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Godhra Verdict: Whither Justice? PDF Print E-mail

Need for a CBI Investigation

Ram Puniyani

On 22rd February 2011, the session’s court gave its verdict on Godhra train burning of Sabarmati Express. It accepted the Gujarat state’s theory that the local Muslims had hatched a conspiracy to burn S-6 Coach of Sabaramati Express. At the same time of the 94 people being tried for this crime 63 were exonerated of the crime and 31 were held to be the guilty of planning to burn the Kar Sevaks. This conspiracy theory was initially put forward by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who within half hour of the burning of the train came to this conclusion. He had gone on to say that the conspiracy has been hatched by international terrorism, in collusion with the local Muslims through Pakistan’s ISI. At that time the Godhra collector Jayanti Ravi had ruled out the conspiracy theory.

The brutal assassination of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti PDF Print E-mail
World Peace


Dr. John Dayal

New Delhi: 2nd March 2011

The brutal assassination of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, Minority Affairs Minister of Pakistan in Islamabad today is a cowardly act perpetuated by forces which are bent to terrorise m...inorities across Pakistan and silence the voices of sanity. The murder of Mr Bhatti and others and persecution of minorities in Pakistan is a blot on the record of that country and shows that Pakistan has failed to protect its citizens.

Karnataka: Anti Church attacks were pre planned and state sponsored PDF Print E-mail

Attacks on churches were sponsored by State, says Saldanha report
The Hindu
February 23, 2011
Staff Reporter

The report is an outcome of public inquiry conducted at instance of PUCL and TII

The attacks on churches in Karnataka in September 2008 and the others that subsequently occurred were “pre-planned” and “State-sponsored” by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Government, according to a report by Michael F. Saldanha, retired judge of Karnataka High Court. Mr. Saldanha released it here on Tuesday.

Release Sudhir Dhawale Now ! Petition PDF Print E-mail
Petiotions Online


Sudhir Dhawale, a Dalit activist, writer, journalist, and editor of a Marathi magazine “Vidrohi”, was arrested by police personnel of Durgapur Police Station (district Gondia) on 2nd January, while he was returning to Mumbai after attending ‘Dalit Yuva Sahitya Sammelan’ and a meeting on Dalit Atrocities in Wardha. He has been booked for waging war against the state under section 121 of the Indian Penal Code and charged with sedition (Sec 124) and booked under Sections 17, 20 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

INDIA: Yet another illegal arrest and disappearance in Manipur(AHRC) PDF Print E-mail

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Human Rights Alert (HRA) concerning the case of arrest and subsequent disappearance of yet another person in Manipur. A team of military officers, suspected to be from the 12 Maratha Light Infantry, took Mr. Longjam Suresh, the victim in the case into custody from his house on 18 February at about midnight. The officers also arrested his neighbour Manglemba on the same night. Manglemba was later released from custody and left blindfolded in the suburbs of Imphal town, the capital city of Manipur. As for Suresh, his family does not know where he is detained, whether he is alive or for what purpose he is arrested. The local police have thus far refused to register complaints filed by the family. Given the widespread and recurring incidents of extrajudicial executions reported in Manipur, the family fears for the victim's life and is worried why the state government or the police is unwilling to provide any assistance in the case.

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