Taiwanese shot at Jama Masjid, man detained
Two Taiwanese tourists were wounded when two gunmen on a
motorcycle opened random fire near the Jama Masjid here Sunday
morning, creating a scare ahead of the Commonwealth Games. »
First it was the arrests in Pune
Blast and now it is the firing incident occurring yesterday near the
historic Jama Masjid and an e-mail reportedly sent by 'Indian
Mujahideen'. The incidents are again used as tools by a section
to paint an image of the Indian Muslims favourable to who everyone
knows and to create the hype in the manner
infamously and tactfully used for years till the slain ATS Chief, Hemant Karkare
unearthed the hidden face of the terrorism that was described
recently by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram as 'Saffron Terror'.
Incidentally, Delhi police itself
is rejecting the terror angle into the incident in question and
has raised doubts over
the credibility of the e-mail stating, the claim sent to various
media outlets is not reliable because of the manner in which the
attack is carried out. Yet the forces always out to demonise the Indian Muslims and their sympathizers in the media
are not convinced. One big media-house is in such a haste that it
came with a headline, "Indian Islamists claim carried out Delhi
shooting: Report". And this is on the basis of an e-mail? What credibility does an
e-mail has when it is a known fact that an e-mail ID can be
created - or for that matter 'faked', by anyone and by using whatever name - Muslim or
non-Muslim, one may intend to. Haven't we seen in the past when
'e-mails' were sent by Muslim names but they ultimately proved to be
sent by someone else?
Then, why hasty speculations?
For the sake of speculating, one can
also speculate those responsible for Saffron Terror as mentioned
by Chidambaram behind the attack. This is because they did it in
the past and used Muslim outfits, Muslim caps and Muslim names
while carrying out the terror attacks, and succeeded in misleading
the investigation. It can be speculated, specially when after Chidambaram's statement
and mysterious disappearance of more than hundred trucks loaded
with tonnes of explosives, the focus is again on them. Also
because, those who were imparted terror trainings by Lt Col Prohit
and Co. - the accused in the Malegaon blast and named by Hemant Karkare, are still at large.
The speculations in the
media about the Batla House encounter and the 'revenge theory'
are also difficult to digest. It is so because a vast majority of
the civil society is still unsure of the credibility of the Batla
House encounter. They are also not ready to buy the claim that those killed in the encounter were indeed
'terrorists' or belonged to 'Indian Mujahideen' or any other
terror outfit. When such is the case, where is the question of
taking revenge by an outfit - that also many in the country are
not sure if it really exists.
There is no end to speculations.
We should not forget that the stand
we had taken after the Malegaon blast, Hyderabad blast, Ajmer blast and Samjhouta
Express blast after the investigations proved mere fabrications. We
should now realise that by jumping to such hasty conclusions, we are
only making it tough for the investigating agencies and
threatening their credibility once again as we did in the past.
There is little doubt about the
threats by the terror groups like Lashkare-Toiba and other such
terror organisations, for which our investigating agencies have enough evidence
by now. However, one should not neglect the local threat that the
country faces and pointed by none other than the Union Home
Minister. These threats no longer remain 'Muslim outcry'. They are
now officially confirmed. India has suffered enough by ignoring
them. It can't any more.
Lastly, P Chidambaram seems to be
under tremendous pressure after his 'Saffron Terror' statement
though he has been credited for taking some very
bold steps to contain the terrorist activities - belonging to 'all
colors' and 'of all sorts'. Organising the Commonwealth Games
peacefully and successfully has become a challenge for him. It is
time for everyone hence to support him. If not, at least should
refrain from baseless speculations that could provide the real
culprits a chance to escape as they did on many occasions in the past.
Six Algerian street cleaners arrested for planning to kill Pope
Benedict were pronounced innocent and released without any
charges. They were arrested in London by British police on the
basis of a conversation overhead. Arab News reporter asks,
was this an Islamophobic ploy to perpetuate the myth that the
Muslims are terrorists ahead of Pope's visit?