Concerned Citizens Tribunal - Gujarat 2002
An inquiry into the carnage in Gujarat

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Incidents of Post-Godhra violence
Attacks on Christians


During the Gujarat carnage it was not only Muslims who were attacked but also Christians. Christians were the target of BJP, VHP, BD, RSS goon squads right from 98 until 99. (See section on Build-Up in Gujarat, Volume II) On March 2, 2002, a mission being run at Sanjeli by the Divine Word society was ransacked and burnt by RSS and VHP activists. Father Chachkochan and his companion brother Gnanarul were attacked with stones by a mob at around 2 p.m. The attackers returned at 6 p.m, broke open the house, looted and set fire to the building. The two victims managed to reach the Jhalod Mission by walking a few kilometres and then getting a lift. Then, the Indian missionary society compound at Dhudia (which is close to the Limkheda taluka headquarters near Godhra) was ransacked. Sixty children were chased out and property looted, also on March 2. On the day of the Bharat bandh on March 2, the Mahatma Gandhi school run by the Catholic Mission at Rajkot began its day not knowing about the bandh. RSS and VHP activists reached there and terrorised the school into closing down.


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