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Concerned Citizens Tribunal - Gujarat 2002, Crime Against Humanity-- An Inquiry Into the Carnage in Gujarat, India (Vol-1)

Concerned Citizens Tribunal - Gujarat 2002, Crime Against Humanity-- An Inquiry Into the Carnage in Gujarat, India (Vol-1)

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Published by W A Laskar
What a shock and shame that India’s fair secular name should suffer dastardly disgrace
through the recent government-abetted Gujarat communal rage, compounded
by grisly genocidal carnage and savage arsonous pillage, victimising people of Muslim
vintage—and ‘unkindest cut of all’— allegedly executed with the monstrous abetment
of chief minister Modi, his colleagues and party goons. The gravamen of this
pogrom-like operation was that the administration reversed its constitutional role and,
by omission and commission, engineered the loot, ravishment and murder which was
methodically perpetrated through planned process by chauvinist VHP elements, goaded
by terrorist appetite. What ensued was a ghastly sight the like of which, since bleeding
partition days, no Indian eye had seen, no Indian heart had conceived and of
which no Indian tongue could adequately tell. Hindutva barbarians came out on the
streets in different parts of Gujarat and, in all flaming fury, targeted innocent and
helpless Muslims who had nothing to do with the antecedent Godhra event. They
were brutalised by miscreants uninhibited by the police; their women were unblushingly
molested; and Muslim men, women and children, in a travesty of justice, were
burnt alive. The chief minister, oath-bound to defend law and order, vicariously
connived at the inhuman violence and some of his ministers even commanded the
macabre acts of horror.
There was none to question the malevolent managers of communal massacre. The
criminal outrage, there was none in uniform to resist, not even to record information
of the felonies. Nor was there any impartial official to render succour or assure civilised
peace. When government failed and the local media distorted the truth, the fascist
trend flourished and the barbaric, fanatic, rapist human animals remained unchecked.
Awakened by this sinister scenario, people of conscience, all over the country, felt
the gory, catastrophe merited investigation. Thus was set up a committee of enquiry
formally headed by me, but actively and functionally managed by a great young lady—
Teesta Setalvad. She organised the services of eminent judges whose retirement
would not inhibit them from throwing all their energy to the enquiry process—a signal
public service. A great team, valiant paradigm, joined them. They collected evidence of the gruesome events, lethal incidents, vicious environs and the complicity
of people in authority who were vicariously guilty of the indescribable offenses.
Those who sat on the committee—they were superannuated judges, a militant marvel
of an advocate and four other noble public figures—made great sacrifice and rendered
free service. They were experienced as judges and seasoned social activists, and
knew what a judicial enquiry called for—an objective, yet sensitive examination of
the overall holocaust. They pooled testimonies sought from official and non-official
sources, and pooled all probative material. People came and gave evidence, some
officials showed up to unfold what they knew had happened. The Tribunal toured,
restlessly strove to get at the traumatic truth and were guided by the necessity of
hearing both parties. Grievances poured in. Tears and fears were placed before the
Tribunal. I was there only for a day and, therefore, cannot claim to have participated
substantially in the enquiry. But my colleagues have done an anguished job, looking
into tons of material, sifting and sorting and producing a brave, massive report. I
commend their task to the Indian People. I cannot but condemn the culpable delinquency
of those in power in Gandhinagar nor, indeed, is it possible to absolve the
Central rulers in Delhi who failed to act and, perhaps, connived by omission, the
harrying operation in Gandhi Country; I mean Gujarat, where the greatest man of our
time was born, with the noblest example of secular symphony of religions. Yet, action
has to be taken against heinous culprits since justice shall be done under the Indian
What a shock and shame that India’s fair secular name should suffer dastardly disgrace
through the recent government-abetted Gujarat communal rage, compounded
by grisly genocidal carnage and savage arsonous pillage, victimising people of Muslim
vintage—and ‘unkindest cut of all’— allegedly executed with the monstrous abetment
of chief minister Modi, his colleagues and party goons. The gravamen of this
pogrom-like operation was that the administration reversed its constitutional role and,
by omission and commission, engineered the loot, ravishment and murder which was
methodically perpetrated through planned process by chauvinist VHP elements, goaded
by terrorist appetite. What ensued was a ghastly sight the like of which, since bleeding
partition days, no Indian eye had seen, no Indian heart had conceived and of
which no Indian tongue could adequately tell. Hindutva barbarians came out on the
streets in different parts of Gujarat and, in all flaming fury, targeted innocent and
helpless Muslims who had nothing to do with the antecedent Godhra event. They
were brutalised by miscreants uninhibited by the police; their women were unblushingly
molested; and Muslim men, women and children, in a travesty of justice, were
burnt alive. The chief minister, oath-bound to defend law and order, vicariously
connived at the inhuman violence and some of his ministers even commanded the
macabre acts of horror.
There was none to question the malevolent managers of communal massacre. The
criminal outrage, there was none in uniform to resist, not even to record information
of the felonies. Nor was there any impartial official to render succour or assure civilised
peace. When government failed and the local media distorted the truth, the fascist
trend flourished and the barbaric, fanatic, rapist human animals remained unchecked.
Awakened by this sinister scenario, people of conscience, all over the country, felt
the gory, catastrophe merited investigation. Thus was set up a committee of enquiry
formally headed by me, but actively and functionally managed by a great young lady—
Teesta Setalvad. She organised the services of eminent judges whose retirement
would not inhibit them from throwing all their energy to the enquiry process—a signal
public service. A great team, valiant paradigm, joined them. They collected evidence of the gruesome events, lethal incidents, vicious environs and the complicity
of people in authority who were vicariously guilty of the indescribable offenses.
Those who sat on the committee—they were superannuated judges, a militant marvel
of an advocate and four other noble public figures—made great sacrifice and rendered
free service. They were experienced as judges and seasoned social activists, and
knew what a judicial enquiry called for—an objective, yet sensitive examination of
the overall holocaust. They pooled testimonies sought from official and non-official
sources, and pooled all probative material. People came and gave evidence, some
officials showed up to unfold what they knew had happened. The Tribunal toured,
restlessly strove to get at the traumatic truth and were guided by the necessity of
hearing both parties. Grievances poured in. Tears and fears were placed before the
Tribunal. I was there only for a day and, therefore, cannot claim to have participated
substantially in the enquiry. But my colleagues have done an anguished job, looking
into tons of material, sifting and sorting and producing a brave, massive report. I
commend their task to the Indian People. I cannot but condemn the culpable delinquency
of those in power in Gandhinagar nor, indeed, is it possible to absolve the
Central rulers in Delhi who failed to act and, perhaps, connived by omission, the
harrying operation in Gandhi Country; I mean Gujarat, where the greatest man of our
time was born, with the noblest example of secular symphony of religions. Yet, action
has to be taken against heinous culprits since justice shall be done under the Indian

