Press release from Mohammed Anees, Spokesperson, MPJ / Dolphy D'Souza, president, BCS
Mumbai, May 11: The incidents at Vadodara are reminiscent of what had happened in Gujarat in 2002. The same pattern was visible. Be it the role of administration, judiciary or the constabulary. They were as if all following a script. The direction from Gujarat High Court, the role of VMC, police firing on the protestors leading to deaths, followed by ghastly incidents of communal nature like the death of Rafiq Vora who was set upon fire by fascists who numbered thousands and the stabbing to death of Viren Shah, says a press release from Movement for Peace and Justice.
The UPA has also promised to legislate an Act. The latest draft of the Communal Violence Prevention Bill received lot of flak from Rights groups. Sitaram Yechury has asked the UPA govt to give Humans Rights Violation precedence over the Federalism. True, the Centre this time had taken strong position. But should incidents of such nature be subjected to Centre & State relations, the press releases seeks to know.
All of these raise questions of serious nature. The civil society needs to delve in detail and seek answers.
To discuss all these issues Movement For Peace and Justice has called a meeting of Human Rights NGOs, activists and minorities' groups at 7-30 pm on Friday, May 12, 2006 in the Islam Gymkhana, Ground Floor Hall, Marine Lines(W), Mumbai.
The meeting will be chaired by Admiral Ramdas, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace.
Other speakers on the occasion are:
Amaresh Mishra, author and expert on 1857
Alok Bhattacharya. peace activist
Dr. Rehmatullah, AICMEUs
Kamayani Bali Mahabal CEHAT
Advocate Nilofer Akhtar, Women's Wing, MPJ
Aslam Ghazi, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
Mahesh Bhatt, film director
Rekha Thakur, Bhartiya Republican Party
Dolphy D'Souza, Bombay Catholic Sabha
All interested are requested to take part in large numbers.