Bodhgaya: Two people have been injured in a series of blasts inside the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodhgaya district. The first blast took place inside the temple at 5:30 am, followed by seven successive explosions in the next half hour. While four of the blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi temple, the other four exploded outside. Another two live bombs were reportedly found near the temple, and defused. Reports say all blasts were of low-intensity and there has been no damage to the temple shrine. "The holy bodhi tree is safe and there is no damage to it," Bihar police chief Abhayanand told AFP while confirming the blasts and injuries.
Mahabodhi Temple Blast
There were not too many people inside the temple when the blasts took place. The two injured, reportedly a Buddhist monk from Myanmar and a pilgrim, have been rushed to a hospital."We were doing our daily rituals in the temple when we heard a big explosion," said an eyewitness.
Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami said the blasts were a "terror attack." Teams from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the National Security Guard (NSG) are on their way to Bodhgaya. Senior police officer SK Bhardwaj said there have been intelligence reports about the possibility of attacks on the shrines but he did not give any details. The temple premises have been cordoned off. Reports say security has been beefed up in and around other religious sites of the district.
Monk at Mahabodhi Temple
Last year, security of the Mahabodhi temple was handed over to the Special Task Force of Bihar Police. A mock drill was carried out at the temple by the district administration in the last week of June. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly condemned today's blasts, saying "such attacks on religious places will never be tolerated." The Buddhist shrines in Bodhgaya, a town 130 kilometers south of Patna, attract a large number of pilgrims, especially from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. The main pilgrimage starts in September.
The Peace Convention of Dr. Zakir Naik between March 30 and April 1, 2012 remained highly successful and it was attended by record 8,00,000 (8 lakh) people belonging to different religions. During the three day convention about two dozens of people including men and women belonging to other religions accepted Islam in front of Dr. Zakir Naik. Below is the video of P K Yadav, who accepted Islam without any type of pressure.
In yet another anti-Bihar (north Indian) politically motivated step (can be called anti-national at a big spectrum) the MNS Chief Raj Thackeray has challenged the Bihar Chief Minister to enter Mumbai for celebrations of ‘Bihar Diwas’ on Sunday (April 15, 2012). In fact, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which has often protested the presence of people especially migrant labour belonging to North India is bitterly opposing Bihar Day or Diwas in the city. On Thursday night (April 12, 2012), Raj Thackeray urged the Congress-NCP coalition state government to arrest Nitish Kumar and also said that he would now allow the ‘Celebration’ to be held. The MNS Chief asked deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and home minister R R Patil to tell Nitish Kumar to refrain from visiting Mumbai.
Addressing an election rally for the Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC), Thackeray said the government can arrest him if it wanted, but he would not sit quiet and allow Maharashtra to be plundered by migrants and politicians from other states. "Wait till April 15." Thackeray said the influx of migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are burdening amenities in Maharashtra's cities like Mumbai, Nashik, Pune and Nagpur. Referring to the Bihar Diwas, he said the anniversary of Bihar's formation was on March 22, yet it was being celebrated later on. He said the modus operandi of leaders like Nitish Kumar was to enter Maharashtra on the pretext of cultural programmes to get a political foothold and then dominate the natives.
In response to Thackeray, Nitish Kumar on Friday clarified that he would visit Mumbai anyhow to attend the ‘Bihar Diwas’ celebrations this Sunday even through the programme is severely opposed by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). "The Bihar Diwas celebration in Mumbai is a socio-cultural event, not a political function," said Nitish Kumar to media. Nitish Kumar had earlier said he was "free to travel anywhere in the country and do not need a visa to come to Mumbai".
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is a unique political party having a hardly logical agenda of throwing out North Indians from the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The democratic setup of India makes it a nation of states and union territories. Here, the every citizen has the full right to visit or even reside in any nook and corner of the country. Maharashtra is not an exception, it also falls under the democratic India. Be it a common people or state Chief Minister or any political leader, Thackeray and his party has no any right to refrain the Biharis residing in Mumbai from celebrating the Bihar Diwas. And the threat of Thackeray to stop Nitish Kumar from visiting the city is totally out of box and an anti-national activity.
