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Pune Blast: Freelance reporter gives details of suspected terrorist

Posted by jagoindia on February 14, 2010


US journo claims she may have seen Pune blast suspect
February 14, 2010, Rediff.com

Pune Commissioner of Police Satyapal Singh’s press conference on Sunday saw him invoke the national interest in asking the media not to speak the injured in Saturday’s German Bakery blast, but that was not the only dramatic thing about it.

Mohsina (name changed to safeguard the investigations into the sensitive case be jeopardised. Rediff.com has Mohsina’s real name, her contact details and photograph), a young freelance reporter working for various newspapers in the United States, including the Washington Post (her press card reads Georgia Post) told Satyapal Singh at a crowded press conference that she had called two police helpline numbers this morning to report about an ‘unusual event’ which she witnessed at the German Bakery on February 12, a day before the bomb blast.

The two helpline numbers, which Mohsina got from the internet, were of no help because when she called up, the person at the other end hung up, as he “could not understand her accent”.

Mohisna is of Iranian descent, born in India [ Images ] but brought up in the US. She stays with her cousin at Koregaon Park’s lane 5.

“Normally, in such terror attacks, one expects the police to publish some hotline numbers where those who have information about such attacks could call and help the police. But why didn’t the Pune police do it?” she asked in frustration as she felt she could help the police sketch the image of the possible suspect.

When she pointed this out to Dr Singh, he gave out three numbers (020 26126296, 020 26122880, 020 26125396) and said that those who have any information about the attack can call the police.

Later, when rediff.com asked Dr Singh if he will seek Mohsina’s help to get her help or wait for her to call him — she was present for quite some time after the press conference got over — he said he had given her his number and expected her to call him.

“Perhaps the person who I think could possibly be the bomb planter may not turn out to be so. But one thing is sure, that the person looked suspicious and I can assure you that he was quite at sea at the bakery for he did not even know if waiters served there at the table or if it was a self-help joint,” says Mohsina.

Apparently, Mohsina, who’s a frequent visitor at German Bakery, saw a dark and short man of Indian origin at around 2.30 pm on February 12, who spoke with a thick Indian accent, and who inadvertently hit Mohsina with his beige coloured bag (Dr Singh had earlier told the media persons that the bag that contained the bomb was bluish-red in colour) and said sorry.

“Later, he kept his bag on the seat opposite mine but sat someplace else, which was very unusual,” recalls Mohsina.

“Normally, a person keeps his baggage close to him or near or under his table, but not this guy,” she added.

This suspicious person also asked Mohsina if she knew of any decent guest house in the area where he could find lodgings.

Interestingly, Mohsina again ran into the same person the same evening at around 7 pm at German Bakery, with his bag in tow, making her believe that he was still looking for a hotel.

“Isn’t it strange that somebody couldn’t find a hotel to stay in about four and a half hours in a city like Pune, with just one bag on him?” asks Mohsina.

Dr Satyapal Singh, who hit out at the media for talking to eyewitnesses recuperating at various hospitals in Pune and thereby jeopardising police’s investigations (“If somebody tries it out he or she will face it,” was the commissioner’s stern warning) did not show any urgency in seeking Mohsina’s help in getting the sketch of the person.

“It seems he is in no urgency to get the sketches done. He told me that he will call me later for the sketches,” Mohsina says with some astonishment. (Press Trust of India reports that the Pune police is preparing a sketch of the blast suspect on the basis of eyewitness accounts).

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Pune attacked while Maharasthra govt offers security to SRK and My Name is Khan, arrests 1,200 Shiva Sena

Posted by jagoindia on February 14, 2010


Maharashtra govt offers security to SRK
30 Jan ’10

The Maharashtra government on Friday offered police protection to actor Shah Rukh Khan following Shiv Sena’s remarks against him and the tearing up of posters of his film My Name Is Khan. Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagwe said anyone taking law into their hands would be dealt with sternly. Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray, executive president Shiv Sena said that the state government should first provide apt security to Mumbaikars and then talk about players and games.

