A letter to the
Chief Minister of Karnataka:
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.
President, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat