PUCL Bulletin, May 2002

Narendra Modi Must Go

The politics of arrogance and bluster of the majority community continues unabated in Gujarat. Not only the minority community but also those who try to raise their voice against such intimidating mind-set are being targeted. The latest example is the incidents that took place on the afternoon of Sunday, April 7, 2002 in the Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad. Two peace meetings were organised. Chunnibhai Vaidya, Prakash Shah, Mallika Sarabhai, Medha Patkar, amongst others, were participating in these meetings which were called to emphasize the need for peace. Representatives of the BJP & Congress were irked by the presence of Medha Patkar, whom they called an "Anti-Gujarat-Witch". When Medha Patkar was attacked, the press representatives were clicking pictures.

This was unacceptable to the arrogant activists of these political parties. In the pandemonium that followed Medha Patkar was pushed around. Media persons were attacked and injured. Political activist as well as the police led by a DCP was in the assault group.

We are appalled by this incident in Sabarmati. Police assaulting peaceful meetings and taking the role of political activists is a dangerous development.
We are convinced that such incidents in the capital of the State, led by senior police officers indicates political sanctions at the highest level. We think that the dangerous atmosphere that has been created in Gujarat can be remedied only if the Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, is removed. -

Y. P. Chhibbar, General Secretary, PUCL; Rajindar Sachar (Former Chief Justice of Delhi); KG Kannabiran (President PUCL); Surendra Mohan (Former MP); R B Mehrotra (Former Judge of Allahabad High Court) -

(April 08, 2002)

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