Saturday, April 7, 2012

#Dewani :Sneha Hindocha Facebook Message -Hope you are comfortable in your dead cousin's saris - The vicious message that left murder victim's best friend distraught

All smiles: Shrien Dewani with wife Anni Dewani on their wedding day
All smiles: Shrien Dewani with wife Anni Dewani on their wedding day
The best friend and cousin of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani has been left distraught after receiving a vicious message criticising her for not doing more to save her life.
The message sent to Sneha Hindocha via Facebook also hurtfully stated: ‘Hope you are comfortable in your dead cousin’s saris.’
The 27-year-old believes the message may have been sent by supporters of Anni’s husband Shrien Dewani, who is accused of orchestrating the killing during the couple’s honeymoon in South Africa.
Last week Home Secretary Theresa May rubber-stamped an extradition order to send Mr Dewani to Cape Town to answer claims that he offered to pay two hitmen £1,400 to kill his 28-year-old wife in a faked carjacking.
The move follows a campaign by the bereaved Hindocha family, who demanded the British businessman stand trial to give them the answers that would allow them closure.

Mr Dewani, 31, from Bristol, denies all of the accusations and has lodged an appeal against the decision.
The Facebook missive was one of five threatening messages Miss Hindocha says were sent to her after it was reported she had told police that Anni had considered calling off her wedding because she was unsure if she loved her husband.
Screenshot of the message sent to Anni Dewani's cousin and best friend, Sneha Hindocha. It suggests Sneha could have done more to save Anni's life
Screenshot of the message sent to Anni Dewani's cousin and best friend, Sneha Hindocha. It suggests Sneha could have done more to save Anni's life
It read: ‘At the prayers in bristol you lied to everyone. if you really knew that then you should have done something about it – you could have saved her life. ps. hope you are comfortable in all your dead cousin’s sari’s [sic] that you have taken.’
Hate campaign: Victim Sneha Hindocha who was Anni Dewani's cousin and best friend
Hate campaign: Victim Sneha Hindocha who was Anni Dewani's cousin and best friend
Miss Hindocha believes the message may have been sent by a supporter of Mr Dewani because the only prayers she has attended in Bristol took place at Mr Dewani’s home in Westbury-on-Trym just days after Anni’s murder.
The Facebook message was sent under the name ‘Sneha Mushru’ – the name Miss Hindocha will take when she marries her fiance next year.
This further convinced her the sender had knowledge of the Hindocha family.
Miss Hindocha said: ‘It must be someone who knows me. I know who I think it is but I don’t want to say anything because I don’t want to cause any problems.’ Miss Hindocha and Anni moved to Britain together and shared a flat in Luton before Anni married Mr Dewani in India two weeks before her murder.
She said the cruel words in the message hurt her deeply.
‘When I read it the first time I started to cry and I got more and more guilty feelings,’ she said. ‘I already had a kind of guilt – you always say, “I wish I would have done this, I wish I would have done that.”
‘Me and Anni would just talk about everything like we always did but now I wish I had said different things to her.
‘But that’s something I have to live with every day, I don’t need someone throwing it in my face and saying you could have stopped [her dying].
‘I got more and more frightened because it’s just messages now, but what’s next?’
Mr Dewani was implicated in his wife’s murder by Zolo Tongo, the couple’s taxi driver in Cape Town, who claimed in a plea bargain that Mr Dewani had arranged the killing.
Tongo has already been jailed for 18 years after admitting his part in the crime. Two other men, one seriously ill with a brain tumour, face trial next year.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

#Dewani : 'Take My Rings Not My Bride'

THE carjack Brit whose bride was kidnapped and shot dead begged the beauty’s killers to take their rings instead.

Millionaire Shrien Dewani, 30, pleaded with the gunmen who ambushed them on honeymoon to seize the wedding bands.

He and terrified Anni, 28 — both held in their chauffeured car at gunpoint as the driver was ordered to put his foot down — also offered the bride’s engagement ring along with cash, jewellery, watches and their mobile phones.

