Saturday, September 15, 2012

City police to book makers of anti-Islam film


Mateen Hafeez TNN


Mumbai: Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday asked the Centre to block webcast of the anti-Islam film, which triggered violent protests in theArabworld, anditstrailers on the video-sharing site, You-Tube. On the same day, home minister R R Patil asked the crimebranchto register a case againstthe makersof thefilm.

    The government is worried that the movie could create law-and-order problems. A press note said the CM had a telephonic conversation with Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shindein this regard.
 
    Joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy confirmed that they were in the process of registering an FIR against the makers of the film. The case would be registeredunder varioussectionsof the Information Technology Act,2000, and Section 295A(deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs)of theIndian PenalCode.
 
    The police said an extradition request could be made to the country concerned at a later stage. Sources said Patil called a meeting on Friday, which was attended by Roy, ATS chief Rakesh Maria, Mumbai police chief Satya Pal Singh and additionalchief secretary (home)AmitabhRajan. 

    Patil instructed the officials to keep in touch with
members of the Muslim community and ask its leaders to help maintain law andorder.
 
Don’t be provoked, urges Urdu media
    
Condemning the violent protests against the film that allegedly mocks Islam, the Urdu press advised Muslims not to get provoked.
 
    The Inquilab Daily’s editorial slammed the US for not cracking down on the makers of the film. The paper also attacked the US’s “double standards” in dealing with extremists but said violent protests would only strengthen “anti-Islamic” forces.
 
    Writing in the Urdu Times, columnist Monisa Bushra Abdi demanded that the US arrest extremists who are bent on “hurting Muslim sentiments”.
—Mohammed Wajihuddin  
 
One more held for August 11 rioting
    
The crime branch on Friday arrested Akbar Raunaque Ali (27) for his alleged involvement in the August 11 rioting. Ali sustained injuries, allegedly in the police firing, and was admitted to J J Hospital. He was arrested after being discharged. He is the 60th accused to be arrested. Meanwhile, the families of some of the accused met crime branch officials and requested them to release those not involved in the rioting. TNN 
 
 
The Times of India, September 15, 2012

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