200 Hindu women looted at Jacobabad during worship

July 24, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

JACOBABAD: Three unidentified bandits looted more than 200 Hindu women when they were worshiping (satsang) at a home  here on Wednesday.

The bandits barged into the home and made hostage on gunpoint around 200 Hindu women present there for the usual religious prayers (satsung). The robbers reportedly looted hundreds of thousands of rupees in cash and jewellery worth millions of rupees from the women. They also injured Kanta Bai and Shrimati Gunni on resistance. Later, they fled.

As the news reached the city, hundreds of enraged Hindu community members crowded the temple and shouted slogans against the police. DPO Jacobabad Saqib Ismail Memon reached the scene and tried to calm down the angry mob but in vain.

Later, the mob took out a rally under the leadership of Babu Mahesh Lakhani, former president of the Hindu Panchayat, Jacobabad, which marched on several roads of the city. They also blocked the National Highway, suspending the traffic for one hour.

Babu Mahesh, while addressing the rally, said the Hindu community was being harassed under a deep-rooted conspiracy. “Even our honour is at stake now,” the Hindu community leader said.

He said that it was the responsibility of the government to protect their honour, property and life. “But nobody is there to help us. Now we are being looted even at our temples and houses,” he added. He demanded of the government to arrest the bandits immediately or the protest would continue. Meanwhile, Home Minister, Sindh, Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, and IG Sindh Police Salahuddin Babar Khattak taking notice of the incident directed the DPO Jacobabad to arrest the bandits within 24 hours.


Gao Shala property occupied by PPP MPA in Gambat

July 21, 2008

Gao Shala property has been occupied illegally by MPA of PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party- Currently ruling paty) in Gambat. Hindus of Gambat participated in long strike for continously three days and they closed their business for three days.

After their strike Cheif Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has issued order to investigate  this issue.

Two hindus kidnapped from Tharparkar

July 21, 2008

Two hindu businessmen Tahal Ram and Vikram kidnapped from Tharparkar on 19th July 2008. After this incident citizens of six cities Mithi, Nao Kot, Satoon Mail, Gul Mori, Kaloi and Islamkot participated in shutterdown strike.

Head of Maheshwari community kidnapped from Samaro city of Sindh

June 19, 2008

A famous businessman, head of Maheshwari panchayat, former minority councilor Seth Mukhi Amolakh Dass Maheshwari kidnapped by armed dacoits on 18th June 2008 from Jhado road when he was jogging early morning at 5:30am.

The citizens of Samaro city and Samaro Road did shutter down strike whole day.

The Police and high authorities started searching kidnapped person.

Source: Daily Kawish Hyderabad


 Update: According to Dileep Kumar, Mukhi Amolakh is released on 9th of july 2008

Jagdesh was lynched by workers

June 4, 2008
 Police watched as Jagdesh was lynched by workers
Saturday, April 12, 2008

Source: THE NEWS  http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=106324
The murder of factory worker, Jagdesh, who was attacked and killed by his colleagues on April 8 in Korangi Industrial Area may have been done in the presence of the police who did nothing to stop this from happening, eye witnesses told The News.

Jagdesh Kumar was murdered on suspicion that he had uttered blasphemous words, in the process enraging his fellow workers who beat him to death.

When contacted, the Korangi Police denied this allegation but did not give any details. After the death of Jagdesh, a Hindu by faith, the police registered FIR 268/08 under section 302 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code against “unknown persons.” The case is registered at the Korangi Police Station. However, till the filing of this report, no arrest has been made despite the fact that the murder took place in a crowded factory area in full view of several workers.

The deceased worker used to work in the Stretching department of Nova Leather Industries Private Limited, which is based in the Korangi Industrial Area. Jagdesh was serving in Nova Industries for the last eight years. He originally belonged to Mirpur Khas and he was living with his brother-in-law in Karachi in the Marvari Mohallah, located near Lyari General Hospital.

Nova Industries is a large sized factory, employing over 7,000 workers in different departments. When contacted by The News, some of the workers at the factory said that Jagdesh has committed blashphemy and this was not the first time he used objectionable language.

However, in the past Jagdesh had been sent on leave when he had caused trouble. This time round, he was not so lucky.According to fellow workers who saw the while incident, Jagdesh entered into a quarrel with some co-workers on April 8 at around 10AM on some issue. The matter was resolved by the supervisor of the department concerned and work then resumed in the department.

The workers, who declined to be named, said that the quarrel was once again resumed at 11.30AM when some workers attacked Jagdesh and spread rumours that he had uttered blashphemous remarks. This was the first time the mention of blasphemous remarks were made.

Sensing the seriousness of the situation, factory managers took Jagdesh to the factory’s Security Room at 11.45AM. “In the meantime, the security supervisor informed the factory manager about the incident. The factory manager was not present in the factory premises the time,” disclosed the workers.

This was the time that the police was summouned. By the time the police mobile van arrived, news had spread of the alleged blasphemy like wild fire and a large number of angry workers had gathered around the serurity room. The arrival of the police seem to have triggered a reaction in the workers who then turned violent.

