3614Indian Muslim Council-USA condemns ethnic cleansing of muslims in Rajasthan villages by Bajrang Dal - Indian MUslim Council, USA
- Oct 1, 2003Indian Muslim Council-USA condemns ethnic cleansing of
muslims in Rajasthan villages by Bajrang Dal
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 Indias 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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