Ahmedabad: Just before the Gujarat elections, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) - the sister organisation of the ruling BJP, which is part of the Sangh Parivar - has raised its voice against Chief Minister Narendra Modi government's handling of the 2002 post-Godhra riot cases.
The Gujarat government recently approached the high court to enhance the punishment of 27 riot convicts from life imprisonment to death penalty.
Terming it as an "anti-Hindu" move by the Gujarat government, VHP general secretary Ranchod Bharwad has demanded that the Modi government should withdraw the "barbaric" appeal immediately with a special review petition.
"Hindus were victims, as 58 of them were burnt alive in the train at Godhra. The master conspirator of that massacre has not been punished. Rather than understanding the pain and agony of the families of convicts, it seems that the Gujarat government is bent upon punishing Hindus in the strictest way. This is not the only case where the Gujarat government is seen influencing the judiciary to victimise Hindus," Bharwad said....more
05:57 PM, Sep 07, 2012