Urdu Poet Munawwar Rana munawwarrana52
Last year during intolerance debate, Rana took to television to hand over his Sahitya Akademi award along with a Rs. 1 lakh cash prize and vowed never to accept any government award in future. He had returned his award saying he was disappointed with the present developments in the country.
Rana, 62, who was awarded the Sahitya Akademi in 2014 for his book ‘Shahdaba’, had earlier said that he would not return his award as doing so would not solve the issue of growing religious intolerance in India.
Rana was among the 40-odd writers who returned Sahitya Akademi and other awards after the killing of Kannada writer M M Kalburgi and lynching of a Dadri man for allegedly consuming beef.
According to Bhopal IG Yogesh Choudhary, on October 31, eight terror suspects of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), pulled off a daring prison break and escaped the high security Bhopal Central Jail after killing a security guard Ramashankar Yadav. They used weapons made of utensils. They escaped the 35 feet walls using bedsheets after slitting the throat of Ramashankar Yadav.
Clockwise from top left, Abdul Majid, Mehboob Guddu, Zakir Hussain, Amjad Khan, Mohammad Aqeel Khilji, Mohammad Khalid Ahmad, Mohammad Saliq, Mujeeb Sheikh.
According to police, the under-trials, facing treason charges, were killed in cross-fire about 30 km north of Bhopal, within 10 hours of the jailbreak.