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Dalits move Supreme Court against social boycott in Haryana village

The dispute arose when a group of dalit boys were beaten up by the members of dominant community for drawing water from a hand-pump.

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New Delhi, Nov 5 : The issue of social boycott of a dalit community in Haryana has reached the Supreme Court. The community members have informed the court about the series of atrocities it faced at the hands of a dominant community, which includes access to drinking water from a village hand-pump.

A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana referred the matter serious in nature, and the police should take action on the issues raised in connection with social boycott.

“There allegations are serious. Police have to look into it. This is a serious matter,” said the court. The court told the Haryana government’s counsel that it sought his presence so that he can receive proper instruction from the departments involved in the matter. The court also asked the state government counsel to rope in a senior level police officer and asked the officer to appear before it on November 8, and file a status report on the matter.

The matter is related to the social boycott of dalit community members in a village located in Hisar district, and it was brought on record in July 2017. According to the petitioner, the dispute arose when a group of dalit boys were beaten up by the members of dominant community for drawing water from a hand-pump. Six persons were hospitalised in the assault, and later FIR was registered.

The petition seeks direction from the court to hand over the probe to CBI, and let the investigating agency take action the accused persons allegedly involved in the incident, as the police have failed to make any arrest so far. The petition also seeks direction to the state government to immediate steps to terminate the social boycott imposed on the community member since July 2017. The petitioners have also sought compensation for the victims.

The petition said 500 houses in the village have faced the consequences of the social boycott imposed on the dalit community. Though, the issue was raised before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, but it did not improve the situation.

“Threats continue and the community is most insecure. The local police have aligned with the dominant community… Not a single person has been arrested,” petition claimed. The petitioners claim the social boycott was imposed after they refused to withdraw the case.

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Police officer injured as students clash in Varanasi

The ABVP and Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha supporters were taking out processions after the nominations. As soon as they came near, they started shouting slogans and then started throwing stones.

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Clash Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth

Varanasi, Nov 20 : A clash broke out between members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, on Wednesday, during the nominations for students union elections.

The two groups pelted each other with stones and set some vehicles on fire.

Station officer of Sigra was injured in the clashes. Some other constables were also injured.

The clashes took place near the Bharat Mata temple on the Cantt railway station road.

The ABVP and Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha supporters were taking out processions after the nominations. As soon as they came near, they started shouting slogans and then started throwing stones.

Additional forces have been deployed in the area and the injured students have been hospitalized.

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Won’t allow NRC in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

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Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Nov 20 : On a day when union home minister Amit Shah asserted that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise would be undertaken across India, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured people on Wednesday that her government will never allow preparation of any such list.

Addressing a public meeting at Sagardighi of Murshidabad district, Banerjee said nobody can take away the citizenship of any person and make him/her a refugee.

She also challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party to clarify why the names of 14 lakh Hindus and Bengalis were left out of the final NRC brought out in Assam.

Obviously targeting the BJP without naming it, Banerjee said “a few people” were trying to foment trouble in the state in the name of NRC.

“A few people are trying to foment trouble in the state by saying that NRC exercise will be carried out in Bengal. I would like to make it very clear, that we will never allow the NRC exercise in Bengal,” she said.

“We won’t allow anybody to divide people on the basis of religion,” she added.

Shah told Rajya Sabha during the day that NRC will be implemented nationwide, and asserted that no person from any religion need to be afraid of it.

“The NRC exercise is monitored by the Supreme Court. No religion has been targeted or isolated during the NRC exercise,” said Shah responding to a query of Congress leader Syed Nasir Hussain.

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BHU students continue protest, Muslim prof feels ‘insulted’

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Sanskrit Scholar Firoze Khan

Varanasi, Nov 20 : The students’ protest against the appointment of a Muslim professor in the Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vigyan in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) entered its 14th day on Wednesday with the students refusing to give up on their demand.

The BHU administration continues to maintain that the appointment of professor Feroz Khan is in accordance with the prescribed norms and there is no question of his removal.

The BHU administration has issued a statement, saying, “The idea behind the establishment of the university was to contribute in nation-building by providing equal opportunity of study and teaching to all deserving people without any discrimination on the basis of caste, religion, gender and sect.”

The statement also said that Khan’s appointment was a unanimous decision made by a selection committee under a transparent process.

The Muslim professor Feroz Kahn, meanwhile, said that he felt ‘insulted’ by the incident and added that he would have never applied for the job if the university had mentioned in the advertisement that they did not want a Muslim.

Students sitting on dharna, on the other hand, have started reciting Hanuman Chalisa to underline their opposition to a Muslim faculty member.

Chakrapani Ojha, a student leader leading the protest since November 7, said: “The appointment of a Muslim faculty member has hurt the sentiments of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya who established the BHU. This appointment has been made as part of a conspiracy. The entire process, including the interview, was rigged in favour of Feroz Khan. The stone inscription installed in BHU clearly states that no non-Hindu can either study or teach in our department. Then why was a Muslim professor appointed in the faculty?”

The university spokesman Rajesh Singh said that there is no stone inscription on the premises that says non-Hindus cannot study or teach in BHU.

Shubham Tiwari, another student leader, said, “In this department, there are no teachers, all are our gurus. Everyone keeps a ‘choti’ on their head, we touch their feet and participate in ‘havan’ which is a regular ritual. If a Muslim professor is accorded a place in the department, then he will not be able to perform rituals and teach us our dharma.”

Umakant Chaturvedi, the head of the department, said that the deadlock continued and no classes were being held in the Sanskrit department.

Sources said that some faculty members in the department were instigating protest and provoking students.

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