|Council of Indian Muslims (UK)
UK VHP is the Subordinate Body of VHP India
CIM Sends Proofs to the Home Secretary and Demands a Ban On its Activities in the UK
London, 26 July, 2002: The Council of Indian Muslims UK
(CIM) has urged the British Government to declare the
Vishwa Hindu Parishad a terrorist organisation and ban its activities in the country. The UK VHP has been claiming that it is an independent body and has nothing to do with the
In a letter sent to Home Secretary David Blunkett CIM’s Chairman Mr Munaf Zeena has said there are “close links of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK with an extremely sectarian and fascist political party in India of the same name, as its parent
organisation” and is enough evidence to prove that “the Vishwa Hindu Parishad
(VHP) UK is a subordinate body of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, India.”.
“The VHP” reads the letter “is the main culprit in the anti-Muslim campaign in India in general and the genocide of Muslims in Gujarat in particular.”
The examples of the relationship between the two organisations include a map of the structure of the VHP down loaded and printed from its web site which shows its contact with its subordinate bodies outside India. The letter also quotes from the official newsletter of the UK VHP (April 2001 Issue No 20), which reads, “In December last year, VHP in Bharat [India] held its international meeting at Karnvati
(Ahmedabad). Our Chairman, Dr G L Bhan, represented the British Hindus at the important meting where crucial policy decisions were taken by the
VHP. Later, he moved to Mumbai where he was joined by Dr Nawal Prinja at the one-week Vishwa Shibir
(VSS) organised by the RSS…It is clear sign that Hindus around the world are becoming more aware of their long term social, cultural and political needs”.
“In the interest of race relations in the UK it is, therefore, imperative to declare the VHP and its affiliates as terrorist organisations and ban them in the UK. We urge you, Mr Home Secretary to handle this issue seriously and take appropriate steps to investigate VHP UK and make the British public safe from the destructive aims of this clandestinely mischievous group.” The letter emphasises copies of which have been send to the Foreign Secretary Mr Jack Straw and the Charity Commission.
In a separate statement issued today, Mr Zeena said that “As soon as we heard the news of the burning of Sabarmati Express we, like Muslim organisations in India, condemned it in the strongest language and demanded the Indian Government to make investigations and punish the culprits. On the contrary the UK branch of the VHP held a condolence
meeting in Southall on 24 March 2002 and made highly objectionable and provocative speeches.”
Sd/- Mohamed Munaf Zeena
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