The social networking sites are abuzz with the news of the crusade against corruption Anna Hazare’s recent declaration about returning back the coveted award Padma Vibhushan in protest against the non fulfillments of his earlier demands especially appointment of Lokpal etc at the centre as well in other states of the country.
Highly dejected and critical of the BJP led NDA government n the top leaders Anna Hazaare says that he is now repenting of opposing the then Dr. Manmohan Singh government as the BJP n RSS has derived the maximum political advantage out of the movement against corruption organised in Delhi by way of dethroning the the earlier regime and acquiring power at the centre.
He catagorically said that it was the BJP which came to power at the centre in 2014 n Arvind Kejrival’s AAP a year later deriving entire political milieage from his nationwide movement launched by him at Delhi’ s Ramleela Ground n Jantar Mantar. He flatly refused to meet any centre’s emisary or minister to talk on any issue n said that if those at the helm are really serious they should transparently fulfill his demands especially the one related to appointment of Lok Pal.
He castigated the NDA government led by BJP n its political n administrative CEO of telling all lies n misguiding the people of the country and said that the time has come teach them a befitting lesson. It may be recalled that the renowned crusader against corruption Anna Hazare has been on indefinte hunger strike at his village Ralegaon Sidhi for the last six days in support of his demands n have threatened to return back the coveted Padma Vibhushan honour, the fourth highest civilian award of the country.
The indefinite Hunger Strike in support of the demands of farmers n setting up of Lok Pal was started by Anna Hazaare and his supporters in Rale Gaon Sidhi on 1st of January n today is the 6th day. His followers at pan India level organised deminstrations n sit ins in supoort of Anna’s demand in 136 places in Maharashtra n over 40 places in various parts of India.
Anna Hazare has however welcomed the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival to come at Rale Gaon Sidhi n join him in his noble endeavour but has unambiguosly said that he will not be allowed to share the stage with him.
He warned the union government that if the demands of the farmers of the country partaining to loan waivers and MSP etc including setting up of Lok Pals are not met he would have no option but to return back the coveted honour Padma Vibhushan forthwith.
As per the latest news Anna Hazaare has now given up his fast on the sixth day after having been assured by the Maharashtra chief minister Fadnavis and the the union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh of fulfilling the major demands pertaining to the farmers.
After a marathon meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare called off his fast Tuesday. The 81-year-old said that he was satisfied with the promises made by govt on Lokpal, Lokayukta and agriculture pricings.
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Was Hemant Karkare a brutal, inhuman torture machine?
Was Hemant Karkare a brutal, inhuman torture machine? Did he act illegally to prove the theory of Saffron Terrorism? Was he a puppet of the congress party’s political leaders? Did he arrest and inhumanly tortured innocent citizens to falsely implicate them in the theory of Saffron Terrorism?
Sadhvi Pragya’s statements on this have created a political storm. People who suffered because of Saffron Terrorism and people who suffered because of 26/11 have divergent views.
But what is the fact?
I am putting lot of information in front of you to decide. This analysis does not show any political inclination or any religious bias. You read it and you decide.
I have done more than three years of research on 26/11 and I collected a lot of information from various sources. I am writing a blog “Failed Journey of Saffron Terrorism” and the following details are from the same blog.
Home Ministry Under-Secretary Mr. Mani in his book – Hindu Terrorism.
Home Ministry Under-Secretary Mr. Mani has written in his book “Hindu Terrorism”. He has said, one day in 2006 he got a call from the home minister’s office asking him to come to see Home Minister immediately. Since all his seniors were out of the office and he was the senior most officer, he went to the Minister, Mr. Shivraj Patil’s chamber, who was Home Minister. There were two more people in the chamber before Mr. Mani went. One was Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mr. Digvijay Singh and second was a new face to Mr. Mani. Digvijay Singh introduced the second person as Mr. Hemant Karkare, IPS officer from Maharashtra cadre. Mr. Mani was wondering what a Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Karkare doing here with M.P. chief minister? What is the connection?
