SIMI men taken out of MP jail and shot dead, says lawyer NGO files case against city pub for blas­phemy over Chris­tian decor

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ran­jan & San­tosh Verma let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A lawyer for a group of slain Is­lamist rad­i­cals said on Wed­nes­day they were taken out of jail and killed by po­lice in a fake en­counter on the out­skirts of Mad­hya Pradesh’s cap­i­tal.

Parvej Alam, who rep­re­sented seven of the eight mem­bers of the Stu­dents Is­lamic Move­ment of In­dia (SIMI), also cited mul­ti­ple bul­let wounds above the waist to de­bunk the gov­ern­ment’s claims that po­lice re­tal­i­ated when the mil­i­tants fired on the se­cu­rity men.

The gov­ern­ment says the SIMI mem­bers al­legedly broke out of the high-se­cu­rity Bhopal cen­tral jail af­ter killing a warder on Mon­day and were gunned down by se­cu­rity per­son­nel on a des­o­late stretch on the out­skirts of Bhopal.

The Mum­bai po­lice have reg­is­tered a case against pop­u­lar pub Gore­gaon So­cial, which has out­lets across the na­tion, for hurt­ing re­li­gious sen­ti­ments, af­ter an NGO com­plained about its am­bi­ence. Ac­tivists of Watch­dog Foun­da­tion, Nicholas Almeida and God­frey Pi­menta, on Wed­nes­day ap­proached the Din­doshi po­lice to regis­ter a for­mal com­plaint against the pub owner.

The ac­tivists is­sued a state­ment that said, “There are stained­glass pic­tures of saints with funny names writ­ten there­un­der. The bar area has a back­drop of a Taber­na­cle set up. Even the seat­ing ar­range­ment in the bar is church Pews. The mes­sages in­scribed on the benches are from the Holy Bi­ble.”

The NGO likened the de­pic­tions in the pub to be “out­ra­geous” and “noth­ing short of blas­phemy to Chris­tian­ity.”

Almeida said he has reg­is­tered a com­plaint against the pub.

HT con­tacted Im­pre­sario Hand­made Restau­rants, which owns the pub chain. How­ever, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive­said,“Mr.Vin­odPandey, who would is­sue the state­ment is not avail­able. There will not be a com­ment­fromthe­com­pa­ny­to­day.”

A 20-year old woman from And­heri (East) with dengue in­fec­tion died at KEM Hos­pi­tal, Parel on Oc­to­ber 17, ac­cord­ing to the civic body’s lat­est health re­port.

This was the fifth dengue death this year. Last month, 228 con­firmed cases of dengue and 4,098 prob­a­ble cases were re­ported across civic hos­pi­tals, of­fi­cials con­firmed.

The woman was an engi­neer­ing stu­dent study­ing at Jal­gaon and had come back home to Mum­bai for treat­ment. The woman was ini­tially ad­mit­ted to Ra­jawadi hos­pi­tal, Ghatkopar, with com­plaints of fever and chills.

She was shifted to KEM hos­pi­tal, Parel, af­ter she stopped re­spond­ing to treat­ment.

Of­fi­cials said in­spec­tions were con­ducted in the vicin­ity of her res­i­dence to iden­tify prob­a­ble dengue pa­tients.

Of the 1,015 in­di­vid­u­als screened across 285 houses, three cases of fever were de­tected and were re­ferred to nearby dis­pen­saries.

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