If we see the picture of India at a broader spectrum, we find that the state and union territories of India are dependent on each other by some and other means. Be it official work or daily wagers, no any state or a city can sustain for a day without the involvement of professionals and labourers belonging to different parts of the country. The step of Thackeray is totally politically motivated, and somehow it is misguiding the people of Maharashtra by creating anti-national sentiments. However, unfortunately or fortunately, India’s democratic setup has made the politicians and political parties supreme. They care more for their self interest rather than the benefit of common people.
Celebrations of ‘Bihar Diwas’ is nowhere going to benefit the state of Bihar or the country, but it is only a small get-together event for people residing in the metropolitan city of Mumbai. Neither, the celebration is going to change the political scenario of Maharashtra. Thackeray should be generous enough and allow the Biharis residing in Mumbai to celebrate the day with great fervour. Threatening Nitish Kumar and Biharis from celebrating the day is not at all acceptable and it is pointing finger towards the dangerous trend of regionalism in the world’s biggest democratic country India, which is renowned worldwide for ‘Peace and Brotherhood’.
Saddam Hussain, a teenager from Araria (Seemanchal) Bihar and a student of Class X at S.T.S High School in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was buried at the University graveyard ‘Minto E’ on Thursday (January 5, 2011). The last remains of Saddam Hussain were buried in presence and large gathering of University students and staff. AMU Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis, Registra V.K. Abdul Jaleel, DSW Prof. Ainul Haq Khan, Proct Prof. Mujahid Beg and AMU Students’ Union President Syed Sharique Ahmad were present along with Saddam’s grieved father.
It should be noted, Saddam Husain was missing since December 22, 2011 and search operation was going at large scale around the city of Aligarh. Assuming it a Kidnapping and Ransom seeking case the AMU Vice Chancellor and the university fraternity were optimistic to search out Saddam Hussain. The AMU administration was on continuous touch with District Magistrate of Aligarh to discuss the developments. The Vice Chancellor had also written a letter to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh providing information in detail and highlighting the concerns of AMU fraternity in this matter. He also demanded to constitute a special task force to investigate the case on fast track basis.
Earlier, Saddam’s father expressed satisfaction on the efforts made by the University in carrying search operation for his son and said that he has come to find out in Aligarh that he is not the father of Saddam Husain only, rather all the students of this University consider him as their father.
Kidnapped and murdered on December 22, 2011 and the district administration could recover his body from Jawan police station area only on Wednesday after a prolonged search operation carried by it in collaboration with the University administration. His body was recognized by his father. Till the mortal remains of Saddam Hussain were recovered by police, his father was doubtful that his son has been murdered.
Aligarh Police have arrested nine persons for the murder of Saddam, confirmed the SP City Aligarh Sunil Kumar Singh.
A slew of anti-graft measures by the Nitish Kumar led NDA government, launch of L K Advani's yatra from Saran, Sushil Kumar a computer operator with MNREGA winning the Rs 5-crore KBC jackpot, the Forbesganj police firing on Muslims and arrests of many hardcore Naxalites made the news headlines in Bihar in the year 2011.
Sushil Kumar winner of Rs. 5 Crore in KBC
The Right to Service Act (RTS) and Bihar Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2011 were enacted and the government announced confiscation of assets of public servants accumulated through corrupt means were other headlines stealers in the state this year.
Nitish Kumar began a new practice -- the chief minister, the Council of ministers, legislators, besides Group III to Grade I officials declaring their annual income and assets details and scrapping of MLAs and MLCs' Local Area Development Funds.
A Delighted Nitish Kumar Speaking to Media
The government of Bihar also took a unique step by setting up a primary school in the palatial house of IAS officer S S Verma, suspended in connection with a disproportionate assets case. BJP’s Veteran leader Advani chose Sitabdiara in Saran district to embark on his Jan Chetna Yatra against corruption which was flagged off by Nitish Kumar on October 12.
