj indicted for bias in
favour of Muslim League
• The commission dismissed as ‘‘untrue’’ Sooraj’s deposition that he had
no intelligence alert
• State DGP said ACP “hid truth” from superior officers.
• The report talks about the presence of extremist outfits with foreign
links operating in Kerala

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