Weekly News Roundup – February 21, 2020


Crackdown in Jamia Library: More Footage Released, Shows Police Breaking CCTV Camera

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A day after CCTV footage of Delhi Police entering Jamia Milia Islamia’s library and lathi-charging unarmed students emerged, another video has been released showing the police breaking open the library door and thrashing them, …The students have said that outsiders were responsible for the violence, a claim that was vindicated by the fact that none of the students arrested by the Delhi police were students of Jamia.… A woman, who appears to be a security guard, is allowed to leave as the police enter the library. Many students, including women, can be seen folding their hands, pleading with the police. The police can be seen thrashing students, after which some cover their heads with bags to avoid being hit on the skull. Towards the end of the video, there is a burst of violence, as police thrash students waiting at the door to exit. One policeman, making sure to cover his face, approaches the CCTV camera and breaks it.…

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British MP heading Kashmir group denied entry to India, govt says e-visa cancelled

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A British MP heading a parliamentary group on Kashmir claimed on Monday that she was denied entry despite a valid visa after she landed at the airport in New Delhi, a charge rebutted the government which said she was informed about her e-visa being cancelled. Debbie Abrahams, a Labour Party MP who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir and has been critical of India’s Kashmir policy, said in a statement on Twitter that she arrived in New Delhi on Monday morning and was informed that her e-visa, which was valid till October 2020, had been cancelled.… Abrahams said she had presented herself at the immigration desk along with her documents and e-visa. “…the official looked at his screen and started shaking his head. Then he told me my visa was rejected, took my passport and disappeared for about 10 minutes. “When he came back he was very rude and aggressive shouting at me to ‘come with me’. I told him not to speak to me like that and was then taken to a cordoned off area marked as a Deportee Cell. He then ordered me to sit down and I refused. I didn’t know what they might do or where else they may take me, so I wanted people to see me,” the British MP said.…

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After Babri verdict, VHP eyes on Gyanvapi mosque

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After getting a satisfactory verdict from the Supreme Court on Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has now shifted its focus on Gyanvapi mosque and Krishna temple in Mathura.… The Gyanvapi mosque shares a boundary wall with the Kashi Vishwanath temple. A civil court in Varanasi will start hearing the Gyanvapi Temple-Masjid complex case from February 17. The VHP, which had earlier claimed that there is no plan to take up the causes of Kashi and Mathura, has now started pushing for them, emboldened by the Supreme Court verdict in Ramjanmabhoomi Babri mosque case. The VHP wants to free the Gyanvapi premises of the mosque which is situated near the temple. Milind Parande, Secretary General of Vishva Hindu Parishad, though was guarded on response when asked about the issue, but said the Kashi Vishwanath temple is a symbol of Hindu religious identity, which cannot be abandoned.…


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