This morning, a 26-year-old man was charged with murder and hijacking. He will appear in court tomorrow.

The groom’s shattered brother Preyen, 32, said as South African cops yesterday grilled a suspect over the carjacking in a Cape Town slum: “Shrien offered them everything they had.

“The robbers took these items — then told Shrien to leave the vehicle.”

Driver ... Zola Tongo
Driver ... Zola Tongo

The VW Sharan was still moving when the groom was hurled out — although he was remarkably uninjured. The car’s driver Zola Tongo, 31 — who had been bundled out of it earlier — insisted: “It wasn’t my fault. I am beside myself with grief.” Swedish-born graduate Anni was found in the car next day — shot three times.

Last night Shrien, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol — who runs care home company PSP Healthcare — was flying back to the UK with her body. His tycoon dad Prakash was with him.
Shrien and Anni wed in Mumbai and were four days into a honeymoon. They chose South Africa because it shared their SA initials.

#Dewani : Family School For Anni

THE family of a British businessman accused of ordering the brutal killing of his wife on their South African honeymoon plans to build a school in her memory.

Authorities are seeking to extradite Shrien Dewani after a taxi driver serving time for his part in the horrific crime claimed the wealthy care home owner set a hit man on Anni.
Her 30-year-old husband denies any involvement in the death of his bride, who friends and relatives have described as “the woman of his dreams”.

Husband ... Shrien Dewani
Husband ... Shrien Dewani

His family is now planning to join with 28-year-old Anni’s family to create some good out of the tragedy, by building a school in India, where they have roots.

The two groups of relatives will fund the project using thousands of pounds in donations from well-wishers.

A close family member of Dewani’s said: “We’ve collected over £15,000 jointly between the families from people who wanted to pay tribute to Anni and that money’s going to be used to build a school in India in her memory.

“Anni’s been taken from us all and we won’t get her back but what we can do is give to, and help, other people.”

A page has been set up online by a Dewani family member so the public can donate to a residential school for about 500 students from the tribes around the border of Dang in Gujarat and Nashik in Maharashtra in the west of the country.

The family member added: “Even people who didn’t know Anni have been donating.”
And while Dewani has received the full support of his local community in Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol, the families have also been overwhelmed by a wave of international support. more

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Organized Religion and Organized Crime

Organized Religion is like Organized Crime; it preys on peoples’ weakness, generates huge profits for its operators, and is almost impossible to eradicate — Mike Hermann
Earlier this month, CNN-IBN came out with spectacular exposes on money laundering by Hindu godmen. The culprits included Ram Vilas Vedanti (or more respectfully, Vedanti Maharaj), Guruvayur Surya Nambudiri and Kapil Advait (alias Pilot Baba)
  • Vedanti is a former chairman of the Ramjanmabhoomi Trust, a former BJP MP, and a star campaigner for the BJP in the recent elections in Uttar Pradesh (where it suffered a humiliating defeat).
  • Surya Nambudiri (also spelled Namboodiri) is apparently famous for making prophecies — what’s a godman without the power to prophecy — and after a tough bargain, agrees to turn 100 million of black money into white money for a 15% commission. Not surprisingly, he couldn’t foretell his own future.
  • Kapil Advait is a former wing commander-turned-godman, engaged in money laundering for commissions ranging from 20% to 50%.
As expected, the Sangh Parivar jumped to the godmen’s defense. The BJP spokesperson said:
The names that your channel has discussed are all respectable people. I am not sure how authentic this sting operation is.
And the VHP Vice-President Giriraj Kishore said:
What is the purpose behind a sting operation? And why are Hindus always maligned?
Confused? Here’s the train of thought: VHP (and the Sangh Parivar) represents all Hindus, the exposed godmen are sympathetic to the Sangh Parivar, so an expose of their fraudulent activities is equivalent to maligning all Hindus. Besides, as Swami Nirliptananda, Secretary of the London Sevashram Sangha and a member of the Hindu Forum of Britain’s Spiritual Body Commission, recently observed:
Even among human beings, saintly people occupy a different status from others.
According to former income tax commissioner Vishwabandhu Gupta:
[This is] a fit case for criminal proceedings. Two of the biggest religion mafias are the Ram Janmanbhoomi Nyas and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad amongst the Hindus. They have 10 bogus trusts floated from the same address. The names are there (in our record) and so are the addresses. They are getting money from 50 countries abroad and are also getting tax exemptions. There are no accounts as well. You see, this is a big menace. We have calculated and found that religious leaders annually earn $3 billion which is about Rs 10,000 crore -Rs 15,000 crore worth of money. What they do is they get land at throwaway prices. During the last government, 11 including that Sadhvi Ritambhara – whatever her qualifications are – got a fantastic (sic) piece of land at a throwaway price for the services that she heads today. There have fraudulent names, addresses, existences and expenditures. They use it for spreading communal hatred. Money has been used by Bajrang Dal cadres in Gujarat to purchase Motorola, we have got receipts for that.
For instance, the RSS does not have FCRA clearance and cannot directly accept foreign donations, so has created service wings like the Sewa International and Sewa Bharati which have FCRA clearance. The RSS’s fundraising fronts abroad — IDRF, SewaUSA, VHP of America, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Sewa International UK, Hindu Forum of Britain etc. — divert funds to the RSS through Sewa Bharati and Sewa International. Given the Sangh Parivar’s access to state power and propensity to violence, its brand of fundamentalism poses the biggest danger to a pluralistic India, but the role of Christian fundamentalist groups like World Vision (which apparently disbursed 95 crores in India last year) cannot be glossed over either.

