August 9, 2020

Who is Pinky Chaudhary? Hindu Raksha Dal leader possessing up to JNU assault was Bajrang Dal guy

Who is Pinky Chaudhary? Hindu Raksha Dal leader possessing up to JNU assault was Bajrang Dal guy

New Delhi: Fringe group Hindu Raksha Dal has claimed responsibility for the violence which took place on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus Sunday night. The group’s leader, Bhupendra Tomar, better known as Pinky Chaudhary, owned up to the attack in a two-minute-long video posted on Twitter Tuesday.

Chaudhary’s admission came even as a political blame game continues over the violence and students from ABVP and Left organisations are accusing each other of the attack.

‘JNU is a hub of communists and we won’t tolerate this. They abuse our religion and our country. Their attitude towards our religion is anti-national. In future, too, we’ll take the exact same action in other universities if someone tries to indulge in anti-national actions,’ Chaudhary can be heard in the clip. Over 34 people, including students and teachers, were hurt in the attack, with some having to be admitted to hospital.

While the authorities are confirming Chaudhary’s claims, ThePrint takes a look at what the Hindu Raksha Dal is and who is Pinky Chaudhary.

‘Hindu Raksha Dal fights works towards gau raksha, love jihad’

Hindu Raksha Dal was formed in July 2013 by Chaudhary, and has more than one lakh registered members, mainly in Delhi-NCR, said its spokesperson Sanket Katara.

‘We save Hindu girls who fall in the love jihad trap,’ he said.

The Ghaziabad police had arrested other people and Chaudhary in connection with the incident. Outside the Indirapuram police station, close to 35 members of this outfit had protested following the arrest.

When asked about the events that unfolded in JNU, Katara, nevertheless, claimed responsibility only for violence which took place outside the university’s gates after 7 pm Sunday.

He said the team had nothing to do with the attacks inside the campus between 5.30 pm and 7 pm. ‘We have swayed by our emotions and couldn’t bear the slogans being elevated…which were contrary to India and also a bid to break the country.’ Media in-charge for Delhi ABVP, ashutosh Singh, said,’Neither the ABVP nor RSS has anything to do with the Hindu Raksha Dal.’

Alok Kumar, VHP’s international working president, said he knew about the Hindu Raksha Dal but it does not have any links with the VHP.

Why Chaudhary abandoned Bajrang Dal

Belonging to Bamnauli village in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat, 43-year-old Chaudhary hasn’t held any job besides handling the Hindu Raksha Dal.

Before forming the outfit, Chaudhary was a member of the Bajrang Dal until 2012 and ‘focussed on issues related to love jihad and gau raksha’, said Katara.

Shiv Kumar Raghav, president of the New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh units of Rashtriya Bajrang Dal, confirmed to ThePrint that Chaudhary was a member for three to four decades, and that he worked for the’Hindutva’ cause.

The Rashtriya Bajrang Dal was formed out of the Bajrang Dal in March 2018, said Raghav.

Raghav said the Hindu Raksha Dal and the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal have worked together from time to time. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has said it is investigating the claims made by the Hindu Raksha Dal on the JNU violence.

Katara, however, said Chaudhary was not afraid of police action against the outfit.’ I f he had been, he wouldn’t have publicly taken responsibility for the incident. Everybody in the organisation is proud of him.’

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Mamata’s crackdown on bandh is aimed at old adversary – Left parties she ousted in 2011

Mamata’s crackdown on bandh is aimed at old adversary – Left parties she ousted in 2011

Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has come down heavily on the strike called by trade unions of Left organisations and backed by the Congress. Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers clashed with protesters across the state Wednesday while the authorities arrested opposition leaders and lathi-charged agitators in Malda.

The police also have registered seven cases in relation to the violent incidents near railway premises. The minister is opposed that she has termed as a means of imposing’goondagiri’ on the roads, adding that action will be taken according to the law.

The Bengal government had issued an order would be cut while cancelling leaves, when they were absent Wednesday. Mamata Banerjee has been among the most vocal opponents of NRC, the CAA and NPR. Her actions also go against her own stance on the issue — the minister had called for a ministerial alliance to fight with the citizenship law.