Slowly these two started a discussion about Saffron Terrorism, a term totally unheard by Mr. Mani earlier. They were talking about a fire and a small blast in the industrial area in Nanded. Apparently, a small scale manufacturing unit had caught fire and there was a small blast of some industrial gas cylinder. Local police had arrested the owner of the unit, named Mr. Kulkarni. The local police had a suspicion that Kulkarni deliberately set the fire to claim insurance. Mr. Mani could not give any inputs on this case because the Home Ministry had never heard of this incidence.
But Digvijay Singh and Karkare were discussing the possibility of converting this fire and the blast as an act of some sort of Saffron Terrorism. At that time, Mani had no idea what “Saffron Terrorism” was. With the conversation going on between Karkare and Digvijay Singh, Mr. Mani understood that Hemant Karkare did try to arrest Kulkarni for Saffron Terrorism but could not find enough evidence to prove the charges against Mr. Kulkarni and they had to let him go. Basically, Karkare was trying to “FIND” evidence to make arrests for Saffron Terrorism.
While all this was going on, home minister Shivraj Patil was sitting in a different area in his office. Being a Home Minister, he was not part of these discussions.
Meaning, UPA government was trying to create a false case on Saffron Terrorism.
No congress party leader has refuted these observations so far. This means Karkare was indeed colluding with Congress leaders to create false charges.
Now let’s check other aspects.
Let’s look into Lt. Colonel Purohit’s arrest
Lt. Colonel Purohit was the active army officer at the time of the arrest. He was not a regular infantry Colonel but was working in the highly sensitive department of Military Intelligence, or popularly known as M.I. The purpose of MI is to gather intelligence within the country and outside the country about the different threat perceptions and neutralize them. It is a very secretive department where only select few are inducted after a thorough invasive background check.
Officers working under this department often have to go deep undercover in the terrorist organization to gather intelligence. This is a very risky job because any small mistake can blow up their cover and they get killed. The undercover officers cannot always choose the “Right” way because, in their world, everything is in the shades of gray. Hence sometimes they may have to cross the lines to earn the trust of the bad people. But they do it for the country.
Their undercover job is so bad that their family never knows where they are, what is their new identity, what is the phone number to call and what is the email to connect. They have no contact with their family for months!!! The family gets the updates from the military only.
Arresting such a decorated and trusted military officer under the changes of terrorism was unbelievable. Arresting a military officer by the civilian authorities is not simple. The local police have to follow the protocols, which are as follows. If the arrest is made outside the military camp then police have to inform military within the stipulated time. If the person of interest is inside the military camp then police have to inform military establishment, give all the details of the case and then Military Police (MP) handover the suspect to the civilian police. In each case, the military would conduct its own internal investigation. But in colonel Purohit’s case, he was detained w/o any warrant (abducted) by Maharashtra ATS headed by Hemant Karkare and military was informed about his arrest after a couple of days.
Colonel Purohit was illegally arrested as follows.
While Colonel Purohit was attending a training course at Panchamarhi, MP, his superior Colonel R. K. Shrivastava issued the travel order for him to go to Delhi on 29th October 2008. Colonel R. K. Shrivastava accompanied him to the Bhopal Airport. But before reaching Bhopal airport, Colonel Shrivastava took away cell phone from Colonel Purohit and did not give him air tickets. It was Colonel Shrivastava who did the check in at the airport. After check in, Colonel Shrivasta told Colonel Purohit that they were going to Mumbai and not to Delhi. After hearing this, Colonel Purohit asked for the cell phone to inform his wife but Colonel Shrivastava threatened him for using the cell phone. As per the military practice, if the travel plan is changed then a new travel order has to be issued. In this case, the earlier order was to reach Delhi but it was changed to Mumbai, and as such, a new order should have been issued but his official travel order was not changed! If it was official business then why so much secrecy?
After reaching Mumbai airport late in the evening, Colonel Purohit was pushed into a private vehicle and was driven to a bungalow in Khandala. Hemant Karkare and his ATS team were waiting there. Hemant Karkare, Colonel Shrivastav, ATS deputy chief Parambir Singh (IPS) and his staff tortured Colonel Purohit beyond third degree and in a very inhuman way for a week. He broke several bones and ruptured several tissues. Finally, on 8th November 2008, Maharashtra ATS formally announced the arrest of Colonel Purohit.
