Killing of 25 Muslims
in Kanpur by PAC
By Syed Shahabuddin
The Chairman, National
Human Rights Commission, New Delhi
Subject: Request for Suo Motu Intervention in Kanpur Violence Case in
During the recent violence in Kanpur during 16-25 March, 2001, the local
police and the PAC are reported to have shot dead at least 25 persons
without any justification, looted many shops and establishments, burnt
many structures, including some places of worship, forced their entry
into many houses and harassed the womenfolk and looted moveable property.
Several delegations have after on-the-spot investigation, condemned the
police and the armed constabulary and demanded judicial inquiry and full
compensation to the victims.
A joint delegation of women's organisation has in its report submitted
to the Commission demanded its intervention from the human rights angle.
We support their demand and request you to take up suo motu the alleged
massive violation of human rights in Kanpur during disturbances of 16-25
We would like to add our own conclusion that Kanpur is not a case of Hindu-Muslim
riot but of police action against the Muslim community with a political
motive, following a clash between peaceful demonstrators on the Tehelka
affair and the activities of the Sangh Parivar.