“The angry mob broke the security room’s door and dragged a hapless Jagdesh out of the factory gate and started beating him up with fists and kicks. The police looked on passively as the factory workers beat Jagdesh to death,” recalled one worker.

But so insensed were the workers that they were not happy to kill Jagdesh. Eye witnesses said that they wanted to burn his body as well but at that point the policemen woke from their slumber and took custody of the body.

Now police officials claim that the incident had already taken place by the time the police van reached the factory. This is in direct contradiction to what eye-witnesses told The News. “How such incident can happen in front of police. Actually the worker had already been murdered when police arrived at the spot,” a senior officer told The News but asked not to be named.

However, it is believed that the factory has possession of the tape recording of the incident since it records all incidents within and outside the factory premises through strategically installed cameras. This tape will show who were those who took the law into their hands.

There are also questions being asked about the passive role of the management who let the factory workers drag Jagdesh out of the factory premises. One reason given by a worker why Jagdesh was allowed to be killed was that the factory management was upset with the disruption in production and wanted to put an end to the incident and move on. It wanted the matter to be

settled but did not expect what happened next. They were expecting that the matter would end after some minor injuries. But this all speculation and all attempts to contact the management of Nova Industries have failed.

Story of Jagdish Kumar’s murder in Karachi

June 4, 2008
No country for good men
Sunday, April 20, 2008

By: Ayesha Tammy

Source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=107808

Ten days ago another young man, a 25-year-old Hindu, was brutally beaten to death by co-workers at a leather factory in Korangi Industrial Area. Jagdesh Kumar worked in a factory along with 7000 other workers; however, the factory records only list 350 workers. Most of the unregistered workers are illegal migrants from Bangladesh who are exploited and made to work in the most terrible conditions. According to witnesses, Jagdesh Kumar and a Bengali worker had a fight and were separated by one of the factory guards. Jagdesh was kept in the security guards room but a mob gathered outside the room, broke the door down and dragged Jagdesh Kumar out and proceeded to beat him. They kicked him with their boots, beat him with bars, chopped of his fingers, stabbed him with screwdrivers and stopped only when one of them pointed out that he was dead. The entire time the police and security guards stood by, watched and did nothing. They only intervened to prevent the mob from burning his body.

Reports suggest that some 1500 people were involved in this brutal murder. A huge number, it is almost impossible to believe that 1500 people were involved in beating one man to death, but even if they stood by and watched and did nothing they are complicit. Those involved claim that Jagdesh Kumar was lynched by a mob enraged because he had allegedly insulted the Holy Prophet. It is hard to believe that any one would be foolish enough to invite the potential wrath of 7000 people. What justice can Jagdesh Kumar’s family expect? Terrified of reprisals they have left Karachi and gone back to their village in the interior of Sindh. The police and the Sindh government have not considered this a priority and have done nothing so far. Is it the numbers that scare them? What will they do with 1500 illegal migrant workers? The jails are already over crowded and the courts don’t work. And what about justice, compensation, security or just compassion?

None seem likely in the near future. The Sindh government is trying to forge new alliances with old acquaintances and is at the same time send serious warnings to their political opponents. This leaves them with no time to do anything about this horrific murder. But something needs to be done, people need to know that you cannot get away with actions like this?


Hindus feel the heat in Pakistan By: Riaz Sohail, BBC News, Karachi

June 4, 2008

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6367773.stm

Hindus feel the heat in Pakistan

Riaz Sohail
BBC News, Karachi

Kidnap victim Garish Kumar
Wealthy Hindus like Garish Kumar are targets for kidnappers

The kidnap and murder of a Hindu engineer in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh has increased the insecurity among fellow Hindus.

Garish Kumar disappeared last month near Hyderabad city, 250 km (160 miles) from the port city of Karachi in Sindh.

His dismembered body parts were later found near a madrassa (Islamic religious school).

Police initially said the crime was committed by an outlawed Muslim militant group. Five people were arrested.

However, Hyderabad’s police chief, Shaukat Shah, the incident now seems to be a simple kidnapping for ransom case.

Minority report

Kumar’s father, Saspal Das, is a trader from Kunri town in Sindh’s central district of Umerkot.

Poor Hindus in Sindh
Most Hindus are poor peasants and serve as bonded labour

“No one listens to the Hindu minority,” he complains. “”We have no security.

“We are targeted because we are Hindu. There is no other reason for kidnapping Garish.”

Pakistan is home to some 2.5 million Hindus, 95% of them living in the southern Sindh province.

Most are poor, low-caste peasants.

However there are also some successful upper caste businessmen. In Sindh, they are a hot commodity for bandits.

They lack the protection afforded to local tribal Muslims.

Whole tribes often go to war with one another in rural Sindh over any slight to their members.

That cushion is not available to the Hindu minority.

Protection money

In recent years kidnapping for ransom and armed robberies have multiplied in the area and Hindus have increasingly been the focus of attacks.