Please watch the video of Colonel Purohit’s wife narrating how her husband was tortured by the ATS team led by Hemant Karkare.
In 2013 Colonel Purohit himself wrote a letter to the Human Rights Commission about the illegal detention and torture and copy of this letter was sent to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Please see this news clip.
Please read the ACTUAL HANDWRITTEN LETTER written by Colonel Purohit to the Human Rights Commission.
Warning – This letter has a very graphic and disturbing description of the torture hence read it only if you feel comfortable.
No one from NHRC or PMO cared to investigate the charges leveled by Lt. Colonel Purohit. Why????
Otherwise very active NHRC chose to keep quiet.
Please note, in his letter Colonel Purohit says, at one point of time, his boss Colonel R. K. Shrivastava and Hemant Karkare talked about parading his mother, wife, and daughter naked in front of everyone. They also talked about bombing his house to kill his entire family. This was of course done to terrorize Colonel Purohit so as to get his confession but this shows how low Colonel R. K. Shrivastava and Hemant Karkare had scooped! Really shameful.
It did not end just with illegal arrest and torture. Karkare raided Lt. Col. Purohit’s house and announced, he recovered RDX from his house in Pune.
Karkare claimed that Lt. Col. Purohit stole the RDX from the military stock.
Now realize the situation here with your common sense. Lt. Col. Purohit is a highly trained military officer who knows about explosive. Would he keep a highly explosive material like RDX at his home where his family lives? Will he risk his neighbors and community, which is mainly Hindu? And he was arrested for supporting Saffron Terrorism?
Army refuted the charges of stealing of RDX from its stock saying Indian military does not use RDX hence they don’t carry any stock.
Then Hemant Karkare changed his story and said, this RDX was seized in a raid conducted by Lt. Col. Purohit in Kashmir and he stole some quantity from this lot. The same was used in the bombing of Samjhauta express, Malegaon bombing and rest was seized from his house in Pune.
Military again said, that raid in Kashmir was a joint operation and many military officers, local police officers were in that raid. It was not just Lt. Col. Purohit that was present and every gram of seized RDX is accounted for and there is no missing quantity.
What does this show? Was Karkare fabricating the evidence to implicate Lt. Col Purohit?
If this is true then it is completely deplorable. Treating an army officer in this way is disheartening. It is a shame and disgrace to the police uniform.
Karkare is dead but Prarambir Singh and Col. R. K. Shrivastav are still alive. They must be arrested based on Col. Purohit’s charges of torture and must be investigated.
Please note, Sadhvi Pragya too has leveled similar charges of torture against Karkare.
Now the following are my views.
If multiple people level charges on Karkare about false cases, illegal arrests, collecting illegal evidence and brutal torture charges then it must be investigated.
If these charges are found correct then his Ashok Chakra medal, his status of heroic death, his pension and all his medals must be stripped posthumously.
Similar punishment must be given to all the other police officers who were involved in the torture.
Col. R. K. Shrivastav should also be court marshaled and punished.
No one is above the law and no one should be treated softly because they died in action or they are rich and powerful.
If Congress wants to score an equalizer against BJP give me Congress presidentship for two years : Khan
The Hockey Olympian and former Captain of Indian Hockey team, MP and minister of minority affairs during the prime ministership of PV Narsinha Rao, Aslam Sher Khan has urged the Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi to give the cudgels of Congress party in his hand for two years as its president if he thinks, he( Rahul)is not able to take on the responsibilty.
Aslam Sher Khan assures Rahul Gandhi that he will leave no stone unturned to make sure that the party scores an equilizer against the BJP in this two year stipulated time frame.
In a letter written to the Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi former Hockey Oympian Aslam Sher Khan has said that I feel there is a sense of great despondency amongst the rank and file of the Congress after the results of the 2019 general elections.
However in the true sporting spirit I believe that we should shed our apprehensions about the future of the party and instead focus our minds and body to revitalise the party in the next five years.
He adds that the party leaders should take lessons from their actions n constructive fashions and prepare themselves to play as underdog.