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Concerned Citizens Tribunal - Gujarat 2002
 VOLUME I An inquiry into the carnage in Gujarat
List of Incidents and Evidence
CONCERNED CITIZENS TRIBUNAL - GUJARAT 2002
CRIME
 AGAINST
HUMANITY
 
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Concerned Citizens Tribunal - Gujarat 2002
Photographs Courtesy:
 AFP
,
 AP
,
Communalism Combat 
,
 Reuters
(Arko Datta),
Sandesh
,
The Indian Express
,
The Tribune
Published by
Anil Dharkar
for
Citizens for Justice and Peace
P.O. Box 28253, Juhu Post Office,Mumbai 400 049. India.E-mail : cjp02in@yahoo.comand Printed at:
Siddhi Offset Pvt. Ltd.
5-12, Kamat Industrial Estate,396,Veer Savarkar Marg,Prabhadevi, Mumbai - 25Recommended contribution:
Rs. 200
(Towards expenses incurred on the Tribunal’s work)
 
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Concerned Citizens Tribunal - Gujarat 2002
CONTENTS
Foreward
5
Introduction
9
History of Communal Violence in Gujarat
12
Political Backdrop to the Carnage
17
Mapping the violence
19
Godhra
23
Incidents of Post-Godhra Violence Ahmedabad
Chamanpura26Naroda Gaon and Naroda Patiya37Rest of Ahmedabad43 Ahmedabad Rural61
Panchmahal
65
 Anand
87
Mehsana
90
Dahod
95
Sabarkantha
114
Banaskantha
130
Patan
131
 Vadodara
133 Vadodara Rural154 Vadodara Tribal Belt162
Bharuch
170
Kheda
184
Bhavnagar
189
Rajkot
190
 Attack on Christians
191
List of statements placed before the Tribunal
192
Continuing Violence
193
Expert Witnesses
207
List of Annexures
237
 Annexures
238

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