from the Citizens of Gujarat
Prof. D. N. Pathak
We the citizens of Gujarat strongly condemn both the reprehensible acts
of horrendous murders of Ram Sevaks in Sabarmati Express at Godhara and
systematic burning of the properties and members of minority community
in the rest of Gujarat (including the burning alive of former member of
parliament Ahsan Jafri with his family and 38 others).
The tragedy at Godhara is obviously due to the total failure of state
intelligence and police. Due to this failure premeditated and preplanned
killings of Ram Sevaks could not be prevented and instead of taking necessary
measures to stamp out the perpetrators of Godhra killings, the state machinery
has connived with the marauding and rampaging mobs, which has systematically
targeted the lives and properties of the minority community all over Gujarat.
Most of us are witnesses, if not the victims, of the acts of communal
terrorists with the active connivance of the State administration and
police. The Ahmedabad city police chief went on record saying that he
had shortage of force and police were also influenced by the environment
and were angry. The Chief Minister himself also underplayed the mob violence
and said only 26 places were under curfew.
Under the circumstances, we are fully convinced that the constitutional
machinery in Gujarat has completely collapsed and is in no position to
protect the life and property of the citizens.
We are, therefore,
of the firm view that President's rule is required to be promulgated forthwith
and the state administration be taken over by the Governor.
In the meantime, we demand immediate military intervention to control
the situation in all parts of Gujarat and the state police be confined
to their barracks.
-- Former Chief Justice
at Rajasthan HC A. P. Rawani; Prof. D. N. Pathak, PUCL; Indukumar Jani,
Prof. Sudarshan Iyengar, Sukhdev Patel, Dr. Mukuk Sinha, Harinesh Pandya,
Kamlesh Oza, Suvarna, Raju Barot, Ms. Nafisa Barot, Digant Oza, Batuk
Vora, Gautam Thaker, PUCL; Sonal Mehta, Bhushan Oza, Hasmukh Patel, Ambarish
March 1, 2002