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Friday January 20, 2012 07:29:15 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

Godhra: The detention by the Gujarat Police of the Delhi based activist and founder trustee of NGO ANHAD, Shabnam Hashmi and others on their way to Mohammadi Colony in Godhra is being strongly condemned by NGOs working for Gujarat riot victims.

 

"We condemn the detention of Ms. Shabnam Hashmi and other activists who were detained by the Gujarat police, in Godhra, this morning", Fr. Cedric Prakash of Prashant - Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace said.

"In a democracy, everyone has the right to voice their opinion or to express their dissent in freedom and without fear", he added.

"This detention of Ms. Hashmi and others who were protesting peacefully far away from the site of the ‘Sadbhavna tamasha’ is indicative of the fascism that is prevalent in Gujarat State", he said in a statement released to press.

Shabnam Hashmi, the founder trustee of ANHAD - a New Delhi based NGO, and five others were detained by Gujarat police on Friday when they tried to enter Godhra, where chief Minister Narendra Modi is camping for his 23rd Sadbhavana fast.

Hashmi's NGO had organised a programme 'In Search Of Justice', parallel to Modi's show in Godhra, the ground zero of Gujarat riots of 2002.

Hashmi was supposed to address a gathering in Mohammedi Colony in Saatpool area on Friday morning. Her supporters had expected that the cops would detain her. But they had gathered near the spot of the programme.

 

"Hashmi and her supporters were detained on highway and taken to Kheda police station," The Time of India quoted Godhra special operation group police inspector M V Kikani as saying.

A huge cache of policemen swooped in on Mohammedi Colony on Friday morning to ensure that the protestors are detained. Tense atmosphere prevailed at the spot as people gathered in large numbers. However, the onlookers dispersed soon after some supporters were detained. 






 

 

 

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