:25 Nov., 2002
PUCL condemns VHP attack on journalist
By Our Special Correspondent
JAIPUR NOV. 24. The People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has condemned
the attack on the well-known columnist, Kuldip Nayyar, in Delhi allegedly
by a crowd of VHP supporters. Mr. Nayyar was attacked for taking up the
shooting case at Ansal Plaza in which police killed two alleged terrorists.
``They were shouting at him for taking up the cause of `dead Muslims'.
It is a continuation of violence that started in Gujarat. This violence
in retail will be unleashed against the critics of the theocratic politics
imitated by RSS and propagated by VHP, Bajrang Dal and other large number
of outfits,'' said K.G. Kannabiran, national president of PUCL in a statement
from Chittorgarh today.
Mr. Kannabiran, who is in the Rajasthan town to preside over the two-day
meeting of the State unit of PUCL, said the leadership of the violent
mob that had heckled the senior journalist would have had the tacit support
of the BJP and its allies.``A government that condoned large-scale crimes
in Gujarat will never prevent unleashing such retail violence to silence
A drama of democratic discourse will be enacted to choke the chain of
protest at this rowdy assault,'' Mr. Kannabiran said calling upon people
to protest and continually work against emerging fascist trends.
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