Terrorism charges imposed on Muslim accused of gold smuggling

Date: 9 March 2021

Category: Discrimination

A Muslim man who was caught smuggling gold through Jaipur International Airport was charged under the provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act by the National Investigating Agency. Aditya Jain, advocate of the accused Muhammed Aslam, said that after the case was transferred to NIA, it registered an FIR on the ground that the smuggling of the gold by Aslam was done with the intent to threaten the economic security and damaging the monetary stability of India. Aslam contended that the second FIR registered by NIA after the first one lodged by the custom officials, was arbitrary and no prima facie case of economic terrorism was made out against him as alleged. "The petitioner was not found to be connected with any terrorist or any extremist group and his background was not suspicious at all," his plea said. The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a question whether the offence of gold smuggling can be termed as "terrorist activity" under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). 






False Communal Angle Given To Case Of Lab Technician Generating Fake Coronavirus Reports

Date: 19 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

Many social media users are sharing an image of a man claimed to be a lab technician in Mumbai named Abdul Khan with a claim that Khan gave corona positive reports to Hindus who were corona negative in reality. The posts are being shared with the caption, which translates in English as, "A lab technician in Mumbai Abdul Khan was arrested for creating corona positive reports of Hindus who were corona negative- Hindustan Times, and some people will call it Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb and sleep (won't react)". The Logical Indian did a reverse image search of the image being circulated with the claim and found that the same image was published in an article on News 18 on December 16, 2020. As per the report, a lab technician named Amar Bahadur Chaudhary made fake coronavirus reports in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. Hence, the person in the photo is not Abdul Khan. The Logical Indian also searched for media reports of Abdul Khan. According to a report, a lab owner in Mumbai was arrested for allegedly giving a false negative report to a 71-year-old COVID-19 positive man. The report quoted Hindustan Times as its source. According to Hindustan Times, Abdul Khan, a 31-year-old man, was arrested by Shivajinagar Police Station for giving a corona negative test report to a 71-year-old patient who was showing symptoms of coronavirus. All the claims made in the viral posts are false. Abdul Khan wasn't generating fake positive reports as claimed but negative ones and not just for Hindus but everyone. Thus, Social media users are sharing the post with a fake communal angle.




Mamata’s appeasement politics behind infiltration: Modi

Date: 18 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “pursuing vote bank and appeasement” politics and claimed that these were responsible for infiltration. "The single-most important reason for infiltration is appeasement and vote bank politics being pursued by didi’s government,” he said at a rally in Jangalmahal.






Converted Hindu women being taken to Syria, says BJP candidate

Date: 20 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

A video surfaced online of Sandeep Vachaspathi, who is the BJP candidate for the upcoming assembly election in Kerala, alleging that Hindu women were being converted by men pretending to be in love with them and taken to Syria to join ISIS. “There, they become wives to more than 60 people at a time. And they have to keep having children to increase the number of terrorists...if we complain about this to the government, they talk about secularism. They can say anything about us. But if we ask anything, then it becomes a matter of secularism...if we don’t give them a shock now, this land will be destroyed,”  he said to a group of women workers.