Maharashtra govt cracks down on Shiv Sena, 1200 arrested
AGENCIES, 10 February 2010

MUMBAI: In a major crackdown, city police have arrested over 1,200 Shiv Sainiks ahead of the release of Shah Rukh-Kajol starer ‘My Name Is Khan’ after the party stepped up its protest against the film over the actor’s IPL remarks. ( Watch Video )

The 63 theatres across the city that would screen Karan Johan directed ‘My Name…’ have turned into fortresses with heavy deployment of police. ( Watch Video )

“In the last 24 hours, over 1,200 Shiv Sainiks have been arrested. While 955 were arrested under the preventive action, the rest were put behind bars for different cases, including for protesting outside the theatres, vandalising screens among others,” said Ramesh Bagwe, minister of state for home affairs said.

The Sena activists, including office bearers, were charged with rioting, damaging property, unlawful assembly and trespassing, police said. Some people roaming near Broadway cinema at suburban Borivali today were picked up on suspicion that they might cause trouble.

Both Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Police Commissioner D Sivanandhan have held out the assurance of a smooth release of the film on Friday.

Tight security has been provided to 63 theatres across the city. Guidelines have also been issued to all police stations by the city police chief regarding security arrangements.

“We will provide all the security. I appeal to the people of Maharashtra to go and watch the film and not to be scared by such threats. In fact, I am also going to watch the movie,” Chavan said.

The Sena renewed its threat not to allow the release of the film days after party supremo Balasaheb Thackeray said there would be no disruption in the screening.

Khan has refused to tender any apology as sought by the Sena, saying he has not said anything wrong, which he needs to retract.

Upping the ante, Sena leader Manohar Joshi said, “We will not allow the movie to be released. Shah Rukh should first apologise to Balasaheb (Thackeray) and then only we can talk with him.”

In the wake of the protests, leaves of the city policemen have been cancelled to ensure their full presence. Personnel from State Reserve Police Force and Home Guards will also be deployed at the theatres, police said.

Karan Johar, director and co-producer of the film, said the film will be released as scheduled after he was assured by the Police Commissioner that adequate security will be provided.

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Will Karan Johar Make a Film on Islamic Terorrism: My name is Kaul, not Khan

Posted by jagoindia on February 14, 2010


My name is not Khan, I am Mr Kaul

Tarun Vijay,  22 December 2009

I am not Khan. My name bears a different set of four letters: K A U L. Kaul. As those who know Indian names would understand I happened to be born in a family which was called Hindu by others. Hence, we were sure, we would never get a friend like KJ to make a movie on our humiliations, and the contemptuous and forced exile from our homeland. It’s not fashionable. It’s fashionable to get a Khan as a friend and portray his agony and pains and sufferings when he is asked by a US private to take off his shoes and show his socks. Natural and quite justifiable that Khan must feel insulted and enraged. Enough Masala to make a movie.

But unfortunately I am a Kaul. I am not a Khan.

Hence when my sisters and mothers were raped and killed, when six-year-old Seema was witness to the brutal slaughtering of her brother, mother and father with a butcher’s knife by a Khan, nobody ever came to make a movie on my agony, pain and anguish, and tears.

No KJ would make a movie on Kashmiri Hindus. Because we are not Khans. We are Kauls.

When we look at our own selves as Kauls, we also see a macabre dance of leaders who people Parliament. Some of them were really concerned about us. They got the bungalows and acres of greenery and had  their portraits  were worshipped by the gullible devotees of patriotism.

They made reservations in schools and colleges for us. In many many other states. But never did they try that we go back to our homes. They have other priorities and ‘love your jihadi neighborhood’ programmes. They get flabbier and flabbier with the passing of each year, sit on sacks of sermons; issue instructions to live simply and follow moral principles delivered by ancestors and kept in documents treated with time-tested preservatives.

They could play with me because my name is Kaul. And not Mr Khan. I saw the trailer to this fabulous movie, which must do good business at the box office.

There was not even a hint that terror is bad and it is worse if it is perpetuated in the name of a religion that means Peace. Peace be upon all its followers and all other the creatures too.

