INDIA MILLI COUNCIl
to the President of Indian on Gujarat carnage
March 8, 2002:
Mr K R Narayanan
President of India
We are approaching you in an hour of a grave natural crisis. It is death and destruction which has taken over the whole of Gujarat and is threatening peace in the rest of the country. The toll has already crossed 600 and properties worth crores of rupees are either looted or burn down.
It is strange that even after the deployment of army in some of the affected urban areas, the killings spread to the rural areas. Twenty-two more people were killed in attacks near Godhra and Mehmedabad in Kheda district on March 6. Bodies of those killed in the massacres in different parts of Gujarat are still being recovered. A large number of such bodies are reportedly still lying unattended in Anand and other places due to fear and terror. There are also reports that loot and arson of the Muslim-owned establishments in towns like
Godhra, Bhavnagar and Surat are now shooting up.
It is believable that the state government is discriminating even in death? The kith and kin of those died in the violence erupted in the aftermath of Godhra incident would get Rs 1 lakh each as compensation because they were victims of ‘communal violence’, while the family members of the Karsevaks killed at Godhra would be given Rs 2 lakh as they were victims of a ‘terrorist activity’.
The ghastly aftermath of the Godhra incident is a well-planned orgy of violence executed by the Vishwa Hindu
Parishad, Bajrang Dal and other constituents of Sangh Parivar in connivance with the state government of Gujarat. But it is surprising that at a time when the Gujarat government claims to have arrested 3978 persons involved in the
post-Godhra violence, a very few persons out of the VHP, BJP and Bajrang Dal activists named as the riot perpetrators and mob leaders in various police complaints have been arrested. There are reports that the state government is deliberately avoiding the arrests of at least 150
VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP workers whose names figure in the FIRs filed by the police for directly leading mobs, slaughtering Muslims and indulging in deliberate violence.
The general feeling is that what is happening in Gujarat is in connivance with the persons in power. The situation is that even the National Human Rights Commission has to express its displeasure over the attitude of the state government. The following statement released on March 7 by the
NHRC, is sufficient to understand the apathy of the state government:
‘The NHRC has been constrained to record its disappointment that even a preliminary report indicating the action so far taken by the Gujarat government has not yet been sent to the Commission in a matter of such urgency and significance, even when the unfortunate incidents have led the Prime Minister also to describe the happenings as a matter of national shame'.
In the circumstances, we request you to look into the following 10-point demand:
1. Immediate dismissal of the present government in Gujarat and imposition of President's rule therein.
2. Handing over all the riot-affected cities, towns and villages to the army to control the situation.
3. To institute a full-fledged judicial inquiry commission under a sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India to probe the Godhra train incident as well as its bloody aftermath all over Gujarat.
4. Bringing to justice all those involved in committing heinous crimes during the holocaust.
5. Seizure of records of police control rooms throughout the state.
6. Providing immediate relief to all the survivors of the violence and allowing the voluntary and non-government organizations to assess the situation and start relief work.
7. Provision of tax and other legal exemptions for the relief and rehabilitation of survivors on the lines of Gujarat earthquake victims.
8. Compensation to all the victims of violence in Gujarat on the lines of Delhi High Court judgement on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
9. Banning Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and other Sangh Parivar outfits, involved in the
10. No discrimination in death and immediate payment of equal amount as compensation to the kith and kin of both the victims of Godhra incident and the violence erupted in its aftermath.
(Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi)
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