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We Have No Orders to Save You - Gujarat Genocide 2002

We Have No Orders to Save You - Gujarat Genocide 2002

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State Participation and Complicity in Communal Violence in Gujarat
State Participation and Complicity in Communal Violence in Gujarat

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April 2002 Vol. 14, No. 3(C)
“WE HAVE NO ORDERS TO SAVE YOU”State Participation and Complicity in Communal Violence in GujaratTABLE OF CONTENTS
I. SUMMARY................................................................................................................................................4II. RECOMMENDATIONS.....................................................................................................................9To the State Government of Gujarat:............................................................................................................9To the Government of India:......................................................................................................................10To India’s Donors and Trading Partners:....................................................................................................11To International Lending Institutions:.........................................................................................................11To International Humanitarian Organizations:.............................................................................................11To United Nations Agencies:.....................................................................................................................11III. MASSACRES IN GODHRA AND AHMEDABAD.................................................................................13Godhra.....................................................................................................................................................13The Ahmedabad Massacres: Naroda Patia and Gulmarg Society..................................................................15Naroda Patia.........................................................................................................................................15
 Attacks on Women
.............................................................................................................................16Gulmarg Society...................................................................................................................................18IV. OVERVIEW OF THE ATTACKS AGAINST MUSLIMS...................................................................21State and Police Participation and Complicity.............................................................................................21Police Firings........................................................................................................................................25Mass Gravesites and the Collection of Bodies.............................................................................................27Attacks on Women....................................................................................................................................27The Effect on Children and Young People..................................................................................................30Destruction of Mosques and Dargahs.........................................................................................................31Looting....................................................................................................................................................31The Role of the Media...............................................................................................................................34Attacks on the Media.............................................................................................................................34The Government of Gujarat’s Response.....................................................................................................34V. RETALIATORY ATTACKS ON HINDUS........................................................................................36Mahajan No Vando, Jamalpur....................................................................................................................37VI. THE CONTEXT OF THE VIOLENCE IN GUJARAT........................................................................39The Sangh Parivar.....................................................................................................................................39Gujarat: A Hindutva Laboratory.................................................................................................................41A Campaign of Hate.................................................................................................................................43Economic Boycotts and Hate Propaganda...............................................................................................44Communal Violence and Attacks Against Christians in Gujarat...................................................................45VII. IMPUNITY IN THE AFTERMATH...................................................................................................47Impunity for BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal Members.....................................................................................47Manipulation of Police Reports..............................................................................................................48Police Transfers....................................................................................................................................49Detaining Muslim Youth...........................................................................................................................50
 
Human Rights Watch April 2002, Vol. 14, No. 3 (C)2VIII. RELIEF CAMPS AND REHABILITATION...................................................................................52Conditions in the Camps...........................................................................................................................52Protection and Security of IDPs.................................................................................................................53Threats of Forcible Return of Displaced Persons.....................................................................................54Access to Humanitarian Assistance............................................................................................................55Medical Care and Psychological and Social Services...............................................................................56U.N. Agencies and International Humanitarian Organizations..................................................................57Discrimination in the Distribution of Compensation and Relief....................................................................57Rehabilitation and Return..........................................................................................................................59IX. NATIONAL COMMISSIONS...........................................................................................................60National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)............................................................................................60National Commission for Minorities (NCM)...............................................................................................62APPENDIX A: National Human Rights Commission Recommendations.........................................................63APPENDIX B: Pamphlet Calling for Economic Boycott of Muslims...............................................................66ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.............................................................................................................................67
 
Human Rights Watch April 2002, Vol. 14, No. 3 (C)3Thirty-eight-year-old Mehboob Mansoori lost eighteen family members in the massacre of Muslims in theneighborhood of Gulmarg Society, Ahmedabad. He was interviewed by Human Rights Watch three weeks afterthe attack. His story is representative of many testimonies contained in this report.
They burnt my whole family.On February 28, we went to Ehsan Jaffrey’s home for safety. He is an ex-member of parliament…. At 10:30 a.m. the stone throwing started. First there were 200 people then 500 from all over, then more.We were 200-250 people. We threw stones in self-defense. They had swords, pipes, soda-lemon bottles,sharp weapons, petrol, kerosene, and gas cylinders. They began shouting, “Maro, kato,” [“Kill them, cut them”] and “Mian ko maro.” [“Kill the Muslims”]. I hid on the third floor. Early in the day at 10:30 the police commissioner came over and said don’t worry. He spoke to Jaffreyand said something would work out, then left. The wall in front of the house was broken at 11:30 a.m.When they entered the hall we had lost our spirit, we had no weapons, we couldn’t fight back. Other  people also came there for safety. When the gas cylinder exploded I jumped from the third floor. Thiswas around 1:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. they started cutting people up, and by 4:30 p.m. it was game over. Ehsan Jaffrey was alsokilled. He was holding the door closed. Then the door broke down. They pulled him out and hit him witha sword across the forehead, then across the stomach, then on his legs…. They then took him on the road, poured kerosene on him and burned him. There was no police at all. If they were there then thiswouldn’t have happened. Eighteen people from my family died. All the women died. My brother, my three sons, one girl, my wife’smother, they all died. My boys were aged ten, eight, and six. My girl was twelve years old. The bodieswere piled up. I recognized them from parts of their clothes used for identification. They first cut themand then burned them. Other girls were raped, cut, and burned. First they took their jewelry, I waswatching from upstairs. I saw it with my own eyes. If I had come outside, I would also have been killed.Four or five girls were treated this way. Two married women also were raped and cut. Some on thehand, some on the neck. At 5:30 p.m. a car came, it was the assistant commissioner. They brought us out slowly; some were hidingin the water tank underground. Some tried to get out but were attacked. Sixty-five to seventy people werekilled inside. After the police came we told them to take us somewhere safe. They brought us to thecamp. We didn’t go to the police station. Three patients were admitted in the civil hospital. On March 3and 4 the police came here to file complaints, but only after camp organizers called them.

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