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Dr. Om Prakash Sudrania

Satya Sai Baba His Miracles His Visiting Cards

You call them my miracles, I call them my visiting cards

But people today put their faith in diversity and not in unity. What does unity mean? It is not the combination of many; it is the realisation of oneness (within) – Sathya Sai Baba

Some years ago Dr. Osis discussed our observations with Doug Henning. Mr. Henning said that he could, with advance preparation, duplicate all the phenomena he saw on the film. But when Dr. Osis described the incident in which the enamel stone with Sai Baba’s picture disappeared from Dr. Osis’ ring, Mr. Henning commented that this was beyond the skills of the magicians. He stated further that if Sai Baba produces objects on demand, then he is performing feats that no magician can duplicate.” Peruse details here including the observations of Dr, Frank Baranowski Ph. D. on the colour phenomena of the human and divine aura.

Sri Satya Sai Baba of India passed away leaving behind His mortal coils on 24 April 2011 at 7.40 IST, Sunday. Some call Him a con-man, while the others regard Him a God-man just like all fingers are not same in one hand; why should all the people in such a vast society should be similar or identical?

In the phenomenal material world, even the universal uniformity has its implications that could have been disastrous; take for example if all the males and females would have been die cast identical, marriages between the couples would have been extremely funny, disastrous and difficult in its exclusivity. Hence both the plurality as well as uniformity is equally essential.

Sri Satya Sai Baba of India is well known globally as a Saint, philanthropist, spiritual preacher and healer, a Godman often derided by His doubting Thomases as a magician, trickster, sleight of hand, charlatan black magician, cheater, fraud, even call Him a scoundrel etcetera. One always see the same colour as the glasses over the eyes. It is not my theme to counter or debate these Thomases but dwell in some real accounts of experiences which we ordinary worldly people commonly describe them as ‘Miracles’. Atheists, agnostics, rationalists, sceptics, magicians etc have all had their own field days in their typical egoistic style; some of them may have done to even get some prominence to shine for their career or material gains. Anti Satya Sai Baba seems to have become a good industry in itself; plenty of villains, some of them claim to be His ex devotees are engaged in this unholy business; unfortunately the majority of such charges seem to be either generating or have its genesis in westernised modern society that has led to media character assassination yet never proved despite these powerful international chains.

To me as a trained physician, a miracle is a supranormal experience observed by our physical senses which is impossible to enact or replicate by us under normal situation. Catholic Encyclopedia states, (Latin miraculum, from mirari, “to wonder”). In general, a wonderful thing, the word being so used in classical Latin; in a specific sense, the Latin Vulgate designates by miracula wonders of a peculiar kind, expressed more clearly in the Greek text by the terms terata, dynameis, semeia, i.e., wonders performed by supernatural power as signs of some special mission or gift and explicitly ascribed to God. Words terata mean wonder and dynameis mean power.

The word dynamis, “power” is used in the New Testament to signify:

  • The power of working miracles, (en dymamei semeionRomans 15:19);

  • Mighty works as the effects of this power, i.e., miracles themselves (al pleistai dynameis autouMatthew 11:20) and expresses the efficient cause of the miracle, i.e., Divine power.

... St. Thomas teaches: “Those effects are rightly to be termed miracles which are wrought by Divine power apart from the order usually observed in nature” (Contra Gent., III, cii), and they are apart from the natural order because they are “beyond the order or laws of the whole created nature” (ST I:102:4). Hence dynamis adds to the meaning of terata by pointing out the efficient cause. For this reason miracles in Scripture are called “the finger of God” (Exodus 8:19, Luke 11:20), “the hand of the Lord” (1 Samuel 5:6), “the hand of our God” (Ezra 8:31).

In this discourse, I hope to detail in brief, the Miracles performed by Sri Satya Sai Baba in His life time; as indicated above in Bible, it is a ‘hand of God or the finger of God’, hence by priori Baba must be God. They have been variously experienced and acclaimed by noted people including myself. Baba used to express that it is my nature, what you call miracles. They are my visiting cards, i.e. by these actions, you remember my whereabouts to come back out of amazement to me and then I feed you like a mother, “What I have come to teach you, i.e. the spiritual wisdom”? It draws your attention to Him. Hence they are His visiting cards.

Baba Himself explains, “You elaborate in your lectures the unique powers of Sai, the incidents that are described as ‘miracles’ in books written about Me by some persons. But I request you not to attach importance to these.” He further said, “I use My Shakti (power) to attract people and to draw them towards the Godward path. These miracles are merely baits with which I lure them towards Me. Once their faith is firmly established, they begin to look beyond the miracles and slowly start stretching their hands out for what I have really come to give- Knowledge and Bliss.”

Baba also jests on our amazement of His miracles, “Therefore, when you speak about these miracles, I laugh within myself out of pity that you allow yourself so easily to lose the precious awareness of my reality.”

Indeed this is true.

Baba sends an Australian back home - through His interview room!

A group of six devotees had come to have darshan of Baba from Australia. Baba called them for a private interview.

During the normal course of the talk, Baba looked at one of the devotees and asked -- “Why did you come now? Your mother is not well. She needs you there back in Australia”.

He replied saying-- “Yes Baba, I called home yesterday night and this news was conveyed to me. I pray for her early recovery.”

Baba replied --

Go home soon. She is asking for you. In fact go home now.”

So saying, Baba created a map of the world with the wave of the hand. He spread it on the wall and the following conversation took place: --

BABA: “Where is Australia in this map?”

Devotee: “Here, Baba.” (Pointing to the map).

Baba touched it and the world map changed into an Australian map.

BABA: “Where in Australia do you say?”

Devotee: “New South Wales, Baba.” (Pointing to the map).

Baba touched it and the Australian map changed into the map of New South Wales.

BABA: “Where in New South Wales do you say?”

When the devotee mentioned the place, Baba touched it and the chart changed to show all the apartments in the area.

Then Baba touched the house in which the man was staying and lo! the wall of the interview room became the door of the devotee’s home. Baba opened the door and showed the man his mother sleeping on the sofa. Baba called the man and asked him to go in and closed the door. He rubbed his hands on the door and the door became the wall of the interview room again!

Later when the Australians came out of the interview room, only five came out instead of the six who went in. The students of Prashanthi Nilayam campus saw this. Later they called back the man who was sent to Australia only an hour later, who confirmed his ‘safe arrival’.

Baba said that ---

Time and space exist only in the worldly plane. In the divine plane there is no time and space. I can easily cross time and space as and when I want to. That experience of the Australian crossing space to reach Australia from the interview room was my leela to show you that it is possible for me to do that if necessary. Time and space hold no barrier for GOD

Anita Bacha wrote as Guest Editor:


It is my equally proud privilege to narrate this miraculous episode which occurred in the life of my dearest friend Aniji that is highly enlightening and scintillating for all the spiritual seekers to uplift them from mundane to Divine journey.

