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Compensation to  Gujarat Riot Victims


Public Meeting

Fatwa on Terrorism issued by Mufti Fuzail-ur-Rahman Hilal Usmani
(Pronounced in person at a Public Meeting, “Citizens Against Terror”, organized by Citizens for Justice and Peace, Muslims for Secular Democracy and others in Mumbai on July 27, 2006).

Text of Fatwa: Hindi | Urdu | Marathi | Gujarati

Message from Sajjadanashin Of
Hazrat Khwaja Saheb,
Ajmer Shari

Press Coverage of Meeting

Statement of Condemnation
(Mumbai Blast)


SC judgment
Re-trial of Best Bakery Case
outside Gujarat

(April 12, 2004)

Media Archive



  List of Prosecution,    
  defence witnesses
  Chart for the
  identification of
  the accused
  Chart for the
  identification of
  the weapon
  List of accused  (pdf)
  Contradictory statements  
  by Zahira and family
  Zahira Speak  (pdf)
  Hostile witnesses:    (pdf)
  Criminal consequences
  Modi on NHRC, CJ  (pdf)
  Pending petition for  (pdf)
  re- investigation, transfer
  No appeals  (pdf)
 Partisan prosecutors (pdf)
 Partisan Investigation (pdf)
 Vadodara witnesses (pdf)
  Case History
 Supreme court  
(Mar 8, '06)
  Mazgaon (Mumbai)
  session court
(Full Judgement)  
 ( Feb 24, '06)
  Mazgaon (Mumbai)
  session court
 (Feb 24, '06)
  SC Judgement: transfer
  and  retrial in Mumbai
(April 12, '04)
  SC order expunging
  remarks against
  Teesta, Mihir
  Gujarat HC order
  Dec. 26, '03/Jan 12, '04
  CJP and Zahira file
  SLP in SC
(Aug. 8, '03)
  Zahira/CJP press  
  conference in Mumbai

  (July 7, '03)
  Sessions Court
  Judgement, Vadodara

  (June 27, '03)

News Letter March 2006

Crime Against

Gujarat Riots
 Concerned Citizens Tribunal Report


Crime Against

( Abridged Version)


Gujarat 2002






Letter No. – 1132/2009                                                                                     Date – 22.10.2009




                Sj. Justice R.K. Patra,


                Orissa Human Rights Commission,



Sub:-       Prayer for independent enquiry of case No.472/2009 by OHRC, Bhubaneswar.




                We express our deepest gratitude for patient hearing of the esteemed members of the Bench on dt.22.10.09 in relation to our case No.472/2009 in the office of the OHRC, Bhubaneswar


                That, “Kuidina Forum for Peace and Justice” is a local peoples initiative mostly led by the indigenous women of Kandhamal committed to restore peace and justice and also have been sincerely engaged in peace building processes in almost all the past so called communal violences.


                On the petition of “Kuidina Forum for Peace and Justice” dt.28.03.2009, the commission had given a direction to the District Administration for the joint enquiry on the negligence and lapses in the investigation in providing life protection and security arrangement in relation to the victims vide the order dt.05.05.2009 in a joint bench of Hon’ble Justice R.K. Patra, Justice Himadri Mohapatra and Dr. R.N. Bahidar and report back within eight weeks.


                Even today after 22 months of major violence took place in Dec. 2007 and the 14 months after the incident took place in the month of August 2008, the victims are still living in a fear of insecurity and terror without any adequate livelihood support system and no enquiry has been made so far to give immediate relief and justice to the victims.


                In spite of clear direction of OHRC to give protection to Debendra Nayak of Lingagada vide Case No.549, dt.04.08.08 failed, Issac Digal, G.Udayagiri, Co-ordinator of the Forum was brutally attacked on dt.03.09.09. Karpura Digal, Shankarakhole has not received due compensation for her murdered husband. Attempt to rebuild damaged houses in Dadingia and Gressingia was disturbed due to further attacks as reported (communicated to OHRC on dt.07.09.09). Sumabati Pradhan, Dakedi and Bhabanti Nayak, Godabisa approached His excellency Governor of Orissa but did not get adequate security assistance to return back by the admn. And still facing further attacks. Most of the victims in the petition are facing continuous attacks, threatening and humilitation in different forms even for last seven months since the petition submitted to OHRC. District Administration is very busy in taking up many formal peace initiatives sincerely but the said responsibility seems to be an additional burden.


                Large number of complaints are yet to be converted into formal FIRs and even in the justice delivery system Criminals are getting acquitted due to the weaknesses in the investigation and prosecution. There is greater need of protection for the complainants and witnesses in the process. So far 95 persons are acquitted and 24 persons convicted.


                The real criminals, the third force, who practically led the violence, supplied all the required financial resources, managed the looted property, supplied explosives, arms, weapons, petrol and cooking gas etc. are still in the dark, not arrested and moving freely to create further violence in future under the defence mechanism of different political parties and organizations, with their predominant, sectarian and divisive attitude.


                Though the Govt. has declared the closer of all the relief camps withdrawing the CRPF by the end of August 2009 and claims that the situation in Kandhamal is peaceful and normal, the indigenous women leaders allege that the victims are still not in a position to return back to their native villages, construct their damaged houses and avail the due compensation. The victims are leading a miserable life under the impending fear of death and future attacks deprived of proper security arrangement, Govt. relief and staying in their self managed temporary tents and shelters. 40% of the total agricultural activity has been dropped due to the prevailing chaotic situation and social unrest.


                Non-transparent and non-inclusive peace building and rehabilitation process has made the situation more complicated and critical as many agencies and organizations not much familiar with the local egalitarian culture, long standing, symbiotic relationship, traditional non-hostile animistic faith and most importantly the entitlements and the protective constructional provisions and the related rules of all the indigenous forest dwelling communities have started intervening in the process. Resource seems to be mismanaged and underutilized.


                The Forum pray your kind self for an appropriate intervention, particularly conduct the enquiry independently through OHRC and advice the concerned authority for an inclusive people based process and due recognition of the voice of the local community leaders without giving further scope to the divisive elements as life of the poorest of the poor is equally important and also requested for displacement of all the officials with sectarian and biased mindset for the greater public interest.



                Sd/-                                                                                                                 Sd/-

(Keshamati Pradhan)                                                                                           (Hemant Naik)

Co-convener                                                                                                            Convener








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