Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Demonstrations held at Dhanbad against unjust ban on website and its account on social website ‘Facebook’



Dhanbad, 8th September – On 19th August 2012 , the eve of ‘Ramzan Eid’, Congress Government at the Centre, imposed ban on the website of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and its account on social website ‘Facebook’ without giving prior notice. Then from 7th September 2012, the website could be opened at some places; but no notice was  given to any of the representatives of HJS about the same. Demonstrations were, therefore, held by HJS at ‘Randheer Varma Chowk’ to protest against the above issues.

Mr. Vaibhav Aphale, the coordinator of HJS said that when ban is imposed on sending sms, the cell phone number holders are informed about it; but the ban on website of HJS, engaged in imparting knowledge related to Hindu Dharma and publishing anti-national activities for information of citizens, thus in a way helping police and the Government, is an attack on freedom of expression and proof of Government’s undemocratic governance. Today, ban is imposed on HJS website; tomorrow, all newspapers and media may meet the same fate; therefore, unity among them is essential.” Dr. Neel Madhav Das of ‘Tarun Hindu’ and Mr. Kamalesh Singhji, the District-President of VHP were present on the occasion. A representation was submitted in the office of Mr. Prashant Kumar, the Dy. Commissioner (DC) of Dhanbad after the demonstrations, demanding immediate lifting of ban. 22 activists of Sanatan Sanstha, HJS, VHP and Tarun Hindu came from Dhanbad, Katras and Malekara to participate in the demonstrations.

Highlights -

1. Banners were displayed by HJS activists making appeal to people like ‘give time for Dharma’, ‘Unite for protection of Dharma’ etc. and people were stopping to read the banners.

2. Majority participation of women activists was noticeable. Many people tried to get information about the ban on website.

3. Congress party had also held demonstrations at that venue with participation of about 1000 of its members; but reporters were coming to HJS demonstrations to compile the news. Reporters of newspapers like ‘Prabhat Khabar’, ‘Dainik Bhaskar’, ‘Aaj’, ‘Hindustan’ and of news channels like ‘News 11’, ‘Sahara’, ‘Nakshatra TV’, Doordarshan, E TV etc. collected information  in this regard.

4. It was observed that the reporters were not aware about the ban on website.

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