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AIMMM Protests against Forcible Closure of Camp and Unsatisfactory Progress of Resettlements and Investigation
Calls Upon NGO’s; Mass Media and Eminent Personalities to Force
Central Government to Intervene and issue Directives under Article 355
New Delhi, 22 June, 2002: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat
(AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The AIMMM expresses its shock and horror that the Government of Gujarat, contrary to its public commitments and recommendations by the NHRC and many
NGO’s, is forcibly closing down the relief camps and throwing out the inmates into the streets to create a false facade of normalcy. The inmates have no homes to go back to and no means to resume their livelihood because of the very meagre and niggardly compensation paid to them for loss of residential or commercial property, means of livelihood and household goods. They are being obstructed from settling back in their
villages/mohallas by local residents, instigated by the VHP and the Bajrang Dal leaders. And what is worse, no credible security has been provided to instill confidence in them against a repeat of the pogrom. The State Government has refused alternative piece of land for the resettlement of those who are still traumatized by their horrible experience.
The AIMMM strongly protests against the inhuman and callous treatment of the victims of the pogrom by the State Government.
The AIMMM reiterates its view that the victims of the genocidal carnage shall not receive justice or fair treatment, unless the State Government is dismissed and President’s Rule is imposed. But it knows that the Union Government is adamant to save Chief Minister
Modi, as the BJP is determined to project him as a ‘hero’ and fight the next Assembly elections under his leadership.
The AIMMM has already requested the Union Government to issue necessary directives to the State Government under Article 355 of the Constitution as unanimously resolved by the Rajya
Sabha. The AIMMM requests all secular forces to press the Government, in view of the unsatisfactory progress in relief and rehabilitation as well as in police investigation and prosecution, to intervene and issue the following directives:
1. Abolition of the Nanavati-Shah Commission of Inquiry because it does not command the confidence of the people and has made little progress so far and because Justice Nanavati is preoccupied, and establish a new Commission of Inquiry consisting of a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court and 2 sitting High Court Judges, preferably from outside Gujarat.
2. Transfer of major cases of massacre to the CBI for investigation, some of which have been identified by the NHRC in its Preliminary Report.
3. Appointment of a Special Prosecutor in every affected district and establishment of Special Courts therein to try expeditiously the criminal cases arising out of the disturbances.
4. Payment of ex-gratia compensation to the next-of-kin of those missing on the basis of an affidavit and indemnity bond, if not found within 3 months of the incident in accordance with past precedents.
5. Repair/reconstruction/restoration by the State Government of all religious places which were damaged or destroyed or converted to Hindu temples during the disturbances. These include the Mazar of the classical poet Wali Gujarati in Ahmedabad and of Ustad Fayyaz Khan in
6. Prohibition on the closure of relief camps unless the DC, the NGO concerned and the survivors certify that the destroyed residential properties have been surveyed and compensation disbursed, they have been repaired and adequate security arrangements have been made in the resettlement area.
7. Imposition of punitive fine under the Police Act, 1861 on all the residents of the villages or the mohalla in which the return of the displaced persons is being obstructed and subjected to unconstitutional and unlawful conditions.
The AIMMM once again requests the eminent personalities, the mass media and the NGOs to exert all their influence they can command to ensure justice and fair treatment to the victims."
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
ALL INDIA MUSLIM
N-44, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi - 110 025
Phone: 632 6780 Fax: 632 7346
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