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Riots in Gujarat continue unabated

The crimes committed by the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi are in public domain. However, whenever these are probed deeper the findings conclude that though he is guilty of those crimes yet he cannot be prosecuted. The latest SIT report also establishes this very fact that all the evidence has been (tactfully) destroyed. Hence no case can be slapped against him. Spokespersons of BJP who often appear on TV dump all these probes to be biased (hence wrong). They should at least study those reports by the teams appointed by Modi himself. These TV spokespersons quite often boast that there has been no riot after 2002. The fact should be seen in the light of 2002 itself i.e., Muslims who witnessed 2002 bear any kind of atrocity fearing the recurrence similar of repression and genocide if they resist (or protest).

It is a lie that there are no communal riots in Gujarat. Muslims of several villages in the Surat district suffered persecution in 2007. Yusuf Sheikh, Dushyant Dubey and Shabnam Hashmi reached there. It is almost impossible for the Muslims to live in these villages – Hathoda, Vailacha, Kosamba, Novi Kosadi, Kamchar rasta. A civil society team toured these villages. When asked whether such terror is let loose only before the elections, the Muslims replied that it is perpetrated every month. But Muslim inhabitants are so terrified that they do not dare to protest. Mody administration and his party BJP project the "myth" that there are no riots in Gujarat. Goraksha Security activists were involved in attacks in Surat and Vadodara districts. Vice-President of Goraksha Samiti Jasu Darbar alongwith his twenty companions reached Kasodi village on 18 July 2007. He had been visiting the area for the last six months quite frequently for extorting money from the local Quraishis (butchers). On that day he was accompanied by about 20 goons in two cars and five bikes searching for a calf and they reached the village cremation ground. While returning they began threatening the Muslims warning them to live properly failing which their houses would be burnt. The villagers asked them not to speak so rudely because a similar retort would lead to confrontation. Jasu Darbar unsheathed his sword and began abusing. The villagers also picked up their lathis. The car and bike riders ran away in panic.

Jasu Darbar was surrounded by the mob which gave him a sound beating. The deputy surpanch of the village called the officer concerned and began preparation to rush Jasu to hospital but he collapsed on the way to hospital. Police arrived on the scene. It was prayer time. The police took away about 25 persons on the pretext of recording their statements. They are no longer traceable. The police did not register their arrest. There are about a thousand families in the village and half of these are Muslims. There had never been any communal riots in this village. On Jasu Darbar's death VHP, Bajrang Dal and RSS planned attack on Muslim houses damaging their properties. In the adjoining villages also the Sangha associates resorted to their terror tactics and gave the Muslims a good thrashing. The Muslims dared not oppose them. Hence the Delhi spokespersons would not include this under riots. This riot had its effect on the village Valaicha where 22 houses, 3 shops and 2 bikes of Muslims were set afire. The police was present at the scene of arson and the fire brigade staff tried to douse the flames. The villagers left their homes and took refuge with their relatives. Similar conditions prevail in other villages too. Yet the Modi administration does not deem these as riots. (Shesh Narain Singh, Sahafat, 6 Feb. 2011 - translated from Urdu)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 7

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