November 8, 2003
Two Human Rights Defenders, associated with the Citizens for Justice and Peace, have been receiving renewed threats in connection with their work related to justice for the victims of the Gujarat carnage, be it the BEST Bakery case or the victims of the Godhra burning of Coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express.
Shri Rais Khan Aziz Khan Pathan, the full-time coordinator of CJP, has received two threats in the past week on his mobile, details of which have been sent by CJP to the DGP, Gujarat State, Mr Chakrovarty, CP Ahmedabad, Mr Kaushik and other officers of the Gujarat State. On October 23, 2003, Teesta Setalvad, Secretary CJP formally applied to the Mumbai police for protection after repeated warnings from the field office of the CJP in Gujarat. Before this she had been granted protection only in Gujarat. The Mumbai police have provided protection since November 6, 2003.
The details of the threats received by Shri Rais Khan on the mobile are :
1) The first of the recent threats in the last week was received by Mr RaisKhan on November 4, 2003 at 9.28 a.m. when he was in Viramgam following the violence that broke out there last Sunday. The only details that showed up on his mobile was of the date and time. The male voice said that, “ We know you are in Viramgam; keeping a track every minute; protection ke saath ghum rahe ho; pro ke saath hi uda donge; (with protection we will finish you); Gujarat chod ke nikal jao;(Leave Gujarat and go); Tum jab se yahan hon Gujarat ka vatavaran kharab hua hai (Since you have come to Gujarat atmosphere has been received)
2) The second threat was received by him on November 7, 2003 at 17.31 minutes when again only the date and time showed up on my mobile.
We urge your esteemed publication to give prominent coverage to the threats received by representatives of a group committed to justice, peace and reconciliation in Gujarat.
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