Richard F. Holmes – I am proud to welcome my latest guest, Author and Sai Baba devotee Anita Bacha to my blog. Anita has a truly wonderous story to share with us.

Anita Bacha was born in 1948 in Mauritius. She studied law in London and trained as a Barrister. She is also a former Public Prosecutor and Senior Magistrate. From 1988 until 2004 she joined the Executive as the President of the National Adoption Council, set up by the Government to stop the sale and traffic of children in Intercountry Adoption. She worked as Legal Secretary in the family firm ‘Bacha and Bacha Chartered Accountants and Auditors’ in Bond Street, London. In 2005, she was called upon by the newly elected Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr.Navin Chandra Ramgoolam to chair the Central Authority for Intercountry Adoption. In March 2008, she was elevated to the rank of Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of the National Day Celebrations by Sir Aneerood Jugnauth, the President of the Republic of Mauritius. She is married, mother of four grown up kids and grand- mother of five.

She was inspired by Sri Sai Baba to write two books- THE MAKER OF MIRACLES (2006) and MY JOURNEY WITH GOD (2008) where she gives detailed accounts of her experiences of spiritual life as a follower of Baba. She joined the Sai Fold in 1978 as an active member of the Sri Sathya Sai Centre of Curepipe in Mauritius, a voluntary association based on the spiritual teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. In 2007, she was selected as Ladies Convener and Executive Member of the Centre.

Miracles are my visiting cards” Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba.

We often hear stories about the miraculous healings and cures of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Most of them sound absolutely out of this world. In her book ‘The Divine Leelas of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’, Srimati Purnaiya, a long-time devotee of Baba, wrote ‘to save the life of a man, Baba operated on him with His bare hands and without anesthesia’. This sounds most incredible and utterly impossible to those who have never personally experienced such a miracle. I was one of them until approximately six years ago when my life was saved by the divine intervention of Baba.

In June 2004, I was living in Mauritius. As far as my memory goes, it was icy cold that winter. I woke up at four in the morning for prayers and meditation. After the recital in my prayer room, I returned to my bedroom for meditation as it was far too cold for me to meditate in there. In my bed, I lay down in “cadaver pose” for meditation. So there I was in my bed and in meditative pose when I felt a long finger poking deep into my left breast. At the same time, I heard a voice calling to wake me up- Heeeeeeeeh! I opened my eyes and lo! Baba was standing by my bedside and smiling at me! Next moment, he was gone…disappeared into thin air.

I forgot all about the incident in the coming days but my heart kept telling me to go to London as I am British citizen.

Finally, in January 2005, I arrived in London. I immediately started to attend to my personal matters which included my mail. I found a letter from NHS inviting me for a routine mammogram which is addressed to all women over 35. The appointment date had expired, having been fixed to a date in June 2004. Nonetheless and by the Grace of God, when I phoned the X-ray department, they agreed to give me a new appointment for the following week. I went for it.

One week after the mammogram, a letter arrived from NHS inviting me for a second one. Puzzled but fearing the worst, I decided to have a second X-ray. This was followed by an appointment for a medical review at hospital. There I was examined by two lady doctors. They inquired about my general health and then asked whether I had a lump in my breast. Which breast, I asked. I was feeling on top of the world and had no problem with my breasts at all. I was told that the X-ray had showed a small lump in my left breast. Hand examination was followed by a scan and finally I was asked to lie on a couch, for a needle test of my left breast. As the needle pierced my skin and flesh, I realized that Baba had poked my left breast with his finger at that very spot.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery a few weeks after. The cancer was found to be very small in size and had not spread to other parts of my body. Matter of fact, only a ‘lumpectomy’ was done to remove the tumor; my breasts were saved.

I recovered very quickly from the trauma and went back to work.

The All- Compassionate and Merciful Lord had stopped the growth of the tumor and guided my steps to London, opening one door after another until my final recovery.

It’s no surprise that by the Grace of Satya Sai Baba, Anita Bacha has been declared completely cured of her Breast Cancer in her follow up check couple of months ago and has been finally discharged from clinic.

Note: In UK, the standard practice for cancer breast used to be total removal of breast (mastectomy). French had started the lumpectomy as French women were very fastidious for preservation of their breasts. The long term results depend upon various ethnic, biological and individual factors among which a self confidence is highly important. It is here that the case of Anita Bacha becomes highly significant being a spiritual seeker. Such people have their strong body defence mechanisms due to positive neural, humoral and endocrinal internal milieu which guards and generates a good immunological physical makeup. It is this immunological backup, which ultimately becomes a determinant of the long term outcome. Anita has completed eight years successfully free from secondary developments. Satya Sai Baba is a very powerful force and her strongest defence will come from there. I offer my highly respectful salute to both Anita as well as Baba.

My personal Experience: Instant Recovery of stolen Bag

I have plenty of my personal experiences relating to some kind of spiritual significance and I have been a devotee of Satya Sai Baba for over a couple of decades. I was travelling to Delhi in around 1996 to attend a Surgical Conference of Asia Pacific region in Rajadhani Express. I slept in my berth in the night and in darkness at about two or three O’clock, my briefcase was lifted away from my berth placed near my head end.

At about four O’clock, I woke up from sleep with urge to pass water. After that I slept back in my berth. I did not notice my briefcase because of darkness, which was stolen. Suddenly soon after I lay in bed, started hearing strange voice in my right ear, hey check your briefcase and it kept going on incessantly. I turned over to put my right ear over the pillow hoping that the nuisance will be guarded by the pillow. To my disappointment, the voice continued unabated in the same tune and intensity disturbing me getting back to sleep. Annoyed, I got up and discovered my briefcase was missing. This jolted me in a whirlwind as I had kept all my conference materials as well as money for my expenses in Delhi inside that bag.

The entire boggy was dark due to lights switched off to sleep except the dim night lamps in the passage. In my vain search, I noticed two gentlemen gossiping idly near the toilets and smoking. On enquiring from them, I was told that a tall waiter had picked it up from near the corner of one toilet about half an hour ago and went in the particular direction. I requested them to kindly help me to spot the fellow.

I said to the culprit pretending him as good fellow. I said, “Kindly give me the bag that you safely kept somewhere; had you not done so, someone would have stolen it and I would have lost it.” This led him being put in in the eyes of his fellow workers as a Good Samaritan; he immediately came with us and gave the briefcase where he had mysteriously hidden it. I checked it for all my articles and money that was safe.

I cannot pinpoint to a particular form of Apostle or God but it was definitely a divine hand behind this episode in that dead night hours; which would have been too late by the morning. I am positive that it would have vanished if the two co-passengers had not seen and helped. How and why were they there at that time which was certainly not an hour for smoking and chat?

It may be difficult altogether to dismiss these phenomenal experiences as mere coincidences or superstitions. There are certainly some unseen forces working round the clock which are beyond our cognizable senses to discern. Call them coincidences, extrasensory perceptions, Psi-Gamma, Psi-Kappa (psychokinesis-PK), clairvoyance, precognition, intuition, or whatever in the terms of Parapsychological terms, is individual choice, it may be hard to totally ignore their scrutiny and veracity. Physical science is still on the path of discovery at the micro-element level as one hears the discovery of Boson or God particle.

