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18 November 2011

AIDWA holds convention on Communal Conflict in New Delhi

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New Delhi: Condemning the communal bias of the police and administration reflected in recent violence of Forbesganj, Moradabad, Gopalgardh and Rudrapur, All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) has demanded legislation on Communal Violence. AIDWA here on Wednesday (November 16, 2011) at Constitution Club organised a convention against communal conflict, which was attended by hundreds of activists and family members of victims of recent communal violence.

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Brinda Karat, a Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP and Patron of AIDWA, while addressing the convention said, “this convention is to express our solidarity with the victims of violence ruling parties and demand justice for them”. Karat alleged, while the state governments are not doing sufficient to curb these violence and bring the criminals to justice, central government is equally responsible for these situations. In a reference to Gujarat, she said “Modi is using the government to fulfil the fascist agenda.” She further alleged that, Modi is creating an atmosphere of terror and fear to stop people to come out and speak truth. “The killing of Nadeem Sayed, a witness of Gujarat genocide case, must be seen as criminal attempt to silent the truth,” she added. She also demanded that the witness protection bill should be passed immediately.

Earlier, AIDWA felicitated Shweta Bhatt, wife Gujarat IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt for her courageous stand against the Government of Gujarat and its Chief Minister. Extending her solidarity and assuring Bhatts’ support to wipe out communalism, Shweta Bhatt said, “It is high time to get united and fight against the menace of communal violence”. Mrs. Bhatt said, “Her family will continue to fight till end. And I am proud my husband”. She also thanked people their support especially when Sanjeev was in jail.

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AIDWA, in its resolution passed at the end of the convention said, “This AIDWA Convention against communal conflict expresses deep concern about the number of incidents in several States where citizens of India belonging to the minority Muslim community have been targets of violence, primarily by forces of the State.”

The convention also condemned the refusal of the state governments involved to take strong action against the officers responsible and demanded exemplary punishment against the police officials responsible and full compensation to the victims.

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