Fully agreeing with the sentiments of Rahul Gandhi to resign from the party presidentship in the CWC meeting saying that it is not necessary that a Gandhi should be the party chief and not holding him responsible for the party’s debacle saying that Rahul Gandhi did his best at the hustings, Aslam Sher Khan said it is however the preogative of the Gandhi family scion n party to accept his resignation or not but as a dedicated and experienced Congressman he ( Aslam Sher Khan) in all humility is ready to offer his services as the Congress party chief for two years in order to resurrect and rejuvenate the Congress party.
After two years he will resign on his own Aslam Sher Khan wrote in his letter to Rahul Gandhi.
Aslam Sher Khan further writes that his decision comes in view of his experience gained during his long stint as an international hockey player and as a politician.
Mentioning about the loss of confidence of the minorities of the country in Congress party at the time of demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, International Hockey player, Oympian Hockey winner n minister of minority affairs during PV Narsimha Rao’s tenure, Aslam Sher Khan writes in the letter that after the demolition of Babri Masjid when the Congress party lost the confidence of minorities he was called by the then prime minister PV Narsimha Rao who requested me to join his council of ministers as minister of minority affairs, a part of Prime Minister’s Office.
With a very limited time left before the election, he approached the minorities at the pan India level and contained the erosion of support of minorities towards the Congress party.
He added that the Congress party though could not form the government but brought 140 seats then.
According to Aslam Sher Khan Mr. Rao had later on regretted saying that it would have been better had he included him in the cabinet two years ago.
Terming as BJP’s massive victory with 303 seats un Lok Sabha and absense of the viable opposition as grave injustice to the nation’s parliamentary democratic values, Hockey Oympian Aslam Sher Khan said it’s indeed a matter of grave concern for the Congress party.
He added that he had been airing his views and concerns from time to time by writing letters to the party leadership in order to revitalise the Congress with an urge to arouse collective decision and debate with the party. I am doing it again at this critical junction he added.
The need of the hour is to secure an equalizer against the BJP in order to bring back the Congress party back to the grass roots and into the hearts and minds of common masses once again says Aslam Sher Khan.
He concludes the letter asking Congress chief Rahul Gandhi : If you place your trust and confidence in me then I assure you that I will leave no stone unturned and make sure that the party scores the equalizer in two years time.
PM Modi visits Guruvayur temple and offers Tulabhram before leaving for Maldives
The prime minister Narendra Modi today visited the famous Guruvayur temple in Kerala and paid obiesance to Lord Guruvayur.
The chants of Jai Sri Krishna rented the air during his visit in the historic ancient Temple. This is prime minister Narendra Modi’s second visit to Guruvayur temple, his first being in the famous ancient Kashi Vishwanath Temple in his constituency Varanasi after having been elected leader of the NDA in the central Hall of Parliament n subsequently the prime minister.
Narendra Modi is perhaps the first prime minister to have visited the maximum number of temples and ancient shrines in the country.
He has visited popular Kedarnath Shrine for the fourth time as prime minister, the last visit being on the last day of the election campaigning on 18th May when he also visited the 1200 year old Badrinath temple on 19th May after meditating for a full night at an ancient cave two kilometres away from the Kedarnath Temple.
Prime minister Modi has also sanctioned special budget for the renovation and reconstruction in Kedarnath vicinity for the convenience of the pilgrims as well as the temple priests and the local populace as the Kedarnath temple’s entire surroundings were damaged during the 2013 June’s ecological disaster claiming thousands of lives and collosal loss to the state’s ( Uttarakhand’s ) economy.
Prime minister Narendra Modi reached the Guruvayar temple this morning in the traditional temple attire and offered prayers at Lord Guruvayar’s feet. He offered TULA DAAN to the Lord by weighing himself against equal weight of Lotus flowers, the spiritual practice followed at Guruvayur temple. Usually any person, devotee or pilgrim who commits in front of Lord Guruvayur of revisiting the temole and performing Tulabhram after the fulfillment of his or her prayer. About 1200 kgs of lotus flowers were used in the ceremony reveal sources.
May be prime minister Narendra Modi has come to pay his obiesance to Lord Guruvayur n offer Tulabhram, after his prayer to become prime minister for the second time has been fulfilled by Lord Guruvayur.