Jeffrey Mishlove explains Intuition: A Link between Psi and Spirituality: “One contemporary writer intrigued by this idea is Martin Gardner. Although he is generally known as a hardline debunker of matters psychic and mystical, in 1983 Gardner wrote a fascinating essay titled, "IMMORTALITY: Why I Do Not Think It Impossible.” Here Gardner argues that from the perspective of higher dimensional space, the process that we think of as death may be no more significant than a snake shedding its skin. Perhaps no one has taken intuitions regarding hyperspace and consciousness further than physicist Saul-Paul Sirag. It is generally believed by physicists working on unified field theory that space-time is hyperdimensional, with all but four of the dimensions being invisible. The reason for this invisibility is a major subject of research. Beside space-time dimensions, there are also other internal (or invisible) dimensions called gauge dimensions. The reality of these gauge dimensions is also a topic of controversy and research. If the extra space-time dimensions or the gauge dimensions are real, this provides scope for considering ordinary reality a substructure within a hyperdimensional reality. This idea has, of course, been suggested before -- e.g. it is implicit in the Cave Parable of Plato.” Is the world body reawakening to this established ancient Indian epistemology?

Unfortunately today everything is being assessed in the light of Western module as enlightenment in the terms of modernity. Anything that does not fit this definition of ‘modernity’, it is then not acceptable. Long before the era of Plato and Socrates, Indian seers and sages had discovered, described and practiced these spiritual realities which are inscrutable by any scientific physical laws versus metaphysical laws.

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Butcher of Bangladesh proves Deadlier in His Death

With Background Feedback of Resurrection of 1971 Genocidal War Avatar as Bangladesh celebrated her 42nd Independence Day yesterday

Bangladesh celebrated its 42nd Anniversary of gory Independence from the erstwhile Pakistani state of West Pakistan, yesterday amidst a continuing war like violence, difficult to contain due more to ego fights between the two top ladies heading their own political factions. It is befitting to recall the events from its inception till date in this brief monograph.


More than hundred people have died during the last two months, while more than 300 people have died since January 2013 and thousands left injured. The crisis worsened following the December 12 execution of a leader of the Jamaat party, Abdul Qader Mollah, who was found guilty of war crimes during Bangladesh's independence war in 1971, Human Rights Watch reported.

Abdul Qader Molla, 65, became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan when he was sent to the gallows at Central prison in Dhaka at 10.01 pm Thursday, 12 December 2013. He is alleged to have thrashed minor children against concrete to kill them in front of their parents and guardians, killed more than 300 peop0le and raped the number of women.

Present Bangladesh Violence:

About thirty people have died in the violence since Thursday night, in just three days, till Sunday, i.e. 13th to 15th December 2013, since Abdul Qader Molla known as the “Butcher of Mirpur” was hanged for atrocities committed during the 1971 liberation war; amid protests by the Jamaat activists, their student wing Chhatra Shibir and by the Bangladesh security forces in trying to contain Jamaat’s violence.

As Jamaat-e-Islami supporters continued to attack the Awami League leaders across Bangladesh, the ruling party on Sunday called on the party supporters to “resist and fight back”.

They are Pakistani agents, resist them”, said senior leaders of the (AL) party at a rally in Dhaka, arranged on the occasion of Victory Day (16 December), which commemorates the historic surrender of the 93,000 Pakistani soldiers in Dhaka to the joint Bangladesh-India command on December 16,1971 in a nine month long war starting on 25 March 1971.

We are not going to spear any more attack, it has to be prevented strongly,” said the party’s Joint General Secretary Mahbub-Ul-Alam Hanif.

This came after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday told a meeting: “We’ve been very patient. Don’t expect us to just sit and watch you kill innocent people.”

As Jamaat-e-Islami supporters continued to attack the Awami League leaders across Bangladesh, the ruling party on Sunday called on the party supporters to “resist and fight back”, The Hindu reported.

Bangladesh Jamaat-e Islami Banned from Contesting Elections:

The scale of violence, atrocities, arson, killings, vandalism, selective targeting of minorities, attacks against the opposition party Awami League supporters and minority communities specially Hindus, caused such wide spread concern that the Islamist extremist right wing largest Jamaat-e Islami Party was banned from electoral rolls by the High Court.

The High Court bench of justices M Moazzam Husain, M Enayetur Rahim, and Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque on August 1, 2013, in the judgement observed the party’s charter was in conflict with Bangladesh’s Constitution.

Chamber Court judge Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury of the Supreme Court dismissed the plea by Jamaat’s lawyers to freeze the High Court's verdict, on Aug 5.

Jamaat lawyer M Tajul Islam had told reporters after the order that they will file a CA (Civil Appeal) and probably ask for a stay order there.” bdnews24.com reported and added further:

The Election Commission has said it will now implement the High Court’s August verdict cancelling Jamaat-e-Islami’s registration as a political party.

Election Commissioner Abu Hafiz said this after the publication of the full text of the verdict on Saturday, (3 August 2013).

Everyone must follow the court’s order. We don’t have anything to decide. We have to implement the verdict now,” he told reporters.

The verdict handed down on August 1, 2013 comes as the final decision on a petition from 25 people, including members of other Islamist parties, which challenged Jamaat’s registration in January 2009.

In 2008, the country's election commission made it mandatory for political parties to register if they wanted to participate in elections. This ruling means Jamaat cannot participate in the upcoming January 2014 parliamentary elections.

The party was already widely criticized for its opposition to Bangladesh’s independence. But the call to limit Jamaat-e-Islami recently intensified during the massive Shahbag protest movement which began in February 2013, as reported in Global Voices.

Bangladesh Jamaat-e Islami Propagandas:

The government has killed Molla in a planned way ignoring calls from international community and the people of Bangladesh,” acting head of Jamaat Maqbul Hossain said in a statement on party’s website. Earlier in the day, after the Supreme Court rejected Molla’s petition to review his death sentence, the party in another statement had said, “Awami League will have to pay for each drop of Abdul Qader Molla’s blood.”