So you make a movie on the humiliation of taking off shoes to a foreign police force which has decided not to allow another 9/11.

The humiliation of taking off the shoes and the urge to show that you are innocent is really too deep. But what about the humiliation of leaving your home and hearth and the world and the relatives and wife and mother and father? And being forced to live in shabby tents, at the mercy of nincompoop leaders encashing your misery and bribe-seeking babus? And seeing your daughters growing up too sudden and finding no place to hide your shame?

No KJ would ever come forward to make a movie, a telling, spine-chilling narration on the celluloid, of five-year-old Seema, who saw her parents and brother being slaughtered by a butcher’s knife in Doda. Because her dad was not Mr Khan. He was one Mr Kaul.

Sorry, Mr Kaul and your entire ilk. I can’t help you.

It’s not fashionable to side with those who are Kauls. And Rainas. And Bhatts. Dismissively called KPs. KPs means Kashmiri Pandits. They are a bunch of communalists. They were the agents of one Mr Jagmohan who planned their exodus so that Khans can be blamed falsely. In fact, a movie can be made on how these KPs conspired their own exile to give a bad name to the loving and affectionate Khan brothers of the valley.

To voice the woes of Kauls is sinful. The right course to get counted in the lists of the Prime Minister’s banquets and the President’s parties is to announce from the roof top: hey, men and ladies, I am Mr Khan.

The biggest apartheid the state observes is to exclude those who cry for Kauls, wear the colours of  Ayodhya, love the wisdom of the civilisational heritage, dare to assert as Hindus in  a land which is known as Hindustan too and  struggle to live with dignity as Kauls. They are out and exiled. You can see any list of honours and invites to summits and late-evening gala parties to toast a new brand. All that the Kauls are allowed is a space at Jantar Mantar: shout, weep and go back to your tents after a tiring demonstration. Mr Kaul, you have got a wrong name.

A dozen KJs would fly to take you atop the glory – posts and gardens of sympathies if you accept to wear a Khan name and love a Sunita, Pranita, Komal or a Kamini. Well, here you have a sweetheart in Mandira. That goes well with the story.

And you pegged the movie plot on autism.

I wept. It was too much. I wept as a father of a son who needed a story as an Indian. Who cares for his autistic son, his relationship with the western world, his love affair with a young  sweet something as a human, as someone whose heart goes beyond being a Hindu, a Muslim or a proselytizing Vatican-centric aggressive soul. Not the one who would declare in newspaper interviews: “I think I am an ambassador for Islam”.  Shah Rukh is Shah Rukh, not because he is an ambassador for Islam. If that was true, he could have found a room in Deoband. Fine enough. But he became a heartthrob and a famousl star because he is a great actor. He owes everything he has to Indians and not just to Muslims. We love him not because he is some Mr Khan. We love him because he has portrayed the dreams, aspirations, pains, anguish and ups and downs of our daily life. As  an Indian. As one of us.

If he wants to use our goodwill and love for strengthening his image as an ambassador for Islam, will we have to think to put up an ambassador for Hindus? That, at least to me, would be unacceptable because I trust everyone: a Khan or a Kaul or a Singh or a Victor. Who represents India represents us all too, including Hindus. My best ambassadorship would be an ambassadorship for the tricolour and not for anything else because I see my Ram and Dharma in that. I don’t think even an Amitabh or a Hritik would ever think in terms Shah Rukh has chosen for himself.  But shouldn’t these big, tall, successful Indians who wear Hindu names make a movie on why Kauls were ousted? Why Godhra occurred in the first place? Why nobody, yes, not a single Muslim, comes forward to take up the cause of the exiled and killed and contemptuously marginalized Kauls whereas every Muslim complainant would have essentially a Hindu advocate to take on Hindus as fiercely as he can?

If you are Mr Khan and found dead on the railway tracks, the entire nation would be shaken. And he was also a Rizwan. May be just a coincidence that our Mr Khan in the movie is also a Rizwan.