Four persons were killed and 30 others injured in police firing and clash between policemen and locals who had indulged in heavy stone-throwing and arson in the industrial area at Forbesganj in Araria district on June 3, 2011. Still the victims are waiting for proper justice.
Lady luck smiled on Sushil Kumar, a computer operator in Chanpatia block of West Champaran, as he became a Rs 5 crore winner on KBC. The first person to win the jackpot in Indian version of ‘Who Want’s to be a Millionaire”. Another contestant from Patna won Rs. 1 crore just one week after Sushil Kumar swept away Rs. 5 crore.
There was also a dip in Naxal activities in the state of Bihar. If we leave stray incidents, the law-and-order situation also improved in Bihar. As the year began, the state witnessed killing of a ruling BJP MLA Raj Kishore Keshari, who was stabbed to death allegedly by a woman teacher. The case is being probed by CBI.
Police arrested 304 hardcore Naxalites, including 64 top leaders during the year. Sixteen top leaders of the proscribed CPI (Maoists), its two 'zonal commanders', nine 'sub-zonal commanders', 14 'area commanders', 16 armed squad members, besides two 'area commanders' of TPC were nabbed.
A CRPF constable was killed and two other troopers were injured as CPI-Maoist cadres triggered three powerful landmine blasts in Gaya in January. Among the prized catches was Jagdish Yadav, a politburo member of CPI-Maoist, who was nabbed from a clinic at Guraru Bazaar in Gaya in June. According to IG (Operations) Rajesh Chandra, the decline in Naxal-related violence was because of continuing offensive against the ultras.
After an uproar over Muslim reservation in the Parliament this past week, a hot debate a triggered not only among the political parties but also within the Muslim community. The 4.5% sub-quota for OBC minorities within the 27% OBC quota was questioned by Political leaders, namely RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is against the 4.5 sub-quota for OBC minorities sighting it anti-constitutional. The concerned minorities especially educated Muslims has not warm heartedly welcomed the decision of Centre to allot 4.5% sub-quota. In fact, they claim it a ‘Lollypop’, which is not going to improve the condition of Muslims in India.
Working Professionals from Bihar greeting Lalu with Red Rose
A group of working professionals from Seemanchal area of Bihar met with Lalu Prasad Yadav at his residence on Sunday, Dec 25 to discuss the basics of 4.5% sub-quota of OBC reservation. The former Chief Minister of Bihar said that I am demanding separate reservation quota for all Muslims despite any differences in caste and creed. This is very unfortunate that the BJP and its allies had gone against the proposed 4.5% sub-quota, which is altogether not going to help the Muslim at a large scale. Discussing the issue of Muslim reservation on detail, the former Union Railway Minister said the youths from Bihar that the Centre should implement the recommendations of Sachchar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Commission.
Along with 4.5% OBC reservation quota for Muslims, Lalu Yadav discussed the issues of Muslim youths falsely put behind the bars in charges of terrorist acts. Lalu has said Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh should apologize the nation on the wrong doings of Police that had put 5 innocent Muslim youths belonging to Maharashtra in connection with Malegaon blasts. The youths were falsely framed by Police and they had suffered huge humiliation that altogether has made their lives hell. Lalu urged the Centre should also give compensation to the youths and their family, and suitable job to avoid any further trouble. Lalu also went heavily against the Times of India report “North Bihar is New Azamgarh”. The veteran politician said, the news agencies are misguiding people with such false reports that don’t have any truth. I have visited the areas and never came across any ‘camp’ or any terrorizing act, then from where the TOI reporter dreamed of terrorists, mentioned the RJD chief.
Meanwhile, Muslim community leaders in Bihar are not opposing the move but they say that more important and necessary than this step was the long-pending demand of amendment in Article 341 and implementation of 10% quota for Muslims as recommended by Ranganath Mishra Commission. Some, however, apprehend that the sub-quota within OBC category can create tension and infighting among communities. The entire Muslim community should be declared OBC and the recommendations of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Commission should be implemented in entirety.
