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|INDIAN MUSLIM COUNCIL-USA
IMC-USA urges action against rioters in UP; calls for a ban on Hindu Vahini
New York, 20 October, 2005: IMC-USA, an advocacy
group dedicated to protecting the rights of minorities and promoting
pluralism, expressed dismay at the riots in Mau, a town in the Indian
State of Uttar Pradesh. The extremist Hindutva-fascist group Hindu Vahini,
headed by Mahant Adityanath of Gorakhpur, has been actively instigating
and provoking violent acts in the area for quite some time. Mahant
Adityanath, belonging to the BJP party, is a Member of Parliament. The
widespread destruction of the local silk sari weaving industry by the riot
instigators, is an oft repeated pattern of destroying the economic back
bone of a specific community that depends on the trade for their survival.
IMC-USA commends the UP Chief Minister's decision in removing five civil
and police officials including the Divisional Commissioner and the
District Magistrate. While the state government seems to have taken some
decisive actions, it is evident that it was negligent in not restricting
the activities of Hindu Vahini before the riots started. IMC-USA urges all
the communities in the state of UP to have active outreach programs that
promote mutual respect and marginalize the religious extremists.
IMC-USA presented a list of strategic requirements for the Uttar Pradesh
state government to ensure justice for the victims and deterrence against
a) The state government should call for an investigation by CBI, the
central investigation agency of India.
b) The government should ban Hindu Vahini and arrest its leaders and
activists involved in rioting and spreading extremism.
c) The government should suspend all negligent officers-in-charge of
thanas (police precincts) in the affected areas.
d) The government should ensure that all religious communities are
represented in the manning of thanas (police precincts) of sensitive
e) Prompt compensation for the loss of life and limbs should be paid to
f) Full and prompt compensation be paid for properties destroyed.
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