Year: 1984. Crime: Robbery. Amount: Rs. 82,000. Criminals: Khalistani terrorists.
25 years is a long time and the value of the money would have been much more, yet why would six alleged Khalistani terrorists storm a bank armed with sten guns and make away with just this much?
Within days, the Crime Branch nabbed four of the six alleged terrorists – Jasveer Singh, Amarjeet Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Jaswinder Singh – who were soon released on bail.
While two were subsequently killed in an encounter and one is believed to be living in the USA, Jasveer changed his name and married and settled down with his children in Delhi.
Fast forward to June 2009: Jasweer was nabbed and within three months granted bail. Why was he nabbed? For the hold-up? For terrorism? The witnesses could not recognise him and the defence lawyer had an ace up his sleeve when it was found that the investigating officer was present:
“The presence of a police officer during the identification parade is not permissible under law, and hence the court didn’t accept the witness depositions which were also riddled with inconsistencies due to passage of time.”
So Jaswinder Singh, alleged terrorist of the ‘Khalistan Zindabad Force’, is technically free after a quarter of a century. The point is, if he had terrorist links should there not be further investigations besides the bank robbery angle? Would he not know about the others?
Why are we hearing about this now? The Mumbai Police arrested him in June on a tip-off. What was the tip-off about? He obviously must be an important player for them to act so fast after a 25 year gap.
Now let me give you more news. This appeared in today’s paper, but he was acquitted on Friday. What is so important? Friday was October 31. October 31 is the day Indira Gandhi was assassinated.
Point noted, m’lord.
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Rukhsana Kauser has been made a special police officer with the Jammu and Kashmir Police Force.
She killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant, who wanted to marry her, and two others were injured during the firing. This happened last month when they entered their house and started beating up her parents.
Forced to hide under the bed, she could take it no more:
“I thought I should try the bold act of encountering militants before dying.”
Ms Kauser said she grabbed one of the militants by the hair and banged his head against the wall. When he fell down she hit him with an axe, before snatching his rifle. "I fired endlessly. The militant commander got 12 shots on his body."
This went on for four hours.
“I had never touched a rifle before this, let alone fired one. But I had seen heroes firing in films on TV and I tried the same way. Somehow I gathered courage - I fired and fought till dead tired.”
Is it this easy? Should not the police force make it mandatory for its officers to watch films, and even the citizens? We are talking about LeT guys here who could not handle a woman and her teenage brother. Is this for real? For five years the fellow was active in the area and all it took was raging hormones to do him in? If they are this stupid, we have nothing to fear. After all, the brave girl is now with the police force and she will show it to them. Himalaya ki gaud mein…
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Saudis fighting Al Qaeda might sound like tautology gone awry.
But a Reuters report tells us that the kingdom has been battling Islamic militants who “launched a campaign to destabilise the kingdom in 2003”.
The US will be pleased as punch to get these soft stories occasionally:
Television footage showed security forces unearthing 281 assault rifles and 41,000 rounds of ammunition hidden in a concrete block buried near the capital.
The cache is linked to the 44 “deviant” militants suspected of planning attacks, the television said. Authorities said in August the arrests led to the seizure of 17 rifles, 50 machineguns, 96 remote detonators and ammunition in Riyadh and the northern province of Qassim.
Now, the king and Obama will exchange gifts, and the Taliban will be left with the Al Qaeda baby. Coz you know, America has a thing for monarchies.
The Mumbai Police plans to hold a day-long programme of a series of cultural events at the Gateway of India on the first anniversary of the November 26 terror attacks.
Cultural events? For what? Whose crazy idea is this? Will they have demos by chefs on the Zodiac Grill menu of the Taj’s famed restaurant? Will the ladies from Cuffe Parade pen elegies and read them out in choked voices? Will children be trussed up as brave officers and commandos min a fancy dress competition? Or will we have percussions going boom-boom as the Coast Guards march along? Or perhaps Milind Deora will play the guitar and tell da people you got nuttin to worry, we got da man, da man named Kasab? Or there could be a ghazal programme to show solidarity with Muslims!
You think I am being cynical? Bloody hell, I am not, it is these people with their put-on nonsense who are. Try them in private and listen to their fake souls cry false tears.
Then question me.
Some stupid Salaam Mumbai is not going to change things, and if it will it is only for the creamy layer, the big cats. No one takes strays for a walk.