Assam: A mob in Biswanath district of Assam heckled and abused a Muslim man for allegedly selling beef and forced to eat pork as a punishment. The man was identified as Shaukat Ali.
The video of the incident has gone viral on social media. In the video, Ali is seen kneeling down, surrounded by an irate mob, which demands to know why he was selling beef. The mob can be heard asking, “Do you have license to sell beef?”
Questioning about Ali’s nationality, mob asked, “Are you Bangladeshi? Is your name in the NRC [National Register of Citizens]?”
The man has received injuries and is currently being treated at a government hospital.
Soon after the incident’s video went viral, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi hit out on Twitter and said, “I know many people who feel they’re desensitized because of the number of lynchings in the last five years. I am not, each video infuriates me and saddens me. It’s irrelevant that beef is legal in Assam, lynching an innocent old man is illegal in every part of India.”
According to NDTV, police have detained at least five people. Two separate FIR’s have also been filed in the case.
Assam is currently updating its National Register of Citizens in a bid to identify foreigners from citizens.
Biswanath district police chief Rakesh Roushan, however, said it was “not a matter of communal tension”. Roushan said that the men misbehaved with not only him, but also another person of a different community.
Biswanath, under the Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency, will go to polls in the first phase on April 11.
Crime Branch questions former PDP minister Naeem Akhtar
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch has questioned PDP leader Naeem Akhtar over alleged irregularities committed during his tenure as public works minister in allotment of contracts for the Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC), officials said on Sunday.
The former minister has, however, denied any wrongdoing and said he has cooperated with police officials.
“I am sure that truth will prevail. I have done nothing wrong and all due processes were followed,” Akhtar told PTI in Srinagar.
The officials said Akhtar was questioned at his residence about giving out work at JKPCC to a specific set of contractors and making some appointments without following the due process.
The questioning revolved around JKPCC work, construction work at the Islamic University in south Kashmir and allotment of work for setting up the AIIMS in south Kashmir, they said.
It is alleged that the contracts were given to such people who had no experience in construction work and had floated companies barely a few days before the tendering process was initiated, the officials said.
The investigation was also into the air-conditioning work of the health department, they said.
“I have answered all the questions and clarified the matter. I am sure that the matter is sorted out. I have full faith in judiciary,” PDP leader Akhtar.
Former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit dies at 81
NEW DELHI: Former Delhi Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit died at the age of 81 on Saturday. The veteran Congress leader was not keeping well from some time and died of a prolonged illness.
Former Delhi chief minister was on Friday admitted to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in a critical state.
Three-time Delhi chief minister from Congress, Dikshit had cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and had to be immediately put on the ventilator, said Congress sources.
Centre appoints new Governors in 6 states, Anandiben Patel transferred to UP
New Delhi: The Centre Saturday appointed six new Governors in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Nagaland and Tripura.
MP Governor and former Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel has been transferred as appointed the new as Governor of UP. Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon was also transferred and appointed as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
Senior Supreme Court advocate Jagdeep Dhankhar was appointed as the new Governor of West Bengal, replacing Keshari Nath Tripathi. BJP member Ramesh Bais has been appointed as the Governor of Tripura, replacing Kaptan Singh Solanki.
BJP MLA Phagu Chauhan has been appointed as the Governor of Bihar while RN Ravi as Governor of Nagaland, replacing Padmanabha Acharya.
“The above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices,” said a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.