Raj speaks anti-North Indian tirade
'insider vs outsider' clash in Mumbai
Workers from Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have rioted and disrupted a Mulayam rally at Shivaji Park and later they even hurled bottles at Amitabh Bachchan's residence earlier. It was part of the party's anti-migrant and anti-North Indian stand in Mumbai. Despite the widespread anger and disgust that their actions have provoked, the MNS kept up their low level attacks on taxi drivers and traders, which were stage managed in some cases. Meanwhile, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Chief Minister, Maharashtra said: "I have talked to the DGP and the CP to take stern action. Such things should not spread and should not happen. There is full protection to all those living in Mumbai.''. My request was to take strong action against those trying to flare up communal tension
"I condemn attacks in Maharashtra. Our country doesn't have a separate constitution for Maharashtra. Maharashtra is part of our country, and it follows the Indian Constitution," said Mayawati, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh.
In an unprecedented step by the state government, Mumbai Police will be aided by the Rapid Action Force and State Reserve Police Force to monitor the law and order situation during celebrations.
Security has been beefed up in view of recent attacks on non-Maharashtrians, particularly those from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, by the MNS. Under fire for the violence, Thackeray has said he is not opposed to Chhath Puja as long as it is not politicised. Mumbai,
October 21: Raj Thackeray was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday in Ratnagiri and was sent to jail by a Bandra court which however granted him bail but the MNS chief was quickly booked in another case in Kalyan as the police action triggered violence by his supporters in the state. Under intense pressure to rein in Raj for his anti-North Indian tirade, the Maharashtra Government finally effected the arrest in four different cases arising out of the involvement of MNS activists in the attack on candidates from North India appearing for a railway recruitment exam on Sunday.
Thackeray was charged under Sections 153, 353, 336, 425, 427 of IPC relating to rioting, assault, damage to property and mischief.
The arrest came within hours of a defiant Raj justifying the attack on North Indian youth and warning the state government that it will have to regret the consequences if he was arrested.
The MNS activists were arrested for pelting stones and attacking shops owned by North Indians, they said adding the activists had also attacked two Kolhapur Municipal Transport buses.
MNS activists had called a shutdown in Hupari, 20 km from Kolhapur
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray, whose party workers had targeted many Biharis, as they attacked people from outside Maharashtra who work in the state.
On Sunday, MNS activists had attacked north Indians appearing for a railway recruitment exam in several parts of Maharashtra. Kamleshwar Yadav, a government employee, said: "Thackeray should be prosecuted for treason." Irshadul Haque, a Dalit Muslim leader, said Thackeray should be punished for the violence against innocent people.
The Shiv Sena on Sunday demanded the immediate arrest of the leader of its breakway faction, Raj Thackeray, saying his remarks on 'Chatt Puja' have "hurt the religious sentiments" of the people of Bihar.
"Raj Thackeray has hurt the religious sentiments of the people of Bihar, which is an unforgivable offence," Shiv Sena north India chief Jai Bhagwan Goel said addressing the demonstrators.
"Shiv Sena does not differentiate between the people of Bihar, Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh," he said and warned against "attempts to divide the countrymen".
Raj has recently criticised the celebration of Chatt Puja, a festival observed mainly in Bihar and parts of Uttar Pradesh, and 'Uttar Bharatiya Divas' in Mumbai.
Unrest in Assam: 30 killed in communal violence
The death toll touched 30, as seven Bangladeshi migrants were killed in police-firing on Sunday (October 5). The migrants attempted to defy the shoot-at-sight orders in force in the trouble-torn districts of Darrang and Udalguri
The death toll in weekend ethnic clashes in India's northeastern state of Assam have mounted to 49 and more than 100,000 displaced with authorities claiming the situation was limping back to normal, officials Monday said.
"So far 49 people have died since violence broke out Friday, 15 of them police firing, and the rest in incident of clashes," Assam government spokesman and health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma told journalists.
Eight of the injured died in different hospitals, while nine more bodies were recovered from various parts of the violence-hit districts of Udalguri, Darrang, Baska, and Chirang in northern Assam on Monday.
The clashes, between members of the Bodo tribal group and Muslim settlers originally from Bangladesh, have witnessed raids on numerous villages by groups armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows, spears and machetes.
Assam Health Minister Sarma said the root cause was a program of 'ethnic cleansing' implemented by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), a rebel group fighting for an independent tribal homeland. "They want to drive out all non-Bodos from the area .... it's a systematic pogrom," Sarma said.
Wednesday, 26 November, 2003,
Over 17,000 flee Assam violence
The wife and children of Tarachand Shah, a victim of recent attacks
More than 17,000 people have fled their homes in north-east India's Assam state to escape attacks on Hindi-speaking settlers by Assamese mobs and rebels.
The refugees, mostly migrant workers from the nearby state of Bihar, are being housed in makeshift camps.
Violence erupted between Assamese and Bihari groups a fortnight ago because of a row over the allocation of jobs.
Over 50 people have died in the clashes, despite a government decision to send troops to calm the situation.
the rebels, who claim to be fighting for a separate ethnic Assamese state, have used the bases in neighbouring Bangladesh to launch the attacks.
An organisation representing the Hindi-speakers, the Purbottar Hindibhasi Sammelan, said that at least 10,000 of their community had already fled Assam state.
Assamese train passengers were recently targeted by Bihari mobs
Assam's chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, said more troops were on their way and the state's borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan would be sealed.
Ethnic Assamese rebels have long resented the authority outsiders from the state supposedly enjoy there.
Correspondents say Ulfa's previous targets have been educated or affluent Bengalis and Nepalis - but the latest attacks on Biharis mean some of Assam's poorest people are also targets.
The most immediate cause of the clashes is competition over jobs at the state-run railways. Over a week ago, train passengers arriving in Bihar state from Assam became the target of attacks by mobs.
The Bihar mobs were angry that youths in Assam had physically prevented candidates from Bihar from taking recruitment interviews for jobs at the state-run Indian Railways.
It's like dogs are barking to protect their own territory, but I can't believe human should follow them.