ALL INDIA CHRISTIAN COUNCIL
79/B I&II Floors, Street 8, West Marredpally, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh
President: Dr Joseph D' Souza
Secretary General: Dr. John Dayal
1 March 2002
Stop this madness in Gujarat
The Central government must move decisively to restore the rule of law in Gujarat where the State administrative has utterly failed to stop the communal carnage which has taken more than a hundred lives, All India Christian Council president Dr Joseph D Souza and secretary general Dr John Dayal have said in a statement today.
The remarks on television by Union Defence minister George Fernandes that the State government did not provide the Army with the vehicles which it require to enter violence-hit areas, adds a sinister dimension to the situation. There are reports of the police also not acting in time to prevent fanatical mobs from setting people afire.
The All India Christian Council, which has unequivocally condemned the barbaric attack on the Sabarmati Express in which many lives were lost, condemns all calls for retaliatory violence. It is the responsibility of the Central and State governments, both ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, that the violence is immediately controlled, the ringleaders and
conspirators identified arrested. The government must not look on while various groups make inflammatory speeches and otherwise call for violence against any particular community.
This is also the time for all people of goodwill to unite and ensure that fundamentalist and communal elements are isolated, peace restored and the common people, the main victims of the inhuman acts of violence, reassured that there is a rule of law in this country.
India cannot afford to let the conflagration, ignited in Ayodhya and Gujarat, consume all that is best in its civilization and plural culture. The madness, which is now consuming Gujarat, must end.
Released by Dr John Dayal for favour of publication