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Dewani defence rolls out artillery...


ABOVE: Shrien Dewani is being investigated over links to a second killing
12th December 2010

By Jonathan Corke

HONEYMOON murder suspect Shrien Dewani is being investigated over links to a second killing.

Police in South Africa probing wife Anni’s death are looking at a possible connection between Dewani and the murder of a doctor in the country.

It follows claims from the taxi driver in Anni’s case that Dewani had confessed to arranging another murder in a fake hijacking in South Africa.

Dr Pox Raghavjee, 60, was shot dead in the Eastern Cape in November 2007 on his way to work.

Reports in South Africa claimed the doctor’s widow Heather drove to Cape Town to comfort Dewani after Anni was killed last month.

National Commissioner General Bheki Cele said yesterday that a link was being investigated.

Dewani’s spokesman Max Clifford, 67, said the link was “ridiculous”.

He added: “Heather Raghavjee flew from King William’s Town in South Africa to Cape Town to try to comfort the family at the request of her daughter-in-law Alvita, who lives in the Bristol area and knew the Dewani family.

“She had never met Shrien before in her life. But she experienced what he experienced when her husband, Dr Pox Raghavjee, was shot dead in a car-jacking three years earlier.”
Meanwhile, we can reveal that funds being raised in Anni’s name by Dewani’s family are going to a group linked with extremist violence.

Following a plea by his relatives, well-wishers have donated more than £9,000 in memory of Anni through a JustGiving fund-raising page.

On the face of it, the cash is going to a Hindu welfare centre called the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (VKA) in Maharashta, west India.

But we can reveal the organisation behind the centre has been mired in claims of paramilitary violence against other religions in India.

One report into extremism in the country said: “Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram…has been responsible for considerable violence and hatred against Christian and Muslim groups, including during the Gujarat carnage in 2002.”

A website for the centre has links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) group, which has been accused of organising anti-Christian riots and branded a terror outfit. Last night no one from VKA or RSS was available to comment.

Care homes boss Dewani, 30, who is suspected by police of conspiring to have wife Anni, 28, murdered during a fake hijacking of their taxi, was once general secretary of the National Hindu Students Forum UK.
In 2004 he denied claims the organisation was radical.

He said: “We are not extreme and refute any allegations – direct or indirect – that infer that we are.”

Yesterday the police said they were continuing the process of trying to get Dewani extradited to South Africa.

On Friday he was granted bail, having spent two nights in a London jail. But he must wear a tag and live at his parents’ house after paying a £250,000 surety.