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Govt not averse to out-of-court solution on Ram Mandir: Naqvi



New Delhi/Lucknow, Nov 14: Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said the government is not averse to any out-of-court solution to Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Mosque dispute in Ayodhya, adding  it is “not involved” in any offers to negotiate by anyone.

His remarks comes in the wake of Art of Living Foundation head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to mediate in the long-simmering dispute.

“If all the parties concerned or the stakeholders reach a consensus on the issue, nothing like it. It will be an ideal situation. This issue should be resolved. If it is resolved through dialogue and consensus it is good, otherwise the matter is already in the court and the court will decide,” Naqvi said.

When asked Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has offered to mediate at the behest of the Centre, the Minister said  “If some people are trying to mediate in the matter to find an amicable solution, there is no harm in it. But the government is not involved in any kind of mediation etc.”

Late last month, the AoL founder had expressed his willingness to mediate in the matter, following which the Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi met him on October 31 and welcomed the offer.

After the meeting, Rizvi said the entire nation respected the AoL founder and that the Shia community was of the view that the dispute should be resolved amicably and not by confrontation.

However, on Monday after Sri Sri announced that he would soon be visiting Ayodhya regarding this, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi dismissed his offer as “kite flying”.

“The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has clearly stated that they will not accept any such offer, he (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) should not indulge in any kite flying,” Owaisi asserted.

Meanwhile, as per his schedule, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar before visiting to temple town will meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his representative Bhavya Tej said in Lucknow.

He said that he has informed both Muslim and Hindu leaders involved in the mater that “Guru ji” would be in Ayodhya to discuss with them ways to resolve the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Mosque dispute in Ayodhya..

Sri Sri is likely to arrive in  Ayodhya on Thursday afternoon and is expected to meet the head of the Ram Janma Bhoomi Nyaas, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das at Maniram Chawni, and later hold deliberations with Ram Vilas Vedanti and Iqbal Ansari.

Wefornews Bureau 


Padmaavat row: UP Kshatriya outfit leader threatens to destroy Parliament, SC, booked for sedition



New Delhi, Jan 24: The UP president of Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha’s youth wing has been booked after he was seen threatening to raze the Parliament and Supreme Court in a video if Padmaavat releases on January 25.

In the video, Bhuvneshwar Singh can observed targeting the apex court for comparing Padmavati with Bandit Queen, The Indian Express reported.

Not only this, Singh was also seen saying that they would ensure the defeat of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other ‘Kshatriya’ public representatives in the upcoming general  elections if they did not quit on the issue surrounding the film.

The FIR was registered on Sunday at City Kotwali police station in Bareilly under IPC sections 124 A (sedition) and 506 (criminal intimidation), and Section 67 of Information Technology Act.

However, Singh is absconding and police teams are conducting raids to arrest him.

Initially, the case was lodged against unidentified persons, before Singh was identified on Monday.

The FIR was lodged on Sunday at City Kotwali police station in Bareilly under IPC sections 124 A (sedition) and 506 (criminal intimidation), and Section 67 of Information Technology Act. The case was initially lodged against unidentified persons, before Singh was identified on Monday.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Bareilly, Rohit Singh Sajwan informed that in the course of probe, they spoke to local residents who confirmed that the person in the video is Bhuvneshwar Singh, a local businessman and resident of Kotwali.

“Police carried out a raid at his residence but he was not found. A search is on,” he asserted.

On Sunday, sub-inspector and in-charge of Station Road police outpost, Vikram Singh, registered a complaint after the video spread on social media.

“In the video, the 45-year-old man is seen trying to provoke people by using hateful words against the government… He is seen threatening that they will destroy the Parliament and create ruckus if the film releases on January 25,” the Indian Express quoted, Senior Sub-Inspector, City Kotwali police station, Ajay Kumar Singh was saying.

“The man is also seen attacking the Supreme Court and threatening to destroy it for comparing Padmavati with Bandit Queen. He is also seen stating that if Rajnath Singh and other ‘Kshatriya’ public representatives did not offer resignation now, they would ensure their defeat in the forthcoming elections,” he further added.

On the other  hand, Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha’s national general secretary, Sukhveer Singh Bhadouria stated, “Our organisation has been raising the issue… for the past two months, but no one is there to listen to us. There is public outrage over the film and Bhuvneshwar Singh, who is the state president of our organisation’s youth wing, made the statement in a fit of anger”.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked all states to comply with its order not to stand in the way of the release of controversial film “Padmaavat” by rejecting the last ditch efforts by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments to block its January 25 release.


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Padmaavat protest turns violent in Ahmedabad; shops vandalised, vehicles torched



Padmaavat Protest

New Delhi, Jan 24: A protest against release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat in Gujarat turned violent on Tuesday night when groups of people vandalised shops at a mall and a cinema hall in Ahmedabad and targeted vehicles parked. Nearly a dozen two-wheelers, many of them belonging to a fast-food chain, were gutted. The incident took place in Ahmedabad’s Thaltej.

The police had to resort to firing in the air at two locations as hundreds of Karni Sena activists taking out a candle-light march turned violent.

In a separate incident, a mall and the adjacent shops in Ahmedabad’s Memnagar were vandalised and vehicles were also torched in protest against the film.

 “We had put up boards saying we won’t screen the film still the mall was attacked by a horde of men,” Mall Manager Rakesh Mehta said.

“Some anti-social elements were behind the violence. We will take stern action against them,” Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said.

Ahmedabad police Commissioner A.K. Singh said the police would not allow any kind of violent protest in the city.

As per the latest reports, police picked up 48 people on Tuesday night under Act of Rioting and 4 FIRs have been registered.

Violent protests by members of the Rajput community were also witnessed across Gujarat on Sunday, with agitators damaging buses and blocking roads.Following incidents of protesters damaging and setting buses on fire, the police issued a stern warning and deployed more personnel in the affected areas. The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) also suspended its services in northern parts of the state.


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Fodder scam: Verdict in third case involving Lalu today



Lalu Prasad Yadav

Ranchi, Jan 24: A special CBI court here will on Wednesday pronounce judgment in a fodder scam case in which two former Chief Ministers of Bihar — Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra — are accused.

Special court judge S.S. Prasad will deliver judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.

The allegation is that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.

In all there are 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.

This will be the third case in which Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra are accused.

Currently, Lalu Yadav is in Birsa Munda Central Jail of Ranchi, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.

Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was awarded five years’ imprisonment.


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