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|Ahmedabad: Muslims who can are fleeing Narendra Modi's Gujarat. Shaken by the riots, IPS officers and senior employees of government organisations have started packing their bags.M.A. Wadoo, an ONGC official whose rented apartment was ransacked by a mob and belongings worth Rs 5.3 lakh destroyed, has sought a transfer "on humanitarian grounds''. "I lost everything I had earned in 27 years of service. I have so much pain within me that I cannot express. I just want to leave Gujarat. I cannot live in perpetual fear. I cannot move about freely here. For the past 25 days, my daughter has not moved out of this room (ONGC transit accommodation)," he said.
The officer, who had gone home to Andhra Pradesh when ONGC flew its Muslim officers out of the state for their safety, has returned only because his daughter has to sit for the Class XII board examinations.
Most of the 20 Muslim officers in ONGC from outside Gujarat have not come back since the riots. Even those who are here only temporarily, having already applied for transfers. S.L. Bhardwaj, an ONGC official, said almost all Muslim officers have applied for transfer on various grounds. But the picture will be clear only in May or June, when transfer orders are issued.
The same story is repeated in all public sector organisations. In banks, the departments of posts and telecommunications and in organisations such as Indian Oil Corporation - anywhere that any Muslims from outside Gujarat work - the management is faced with requests for transfers (The Telegraph, April 10). q
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