Acting Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has delivered a statement today (16th December, 2013) urging the countrymen to observe blockade of roads, water and railways from 17th December, Tuesday 6 am to 20th December, Friday 6 am protesting the ongoing nationwide state terrorism and mass killing and demanding a credible election under caretaker government by cancelling schedule of one party election. His statement is as follows:
The government has killed martyr Abdul Quader Molla in a preplanned way and since then the authority has been conducting mass killing nationwide. The law enforcers in the name of combined operation are killing, and looting of the opponent activists and arresting people indiscriminately in Noakhali, Laxmipur, Shatkhira, Joypurhat, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari. The joint forces killed Dr. Fayez Ahmed in Laxmipur and then killed another 4 men by opening fire on the general demonstrators. The law enforcers and the Jubo League cadres killed 9 people in Noakhali and 8 in Nilphamari. On Sunday, the police killed 4 Shibir men in Lalmonirhat and 3 Shibir men in Joypurhat. Even on Monday, the law enforces have conducted raid into Shatkhira and killed 6 men already. Today’s murder raised the death toll to 47 in just 4 days. On an average, killing of 12 men in a day is an unprecedented fact. The government forces have injured over 2000 men by opening fire in last 4 days. They also arrested more than 1500 people.
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In this backdrop, I am urging the countrymen to observe blockade of roads, water and railways from 17th December, Tuesday 6 am to 20th December, Friday 6 am protesting the ongoing nationwide state terrorism and mass killing and demanding a credible election under caretaker government by cancelling schedule of one party election.” Current Constitution has no provision for a caretaker government.

The Varied Global Reactions to Molla’s Execution – Glimpse:

The ALJAZEERA English expressed, “Deputy law minister Quamrul Islam announced Mollah's execution, saying he was hanged by the neck on Friday in a jail in the capital, Dhaka.

It’s an historic moment. Finally after four decades, the victims of the genocides of 1971 liberation war have got some justice,” Islam told the AFP news agency.

It’s the best gift for [the] nation as we celebrate the Victory Day on December 16,” he said, referring to the national day that marked Bangladesh's independence war victory against Pakistan.

However the reactions in Pakistan, as expected, were more on condemnation of the execution of Molla who was called a “Martyr”. There were huge demonstrations organised in Pakistan all the country and thousands of people took part in the demonstrations.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan today described as “very unfortunate” the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah in Bangladesh for genocide during the 1971 liberation war.
In a statement issued here, Khan said Mollah’s execution was “very unfortunate and a tragic step”. He contended that some circles had declared it a “judicial murder”.

In Srinagar, Kashmir, on Dec 13 (PTI), a day after a Jamaat-e-Islami leader was executed for genocide in Bangladesh, hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani today described Pakistan as "extremely ungrateful" for acting as a "mute spectator".

"Jamaat-e-Islami leaders are being tried and executed (in Bangladesh) because of their love and loyalty for Pakistan and on the other hand the Pakistan regime acted as mute spectator," Geelani said in a statement here.

Just days after being handed a death sentence for war crimes in Bangladesh, a Muslim community leader living in Britain has told Sky News he is a victim of an unlawful tribunal targeting innocent people.

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin fled from his home country soon after the war was over, who lives in London, was found guilty of carrying out the abduction and execution of 18 intellectuals - nine university teachers, six journalists, and three physicians - during the 1971 war of independence in Bangladesh.

On Sunday, the Bangladeshi government sentenced him in his absence for the killings in December 1971.

A Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Makbul Ahmed, said in a statement late Thursday that “people would take revenge on this killing by establishing Islam in Bangladesh, which is stained with the blood of Abdul Quader Mollah.”

I urge all the people who support the cause of the Islamic movement to show utmost patience to build a strong resistance,” Ahmed said.

India on Friday termed the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary general of the Jammat-e-Islami, for war crimes during Bangladesh’s struggle for independence from Pakistan in 1971 as an internal matter of its neighbour.

When asked for India’s comment on the death sentence being carried out, foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said it “is an outcome of the internal judicial processes and laws of Bangladesh.” India responded further:

The official spokesperson was responding to questions on Bangladesh, including the statement of the Opposition Leader of Bangladesh Khaldea Zia on December 12.

We proceed with our relations with Bangladesh on the basis of the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit, non-interference and respect for each other's sovereignty,” he said.

It is for the people of Bangladesh to decide their future and India has deep respect for their wisdom and achievements, he added.

We are confident that as a democracy the people of Bangladesh will resolve their differences through dialogue and peaceful means, in an atmosphere free of violence.”

Fears of violence and torture of Hindus in Bangladesh were expressed as expected historically.

the guardian reported, “Bomb blasts, arson attacks and clashes with police broke out in Bangladesh on Friday following the execution of a senior opposition politician.

The wave of violence will further worry observers already concerned by the prospect of chaos in the unstable south Asian state ahead of elections in early (5) January (2014).

A United Nations special envoy recently visited Dhaka, the capital, in a bid to bring deadlocked political parties closer together and halt the slide into violence.

But the unrest – which reportedly included sectarian attacks on homes and shops belonging to members of the Hindu community – will dampen any hopes of a quick solution to the stand-off in the populous and poor Muslim-majority country.

Five or six people were reported to have been killed in street battles between security forces and supporters of Abdul Quader Mollah on the night of Thursday on his hanging.”

Two protesters and two activists from the ruling Awami League were hacked to death Friday. Jamaat activists firebombed train stations, set fire to businesses and blockaded key highways, police officials said. Other sources felt that six persons were killed.

Activists also tried to burn down the coastal village home of one of the war crimes trial judges, local police chief Anisur Rahman told AFP.

They tried to torch the house with kerosene. We fired rubber bullets to disperse them. No one was injured,” he said.

While there were no immediate reports of violence in Dhaka, large numbers of police were seen on the streets in anticipation of unrest – particularly after Friday prayers on the Muslim day of Sabbath.

Bangladesh was rocked by a new wave of deadly violence Friday as Islamist supporters went on the rampage to vent their fury at the execution of one of their leaders for war crimes. AFP said

However the first death sentence of a war criminal in the country was welcomed by various sections but his family continued to maintain that he was innocent. In an immediate reaction after Mollah was hanged till death, his younger brother Molla Mainuddin Ahmed said that what the Almighty does is always for the best. “He will be the judge of it.”

Mohammad Ali, conducting prosecutor at the tribunal, said, “In the light of the pro-liberation spirit and the values of 1971 war, I am the happiest person in the world, as well as the conducting prosecutor in this case.”

Defence counsel Tajul Islam said, “I have nothing to say about it. The people of the world have spoken on it. I believe Qader Molla was innocent. History will judge this.”

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said, “Rule of law has been established through this execution.”

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor A.A.M.S. Arefin Siddique said the people were waiting for this.

This execution finally fulfils their expectations. I hope other war criminals will also be executed through expedited trials.” Additional Attorney General and a coordinator tribunal’s prosecution team, MK Rahman said justice had been established after 42 years. “We have finally been able to absolve ourselves (from guilt).” Molla was executed at 10.01 p.m. Thursday; hours after the country's highest court dismissed his petition to review his death sentence.

Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party has called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike on Sunday in protest of the execution of its leader Abdul Qader Molla. The announcement to observe the general strike, a day before Bangladesh celebrates the Victory Day, Dec 16, was made minutes after Molla, the party’s assistant secretary general, was hanged on Thursday night.

It’s a historic moment. Finally after four decades, the victims of the genocides of 1971 liberation war have got some justice,” deputy law minister Quamrul Islam asserted.

