Malegaon: In a press release
yesterday, Indian Muslim Federation (UK) strongly deplored the fDi
magazine's decision to honour and invite Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi to UK.
“Modi’s visit to UK or honouring Gujarat state, will harm the
cohesive relationship of Indian Community in UK", IMF (UK) President
Shamsuddin Agha said in the strongly worded press release.
Earlier, the fDi had chosen Narendra Modi as its Asian Personality
of the Year (2009). Faced with opposition and condemnation within
and outside India, however,
now announced, “Following a review prompted by the ongoing
investigation into the 2002 Gujarat riots, fDi has decided to
present its award to Gujarat state, rather than Narendra Modi, the
state's chief minister.”
While appreciating the fDi decision to revoke invitation to Modi,
Indian Muslim Federation (UK), an organisation with UN NGO
status deplored honouring present day state of Gujarat.
was chief minister of Gujarat at the time of the riots. Modi's
alleged role in connection to the riots is under investigation in
which over 2,000 innocent people were killed", said the release.
release further states, "This open state sponsored massacre of
minority Muslims occurred in 2002 under Modi's tenure as Chief
Minister. In addition, hundreds of women were gang raped on the
streets of Gujarat, over 150,000 people were ethnically cleansed and
an estimated damage of £500 million was caused to minority owned
properties. Narendra Modi is widely regarded as the architect of
these massacres, considered to be the most brutal in the history
of India since its Independence. After almost 7 years of evasion
from any judicial purview on April 24th 2009 the Indian Supreme
Court finally asked a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the
role of 64 people, including that of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi in the Gujarat 2002 riots cases.”
based Indian Community does not want to see Narendra Modi receive
any award in UK”, IMF president Agha said in the press statement.
Indian Muslim Federation (UK) has also urged UK Government to refuse
visa to Narendra Modi to safeguard the cohesive relationship among
Indian Community in UK.
Indian Muslim Federation (UK) has asked its members to write
individually and collectively to their local MPs and Foreign
Secretary David Miliband in protest and requesting to refuse UK visa
to Narendra Modi.