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500 mosques and Dargahs destroyed in Gujarat
|The human rights organization, Peoples Union for Human Rights (PUHR), after inquiry into the anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat and after touring riot-affected areas, said in its report that in the whole of Gujarat one-sided action against Muslims only was taken. Around 500 mosques, ‘dargahs’ and Imambaras were demolished and majority community’s places of worship were set up in their places.
It was further stated in the report that during the riots, ministers of the state government, MLAs and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders were sitting in police control rooms and inciting and guiding extremists against Muslims. According to this report, the state government is fully responsible for anti-Muslim riots of Gujarat.
This report was released in New Delhi by the senior member of PUHR and former president of JNU, Pranoy Krishn after completion of a 3-member team’s tour of Gujarat who was also leader of the team. Details of conditions prevailing there during the team’s tour to Gujarat have been described in this report, particularly the pitiable condition of Muslims rendered homeless and cruelties perpetrated against them.
It is further stated in the report that Muslims living in refugee camps are so much frightened that even after one month of the riots, they do not want to go back to their homes because they fear that they will be burnt alive.
As regards Gujarat’s administrative machinery, the report says that the government of Gujarat has recruited Bajrang Dal workers on a large scale upto the levels of police constables and inspectors, as well as those associated with RSS. These people were taking directions and guidance from their organizations during the riots.
The report further says that conditions have so much deteriorated in Gujarat that people avoid registering FIRs against the guilty persons because they are all affiliated to RSS and its outfits. Trishuls and swords supplied by Sangh Parivar were freely used during these riots on a large scale. Vehicles belonging to Muslims were selectively being torched so as to prevent them from moving to other places.
Regarding Vishwa Hindu Parishad, it is said in the report that these people are trying to create poisonous atmosphere by inciting and provocating people in areas where Muslims have been safe so far. Making the government of Gujarat fully responsible for these riots, the reports says that the anti-Muslim movement at the instance of the government still goes on at secret level.
The report has finally demanded the central government to institute a high-level inquiry of the whole events so that the deep conspiracy behind the anti-Muslim riots could be exposed (Akhbar-e Nau). q
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