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India: Sahmat Statement in support of Citizens for Justice and Peace

Saturday 13 April 2013, by siawi3

by Sahmat, 23 March

Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust
29, Feroze Shah Road,New Delhi-110001
Telephone- 23381276/ 23070787

Date 23.3.2013

We are disturbed by the continuing propaganda in a section of the media against the NGO, Citizens for Justice and Peace and its sister organisation SABRANG. CJP and Sabrang led by the indomitable Teesta Setelvad have been in the forefront to seek justice for the victims of Gujarat 2002 riots since 28 Feb 2002. That the allegations which are being repeatedly made by a handful of disgruntled elements have been decisively refuted by the legally constituted Gulberg Co-op. Society vide its statement dated March 4 and March 13, has not deterred these elements clearly shows their ulterior motive. We believe that the filing of police cases and propaganda in the media is a part of the plan to demoralise Teesta Setalvad since she is legally assisting Mrs. Zakia Jafri in her case against Gujarat Chief Minister and others in this case is due to be filed by 15 April 2013 and the present campaign against Ms. Setalvad is to intimidate and implicate her in frivolous cases.

We express full solidarity with CJP, Sabrang, Teesta Setalvad and her legal team in their continuing pursuit of justice for the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Prabhat Patnaik C.P.Chandrasekhar Madangopal Singh
Badri Raina Ram Rahman Vivan Sundaram
Irfan Habib M. K. Raina Indira Chandrasekhar
Madhu Prasad Anil Bhatti N. K. Sharma