On February 24, nine of the twenty-one accused in the Best Bakery case were convicted of burning fourteen people to death and sentenced to life imprisonment. Eight others were acquitted, while four others have yet to be found. The judge said he was not awarding capital punishment to the convicts because it could not be […]

Police to reopen Gujarat cases

February 9, 2006 | Comments Off on Police to reopen Gujarat cases

The action-taken report of the inquiry committee investigating the 2002 Gujarat pogroms against Muslims has revealed that the police will reopen cases relating to the pogroms. In addition to reopening 1,594 cases regarding the 2002 pogroms, the police will also probe 41 police officials for failing to adequately investigate the cases. The court also ordered […]

Protest over use of human shields by security forces

November 18, 2005 | Comments Off on Protest over use of human shields by security forces

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Kashmir on November 13 to protest the deaths of two men they say Indian security forces used as human shields during an operation the previous day. The protestors placed the bodies of the two men on a highway, refusing to bury them unless those responsible were brought […]

After being exonerated by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), Senior Superintendent of Police Farooq Khan was reinstated on September 14. He had been suspended in 2003 on charges of five fake killings in Pathribal in 2000. The Pathribal killings were the joint response of the Indian Army and the police to the Chittisinghpora massacre. […]

Five years later, the Central Bureau of Investigation has completed its report on its investigation into the faked encounters of Kashmiri civilians in 2000 by the Indian Army in Pathribal: The Army and police, in a joint operation, killed five innocent civilians who they said were responsible for the massacre of Sikhs at Chittisighpora in […]

Lawsuit Against Hindu Groups for Gujarat Pogroms

June 24, 2005 | Comments Off on Lawsuit Against Hindu Groups for Gujarat Pogroms

Twenty-one survivors of the 2002 Gujarat pogroms have filed a damages lawsuit against nationalist Hindu organizations, such as the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP),  Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (National Volunteers Corps).  The BJP is currently in power in Gujarat, and was the ruling party in India before the elections last […]

Inquiry finds no evidence of Godhra terrorist conspriacy

June 5, 2005 | Comments Off on Inquiry finds no evidence of Godhra terrorist conspriacy

The committee headed by Justice SC Jain has completed its inquiry into the Godhra train fire, and has reported that it found no evidence of a “terrorist” conspiracy. These findings contradict the BJP government of Narendra Modi, which has always maintained that the Godhra train fire was a planned terrorist conspiracy.  The three-member committee, which […]

To fulfill its pledge to prevent violence like that of the 2002 Gujarat pogroms from recurring, the Gujarat government has proposed the Communal Violence (Suppression) Bill, 2005. This bill grants the government wide powers to respond to communal violence, including the power to arrest and search without a warrant. The bill also increases the punishment […]

Human rights lawyer Parvez Imroz stated in a press conference on April 30 that the Indian army and the Jammu and Kashmir government are conspiring to kill him. Parvez Imroz has worked to document human rights abuses perpetrated by the Indian security forces and the Kashmiri army. He is the founder and director of the […]

Gujarat police officer says government authorized killings

April 22, 2005 | Comments Off on Gujarat police officer says government authorized killings

RB Sreekumar, former Gujarat intelligence chief, has revealed that the Gujarat government authorized and encouraged killings during the 2002 pogroms. He brought a case against the Gujarat government, saying he was denied a promotion for refusing to act upon the “illegal and unconstitutional directives” of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as well as the state […]

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