He (Molla) had refused to seek presidential clemency, following the Supreme Court’s rejection of a review petition of his death sentence on Thursday. Molla was the first person convicted for crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 war of independence to walk to the gallows after being sentenced to death.

His hanging came three days before the country celebrates the 42nd Victory Day (16 December), which commemorates Bangladesh's triumph in the nine-month bloody war against the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971. “He was buried at his ancestral home in Faridpur’s Sadar Upazila at the family graveyard at Amirabad village around 4.20 am”, said district magistrate Mohd. Mamun Shiblee supervised the burial after funeral prayers on Friday.

Attacks against Minorities and Awami League Supporters:

Awami League Party was formed by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Bangladesh for fighting the political elections. Minorities were taken in confidence by the “secular” credentials of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and traditionally voted for his party sending waves of hatred by Pakistani sponsored forces and their indigenous agents, against all those who supported Awami League party.

The opposition party – Bangladesh National Party (BNP) was backed by Pakistani forces and its official establishment led by Ms Khalida Zia, and her allied other parties including the largest Islamist Jamaat-e Islami Bangladesh Party, which is further allied with the Jamaat-e Islami Party of Pakistan and all over the world. It further leads to its natural alliance with other powerful Islamist groups in Pakistan; most powerful of them is the military wing of Lashkar-e Taiba, which has been banned internationally including by Pakistan, as the terrorist organisation.

The scale of the atrocities was first made clear in the West when Anthony Mascarenhas, a Pakistani journalist who had been sent to the province by the military authorities to write a story favourable to Pakistan's actions, instead he fled to the United Kingdom and, on 13 June 1971, published an article in the Sunday Times describing the systematic killings by the military.

The BBC wrote: “There is little doubt that Mascarenhas' reportage played its part in ending the war. It helped turn world opinion against Pakistan and encouraged India to play a decisive role”, with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi herself stating that Mascarenhas’ article has led her “to prepare the ground for India’s armed intervention”.

Hindu areas suffered particularly heavy blows. By midnight, Dhaka was burning; especially the Hindu dominated eastern part of the city. Time magazine reported on 2 August 1971, “The Hindus, who account for three-fourths of the refugees and a majority of the dead, have borne the brunt of the Pakistani military hatred.”

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was arrested by the Pakistani Army. Yahya Khan appointed Brigadier (later General) Rahimuddin Khan to preside over a special tribunal prosecuting Mujib with multiple charges. The tribunal's sentence was never made public, but Yahya caused the verdict to be held in abeyance in any case. Other Awami League leaders were arrested as well, while a few fled Dhaka to avoid arrest. The Awami League was banned by General Yahya Khan.

Background Behind 1971 War and Bangladesh Turmoil:

Pakistan was born in 1947 with independence of India following the most violent partition and Bangladesh was born in 1971 after refusal of erstwhile West Pakistan President Yahya Khan (both East and West) to Rahman that led him to declare secession of East Pakistan and formation of Bangladesh on 25-26 March 1971. Unfortunately it all happened under the silent and mute watch of all the great World powers despite repeated warnings by their own envoys, an unfortunate brute stark truth.

The war broke out on 26 March 1971, when the Pakistani Army launched a military operation called infamous Operation Searchlight against Bengali civilians, students, intelligentsia and armed personnel, who were demanding that the Pakistani military junta accept the results of the 1970 first democratic elections of Pakistan, which were won by an eastern party, or to allow separation between East and West Pakistan.

Bengali politicians and army officers announced the declaration of Bangladesh's independence in response to Operation Searchlight. Bengali military, paramilitary and civilians formed the Mukti Bahini (Liberation Army), which engaged in guerrilla warfare against Pakistani forces.

Thus yet another Islamist nation – Bangladesh (erstwhile East Pakistan) was born, when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was denied point blank by the ruler in West Pakistan. Like Pakistan, Bangladesh also has never been a stable country ab initio.

This infamous “Operation Searchlight” by West Pakistan with its large scale atrocities has never abated, though its modus operandi has become indigenised with tacit support of ISI and Pakistan based non state Islamist actors; most influential of them is the Lashkar-e Taiba, militant wing of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (Organization for Preaching, or JuD) and Markaz-ud-Dawa-wal-Irshad (Center for Preaching and Guidance, or MDI), yet another organisation used in flood-hit areas under Falah-e-Insaniyat.

The main architect of all these fundamentalist Islamist Organisations is Hafiz Saeed, the banned international terrorist and US has announced a bounty of 10 million dollars on him, yet roaming free in Pakistan. Amusingly government of Pakistan also banned his militant organisation, yet Nawaz Shariff government pays him alimony in praise or blood money.

Intent and Scale of Atrocities via Operation Searchlight

According to the Asia Times:

At a meeting of the military top brass, Yahya Khan declared: “Kill 3 million of them and the rest will eat out of our hands.” Accordingly, on the night of 25 March, the Pakistani Army launched Operation Searchlight to “crush” Bengali resistance in which Bengali members of military services were disarmed and killed, students and the intelligentsia systematically liquidated and able-bodied Bengali males just picked up and gunned down.

Although the violence focused on the provincial capital, Dhaka, it also affected all parts of East Pakistan. Residential halls of the University of Dhaka were particularly targeted. The only Hindu residential hall – the Jagannath Hall – was destroyed by the Pakistani armed forces, and an estimated 600 to 700 of its residents were murdered. The Pakistani army denied any cold blooded killings at the university, though the Hamood-ur-Rehman commission in Pakistan concluded that overwhelming force was used at the university. This fact and the massacre at Jagannath Hall and nearby student dormitories of Dhaka University are corroborated by a videotape secretly filmed by Prof. Nurullah of the East Pakistan Engineering University, whose residence was directly opposite the student dormitories.

During the nine month long Bangladesh war for independence, members of the Pakistani military and supporting militias killed approximately 3 million people, and raped between two- and four hundred thousand Bangladeshi women in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape.

The war also witnessed sectarian violence between Bengalis and Urdu-speaking Biharis. There is an academic consensus that the events which took place during the Bangladesh Liberation War were genocide.

There is considerable controversy on the actual figures but Bangladeshi authorities claim that as many as 3 million people were killed, although the Hamoodur Rahman Commission, an official Pakistan Government investigation, put the figure as low as 26,000 civilian casualties. As a result of the conflict, a further eight to ten million people, mostly Hindus, fled the country at the time to seek refuge in neighbouring India. About thirty million people were displaced. Two to three hundred thousand women were systemically raped leaving about one hundred thousand illegitimate pregnancies. Children were brutally killed by thrashing them on concrete floors.

The majority in the East were Muslims – majority Bengali speaking with minority Bihari speaking Muslims; with large Hindu, Buddhist and Christian minorities. The people of the East were looked upon as second-class citizens by the West, and Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, who served as head of the Pakistani Forces in East Pakistan in 1971, referred to the region as a “low-lying land of low, lying people”.

