FFF uges Governor to send report to Prez, PM on violence

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Mangalore, Sep 16 (UNI) Fact Finding Forum(FFF) led by Film Director Mahesh Bhatt and Vice Chairman of Maharashtra Minority Commission, Abraham Mathai, today urged Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur to send a report to President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh following the violence perpetuated on minorities and their places of worship.

Talking to newspersons here, after visiting affected sites in the district, they alleged that there had been no abatement of violence on places of worship and minorities in Daxina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur.

The situation was far from normal, as being claimed by the official sources, they added.

Fresh incidents of violence was reported on minorities and prayer halls by fundamentalists here and in other districts, they alleged.

Dr Mathai urged Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to ensure safety of life and properties of minority communities. Mr Yeddyurappa should book the culprits responsible for the attacks under Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) and other stringent legislations, he added.

He criticised the State Home Minister V S Acharya for deterioration of law and order, besides failure of the State Intelligence to curb the worsening situation. Apart from Dr Acharya, action should also be taken against the district authorities to restore peace, he added.

Dr Mathai alleged that if the Government intends banning organisations like SIMI, it should also ban Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal for unleashing violence on minorities and their places of worship in Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Kerala.

He said FFF would submit its report to Ms Patil, Dr Singh and the Congress President and United Progressive Alliance(UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, besides International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bhatt while condemning the attack said the people were frightened over increase in 'mob-terrorism'.

The State Government's inept handling of the situation had compounded the problem, he alleged.

UNI MA SIV RP RK2003

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