Another major hindrance in Muslims’ political and social empowerment is the Article 341 which prevents deserving Muslims from the Scheduled Castes category. It is often said that on the basis of religion, no govt facilities can be given, but it is interesting that on the very basis of religion, the Muslims are kept from SC category. It is a grave injustice that a dhobi, a nut, a halalkhor if he is Hindu or Sikh or Buddhist, he will enjoy SC status but if he is Muslim or Christian he is kept out. In 1952, only Hindus were in SC category but over the years Sikh and Buddhist were included in that category.
Government does not look fair and honest in the announcement of the 4.5% sub-quota. Before elections, government and parties have been doing such things to appease Muslims. The way they have given 4.5% from within the 27% OBC quota is not good. This will create anxiety and provoke infighting. This is not going to benefit Muslims in large way either. Need of the hour is this, the Muslims should come together on a single platform to pressurize the Government for implementing the recommendations of Ranganath Mishra Commission and Sachchar Committee. Unless the Muslims will remain deprived for generations to come, and the dream of developing India will just be a dream and it never will be a reality.
When it comes to mismanagement the Education department of Bihar especially the district of Kishanganj comes first. On Tuesday (December 14, 2011), worst instance of management was seen in the Hall Ticket distribution for Bihar Elementary Teacher Eligibility Test (BETET)-2011 scheduled on December 20 and 21 As per our local correspondent Mohammad Manazir Ahsan there were long queues at National High School, Inter High School, Girls High School, Siksha Sudhar Middle School and Anjuman Islamia Madarsa. There was nothing proper in the name of management at any counter of the above mentioned schools, even there was no any special arrangement for female candidates.
Crowd at different centre in Kishanganj
A total of 25, 049 candidates are going to appear in Bihar Elementary Teacher Eligibility Test (BETET)-2011 in the district of Kishanganj. Alphabetical counters have been made for distributing the Hall tickets till December 15, 2011. The exam centres have been made in the schools of Kishanganj district headquarters.
Exams will be conducted as per following schedule
Date – 2012/2011 – Eligibility Test for Primary Section (Class I to V) in First and Second Sitting
Date – 2112/2011 – Eligibility Test for Middle Section (Class VI to VIII) in First and Second Sitting
Report by: Mohammad Manazir Ahsan (Photo Journalist, KBC)
This article is written with a light heart, but it makes some sense and compels to Think.
It seems little unusual but true “AMU VC’s decision to accept 224.02 acres land” has surely become a reason of Headache for a section that I call Panauti or Looser. Why I refer them as Panauti or Looser? Simple, with their tall claims and misdeeds they created so many hurdles on the path of proposed AMU Centre in Kishanganj. Now the things are going on right direction for AMU Centre Kishanganj, nothing left for these Panautis or Loosers apart from looking for other non-sense agendas to get the attention of innocent people.
A collections of Newspapers Headings on AMU Kishanganj
The proposed AMU Special Centre in Kishanganj is going to be a reality in just few weeks. As per inputs from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor the agreement date can be scheduled between December 30th and January 1, 2012. Hopefully the year 2012 will see a new dawn and the area of Surjapur can be termed as “Suryapur” or “Surya Pradesh”. In the words of Sahim Ahmad, (A Senior Scientific Officer at BARC, Mumbai belonging to the district of Kishanganj, the Darkness is giving way to Light........ The Dawn has arrived as seen in the Indian Eastern Horizon, '' The Sun is Rising from its Own Country, The Surya-puri Area ''. ! ! !
Of course, I too like many endorse the optimistic view of Sahim Ahmad. The study centre of Aligarh Muslim University in Kishanganj will open the gates of opportunities for all, it is going to be a biggest economic boom for the area of Seemanchal and Bihar including neighbouring West Bengal. AMU study centre will have a mega campus sprawling over an area of about 225 acres dotted by many buildings for hostels, offices, class rooms and residence of teaching and non-teaching staffs. The project of AMU study centre in Kishanganj will be handled by constructors belonging to Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The retailers, wholesellers, farmers and traders all are going to be benefitted from the establishment of AMU Campus in Kishanganj. Above all, the literacy rate in state of Bihar and its neighbouring states will scale-up with every passing year. And all these is going to generate more-and-more employment opportunities for all. The Hindi Proverb “Aam ke Aam, Guthliyon ke Daam” fits well with the multi-faceted AMU Study Centre in Kishanganj.