Hindu men
Hindus have to pay thousands of pounds to avoid kidnapping

Many pay protection money regularly to local gangs or influential figures. But in spite of this they are still targeted.

Santosh Kumar, a rice trader from Larkana town in upper Sindh, and his two brothers were kidnapped in separate incidents in 2006. They were later released after paying a huge ransom.

Another wealthy trader from the nearby city of Sukkur in Sindh, Sundeep Kumar, was kidnapped in 2005.

He was released after paying a ransom of over a million rupees ($16,000), according to local sources.

The ransom can sometimes go up to five times that amount.

But not all Hindus are as rich as Sundeep Kumar.

Last August, a youth, Ramesh Lal, was kidnapped. His relatives could not afford the ransom, and his body was later found at a police check post.

In the last three years at least five Hindu traders have been killed after being kidnapped or offering resistance.

“Powerful oppress the weak”

Ramesh Lal, a Hindu MP in Pakistan’s parliament says, “The Hindus are not as rich as portrayed.”

“Often the kidnappers ask a huge amount that the families cannot pay. As a result the hostages are killed.”

Hindu women
Even Hindu women and children are not spared by the kidnappers

The President of the Hindu council in Sukkur district, Mukhi Aishwar Lal says, “the powerful always oppress weaker communities… Hindus are weak so they are targeted.”

He relates how a few years back a Hindu family travelling by local bus were kidnapped by local bandits, while rest of the passengers were allowed to go.

Around that time some foreigners were also kidnapped in the same area. The police secured their release without any payment, but the Hindus were released after a huge ransom was doled out.

Such incidents increase the feeling among Hindus that they have no say in power and authority in the country.

Political apartheid

In Pakistan’s political system, the minorities, such as Hindus, Christians and Sikhs, remain outcasts despite represented in every major political party.

After Gen Pervez Musharraf seized power in 1999, he scrapped the controversial separate electorate system introduced former dictator Gen Zia-ul-Haq in 1980s.

Under the separate electorate system, non-Muslims could only vote for candidates of their own religion. Seats were reserved for minorities in the national and provincial assemblies.

Critics said Muslim candidates no longer had any incentive to pay attention to the aspirations of the minorities.

Gen Musharraf hoped to reverse that by the simple step of abolishing the system. But that appears to have failed.

Sudham Chand, a Hindu community leader who led a local campaign to scrap the separate electorate system was killed in broad daylight. His murder conveyed many a message.

The killers were not arrested. His brother later migrated to India.

Ramesh Lal, a member of the National Assembly, says that the restoration of the conventional electoral system is of little use if the minorities have no security.

And still, he complains, no one asks the minorities what problems they are suffering.

Losing faith

Mukhi Aishwar Lal agrees that Hindus in Sindh are still afraid.

Saspal Das
Garish Kumar’s grieving father, Saspal, wants justice

They are frightened to move outside freely. Some even put themselves under a self-imposed curfew after 2000 hours a few months ago.


“No-one is targeting the minorities,” argues Kishanchand Parwani, Advisor for Minorities’ Affairs to the Sindh Government.

But he admits that, although the minorities are supposed to be equal citizens according to the constitution, the reality is different. He accepts that they feel like second class citizens.

Garish Kumar’s father, Saspal Das, still retains faith in the system: “I will fight till I get justice for my son.”


But many Hindu families who stayed in Pakistan after partition have already lost faith and migrated to India


Three hindus kidnapped near Sukkur

June 4, 2008


Five people including three hindus kidnapped by dacoits at Lakhi Ghulam Shah near Sukkur.

According to Daily Kawish,  residents of Jacobabad Parkasha Lal s/o Gurdas mal, Vicky Kumar s/o Raj Kumar, Vicky Kumar s/o Jawahar Lal, Abdul Rehman and Nadeem Ahmed kidnapped  by dacoits at Lakhi Ghulam Shah near Sukkur on 3rd June 2008 when they were going from Sukkur to Jacobabad by taxi.

These all kidnapped people belongs poor families in Jacobabad and they are movie makers by profession.



These all kidnapped boys released after one month and five days, they paid ransom of four lacs to dacoits and this deal was held with the help of local police.

A hindu businessman killed by dacoits in Sindh Pakistan

June 4, 2008

A Hindu resident of Pir-Jo-Goth District Khairpur Mir’s Mr. Tahlyo Mal s/o Thanwar Mal killed by dacoits at priyaloi when he was coming back by car from sukkur to pir-jo-goth on 1st June’ 2008.

According to daily Kawish, few armed dacoits did try to stop him but Tahliyo Mal speed up his car to cross dacoits as he can save himself from kidnapping then dacoits started straight firing and Tahilyo Mal passed away due to severe injury of gunshot.

After this killing, Priyaloi Police went to search the dacoits but could not succeed to arrest one of them.

The hindu residents of Pir-Jo-Goth and Priyaloi announced shutter down strike on next day and they closed their business for whole day.



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