Many of those killed were the victims of militias who fought with the West Pakistan Army: Razakars, Al-Shams and Al-Badr forces, at the instruction of the Pakistani Army. There are many mass graves in Bangladesh, and more are continually being discovered (such as one in an old well near a mosque in Dhaka, located in the Mirpur region of the city, which was discovered in August 1999). The first night of war on Bengalis, which is documented in telegrams from the American Consulate in Dhaka to the United States State Department, saw indiscriminate killings of students of Dhaka University and other civilians.

There was significant sectarian violence not only perpetrated by the West Pakistani army, but also by Bengali nationalists against non-Bengali minorities, especially Biharis.

Bangladesh Liberation War 1971:

The Pakistan Army, in collusion with religious extremist militias in East Pakistan, (the Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams), engaged in the systematic genocide and atrocities of Bengali civilians, particularly nationalists, intellectuals, youth and religious minorities. Neighbouring India provided economic, military and diplomatic support to Bengali nationalists, and the Bangladesh government-in-exile was set up in erstwhile Calcutta.

India entered the war on 3 December 1971, after Pakistan launched pre-emptive air strikes on northern India. Overwhelmed by two war fronts, Pakistani defenses soon collapsed and on 16 December 1971, the Allied Forces of Bangladesh and India defeated Pakistan in the east. The subsequent surrender resulted in the largest number of prisoners-of-war since World War II

Atrocities Against Women:

The generally accepted figure for the mass rapes during the nine month long conflict is 200,000. Numerous women were tortured, raped and killed during the war. Again, exact numbers are not known and are a subject of debate. Bangladeshi sources cite a figure of 200,000 women raped, giving birth to thousands of war-babies. The Pakistani Army also kept numerous Bengali women as sex-slaves inside the Dhaka Cantonment. Most of the girls were captured from Dhaka University and private homes.

Among other sources, Susan Brownmiller refers to an even higher number of over 400,000. Pakistani sources claim the number is much lower, though having not completely denied rape incidents. Brownmiller quotes:

Khadiga, thirteen years old, was interviewed by a photojournalist in Dacca. She was walking to school with four other girls when they were kidnapped by a gang of Pakistani soldiers. All five were put in a military brothel in Mohammedpur and held captive for six months until the end of the war.

In a New York Times report named ‘Horrors of East Pakistan Turning Hope into Despair’, Malcom W. Browne wrote:

One tale that is widely believed and seems to come from many different sources is that 563 women picked up by the army in March and April and held in military brothels are not being released because they are pregnant beyond the point at which abortions are not possible.

The licentious attitude of the soldiers, although generally supported by their superiors, alarmed the regional high command of the Pakistani army. On 15 April 1971, in a secret memorandum to the divisional commanders, Niazi complained, sourced in Wikipedia:

Since my arrival, I have heard numerous reports of troops indulging in looting and arson, killing people at random and without reasons in areas cleared of the anti state elements; of late there have been reports of rape and even the West Pakistanis are not being spared; on 12 April two East Pakistani women were raped, and an attempt was made on two others.”

Dr. O. P. Sudrania

Execution of Butcher of Bangladesh Fuels More Fire

Dec. 14, 2013. The execution of an opposition leader in Bangladesh sparked violent protests Friday as activists torched homes and businesses belonging to government supporters, leaving at least five people dead, in a new wave of bloodshed ahead of elections next month.

Abdul Qader Molla, 65, was hanged Thursday night for war crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. The case has exacerbated the explosive political divide in Bangladesh, in an already impoverished country of 160 million.

He was convicted of beheading a poet, raping an 11-year-old girl, and shooting 344 unarmed Bengali civilians.

Molla’s atrocities widely dubbed him a moniker, “Mirpurer Koshai or Butcher of Mirpur”.

Even as violence swept through parts of the country Friday starting soon after his execution on the night earlier, hundreds of people rejoiced in the streets of the capital, Dhaka, and said justice had been served.

the guardian reported, “Bomb blasts, arson attacks and clashes with police broke out in Bangladesh on Friday following the execution of a senior opposition politician.

The wave of violence will further worry observers already concerned by the prospect of chaos in the unstable south Asian state ahead of elections in early January.

A United Nations special envoy recently visited Dhaka, the capital, in a bid to bring deadlocked political parties closer together and halt the slide into violence.

But the unrest – which reportedly included sectarian attacks on homes and shops belonging to members of the Hindu community – will dampen any hopes of a quick solution to the stand-off in the populous and poor Muslim-majority country.

Five people were reported to have been killed in street battles between security forces and supporters of Abdul Quader Mollah.”

The Daily Star newspaper congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for trying and executing Molla “40 long years” after his alleged crimes.

Molla, assistant-general secretary of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami and a member of radical fundamentalist Islamist group Al Badr, was the first person to be hanged for war crimes in Bangladesh under a tribunal established in 2010 to investigate atrocities sprouting from the independence war.

Jamaat-e-Islami activists on Friday attacked ruling party supporters and minority Hindus in parts of Bangladesh, burning their homes and shops. At least five people died in the violence, as reported. Hindus are believed to be supporters of Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League Party.

In Dhaka, Jamaat-e-Islami activists torched at least four cars and a motorcycle near the country's main railway station, said Shahzadi Sultana, a fire official. Several homemade bombs were detonated during the attack, Somoy TV reported.

Following the execution, a Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Makbul Ahmed, said in a statement that “people would take revenge on this killing by establishing Islam in Bangladesh, which is stained with the blood of Abdul Qader Molla.”

The party says Mollah's trial was politically motivated and an attempt to eliminate Islamic parties. Those who support the execution say he was hanged for serious crimes, and that the punishment had nothing to do with Islam.

Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators, killed at least 3 million people and raped more than 200,000 women during the nine-month war against Pakistan resulting in one hundred thousand illegitimate pregnancies and abandoning them subsequently.

The case remains politically sensitive because most of those being tried are connected to the country's opposition political party – BNP. Molla was a key member of Jamaat-e-Islami, which is barred in August 2013 from taking part in next month’s national elections starting on 4 January 2014 and the group is closely linked to main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

Opponents of Jamaat-e-Islami say it is a fundamentalist group with no place in a secular country. Bangladesh is predominantly Muslim, but is governed by largely secular laws.

An analyst said the attempt to neutralize Jamaat-e-Islami could backfire.

“Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party has been in operation for long, so it’s natural that it will hit back with what it has in its possession when you hit it in an extreme way,” political analyst Ataur Rahman said.

Rahman said all-out efforts to destroy a political force could make it more radical, as if it’s less now.

The special tribunal convicted Molla of killing a student and a family of 11, and of aiding Pakistani troops in killing 369 other people during the war.

The execution complicates an already tense political situation in Bangladesh, where the opposition has carried out violent protests, demanding an independent caretaker government to oversee the January 4, 2014, general elections.

The government rejected that demand. An opposition alliance led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia plans to boycott the vote. Weeks of protests have left nearly 100 people dead since October and over 250 people died since January 2013.

