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3614Indian Muslim Council-USA condemns ethnic cleansing of muslims in Rajasthan villages by Bajrang Dal - Indian MUslim Council, USA

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  • Zafar Khan
    Oct 1, 2003
      Indian Muslim Council-USA condemns ethnic cleansing of
      muslims in Rajasthan villages by Bajrang Dal


      Rasheed Ahmed
      (708) 466-0244

      For Immediate Release

      Sept. 29, 2003. Chicago, IL. Indian Muslim Council-USA
      strongly condemns the subversive and terrorist
      activities of hindu nationalist organizations Bajrang
      Dal and World Hindu Council (known as VHP in India) in
      the Indian State of Rajasthan.

      On September 25th Bajrang Dal activists, blasted a
      mosque in Iklera, Rajasthan forcing muslims to flee
      Iklera. Bajrang Dal and the VHP had been active in the
      area after Gujarat carnage. According to press
      reports, the past 10 days have seen armed Bajrang Dal
      and VHP activists on the rampage, driving out about 25
      muslim families from their homes, ransacking their
      houses and setting them on fire. The village of
      Mishroli now has a welcome sign on a bright saffron
      board displaying the "Ideal Hindu Village".

      Expressing concern over the recent incidents, Mr.
      Rasheed Ahmed, vice president of IMC-USA said
      "Incidents in Iklera very much reflect the threats
      made after the Gujarat carnage that "Gujarat
      experiment will be repeated" in a smaller scale and
      also demostrates a dangerous trend that is undermining
      the pluralistic and tolerant ethos of Indian Society.
      We urge the government of Rajasthan to bring the
      culprits to justice and take full measures to ensure
      the safety and protection of basic human rights of all

      Another IMC-USA volunteer said "These type of terror
      tactics by VHP and Bajrang Dal have been increasingly
      reported across the country, which are a threat to the
      very values of freedom, justice and equality that the
      country has been founded upon"

      International groups like Amnesty International and
      Human Rights Watch have accused India’s hindu
      nationalist government of failing to curb violence by
      hindu hard-line groups against Indian minorities.
      These same groups were responsible for the murder of
      christian missionary Graham Staines, lynching of
      Dalits and Gujarat genocide in 2002, which saw the
      ethnic cleansing of muslims and the glaring state
      collusion in the carnage.

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