Abid Pasha, a 34 year old carpenter associated with the Islamic fundamentalist group Popular Front of India (PFI), has been arrested by Karnataka police for the recent murder of BJP worker K Raju and for 7 other murders over a span of 6 years, besides being involved in other deadly attacks on BJP/Sangh parivar activists.
As per this report, besides the murder of K Raju, Pasha was involved in a series of six murders between 2008 and 2011 and another in 2014. Mysuru city police said Pasha and his gang not only targeted BJP, Bajrang Dal and RSS members in Mysuru, but also teamed up with Islamists in Mangaluru to target Hindu leaders there. “They began targeting Hindu leaders soon after the BJP came to power in Karnataka in 2008,” an officer said.
6 of Pasha’s Islamist gang members have also been arrested : Ayub Khan (27), resident of Kalyanagiri in Mysuru, Mohammed Hanif (36), resident of Azeez Sait Nagar in Mysuru, Hamid Khan (7), resident of Ghousianagar in Mysuru, Syed Ameen (28), a resident of Rajiv Nagar, Sabeel Ur Rahman (30), from Rajiv Nagar, and Muzammil (32), resident of Udayagiri.
This is the list of murders and other known attacks committed by Pasha and his gang:
- Shashikumar, a Bajrang Dal member who owned a hairdresser’s salon in Mysuru and was in an alleged relationship with a Muslim girl was hacked to death in the salon on July 12, 2008.
- Ananda Pai, a BJP leader from Udayagiri, Mysuru and an employee of Vikranth Tyre factory, and a colleague, Ramesh, were attacked while they were riding a two-wheeler on June 9, 2009. Ramesh died while Pai, who was the target according to police, escaped with injuries.
- Following communal clashes in 2009 over a dispute between a masjid and a temple over a piece of land at Kyathamaranahalli, Mysuru, the gang attacked V Giridhar, then president of the BJP’s Mysuru Yuva Morcha, that July. Giridhar was seriously injured and was in hospital for 41 days. “The gang of communal elements targeted BJP leaders to disturb the BJP government,” said Giridhar, now state secretary of the BJP’s SC Morcha.
- In November 2009, Pasha and his associates attacked two brothers, who ran a book stall, on suspicion that they were funding the activities of groups such as Bajrang Dal in the city. One of the brothers, Harish M, died in the attack.
- On May 21, 2010, the gang murdered a milkman in Pasha’s hometown of Hunsur, just outside Mysuru, over an alleged affair with a Muslim woman.
- Pasha’s name first emerged in a major crime following the double murder of two students in June 2011 – Vignesh and Sudhindra were kidnapped with a demand for Rs 5 crore from Vignesh’s businessman father in Hunsur; when the gang learnt the police were on their trail, they murdered the students.
- Following the double murder, Pasha moved his wife and children from Hunsur to a house in Mysuru. According to his statement to the police, his next murder was of a Muslim woman, Parveen Taj a.ka. Munni, in Mysuru on July 8, 2014. This was allegedly an act of moral vengeance; he thought Munni was leading Muslim girls into prostitution.
- In March 2016, BJP leader K Raju was hacked to death in broad daylight at a tea stall, in communally tense Kyathamaranahalli, by Pasha. Police says the motive was Raju’s role in a dispute over the land shared by the masjid and the temple, and the fact that Raju was a prosecution witness in the double student murder.
Member of PFI; links with underworld
After the double student murder, the police identified him as an activist of a group known as Karnataka Forum for Dignity, which in 2009 had merged with radical Islamist southern political groups of Kerala and Tamil Nadu under the umbrella of Popular Front of India.
Mysuru police first tracked the suspects in Raju’s murder to a madrasa (Islamic school) in Pune, where they nabbed three men though Pasha escaped. He subsequently returned to Mysuru, where he was finally caught on August 7. Commissioner Dayananda said the police are verifying Pasha’s links to radical Islamist elements and to underworld elements — he has been found to have participated in attempts made by India-based associates of gangster Chhota Shakeel (key aide of Pakistan based Dawood Ibrahim) to murder two Hindu leaders in Mangaluru.
The police have invoked sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against Pasha.
HinduPost had earlier highlighted PFI’s rising terror in the Kerala & coastal/southern Karnataka region, in our report on the recent murder of RSS volunteer Praveen Poojari. That murder occurred on 14 Aug, a week after Pasha’s arrest – which goes to show that the Islamist terror network is deeply entrenched; arresting one Pasha and his gang is not enough. Law enforcement needs to go for the jugular – the PFI leadership. But going by the close links between PFI and Congress, a crackdown on PFI by the Karnataka Congress Government looks unlikely.
Minimal coverage in media
In the normal course of things, one would think that a man arrested for a series of religious & politically motivated brutal murders over an 8 year period would be deemed ‘news worthy’. But when it comes to the national media of Bharat, especially the English language media, common sense has nothing to do with editorial decisions. This news finds sparse coverage in media, and even when it is covered, the headlines appears to water down the severity of the crime. Imagine the outrage if someone connected to a Hindu organization was arrested for the serial murders of Muslim social & political activists?
If just read headline and see the pic, would think carpenters affiliated with RW Hindu groupps have been murdering, while it’s the reverse
— Prakash Sharma (@India_Policy) August 23, 2016
And when we check the Bengaluru edition of the ‘leading’ English newspaper of this country – Times of India – we find 0 (yes, zero) reference to this arrest on the front page. For comparison, here are some of the news items which did make it to the TOI front page –
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Does one need any more proof that our media works as per the socio-political agenda set by the liberal-secular crowd, and that Hindu lives are considered cheap by our Lutyen’s elites?
This satirical tweet says it best about the complete silence in Lutyen’s ecosystem over the arrest of Abid Pasha, contrasted with the latest manufactured outrage over Congress leader and actress Ramya’s pro-Pakistan comments being labeled ‘seditious’:
When a planted complaint against a Congress leader in a Congress ruled state makes headlines over killings of Hindus in state, we’ve won.
— Eminent Intellectual (@padhalikha) August 23, 2016