Today, everything seems well especially after the willingness of AMU Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Azis to accept the 224.02 acres contiguous land at Chakla in Kishanganj. Although the Bihar Government offered 26 acres less than the requirements of AMU, but the Vice Chancellor accepted the proposed land keeping in mind the need of a Special Centre in the state of Bihar especially Seemanchal. However, the road to AMU Study Centre in Kishanganj was full of hurdles, and it took about 3 years to get the final shape.
All thanks to Bihar Govt and AMU VC for bringing the proposal to a final shape, and giving such a nice New Year gift to the region of Surjapur and state of Bihar. We can now say, both the Bihar Government and AMU administration is in Win-Win situation, and the final stamp on the agreement will be put in last week of December.
Now coming back to the topic of article “Who is the Biggest Panauti or Looser”? Being a follower of the AMU Kishanganj issue and also an activist in someway, I feel that the positive signs of agreement have must become a headache for a section that was against the proposal. Next, there was a section, which was doing nothing logical to make the dream of AMU in Kishanganj a reality. Fact is that, besides tall claims they were doing nothing and putting hurdles before the proposal with their acts. Proposal of AMU Centre in Kishanganj also became a good source of “Political Aspiration” for many, and in Hindi we can say “Unhone Rajnitik Roti Seki”.
The year 2012 is special for us, but the Panautis of Kishanganj and neighbouring areas have lost the hijacked issue of AMU Kishanganj. I can predict what is going to be their next agenda run the cheap politics or the issue just for attention seeking. We can’t deny the fact, next they can possibly disturb the construction of AMU Campus in Kishanganj. Whatever these looser will do, we don’t care but the AMU and development lovers can keep a Vigil eye on their misdeeds. Our attentive approach will always save the region of Seemanchal from such dishonest people and Panautis.
Before signing off, I invite the Panautis to be part of the mega celebration and enjoy the historic moment with all. Many of us can find several Panautis and Loosers in the society, will appreciate if you can unmask them.
“North Bihar is the new Azamgarh, says IB”, this headline was used for a report a couple of days back in India’s leading newspaper Times of India (TOI). Similarly, many reports published and telecasted in news channels highlighting the issue including arrest of some suspected persons from districts of North Bihar especially Purnia Division due to its boundary sharing with Nepal. The IB report also reveals that the IM has its hideouts in neighbouring West Bengal state as its shares boundary with Bangladesh.
The revelation of Intelligence Bureau (IB) is an eye-openor and it can be very helpful in crack the terrorist nexus. The report of TOI referring to the IB says last week's arrest of five men from north Bihar in connection with blast probes across the country has turned the terror spotlight upon the region, which has so far been infamous as a smuggling hub between India and Nepal. In police and intelligence circles, the region is being talked about as "another Azamgarh" - the reference being to the east UP hometown of many Indian Mujahideen operatives who allegedly played a role in the 2008 terror strikes.
Going by early leads, sources in the Intelligence Bureau and state security agencies say, IM may have established more than seven sleeper cells in the area. "We have information that IM has established its base amongst youths - some of them even engineers - at Mirganj, Araria and Sitamarhi, in addition to Madhubani and Darbhanga. Often, the youths are lured with hawala money from across the border. Others are indoctrinated with videos of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, with which the Indian state has no connection," a source said.
"The suspects, although they had stayed in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Malda (West Bengal), had Bihar addresses on their fake passports and other documents. So, it is evident that this module has its home in north Bihar and West Bengal. Police sources say Bihar's location makes it a suitable transit point for terrorists and smugglers from Bangladesh and Nepal, as also Mumbai gangsters. While terrorists can easily cross over to Nepal through the porous border, Bihar's Purnea district which shares borders with two West Bengal districts (Murshidabad and Malda), has also emerged as a transit point between India and Bangladesh.
