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Bakery in Bengaluru covers 'Karachi' on signboard following protests
An outlet of the Karachi Bakery in Bengaluru covered up the word ‘Karachi’ on its signboard on Friday after a mob protested against the name.
According to Scroll
, some people gathered at the Indiranagar outlet of the popular Karachi Bakery on Friday evening to demand that it pull down its signboard. The Bengaluru Police Control Room confirmed to Scroll.in that it had received a distress call on Friday evening in connection with a ruckus at Karachi Bakery in Indiranagar.
Subsequently, photos showing the word "Karachi” covered up on the signboard and an Indian flag displayed at the bakery started making rounds on social media.
Other Bengaluru outlets of the Hyderabad-based company have been receiving threatening calls since February 17 from groups demanding that the firm should change its name or shut down the business, the publication quoted employees as saying.
The incident comes in the wake of the Pulwama bombing in occupied Kashmir on February 14, which killed more than 40 Indian troops. Pakistan and India's relations have been tense since the attack, with the latter blaming the former of being complicit in the attack — a charge Islamabad has denied from the get-go.
On Wednesday, a Pakistani prisoner was allegedly beaten to death by a group of inmates at the Jaipur Central Jail. The incident was reported by the Indian media as part of the aftermath of the Pulwama bombing.
What's in a name
Speaking to The News Minute, the manager of the Karachi Bakery outlet said
: "The mob stayed for about half an hour. They demanded us to change the name. The men claimed to know people in the army. They thought we are from Pakistan. But we have been using this name for the last 53 years. The owners are Hindus; only the name is Karachi bakery. To satisfy them, we put up the Indian flag."
According to the website, Karachi Bakery was founded by Khanchand Ramnani, who migrated to India during the partition in 1947. The bakery’s first outlet was opened in Hyderabad and has grown into a nationwide franchise. The bakery is popular for its fruit biscuits.
Following the protests against the bakery in India, people on Twitter shared photos of the popular Bombay Bakery in Pakistan's Hyderabad, highlighting how the word 'Bombay' was very much still there.
According to Dawn, PPP Senator Sherry Rehman also joined the conversation on social media, saying: "Bombay Bakery is thriving in Hyderabad [...] Nobody wants to even think of changing their name. Erasing our past or diversity will only lead to myopic exclusions."
Radhaswami ‘Baba’ threatened to kill me: Malvinder Singh
Former Fortis Healthcare promoter Malvinder Singh has filed a criminal complaint against his brother Shivinder Singh, spiritual head of the Radha Swami Satsang Gurinder Singh Dhillon and others alleging financial fraud and threats to kill him.
According to Business Today report, the curious case of the missing Rs 22,500 crore from the erstwhile Ranbaxy, Fortis, Religare empire has taken another ugly turn with Malvinder Singh filing a criminal complaint against Radha Swami 'Baba' Gurinder Singh Dhillon, his wife, sons and associates; his brother Shivinder as well as the Godhwani kin-Sunil and Sanjay. The complaint filed before the Economic Offences Wing claims Baba Dhillon through lawyer Ferida Chopra threatened Malvinder would be eliminated. Malvinder has sought Rs 8,742 crore owed to him by the alleged accused.
This is the first time ever that either of the brothers has openly accused the Baba to be cause of their financial misery. This is also the first time Malvinder (pic)
has accused Baba Dhillon of financial impropriety. The brothers' previous barbs have been directed at Dhillon's former confidante Sunil Godhwani. The differences, which were talked in hushed tones all this while, are now public.
"...Sh. Shivinder Mohan Singh, in collusion and connivance with Sh. Gurinder Singh Dhillon, Sh. Gurpreet Singh Dhillon, Sh.Gurkirat Singh Dhillon, Sh.Sunil Godhwani, Sh.Sanjay Godhwani, Sh. Rajveer Singh Gulia and Sh.Pramod Ahuja misused his position, by aiding in concealment of the illegal acts of shiphoning off the funds...," the plaint alleges.
Singh brothers were rolling in cash in June 2008 with Rs 9,576 crore from the sale of India's largest pharma company Ranbaxy Laboratories to Japan's Daiichi Sankyo. Less than a decade later in 2016, they were burdened with a debt pile of Rs 13,000 crore-losing an unbelievable Rs 22,500 crore in 8 years reports Business Today.
The plaint alleges that a bulk of the sale proceed was invested in group companies, of which at least Rs 1,006.3 crore is detected to have been directly loaned to the Dhillon and Godhwani families via 6 entities: Fern Healthcare, Modland Wears, Best Healthcare, Adept Lifespaces, Devera Developers and Rosestar Marketing. "...it was shockingly revealed that the said companies had in fact surreptitiously extended financial facilities to the tune of INR 1,006.3 crores, to either Sh. Gurinder Singh Dhillon, his family members, his close associates, to the Godhwani's and/or companies owned/controlled or managed by them".
It says the criminal acts began with the Sunil Godhwani being informally made responsible for the affairs of group holding firm RHC Holding. Malvinder's complaint also claims Godhwani controlled Religare Enterprises, Ligare Aviation, RHC and various firms owned and controlled by Dhillon and his associates and that he had direct and indirect control of RHC's subsidiaries.
"This appointment and ceding of control to Mr Sunil Godhwani was made at the behest of Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon who after the death of the father of the complainant had held himself out to be the complainant's spiritual guide, father figure and mentor and all key business decisions were taken by him". It adds, "Mr Godhwani had close family ties with Mr Gurinder Singh Dhillon since the daughter of Sh. Sunil Godhwani was engaged to Sh.Gurkirat Singh Dhillon, who is the youngest son of Sh. Gurinder Singh Dhillon."
Malvinder's complaint alleges that as recently as June 2, 2018, he wrote to Dhillon to settle loans extended by RHC to Dhillon family, associates or entities under their control running up total outstanding worth Rs 5,482 crore. It says that the 6 companies chose not to initiate steps to recover the loans. "...on the instructions of Sh. Shivinder Mohan Singh and Sh.Pankaj G Sachdev, no Legal Notice was sent to the Dhillon family by the aforesaid companies or attempt made to recover these loans". Instead, the complaint alleges, that the 6 entities were 'fraudulently and dishonestly' acquired by Singh brothers' family holding firm RHC Holding to protect the accused from incurring the liability of paying back the loans.
He alleges that he's been pressurised to agree to a settlement which he refused to sign following which "Sh.Gurinder Singh Dhillon has threatened the complainant through his lawyer Ferida Chopra that if he did not agree to the demands of Sh. Gurinder Singh Dhillon he would be eliminated..." The complaint filed on Feb 5 is under investigation.
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