Tuesday, Mar 26, 2002
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By Sridhar Krishnaswami
The rallyists, marching under the banner of Coalition Against Communalism, presented a petition to the Consulate-General of India that had as many as 4,300 signatures calling on the National Human Rights Commission to ensure human rights and justice in Gujarat, regardless of religion or ethnicity. Rejecting both the charter and the constitution of the current judicial inquiry, the rallyists called upon the NHRC to conduct an independent and impartial judicial inquiry.
They also demanded immediate Government assistance to victims; condemnation of the violence, rather than an explanation, by the State Government; the resignation of the Chief Minister; non-application of POTO in Gujarat; and an immediate end to all measures that curbed the freedom of the press and end to acts of violence against the Press.
"The march was a reflection of India in all its diversity with representation from all its religions brought together by the carnage in Gujarat. It was also a representation of an often silent majority of Indians living in the San Fransisco Bay area who were outraged by the events in Gujarat and believed that their voice needed an expression and wanted to show the people of their support in these troubled times,'' a press release said.
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