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Sadhvi, five other Malegaon accused in judicial custody till Dec 3


Mumbai/New Delhi : In what could be considered a setback into the Malegaon blast investigations, a court in Mumbai Monday remanded in 14 days' judicial custody Sadhvi Pragnya Thakur and five others, turning down the plea to keep them in police custody under a stringent anti-terror law.

The court order came after the Sadhvi charged the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) with making her hear an obscene CD and repeated her earlier allegation of physical and mental torture against the investigating agency.

BJP trying to communalise terrorism: Congress


New Delhi : The Congress party Monday charged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with trying to "communalise terrorism" to distract people's attention from the "real issue of its non-performance" in BJP-ruled states going to the polls.

“The BJP is trying to communalise terrorism. It is trying to protect those accused in the Malegaon blasts. The BJP is doing all this as a concerted effort to distract people's attention from the real issue of its non-performance in the states ruled by BJP,” Manish Tewari, Congress spokesperson, said at a press conference here.

Pragnya, five others sent to judicial custody


Mumbai : Amidst high drama marked by accusations of torture and mental harassment against the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), punctuated by a brief halt in the proceedings, six of the 10 accused in the Sep 29 Malegaon blasts were Monday evening remanded in judicial custody till Dec 3.

Six of the 10 accused were presented before the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) special judge by the ATS, seeking their remand but the plea was turned down.

West Bengal court defers hearing in Rizwanur case


Kolkata : A city court Monday deferred to Dec 12 the hearing on the interim bail for three police officers allegedly involved in the mysterious death of Rizwanur Rehman last year in the West Bengal capital.

The 14th Metropolitan Court magistrate Madhumita Ray said the court decided to wait till the Supreme Court gives its verdict Dec 5 on the cancellation of interim bail of former city police deputy commissioner Ajay Kumar, former assistant commissioner Sukanti Chakraborty and sub-inspector Krishnendu Das.


Togadia denies involvement in Malegaon blast


New Delhi : Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) general secretary Pravin Togadia Monday denied he was involved in the funding of Abhinav Bharat suspected to be behind the Sept 29 Malegaon blasts, terming media reports as "false and malafide" and threatened to take legal action for dragging his name into the case.

In a statement, his advocate Dipak Shukla said: "My client firmly denies any funding or involvement related to Abhinav Bharat or any of their affiliated or non-affiliated people in any of their activities."

Madhya Pradesh elections: An analysis of Muslim representations

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

If Muslims are most disenfranchised anywhere in India, it is in Madhya Pradesh. According to the 2001 census, Muslims are 6.4% of the population of the state but only 2 of the 230 assembly seats are represented by Muslims. The dismal Muslim representation is not expected to improve in this year's election.

Turning junk into objects of beauty

By Maitreyee Boruah, IANS,

Bangalore : Automobile parts, nuts and bolts, metal scrap, discarded wood and even domestic waste is not junk for artist Ilyas Ahmed. They are a rich source of raw material to be cut, chiselled and welded into giant dinosaurs or a modern day Robocop.

All that Ahmed, a self-made artist, needs to turn waste into beautiful artefacts is a simple cutter, a chisel and a welder. Of course to give shape to his imagination, the 33-year-old Bangalore man spends up to 12 hours a day in his workshop "chiselling and refashioning junk into various models".

Muslim girls in Azamgarh getting higher education, giving tough fight to boys

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,,

Part of the Azamgarh speaks series.

New Delhi: Nikhat Bano is pursuing MA in geography at Aligarh Muslim University. She did graduation also at AMU. She is from Azamgarh. Her village is not much developed but she herself reflects the developed thinking of Azamgarh Muslims about woman education.

Widespread fear among Muslims of Rajasthan: M. Salim

By Yoginder Sikand and Nigar Ataullah,,

(Mohammad Salim, Associate Professor in Electronics and Communications at the Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, is the Amir (President) of the Rajasthan chapter of the Jamaat-e Islami Hind. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand and Nigar Ataulla he speaks about the targeting of Muslims in Rajasthan by agencies of the state and Hindutva groups in the name of countering terrorism.)

Hindu, Christian religious leaders joining peace caravan of Jamaat Islami

By news desk,

New Delhi: As the national Caravan for Peace and Justice taken out by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is concluding on November 25, several Hindu, Christian and Muslim religious leaders are joining it at places.

The Caravan, which started on November 10, is being led by Maulana Syed Jalaludheen Ansar Umari, All India President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Nusrat Ali, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.