Sources told TOI the first leads on north Bihar's terror link came in 2005 when two LeT operatives were caught there. Terrorist outfits like LeT, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami and Hizbul Mujahideen are known to scout religious places and educational institutions in Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa and Purnea districts for recruits. Several local youths are allegedly working for the ISI as couriers of arms, ammunition and money. (This part of report is rubbish, from where TOI got this information???, this is questionable)
An another report published in many newspapers on December 7, 2011 says a joint team of security officials, comprising officers of the Delhi and Bihar Police, and their counterparts in central policing outfits, have confirmed the arrest of a seventh Indian Mujahideen activist. Identified as Farooq, the arrested Indian Mujahideen activist was arrested in Bihar's Purnia District on charges of being involved in the April 2010 bomb blast that took place outside Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium. The arrest came a day after a Delhi court placed six suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives in police custody till December 15.
After reading the report of Times of India and other newspapers what can be your stand on the issue? Of course, being a resident of Bihar especially from peace-loving Purnia Division that comprises Araria, Kishanganj, Katihar and Purnia, you would feel little disturbed. And even you can say, the allegations of Intelligence Bureau are baseless, and you would justify the media reports rubbish. I too would condemn the remark of IB to say North Bihar as the new Azamgarh, many like me can’t find the remark in a good taste. In fact, the region of Purnia and its neigbouring divisions including Uttar Dinajpur district of West Bengal are dominated by peace-loving people and having a fair portion of Muslims as well. We can’t deny the findings of IB, but many explanations given by the intelligence agency seems beyond imagination and untrue as well.
However, we can't go against the democratic setup of the country, where the intelligence agencies have a significant place. Of course, they had put extensive effort and did investigations before revealing it to all. We should appreciate the work of Intelligence Bureau and their success to nab the members of Indian Mujahideen. IB has surely saved the country from suffering more blows from terrorists that take the lives of innocents and cause huge loss as well.
Now coming to the point. Do the Central Government, Home Ministry and Intelligence Agencies of the country, have ever jotted down a concrete plan to reduce the infiltration from neighbouring Nepal and Bangladesh. The districts of Kishanganj, Araria, Supaul, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Purbi Champaran and Paschim Champaran are situated on the border of Nepal. This is well known to all that illegal trafficking is happening from Nepal since decades, then, why the Centre Govt and State Government as well is not taking any step to stop this? The boundary is not well barricaded and one can easy enter into India from Nepal and vice-versa.
If we take the example of Kishanganj in particular, there is one camp of BSF and another camp of SSB (Seema Suraksha Bal), both have their base at district headquarters. Logically, there is much requirement of BSF and SSB on the border area rather than Kishanganj town to stop the infiltration. The SSB constables had also didn’t shy off from shooting the innocent residents of Kishanganj particularly in Thakurganj and Galgalia. Many cases of false encounter had come into notice, in which the SSB had gunned down common people.
The recent instances of arrest of suspected Indian Mujahideen members are the result of infiltration. Just after the serial blasts in Mumbai in July this year, the Police had arrested a common man from neighbouring Uttar Dinajpur and even said that he is one of the main accused and belonging to HUJI. Later on, the man was freed in absence of substantial proof and the claim of Police went wrong.
Hence, at this stage saying about the camp or base of IM in North Bihar is more a tall claim rather than a reality. Even the leading newspapers of India should show some patience and look for facts before using the headlines like ‘North Bihar is new Azamgarh’. The headline is misleading and it would give a wrong impression among the people residing in different parts of the country and world.
Hope the government of Bihar would take the issue seriously and ask Centre and IB for substantial proof before referring any part of the state with a maligned identity. Need of the hour is that, the Centre and Home Ministry in collaboration with Bihar Government and West Bengal Government should find out the ways to stop the infiltration from Nepal and Bangladesh, and smuggled items from China itself. This can be only done, if we make the barricades on the border areas strong and deploy the forces on the border instead of providing them a shelter at the district headquarters like Kishanganj.
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