Rizwan’s death saw the police commissioner punished and cover stories written by missionary writers. But if you are a Sharma or a Kaul and happened to love an  Ameena Yusuf in Srinagar, you would soon find your corpse inside the police thana and NONE, not even a small-time local paper would find it worthwhile to waste a column on you.  No police constable would be asked to explain how a wrongly detained person was found dead in police custody?

Because the lover found dead inside a police thana was not Mr Khan. No KJ would ever come forward to make a movie on ‘My name is Kaul. And I am terror-struck by Khans’.

Give me back my identity as an Indian, Mr. Khan and I would have no problem even wearing your name and appreciating the tender love of an autistic son.

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Pune bathed in red blood, red carpet welcome for My Name is Khan’s Shahrukh, Karan and Kajol

Posted by jagoindia on February 14, 2010


Can  secular Karan Johar and his friends make a film on Pune bombing, Mumbai terror attack?  Why secular Karan Johar has no heart for the victims of Islamic terrorism?

They were all foreigners… they were crying in shock and pain: Eyewitness

TNN, 14 February 2010

Local residents, shocked by the loud blast at German Bakery, say tin sheets and furniture parts were lying about 50 metres away and that there was blood and body parts strewn around, indicating that the explosion was caused by a sophisticated device. An injured Sivasa, a foreign national, said the Bakery had been completely destroyed. ‘‘I was inside German Bakery and it was crammed with people. Suddenly I heard a loud blast and saw many people lying on the floor. Though I have suffered minor injuries, I can’t speak much as I am in deep shock.’’

Narendra Darode, a local resident, had gone to a temple near German Bakery for the 7 pm aarti. ‘‘Just as we were about to start at about 7 pm, we heard a loud blast. I came out of the temple and looked towards Bakery and saw massive flames and smoke coming out … There were several body parts scattered around.’’

He said after informing the police, he along with his friend carried three bodies — mostly of foreigners — in rickshaws to nearby hospitals. Rajesh Dhage, owner of a footwear shop, said: ‘‘I rushed out to see what happened and saw many bodies lying on the road.’ He said people were running around in panic, women were crying and people were coming out of Bakery with injuries on hands and feet. ‘‘They were all foreign nationals, who were crying in shock and pain. I went ahead and helped them. By that time, the police had cordoned off the Bakery area by putting up barricades.’’ Santosh Bhosale, another shopkeeper near the bakery, said the blast was very loud. ‘‘When I heard the blast, I thought it was an earthquake,” he said.
My Name Is Khan is handshake between India and the West
Meenakshi Shedde / DNASunday, February 14, 2010

Berlin: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and Karan Johar got a hysterical red-carpet welcome and a rousing reception for the screening of My Name Is Khan at the Berlinale Palast at the Berlin International FilmFestival on Friday night.

Hundreds of German fans jammed the avenues leading to the Palast in -6ºC and snow to catch a glimpse of the stars.

The film is a love story, with Shah Rukh Khan presenting the Muslim point of view after 9/11, and is being distributed by Hollywood giant 20th Century Fox worldwide.

Bollywood already has a loyal core fan base in Germany and Europe. Moreover, Germany has a significant population of Muslims, including immigrants from Turkey, Iran, and other Islamic nations, so there is a high level of interest in the film.

“My Name Is Khan is an important handshake between the Indian film industry and the Western world,” said Uli Gaulke, German film-maker and a fan of Hindi films, whose feature-length documentary Leinwandfieber (Comrades In Dreams) was shot in Satara, India, and nominated for the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

“It is the first film that tries to force a discussion on the very important topic of terrorism post-9/11, and the Muslim point of view on it, in the US and the rest of the world,” said Gaulke. “And to carry this discussion through the very famous Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is very good and an important move.”

Gaulke, who was at the Berlinale premiere of My Name Is Khan, was earlier also happy to be swept up by the infectious energy of Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om and danced joyously in the Kino International Theatre in Berlin where the film premiered at the Berlin film festival in 2008.

“The decision of Hollywood’s 20th Century Fox to back My Name Is Khan is connected to many larger issues,” Gaulke continued. “It clearlywants to open up the discussion on the Muslim point of view post-9/11.