What his interesting is the fact that both Prime minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi are in Kerala today, one paying obiesance to Lord Guruvayur and another finishing his last lap ( second day) thanks giving trip at Wayanad from where Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has won hands down though losing from his family borough Amethi parliamentary constituency against union minister for textilrs n Women and Child Development Smriti Irani.
Prime minister Narendra Modi later on addressed an Abhinandan Sabha mainly attended by the party workers, leaders and protagonists.
While thanking the people of Kerala for the party’s victory in the general elections prime minister Narendra Modi said that he will take along all even those who’ ve not supported or voted for his party.
Prime Minister Modi said though elections have a place of their own but after the victory the government has a larger responsibility for its 130 crore people irrespective of the fact as to who voted for us or not.
He added that Kerala is as dear to him as is Varanasi, the constituency he won from for the second cosecutive term.
From Kerala the Prime minister would go to Andhra Pradesh to visit one more ancient temple and thereafter to Maldives. Guruvayur is a 5000 year old temple of Lord Krishna situated in Thrissur district and is famous globally. Prime minister Narendra Modi was accompanied by union minister state of external affairs Murleedharan n other VIPs.
NCP leader and fmr Civil Aviation minister summoned by ED on June 11
The former union civil aviation minister and leader of Nationalist Congress party Praful Patel is in jeopardy these days. He has now been summoned by ED at its Delhi headquarter in Khan Market office.
The Enforcement Directorate has summoned him for today, the 7th June, as it was during the tenure of the former minister in United Progressive Front government under Dr. Manmohan Singh’s prime ministership Praful Patel that certain bureaucrats have allegedly arbitrarily played a pivotal role in help securing favourable air traffic for the foreign airlines at the cost of Air India thus causing huge losses to public exchequer at the behest of middleman Deepak Talwar.
The case against lobbyist Deepak Talwar in the above context as one of the main accused is already under process and the former union civil aviation minister was summoned to Delhi at ED office, Lok Nayak Bhawan for interrogation in this case having wider ramifications.
The National Congress leader Praful Patel has however requested the Enforcement Directorate for more time due to his prior engagements. He had requested for next date. The summons were for 7th June, Thursday but now he has been asked to appear on 11th June.
It may be recalled that Deepak Talwar had been the key man working as an intermediary to crack deals for the few foreign airlines secure air traffic in league with some senior bureaucrats in the civil aviation ministry during the tenure of the Nationalist Congress leader Praful Patel as civil aviation minister.
It was during his tenure that lots of private airlines were benefitted to the core and the entire Palam International and domestic airports got a complete and modern face lift.
Sources reveal that the ED officials have aceded to Patel’s request and has now summoned him on 11th June. Sources reveal that the role of some senior bureaucrats and ministers during UPA government are also under the ED lens who could be investigated threadbare in the near future.
While certain private airlines allegedly benefitted during the UPA tenure, the Air India ran in huge losses reveal sources.
Deepak Talwar the key middleman lived abroad and conducted his business from the foreign country. The Enforcement Directorate which earlier had the direct power to arrest the culprits in foreign currency arbitrary deals without bail was possessing criminal powers under Foreign Exchange Regulation Act but now it has become a civil law with amendments called FEMA ( Foreign Exchange Management Act) a bailable offence.
Ajit Doval is NSA again with cabinet rank for another 5 years
While on the one hand the formation of the BJP led NDA government after securing a landslide majority in the Lok Sabha for the second consecutive time has been completed with a 57 member two tier cabinet, elevating a career diplomat fmr IFS Subramanium Jaishankar as the Union External Affairs minister, the very close n most trusted leutinant of prime minister Narendra Modi and the country’s national security advisor Ajit Doval has also been accorded a second term as NSA for full five year term with a full fledged cabinet rank.
A five and a half decade old IPS Ajit Doval is most trusted bureaucrat of prime minister Narendra Modi who was called by him even days before prime minister Modi was officially sworn in as PM in 2014.
Ajit Doval had been the chief of the Intelligence bureau during the tenure of prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee n deputy prime minister and home minister Lal Krishna Advani n was in their good books as a highly intelligent officer with immense precision and dedication.
