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Hindus did for muslims, or muslims did for Hindu Extremist ?

In Maharashtra on November 4, 2011 at 2:06 am

The National Investigation Agency is said to have found that Hindu extremists linked to the RSS, who are suspected in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts, allegedly used two Muslim men to plant the bombs in and around a mosque in the textile town which killed 37 people.

While one of the two Muslim men is among the nine in custody in the case and has turned an approver, the other is believed to be dead, sources told The Indian Express. Some of these details are included in the progress report the NIA is due to submit to a MCOCA court in Mumbai tomorrow, they said.

via One of nine Muslims arrested for Malegaon had planted bombs for Hindu extremists, says NIA – Indian Express.

African drug peddlers tormenting me in jail: Sadhvi – Mumbai – DNA

In Maharashtra on November 4, 2011 at 1:25 am

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, one of the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon Serial bomb blast case, now

allegedly fears for her life, while being lodged at the Byculla prison. Her alleged tormenters are none other than African nationals who are arrested for peddling drugs in the city.

Singh has been lodged at the Byculla prison, after her arrest in 2008 by the Anti Terrorism Squad. She has been kept in a separate cell and normally keeps to herself and doesn’t interact with other inmates. A

Advocate Ganesh Sovani, who represents Singh, said “It was during her brother-in-law’s visit to the prison, when she informed us about the incident of manhandling of her cellmate, Rita Jaiswal, by these women. Thus we want to put forth our contention before the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), court and ensure that no untoward incident will happen to her.”

Sovani said that according to Singh, the inmates had on October 27, created huge problem for her and cell mate, Jaiswal.

The undertrials had gheraoed them, misbehaved with them and also manhandled Jaiswal. The offenders repeatedly abused, heckled, intimated and provoked them. Further he said that when the matter was reported to the jail authorities, even they could not overpower these African female inmates due to their strong physique. If the jail authorities send police personnel then these African female undertrials try to undress themselves and starts shouting.

Sovani also added that he has been told by Singh, through his brother-in-law that these African female undertrials have sworn by to make her life miserable so much so that she would seek her transfer from this prison.

via African drug peddlers tormenting me in jail: Sadhvi – Mumbai – DNA.

M’shtra generates maximum suspicious transaction reports

In link, Maharashtra, National, New Delhi on October 30, 2011 at 5:52 am
New Delhi, Oct 30, (PTI) :
Maharashtra tops the chart for generating the maximum number of reports relating to dubious banking transactions and terror financing in the last four financial years, says a government report.
Maharashtra is followed by Delhi in generating suspicious transaction reports (STRs), according to a report prepared by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the national agency for receiving, analysing and disseminating information relating to doubtful financial transactions.

This is the first time FIU has released its report on analysis of STRs.
Maharashtra leads the pack among all states and Union Territories and accounted for an overall share of 29 per cent of such reports, followed by Delhi at 12.1 per cent, for 2006-2010 period.

The overall percentage of other states, which collected and dispatched STRs to the national FIU is as follows: West Bengal (7.3 per cent), Gujarat (6 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (6 per cent), Tamil Nadu (5.7 per cent), Punjab (5.1 per cent), Karnataka (4.7 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (4.4 per cent) and Haryana (3.5 per cent).

“Maharashtra, the financial capital of India, has a dominant share in STRs from banking sector (24 per cent), which is in line with its share in the account balance (25.4 per cent),” the FIU said in its latest report for 2006-2010 period.

The state also leads the chart for the maximum number of STRs in the insurance and mutual funds sector with 27.3 per cent and 55.5 per cent, respectively during the same period. The national capital maintained second position in all the sectors.

“Maharashtra leads the overall tally of generating suspicious reports by the virtue of its burgeoning businesses and financial transactions every day. The STR regime, however, still needs to be strengthened in all states including Maharashtra,” a senior Finance Ministry official said.

All these reports are under various stages of investigation by enforcement and intelligence agencies. All STRs do not actually pertain to a criminal activity or illegal transaction. STRs are sent to FIU based on certain parameters which need to be further verified by concerned probe agencies, the official said.

Maharashtra maintained a steady tally of being a topper over the last five years with 41.6 per cent (2006-07), 38.5 per cent (2007-08), 30.6 per cent (2008-09) and 24.3 per cent (2009-10).

Delhi had the corresponding figures of 9.2 per cent, 11 per cent, 11.4 per cent and 13 per cent

“Delhi has a relatively smaller share in STRs from the insurance sector (5.1 per cent) as compared to its share of STRs from the banking sector (13.1 per cent) while it has a relatively smaller share from the mutual fund sector (4.9 per cent) as compared banking sector,” the report said.

The other states which figure in the STRs report are Kerala (3 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (1.9 per cent), Rajasthan (1.9 per cent), Chandigarh (1.2 per cent), Bihar (1.1 per cent) and Chhattisgarh (1.1 per cent).

An STR relates to a transaction which gives rise to suspicion that it may involve proceeds of an offense specified under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) or appears to be made in circumstances of unusual or unjustified complexity or appears to have no economic rationale or bona fide purpose or gives rise to a reasonable ground of suspicion that it may involve financing of terrorism.

The FIU has received more than 17,000 STRs since 2006 when the government made it mandatory for financial institutions to generate STRs and send to them to the apex body which comes under the Union Finance Ministry. It has intelligence and enforcement agencies like the CBI, DRI, Intelligence Bureau, Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax investigations department as its clients for such reports.

The FIU received a total of 817 STRs in 2006-07, 1,916 in 2007-08, 4,409 in 2008-09 and 10,067 in 2009-10.


Courtesy: Deccan Herald- PTI News