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Dr. O. P. Sudrania


Butcher of Mirpur Bangladesh Executed Finally

India 13 December 2013. Bangladesh has executed a senior leader, Abdul Qader Molla, 64, of the Jamaat-e-Islami party after the Supreme Court turned down a last-minute appeal.

Two ambulances, one of them carrying the cadaver of war criminal Abdul Qader Molla, were on way to Faridpur on Thursday night. The ambulances came out of Dhaka Central Jail at 11:12pm, more than an hour after the execution of Quader Molla. Members of BGB, Rab and police were seen escorting off the ambulance. Sources said the body would be taken to Sadarpur via Mawa route. Senior Jail Superintendent Forman Ali told the Dhaka Tribune that the body of Qader Molla would be taken to his ancestral home in Faridpur after carrying out due post-death procedures. Mohammad Jamil Khan of Dhaka Tribune reported

Abdul Qader Molla, convicted of war crimes in 1971 for Bangladesh independence from Pakistan, was hanged in a prison in the capital Dhaka on Thursday night at about ten PM.

Mullah was granted a dramatic stay of execution on Tuesday night, "The chamber judge of the Supreme Court has stayed the hanging until 10.30am [04:30 GMT on Wednesday]," Molla's defence lawyer Shishir Munir told to the media.

Earlier, Quamrul Islam, the country's deputy law minister, confirmed that authorities intended to hang Mollah on Tuesday night, and that he had refused the option of seeking a presidential pardon.

The Apex court was adjourned before the hearing finally rejected his appeal against the death penalty.

Molla, assistant-general secretary of Jamaat-e Islami Bangladesh and an active member of Al Badr, a radical fundamentalist Islamist organisation, is the first opposition member executed after Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina started trying people suspected of war crimes in 2010.

The government accuses members of the Pakistani army and collaborators of killing three million people, raped three hundred thousand women resulting in about one hundred thousand illegitimate pregnancies and over six million people were displaced in the independence war.

The five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain dismissed this petition eventually removing the final barrier to execution.

Bangladeshis had clamoured in the streets for months and forced the government to make amendments to a law and thereby facilitate the award of the death penalty to Molla.

In February, a Bangladeshi war crimes court found Molla guilty of crimes against humanity during the country's war of independence from Pakistan. He had been accused of orchestrating the abduction and killing of more than 340 Bengali intellectuals in the fading days of the war. Large-scale massacres, rapes, thrashing of minors on the concrete floor of pro-independence activists and their families in the Mirpur area of Dhaka gave Molla the moniker of “koshai” or butcher of Mirpur.

Jamaat-e-Islami is the largest Islamist organisation in Bangladesh and was banned from contesting elections by the Bangladeshi Supreme Court in August.

Mollah was arrested on July 13, 2010 on charges of crimes committed against humanity during the Liberation War, 1971.

This bench on September 17 sentenced Mollah to death overruling his life sentence pronounced by International Crimes Tribunal-2.

After the Tribunal-2 passed the verdict on February 5, the Jamaat leader walked out of the court all smiles and flashing the V-sign, triggering widespread outrage. Ashutosh Sarkar of Daily Star reported that Molla was given all legal rights during his execution.

Dr. O. P. Sudrania

Three Mysterious London Cult Women Slaves: Tale of Miserable Human Rights

Josephine Herivel, 57, pictured left, daughter of a wartime codebreaker at Bletchley Park, whose phone call sparked the rescue. Rosie Davies, 30, centre, who is believed to have spent her whole life in servitude. She is believed to be the daughter of Sian Davies, bottom right, who died after falling from a bathroom window in 1997. Aishah Wahab, 69, top right, the eldest ‘slave’ whose Malaysian sister has rushed to the UK....

1 December 2013. On the night of 8 October 2013, foundation of a tumultuous revolt was brewing in Peckford Place in Brixton, south London, when an Irishwoman ‘very distressed’ watched a television programme from her unspecified virtual hideout and gathered some courage to call the ‘Freedom Charity’ to free her from the hell of her bonded life on 18 October 2013. The Charity normally deals with forced marriage and honour based abuse. The fateful telephone call ended their alleged captivity week later on 25 October 2013, of long thirty years, a rare phenomenon never seen or heard so far anywhere in the modern free society. The women:

After thirty years of illegal confinement against their will, these three women walked out free to breathe fresh air of freedom, thanks to Aneeta Prem running a free Charity Freedom, NGO, and is also a Magistrate in London.

Freedom Charity

David Cameron with Aneeta Prem of the Freedom charity during a meeting with the forced marriage unit at the Foreign Office. Photograph: Getty Images

Established by Aneeta Prem, an Indian-born London magistrate, the group runs a 24 hour helpline and text service for people to report forced marriages and violence connected to such situations.

It also offers education and training to help end forced marriages, and is particularly focused on younger people: the charity's mascot is a cartoon tiger called Fremont. There is also a mobile app connected to the issue, and Prem has written a novel based around forced marriage.

The telephone number is 0845 607 0133 and texts should be sent as "4freedom" to 88802.

It was founded in 2009 by Aneeta Prem and the chair of trustees is Toby Harris.

The charity operates its own website and also uses social media websites. In conjunction with the UK government's Forced Marriage Unit and the Metropolitan Police, the charity provides a smartphone app which, to divert suspicion, ostensibly looks like a game but which gives information regarding forced marriage for victims and carers and allows helplines to be called and emergency help to be summoned. The organisation aims to give every teenager in Britain a copy of Prem's book ‘But It's Not Fair’, a book with governmental recommendation.

Freedom Charity was founded by Aneeta Prem, a magistrate, who was born in India. When working as a karate teacher in London, Prem encountered the problem of forced marriages when teaching martial arts to young women.

Domestic slavery rescue

On 18 October 2013, the organisation was contacted by three women in London saying they had been held as domestic slaves for thirty years. A television documentary on forced marriages, (on 8 October 2013) followed by an interview with Prem describing the work of Freedom Charity, had prompted one of the victims to call the helpline in a “very distressed voice” on 18 October. Charity Freedom contacted the Metropolitan Police who managed the women's rescue with their assistance of which they held secret telephone calls with the captives on 25 October 2013. Two suspects were finally arrested and released on bail following the initial release of their captives about a month ago. The women did not say they had been sexually abused, so the police said, but the person familiar with the case said investigators still suspected they were. Police do not believe the case is one of sexual exploitation or human trafficking, he said, but to label the investigation as domestic servitude or forced labour is ‘far too simplistic’. They were freed from the house in the Lambeth district in South London on Oct. 25, a week after the Irishwoman had contacted the Freedom Charity. She had memorized the charity’s help number after watching a television documentary that featured the group and made a whispered call on a cellphone she had secretly obtained. Two of three women who were allegedly held as slaves in London for at least 30 years met a man via a ‘collective’, police say. Officers said they met "through a shared political ideology" and lived in a “collective”. A couple, arrested on Thursday, 21 November 2013, migrated from (India-born) Singapore and Tanzania in the 1960s, said police. Police confirmed that an initial condition of rescue was that the couple should not be charged. Since that time, they have gained the women’s trust sufficiently to rescue them and to charge the couple. This explains the delay in the arrest of their captors.