Ajit Doval after retirement have been looking after the work of Vivekanand Foundation as its chief and had served in highly risky assignments for years in Golden temple operation, in Pakistan as an Indian spy and in operations in North Eastern sector as well.
After serving in the Intelligence bureau for thirty three protracted years Ajit Doval is a 1965 year Indian Police Service Officer having been retired in 2005.
His appointment will be co terminus with prime minister’s term until further orders whichever is earlier as per the orders issued by the Appointments Committee Secretary PK Tripathi dated June 2nd.
Having been honoured with the highest military honour Kirti Chakra for his outstanding n exemplary services for the first time as a police officer, Ajit Doval has played an extremely vital role as NSA in planning a strategy in gunning down 12 or more Nationalist Socialists Council of Nagaland terrorists in the Myanmar territory after they ambushed the Indian paramilitary jawans in 2015.
His role in the context of Surgical strikes inside Pak territories against the Uri attack and post Pulwama operation in Balakot have been highly appreciated.
Ajit Doval also played a very outstanding role in resolving the Doklam Stand off by his diplomatic initiatives in convincing the Chinese leadership through his extraordinary diplomatic acumen.
Ajit Doval had played a vital role with immense dexterity and diplomatic acumen making suitable environment and ground for prime minster’s foreign visits in US, China , Myanmar and other global nations including his role in United Nations as well.
BJP MLA from Gujarat physically abuses and thrashes a women publicly. Video goes viral
It seems as if the proud of absolute power has climbed over the head of BJP politicians.
A most shocking and shameful incident took place in Narmada legislative assembly today when the arrogant and badly angered saffron Kurta wearing BJP MLA from this constituency not only slapped and thrashed a women protestor asking for water facility but also allegedly outraged her modesty in broad dayling alongwith his riffian followers not even thinking for once that in a democratic system it’s the moral n constitutional duty of a duly elected public representative to duty fully fulfill the public demands than topublic abuse, slap n thrash them alongwith his goonda followers in broad day light especially a hapless woman.
Shame on him. And this BJP MLA is so shameless that instead of repenting or feeling apprehensive for his highly wrong, anti women and criminal act he bravely speaks before the media cameras smilingly that it happened because of the circumstancial situation in anger n I do admit it but had never thought of doing so. It was just a reflex action n since he has expressed regret, he should be let off.
The Bhartiya Janata Party has however condemned this incident n avoided being blamed for this highly anti woman obnoxious act of its MLA from Narmada constituency of Gujarat. The name of this criminal MLA is Balram Thanvi.
The Gujarat administration and the police has taken no action against this erring MLA nor has he been arrested till yet under the relevant sections of the law.
The video of this MLA opening thrashing n abusing the woman in broad day light has gone viral in the social media with several television channels too airing it repeatedly as a breaking news. According to the injured woman, she alongwith her few colleagues she had gone to the MLAs office with water grievances but instead of listening to her voes the MLA Thanvi alongwith his goonda supporters started abusing her badly n slapped her followed by repeated thrashing by legs.
The entire public was watching a woman being beaten by an MLA n her modesty putraged but not a single person except one, came to her rescue. One of the passer by or may be in the crowd shot the vedio n planted it on facebook which went viral within no time.
Sources say that the humiliated n physically assaulted woman is local NCP leader who had gone to the MLA with her supporters to get the water grievance resolved but met with thrashings and leg hits of MLA Balram Thanvi finally felling on the ground.
The central n state leadership of Bhartiya Janata Party should take serious not of this shameful incident and should expell the MLA out of the party including his forthwith arrest under the strictest sections of the law. What’s your take friends?
Uttarakhand man eaters : Will Trivendra Singh’s government formulate a credible policy to save precious human lives ?
The Uttarakhand state is under the incessant grip of forest fires and maneater attacks resulting in loss of flora fauna and human livesas well.
The depleting forest cover due to the increasing incidents of forest fires have resulted in not only loss of animal flesh inside the jungles but has also complelled the cheetas, leopards n tigers move towards human settlements near villages n local towns hunting for human beings. This has become an order of the day.
This is a most disturbing trend and a direct unpredictable threat to human lives in the interiors of Uttarakhand hills.
