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The Dossier on 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack

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The dossier of evidence pertaining to the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack presented by India to the world has been made public.

As far as I know, The Hindu is the only mainstream website which is hosting the pdf files on their website. Naturally, this has put a heavy load on their servers and people are finding it hard to download these documents.

I have managed to download these files courtesy Heptanesian Archives, and am now mirroring the same on this blog:

Part-1 (3.1 MB, pdf)

Part-2 (4.2 MB, pdf)

Part-3 (2.0 MB, pdf)

Part-4 (5.4 MB, pdf)

If you have a blog (other than on wordpress.com – because my files are already on their servers) or your own website, please consider mirroring a copy of the dossier, at least for a few days.

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Written by OC

January 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm

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Laid-off Workers of the World, Unite!

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First, the background:

Lalit Kishore Choudhary, the 47-year-old chief executive officer of Graziano Transmissioni India, died on Monday after sacked employees beat him up in the company’s office, a senior officer said. [Reuters]

The sacked employees, all innocent-like:

“We were demonstrating peacefully to get our jobs back,” one of the workers, Rajpal, told the Hindustan Times newspaper.

“Outsiders may have assaulted the CEO leading to his death. Firing by the guards agitated workers and they clashed with the staff,” he said. [BBC]

Yeah, right. They were just demonstrating peacefully, caressing the CEO with iron rods. Poor guy couldn’t take so much love and affection.

Nothing really weird about this, so far. Sacked employees got angry at some point during negotiations, and the angry mob beat up the CEO, resulting in his death. A criminal case that should be duly investigated and the culprits punished so as to serve as a warning to all those to think that mobs have the right to break laws. Right? Wrong.

Here is the real WTF stuff:

“This should serve as a warning for the managements. It is my appeal to the managements that the workers should be dealt with compassion,” Union Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes told reporters at a press conference. [ToI]

I suppose it should be okay with the Government if its shareholders/workers (citizens of India) decide to implement a similar brand of justice on their management (Cabinet Ministers etc.).

Written by OC

September 24, 2008 at 2:52 am

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Get Well Soon

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Inspector MC Sharma

Inspector MC Sharma

Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was one of the recipients of the Police Medal for Gallantry this year on Republic Day (full list – pdf). He took three bullets during the encounter in Delhi in which two terrorists were killed, and one was captured, while two managed to escape. Head Constable Balwant, who also received a bullet, is reported to be out of danger.

… Inspector M C Sharma, a highly decorated officer of the special cell who has won gallantry awards seven times, was in a “critical condition” at the Holy Family hospital. [Rediff]

Take a couple of minutes off, and say a prayer for him to get well soon.

Update: He succumbed to the injuries on Friday, cremation service was held on Saturday. May his soul rest in peace.

And we need better execution of counter-terrorism operations. We can’t afford to lose people like him to hasty and insufficient planning.

Written by OC

September 19, 2008 at 6:26 pm