Analysts, however, say with the clampdown against the opposition parties, the chief minister addressed one of her adversaries — the Left parties she unseated in 2011.

CM wary of the Left

According to political experts, Mamata Banerjee has always been wary of Communist leaders in Bengal and she’ll never let even the’slightest revival’ of the CPI(M) here.

‘Mamata Banerjee should be prudent than indulging in politics. The Left parties have been protesting against CAA, NRC and NPR since the beginning but eight of her MPs were absent in Parliament on the day the CAA was passed,’ said JU professor Partha Pratim Biswas, a political analyst.

‘The strike today was not called so she could have exercised a little restraint. Given her stand on bandhs, she could have remained neutral.’

Biswas believes that the minister’s activities will play in the BJP’s hands.

‘The clampdown shows she will not allow a little opposition space,’ Biswas said. ‘This attitude enables the BJP in Bengal. By allowing the Left and Congress to survive, she ensures distance for the BJP.’

A senior leader who is part of Banerjee’s core committee told ThePrint she dislikes the opposition as she considers that her party’s defeat in several of constituencies in West Bengal from the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was due to the CPM and the Congress.

The minister urged voters, mainly Muslims, to not vote for CPM-Congress alliance. ‘Voting for the alliance signifies division of votes and the BJP will be helped by this,’ she had then said. ‘Do not vote for them as they have nothing in Bengal. They are only signboard parties’

However, if the protests are anything to go by, the state may witness a triangular competition. Left and Congress leaders were seen by wednesday leading rallies, coming together and holding pickets.

‘We will advocate for the alliance with the CPM. We called off it,’ he said.

‘Our vote shares slumped when we fought alone in the bypolls. There’s absolutely no point in dividing votes,’ he said. ‘The alliance is now a compulsion. The CPM should think over it. The politics of the BJP and mamata Banerjee are the same — both want to polarise. That’s why she does not want us to occupy any space in the state.’

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh was elated by the lack of unity.

‘Bengal forgot the last time there was a bandh held,’ he said. ‘The CPM-Congress combine pleaded with the CM to allow them to hold the rallies but she will not allow the Opposition any distance. Now, both of these — Trinamool and CPM — will begin calling each other the B group of the BJP, which means we are the A team.’

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India to tweak suggested content regulations to ease burden

India to tweak suggested content regulations to ease burden

NEW DELHI: India intends to amend proposed rules for policing digital content so the toughest measures apply only to big social networking companies, two government sources told Reuters, in a move that could give relief to other technology players fearful of the new regulations.

The first proposal would have forced all tech players, along with Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, to deploy automated tools to test for unlawful content and to appoint an officer for”24×7″ coordination with law enforcement.

The rules are part of India’s wider efforts to handle disinformation and”fake news”. Since 2017, rumour-mongering on media has been blamed for mob attacks that killed 30 people.

However, the draft proposals, known as”intermediary guidelines” when they were released in December 2018, could have applied to a wide selection of technology firms including e-commerce players, cloud storage providers and telecoms companies.

India’s IT ministry is currently considering a two-tier systems – with stricter rules similar to the original proposals applying only to social media firms, said the two government sources, who declined to be named as the plans are still confidential.

“The challenge is largely with large messaging platforms, ones which enable interaction. Some of the requirements for non-social media firms were unrealistic,” one of the officials said.

India’s IT ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

The next government source said that using two separate layers of rules would mean that big social networking companies like facebook, WhatsApp and Chinese video program TikTok would continue to face stricter regulation, but tech firms like Amazon.com could breathe easier.

The official explained the proposed regulation for additional technology companies as”minimum” and “simple”, adding the principles would be finalised later this month.

India’s IT ministry has said stricter regulations were necessary to protect the nation’s security as the world wide web has emerged as a”potent instrument to cause unimaginable disruption to the democratic polity”.

The original draft principles also said firms must”remove or disable access” to”unlawful” content within 24 hours, when asked by a government agency or through a court order. That specific requirement, however, would probably remain in the rules for both social media and other technology companies, the sources said.

Calling for new rules to be made public soon, the companies also said the timeline of 24 hours for eliminating content posed significant implementation challenges.

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