Since pre independence days when British ruled India n Uttarakhand, then undivided part of Uttar Pradesh, there lived a famous British hunter based in Nainital n Kaldhungi called Jim Corbett who is known to had killed 31 maneaters in Garhwal and Kumon divisions.
During those days there weren’t laws for conservation of wild life so strong and credible as are now and hunting animals was the hobby or adventure of interest for the affluents, Maharajas and the professional hunters.
According to old sayings Rudraprayag in Chamoli district had the grave terror of a maneater which had killed several people including children, elders and women as well.
There was terror all around n Jim Corbett was specially called to kill that maneater and he did succeeded in killing it after several days of hard efforts.
During his entire stay till independence before shifting to Kenya where his sister lived Corbett tracked and shot a total of 33 man eaters, the cheetahs, leopards n tigers.
Of the 33 maneaters killed, two of them were dangerous maneaters ” leopards”.
According to a news report of January 2016 only a dozen of these killings have been properly documented. These maneaters had killed more than 1200 people who included men, women n children working in agricultural fields, while in roadside homes and on jungle lonely sites.
After the formation of separate Uttarakhand state 19 years ago in the year 2000, there have been hundreds of casualties of the children, senior citizens and women who are most vulnerable.
Uttarakhands Garhwal and Kumaon divisions’ newspapers are full of news of maneater attacks every week but the successive governments seemed to be more worried for the conservation of wild life n the depleting endangered spieces of leopards, tigers n cheetas than to worry for the safety and security of human beings.
They go to foreign countries to seek training on wildlife conservation on highly expensive government budgets but are least bothered for the safety of human lives from the attack of these dreaded carnivorous animals.
The contruction activities inside or near the jungles like buildung of resorts, Hotels and increasing load of traffic creating sound pollution compounded with the increasing jungle fires resulting in the depleting forests, the carnivorous animals have been badly disturbed constrained to approach near the human settlements in search of human prey to fulfill their hunger.
The greatest alleged bottleneck in this context was the was the order of the Uttarakhand High Court of 2016 in which it strictly imposed a blanket ban on the killing of tigers, leopards and panthers that were declared maneaters/ predators/ rogues. While imposing the complete ban on the killing of these carnivorous animals the court also directed the forest and wild life department officials to catch the maneaters alive by tranquilising and capturing them simultaneously and either keep them in Zoos or release them in the nearby forests in their own habitats. It was indeedanice n concrete directive.
In addition, he court also restricted them to hire the private hunters for killing these man eaters.
It was after this order of the High Court, inview of the increasing incidents of maneater killings, the then state government of Uttarakhand was constrained to approach the apex court of the country which granted it a stay.
The government’s constant stand was that the big cats are a serious threat to human lives in Uttarakhand.
However, in special cases the state government has to seek special permission from the High Court to execute killings of the maneaters who’d been a constant threat to human lives.
The maneater of Bageshwar n some parts of Pauri Garhwal who’d created havoc bykilling several innocents including children, had been killed with court’s permission by the professional hunters’ like Joy Ukhil.
Hukil is a government appointed hunter who has by now during his lifetime killed about 31 maneaters and is summoned in cases of repeated man eater attacks in Garhwal and Kumaon divisions.
Just recently few days ago a ten year old girl was killed by a maneater in Paabo block of Pauri Garhwal while she had gone to the agricultural field where her mother and another women were involved in the work.
The maneater looking for the human pray cladestinely pounced on her and grapped her body by the throat.
The poor girl died on the spot after her dead body was forcibly snatched by both the women literally fighting the maneater n getting injured themselves.
As per the 2008 survey about 2300 leopards presence was shown in the Uttarakhand hills as per an old news paper report.
However a separate survey was carried out in 2015 but the wild life department was unable to furnish the latest statistics.
However the latest reports suggest about the presence of 400 leopards, panthers n tigers in entire Uttarakhand with half of them becoming man eaters n few of them extremely active thus posing a direct threat to human lives especially children, school going kids, women n age olds.
The government of the day should formulate credible ways n means in the shape of a formidable policy to ensure safety and security of human lives from maneater attacks in the Uttarakhand hills which has increased manifold these days.
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