Saturday, January 21, 2012

Shabnam Hashmi detained in Godhra


Human rights activist Shabnam Hashmi and eight volunteers were detained by police when they were trying to enter Godhra where chief minister Narendra Modi sat on Sadbhavana fast on Friday. Hashmi is founder trustee of Anhad, an NGO fighting for justice to the riot victims of 2002.

Hashmi and her team members were detained on Friday morning and released in the evening. However, two volunteers, Noorjahan Deean and Razak Syed Kalandar, are still missing.

Hashmi termed the incident as "the worst anyone can do in politics". She said, "We just wanted to have a talk with women on their issues, for minorities and for their justice."

According to Hashmi, the volunteers were planning to have an event 'Nyaay ki khoj me' in Godhra. "We do not even know where we were taken, our cellphones were snatched. When we asked the police about the issue, they said they had been given orders not to allow us to enter Godhra till Modi's event was on," said Hashmi. Other volunteers with Hashmi were Waqar Kazi, Dev Desai, Vipul Waghela, Danish Qureshi, Rasit Kagzi and Gaurang Raval.

About the two missing volunteers, Hashmi said: "We are all worried about the two missing members as their cellphones are not reachable and when ask the police, they are not responding properly."

Hashmi said they will write to the SP, Panchmahals, and state DGP about the missing members.


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