Lawsuit filed against Modi in Houston, separatist Sikhs to hold protest


Houston/Washington, Sep 21 (IANS): With separatist Sikh groups and Pakistanis planning to hold protests in Houston, and two US-based Kashmiri activists having filed a federal lawsuit accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of rights violations in Kashmir, New Delhi is known to be in touch with Washington over the Prime Minister's security.

The Indian mission is also working to find out the implications of the federal lawsuit.

According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, the 73-page lawsuit filed jointly by two US-based Kashmiri activists and the Khalistan Referendum Front, alleges that Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah; and Commander of Indian Army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt. Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon carried out extrajudicial killings and inflicted "cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment" upon Kashmiris following the revocation Article 370 -- that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir -- on August 5.

The civil complaint has been filed under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991, a federal statute that allows civil suits on the US soil against foreign officials suspected of committing torture or extrajudicial killing.

The New York-based attorney of the Khalistan Referendum Front said he planned to submit the case as a class action.

Human rights protesters are expected to converge in large numbers outside the Houston's NRG Stadium to hold a counter event to the 'Howdy Modi' gathering that will see 50,000 members of the Indian diaspora in attendance on Sunday. US President Donald Trump is also participating in the event, underlining the importance of India-US relations.

The Pakistani elements have made elaborate arrangements to pick up people from outside mosques in Houston for the anti-Modi protest.

  

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    Before becoming PM Modi was banned from coming to US because of the his involvement in 2002 Gujarat riots, so US has track record on him. As a PM he was allowed in the USA and he cannot be barred due to his position. But if he applies for a visa as Indian citizen, I doubt he will get a visa to USA.

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  • Tea Boy, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    Modi already has record on travel ban to US for his role in human rights violation in 2002 Gujrat riots. US should take unbiased approach to what it stands for.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    Tea bagger,
    Visa is ready for you for the protest venue in Houston, be ready ASAP ....

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  • MM, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    He will be in trouble and won't be comfortable to deliver diplomatics talks amidst controversy. Amit Shah should take first flight to join him for support.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    bhakts r asking y 1984 sikhs killing's????????? ನಗುವುದೊ ಅಳುವುದೊ ನೀವೇ ಹೇಳಿ.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    Religious fanaticism - A handful of these kind of people bring shame to their entire community and the nation. These people propagate religious fear and hatred for other religions and make money through this hate propaganda. Rest are busy making a living.

    We have these religious terrorists in every religion of the world!!

    If they are so interested I challenge them to go to India and protest there in their town of origin. I promise they will be taught a lesson by their own community members.

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