New York: An Indian group has protested to the New Delhi Government against the persecution of Muslims and other minorities in Ahmedabad and other cities in Gujarat.

Sayed Sadat Hassan, President of (CAPS) the human rights group of India, delivered a memorandum to the Indian Consulate General that demanded institution of a commission with judicial powers to identify the culprits and to bring them to trial without delay.

A press release issued by the group said today the memorandum, which was endorsed by several Muslim groups and the World Sikh Organization, was handed over to Deputy Consul General on July 18.

It said that Sadat Hassan expressed deep concern over “the complete breakdown of law and order ma chinery in Ahmedabad, and unleashing of terror by communalists in areas of Muslims, Harijans, scheduled castes and other weaker sections of the society.”

“The manner in which the ant reservation movement turned to Hindu Muslim riots is a blot on the sincerity of the Indian Government in protecting the fundamental rights of the minorities,” the President of the group told the Indian diplomat.


He said communal organizations like Hindu Vishwa Parishad, Patcta Pawan Sanghatna and RSS were left at liberty to carry on their onslaught.

Sadat Hassan also demanded the appointment of a national commission to probe all the major riots that have taken place in India.

Article extracted from this publication >>  August 9, 1985