“But it is also connected to the new leadership of a black president in America, and the connection Hollywood wants to make with India as a growing socio-economic power, whose images of Bollywood influence the Western world.”

Commenting on the German response at the premiere, he said, “Germanyis a very multi-cultural society that includes Muslims, so there is an audience for this film in our big cities, and it is an opportunity to open the discussion here in Germany.

“Initially, the audience may have been disappointed that there was no dancing in a Bollywood film, but the film more than makes up with its intense drama. It is the first time I am seeing a Bollywood film with dramatic storytelling that is nearer our own Western cinematic tradition. It is wonderful how the story develops, linking the Hindu-Muslim problem in India to the larger issue of Muslims after 9/11.”

The film opens in German theatres in May. Said Karan Johar in an exclusive interview before the Berlin premiere, “I’m very excited to be at the Berlin film festival in the official selection. Germans love Shah Rukh Khan as well as our commercial films, and he ‘is’ the film.”

Explaining the intention behind the film, Johar said, “I wanted to give humanity a voice and religion a platform. Every religion has
beautiful things to say. Shah Rukh has talked to me so much about this, and there are books that say amazing things. I thought, why not put it into a narrative with an emotional heart? So Rizvan Khan actually lives the teachings of religions.”

Did the film expect to do good business worldwide, but especially in Islamic nations? Johar said, “The story is connected with Islam, but thanks to Fox, it is a wide-spectrum release. It had a world premiere in Dubai, and will screen in the Middle East, including Egypt, where we have ordered 30 more prints than usual. In the UK, it had the highest opening ever, taking in £1,23,000 in just one day, even more than 3 Idiots, which took £1,21,000 in two days.”

Said Shah Rukh Khan, “Yesterday, a German told me My Name Is Khan is naïve. But that is the most beautiful part of the film. When we are children, we are innocent. We are taught inherent goodness by our parents, about loving your fellow beings. As we grow older, we become more complex and complicated. My character’s simplicity is untouched by these complications, and that takes him to a higher plane.”

Jutta Hausler, 50, a German housewife and mother, was on a higher plane just being in the vicinity of her favourite film star. She had come all the way from Hanover for the Berlin premiere along with her son Sven, 32, an engineer in the German Navy.

Hausler was completely unashamed to stand on the pavement in the snow, along with the other giggling teenage fans of Shah Rukh Khan outside his hotel in Berlin, and squealed with excitement when she caught a glimpse of Shah Rukh Khan in the lobby through the glass revolving doors.

“I love Shah Rukh Khan,” she said. “He is a natural actor, true to himself and others, and honest. I have seen all his movies, including Don, Swades, and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

“I love Bollywood films because they are bigger, they are about love and families — and life as it is,” she said. Prost to that!

Meenakshi Shedde is India consultant to the Berlin film festival and curator to film festivals worldwide.

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Lashkar: Delhi, Pune and Kanpur are all fair targets

Posted by jagoindia on February 14, 2010


“Rehman Makki, deputy to JuD leader Hafiz Saeed said that at one time, jihadis were interested only in the liberation of Kashmir but the water issue had ensured that “Delhi, Pune and Kanpur” were all fair targets.”

Lashkar had warned of Pune as target

Special Correspondent

New Delhi: One week before a bomb went off in Pune’s German Bakery killing eight, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan had warned of the city being a potential target.

Addressing a rally in the Pakistani capital on February 5,  Abdur Rehman Makki, deputy to JuD leader Hafiz Saeed said that at one time, jihadis were interested only in the liberation of Kashmir but the water issue had ensured that “Delhi, Pune and Kanpur” were all fair targets.

His remarks were reported by The Hindu’s Islamabad correspondent and published in this newspaper the next day. The JuD is the new name of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is a banned organisation in Pakistan.

“Whenever our jihad in Kashmir nears success, India becomes ready for talks,” Makki told his audience. “But what is this dialogue all about? [the former President Pervez] Musharraf tried dialogue for eight years. What did he get? What did Pakistan get? A ban on Lashkar-e-Taiba, while the Shiv Sena is allowed to go free,” he said.

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