In a damning revelation, a Right to Information application has revealed the Jihadi Literature that Delhi Police recovered from amongst the belongings of the slain terrorists killed in an encounter at Batla House in Delhi two years ago. The hateful, provocative and extremist nature of the recovered literature should be a matter of alarm for everyone. Given below is the cover of the book that contained the Jihadi Lit:
Pallavi Polanki writes:
“As far as I know, Panchatantra does not belong to jihadi literature. Why didn’t the police reveal this rather interesting piece of information,” wonders Afroz Alam Sahil, a student who works for an ‘alternative news portal’ called beyondheadlines.in
Sahil received a copy of the lab report from the National Human Rights Commission under an RTI query seeking all documents submitted by the Delhi Police to it in connection with Operation Batla House. [FirstPost]
The Wikipdia entry on this piece of Jihadi Lit reads:
The Panchatantra (IAST: Pañcatantra, Sanskrit: पञ्चतन्त्र, ‘Five Principles’) is an ancient Indian inter-related collection of animal fables in verse and prose, in a frame story format. The original Sanskrit work, which some scholars believe was composed in the 3rd century BCE, is attributed to Vishnu Sharma. However, it is based on older oral traditions, including “animal fables that are as old as we are able to imagine”, including the Buddhist Jataka Tales. It is “certainly the most frequently translated literary product of India”, and these stories are among the most widely known in the world. [Wikipedia].
More about the Batla House encounter case from Kafila archives:
- 21 September 2008: Some Questions About the Delhi Encounter
- 22 September 2008: A Little Less Melodrama and a Lot More Forensics
- 26 September 2008: Shame is a revolutionary sentiment
- 13 October 2008: Some Questions for the Delhi Police and Embedded ‘Journalists’
- 14 October 2008: Was it a recce or a planned raid?
- 15 October 2008: The Jamia Nagar Encounter: ‘Curioser and Curioser’
- 3 April 2009: A Report on the Batla House Encounter
- 11 July 2009: A Tale of Two Encounters: Dehradun and Batla House
- 14 April 2010: Batla House ‘Encounter’: Whom is the JP Trauma Centre Shielding?
- 11 February 2011: Ravinder Tyagi of Batla House (in)fame in yet another frame up!
- 17 July 2011: Delhi Police Solve Mumbai Blasts Case