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India: Nazi Germany Like Red Cross Markings Emerge on Muslim Societies in Gujarat: Activists file complaint against ominous markings on Muslim homes

Tuesday 14 November 2017, by siawi3

Source: https://sabrangindia.in/article/activists-file-complaint-against-ominous-markings-muslim-homes-gujarat?utm_source=winkemail

Activists file complaint against ominous markings on Muslim homes in Gujarat

Written by Sabrangindia Staff

Published on: November 13, 2017

Civil Society groups are alarmed at the appearance of a sinister deep vermilion cross, an ‘X’ shaped mark that has been spotted in different spots all over Ahmedabad. The mark was spotted on doors of flats/apartments in Aman colony (corner flats), Tagore flats, Al Aman flats and the Faize e Mohammadi society, all located in Ahmedabad. Marks were also spotted in Paldi area.

Gujarat Muslim Colony

It begs the question that when all else is not working, are the extreme right wing majority and their allied communal forces determined to polarise the Gujarati electorate? Now, former DGP Gujarat, RB Shreekumar and journalist and social activist Teesta Setalvad have filed a complaint with the central and state election commissions urging them to take cognizance of and investigate the matter thoroughly.

In an email to the Central and State Election Commissions, the activists say, “As citizens we are extremely perturbed by the ominous and sinister looking VERMILION CROSS MARKINGS that have come up in many parts of Ahmedabad. It is telling that these markings have come up exclusively and only on Muslim societies that is where the Muslim minority is in residence. This is ominous as this suggests that for some reason or another these are being marked. This has caused great fear and insecurity in the minds of the minority community”.

The activists fear the marking makes it easy to identify Muslim homes in different neighbourhoods and in turn makes it easy to target Muslim residents. They also draw attention to the upcoming elections in Gujarat in their email complaint saying, “Sirs, sections 123A and 123B of the Representation of People’s Act specifically state that religion and religious symbols should not be used and mis used in the electoral arena during elections. Since now the Election Code is in operation we urge that the ECI takes immediate steps.”

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Source: https://sabrangindia.in/article/nazi-germany-red-cross-markings-emerge-muslim-societies-ahmdabad?utm_source=winkemail

Nazi Germany Like Red Cross Markings Emerge on Muslim Societies in Ahmedabad

Written by Sabrangindia Staff

Published on: November 13, 2017

UPDATE: As news of the Sabrangindia story got around, locals tried to rubbish away the story by saying that the Vermillion Crosses were for garbage collection! Sabrangindia renewed its inquiries with residents of Paldi who shot back, saying ’How come then only Muslim homes had these crosses?’ The investigations are being carried forward by Gujarat Today newspaper too.

The communal demon is at it again. Desperate to polarise an electorate ahead of the upcoming state elections, a sinister deep vermillion ‘CROSS’ ‘X’ has been spotted in different spots all over Ahmedabad. Will the State and Central Election Commissions Act?

Photo: Gujarat Muslims

The flats/apartments following colonies with the sinister vermillion CROSS are : Aman colony (corner flats), Tagore flats, Al Aman flats and the Faize e Mohammadi society, all located in Ahmedabad. It is clear that when all else is not working, the extreme right wing majority communal forces are bent on polarising the Gujarati electorate. Besides in the Paldi area too, the Muslim societies have been marked with the mysterious cross.

Photo: Gujarat Muslim colonies

In addition, other posters warning against ‘Paldi becoming another Juhapura’ have emerged in the city. An example of this was visible in Paldi, a Hindu majority area located in Southwestern Ahmedabad. A banner called upon voters to prevent the area from turning into another Juhapura – a Muslim dominated neighbourhood in New West Zone of the city.

Photo: Gujarat Muslim Colonies

On a saffrom background, the banner said ‘Bachawo, Bachawo (Save, Save), followed by this dire call: “Paldi Ne JuhapuraThatuAtkavo” (Prevent Paldi from turning into Juhapura).” It was spotted at PaldiMahalakshmi circle. The banner did not have any symbol of a political party nor did it carry the name of who was issuing this scary call.After being on display for some hours, it was removed by unknown people after some local residents objected to it.

Photo: Gujarat Muslim Colonies

Juhapura is the mammoth Muslim ghetto situated seven kilometres away from the city centre of Ahmedabad, the economic capital of Gujarat. With a population of about 1,00,000 before the 2002 Gujarat genocidal pogrom, the population has grown to close to 6,00,000 after the pogrom.

Photo: Gujarat Muslim Colonies

Paldi is a mixed locality with both Hindu and Muslim pockets. Corporate offices and city centres of many national and multinational companies such as Gujarat Gas, WaghBakri Tea Group, Claris, Religare, Royal Bank of Scotland and ICICI Bankare located here. It comes under Ellisbridge Assembly constituency.