PUCL Bulletin, Sept., 2002

A letter to the Chief Minister of Karnataka:
Act now to prevent Gujarat-like violence in Kodagu

9 July 2002

Shri S.M Krishan,
Chief Minister of Karnataka

My dear Chief Minister,

May I
draw your attention to the report of the Karnataka People's Union for Civil Liberties on the recent communal disturbances in Kodagu.

The findings of the PUCL team indicate that the Sangh Parivar is making an all-out effort to set the area on fire. It began with the establishment of Bajrang Dal units as well as the formation of 2 Hindu solidarity organizations - the Hindu Brathruthva Sammelan and the Hindu Samajotsava, which held public meetings in various places for a whole month before observing Ayodhya Day on 10 December 2001. Apart from these two organizations, there are already Hindu Jagran Vedike and Bhaktha Jana Sangha. All these together orchestrate a frenzy of pro-Hindutva sentiments so that even a minor incident can be blown into a communal flare-up.

In my view, Karnataka is on the list of the Sangh Parivar where they plan to enact a Gujarat.

The PUCL has named 5 chief investigators and suggested their detention; regular monitoring of the activities of the communal outfits and a judicial inquiry into the attack on Palur temple and subsequent disturbances, so that the real culprits are identified and punished. I request you to act on its recommendations.

Syed Shahabuddin,
President, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat

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