Between 25 October and 21 November none of the three victims were reported missing to the police.”

The Victims The alleged victims – a 30-year-old British woman, a 57 year old Irish woman and a 69 year old Malaysian woman – are now in the care of a specialist non-governmental organisation after they were rescued from what police said was a “residential address” last month. Police said the 30-year-old woman had a birth certificate but no other official papers. British Victims – Mother and Daughter There is still some confusion about the mother of this young Briton called Rosie. The Guardian reported that the British slave called Rosie is believed to be the daughter of the Irishwoman and Balakrishnan. There seem to be another hypothesis on the birth of Rosie. These “collectives” have changed their addresses several times since these last many years since 1960s. The thirty year old victim is presumed to be British subject allegedly born from a lady who died in a fall in 1997 from an upstairs window of a property they lived in Herne Hill, South London in 1997. Rosie (? Davies) has told neighbours that her mother died and she was adopted by the suspects. It now appears a third woman rescued may well be the 30 year old daughter of Sian Davies. Investigators are re-examining the death of Sian Davies, 44, who mysteriously fell from a three-storey Victorian house upstairs bathroom window (third floor) in a house in South London in August, 1997. Ms. Davies's cousin, Eleri Morgan, told British media that she believes that Ms. Davies, who died after spending seven months in hospital, was the mother of the 30-year-old victim. The woman apparently believes Mr. Balakrishnan is her father. Sian Davies, a former student at the London School of Economics who lost touch with her family after becoming involved in far left politics, became paralysed after falling from a bathroom window on Christmas Eve (24 December) in 1996 and died in hospital in August the next year. The coroner described the death as “a mystery”. The 44-year old fell 10metres on to a concrete patio and broke her neck and ultimately died seven months later on August 3, 1997. “The force said it would also review the case of Sian Davies, who died in mysterious circumstances in 1997. She was originally from Tregaron, in Wales, where she was also buried.” Irish Victim The Irish woman slave allegedly held captive for 30 years in a Maoist sect has been revealed as daughter of a World War II codebreaker. Josephine Herivel, aged in her fifties (57), is the daughter of John Herivel, one of the leading codebreakers at Bletchley Park northwest of London, who deciphered the German Enigma code. Brought up with her two sisters, Mary and Susan in Belfast, Herivel joined Balakrishnan's extremist collective in the 1970s after moving to London to study, turning her back on her family, it is claimed. Attempts by her family to make contact failed, according to family friend Frances Presley. They have tried to contact her for years. She was involved in some kind of cult group. Josephine Herivel, one of the women allegedly imprisoned by a Maoist cult, is the daughter of Bletchley Park codebreaker John Herivel. His obituaries made no mention about her and recorded that he was survived by only two (other) daughters, Mary and Susan.

Miss Josephine Herivel, 57, is the daughter of John Herivel, one of the leading codebreakers at Bletchley Park who deciphered the German Enigma code.

She grew up in Northern Ireland, where her father taught at Queen's University Belfast. She moved to London in the 1970s and became a member of the Workers' Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought.

Miss Herivel was arrested in March 1978 when police raided the sect's headquarters, a bookshop in Brixton, South London. She was charged along with five other women with obstructing police officers.

The arrested women included Aishe (sic) Wahab, 69, who is also believed to have been rescued from the sect alongwith their two captors viz Aravindan Balakrishnan and Chanda, his wife.

The women spent six months in Holloway Prison before being convicted. During the trial, they claimed to be political prisoners and chanted "Death to the Fascist State", and "Long Live Chairman Mao".

The trial judge dismissed the offence as "trivial" but condemned the women, saying that he had never come across such bigotry.

Malaysian Victim Another former activist, Hishamuddin Rais, who was in exile in London in the 1970s, said he had been contacted by the brother of Aishah Abdul Wahab. A wealthy family in Malaysia claim that she could be Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab, who went missing after travelling to London on a Commonwealth student scholarship in 1968. NYTs stated that Ms. (Aishah) Wahab, who had come to Britain with her Malaysian fiancé, was so smitten with Mr. Balakrishnan that she threw her engagement ring into the Thames, according to her sister Kamar Mautum, who was interviewed by The Daily Telegraph. A woman in Kuala Lumpur, Kamar Mahtum, 73, retired teacher is believed to have said that one of the three women freed by police last month was her 69 year old sister, Aishah. The Malaysian sister has now been “flown to UK and has been interviewed by The Telegraph exclusively”. Wahab's brother said that he feared his sister was embroiled in a London-based group that followed the teachings of Mao Zedong. Rais, who also lived in Brixton, south London, the base for the Maoist political group cum sect led by Indian-born Balakrishnan, told a Malaysian newspaper that she had been initially involved with a leftwing group in the city called the New Malayan Youth. According the press reports from 1978, a 34-year-old woman called Aishe (sic) Waham was arrested following a police raid on the group’s headquarters. Press reports from 1997 quote an Aisha (sic) Wahab giving evidence at a coroners’ inquest into Sian Davies’ death. A Telegraph report today says the woman was originally known as Aishah Mautum (sic), who moved to Britain in 1968 from Malaysia before becoming involved with the Maoist group. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the identity of the 69-year old Malaysian to be Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab. Khalid also said the woman was a student activist and leftist in the 1970s, and that she was wanted by the police due to her involvement in communist activities during that time, but had fled to London. Balakrishnan's group, the Workers' Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought, formed in 1974, is known to have consisted mainly of overseas students in London.

The Captors

Aravindan Balakrishnan, left, and his wife Chanda, in the wheelchair, are accused of keeping the women as slaves. Credit: ITV News (Perhaps the lady driving the wheelchair may be Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab)

The couple accused of holding three women as domestic slaves in south London for 30 years had been leading lights in a cultlike far-left political group which worshipped the Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong and believed that their area of south London was on the verge of being liberated by China's Red Army. Aravindan Balakrishnan, 73, or Comrade Bala, as he was known – a Maoist Guru, named for the first time on Monday, 25 November 2013, was a senior member of the tiny Communist party of England (Marxist-Leninist) in the early 1970s, before splitting away in 1974 to form an even more hardline grouping, the Workers' Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought. His 67-year-old wife, Chanda, was part of the same grouping, which set itself up in 1976 in a library-cum-commune inside a large Victorian building in Brixton, south London, with about 25 members. Its leader, Balakrishnan, was known at the time as Comrade Bala. The couple arrested last week on 21 November 2013, on suspicion of holding the women captive both were extensively reported earlier to be 67 years. The pair came to Britain in the 1960s were leaders of an alleged extremist Maoist collective in the 1970s. The full information about the complete case may not be available till further month or so due to the psychological trauma involved with these captives, which makes extraction of information very difficult.

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