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500 mosques and shrines destroyed in Gujarat
Allahabad: Peoples Union for Human Rights (PUHR), a human rights organization, which toured the riot affected areas of Gujarat and closely examined the anti-Muslim riots there has published its report wherein it has been stated that in the whole of Gujarat it was a one-sided violence against Muslims wherein 500 mosques, ‘dargahs’ and ‘imam-baras’ were demolished and in their places religious places of the majority community were established. It is further stated in the report that during the riots the state ministers, MLAs and VHP leaders were sitting in the police control room and inciting and directing the rioters against Muslims and that the state government is fully responsible for anti-Muslim riots of Gujarat. The PUHR team which toured Gujarat consisted of 3 members led by its senior member and former President of JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru
University) students union, Pranor Krishn.
Badami Masjid in Ahmadabad
It was further stated in the report that Muslims living in refugee camps are so much afraid that even after one month they do not want to go back to their houses for fear of being killed or burnt alive. As regards Gujarat administration, it is stated in the report the activists associated with Bajrang Dal and other Sangh organizations have been recruited upto the level of constables and inspectors in large numbers by the state government. These people were taking orders and guidance from their organizations during the riots.
The report further says that conditions have so much deteriorated that the affected persons are afraid of lodging FIRs against the culprits because all of them are associated with Sangh Parivar and ‘trishuls’ and swords were distributed in large numbers to the rioters by the Parivar. Vehicles of Muslims were selectively burnt by the rioters so that they may not be able to shift to other places.
It has been said about VHP in the report that they are trying to incite their members to terrorise the people in those areas also where Muslims are safe so far. While holding the state government fully responsible for the riots, it is stated that anti-Muslim movement started by the government is still going on at secret
level. Finally, it has been demanded in the report that central government should set up a high level committee to thoroughly probe the whole events so that the deep conspiracy behind anti-Muslim riots could be exposed.
(Rashtriya Sahara, 2 April 2002)
Madina Masjid, Paldi Ahmadabad
Momin Jamat Masjid, Shahpur, Ahmadabad
A dargah at Shahibaugh, Ahmadabad