Popular Front of India Press Release / New Delhi / 26 April 2011

uesday, April 26th, 2011
Prosecute Narendra Modi, Reconstitute SIT

Impose complete ban on Endosulfan

Be vigilant about Hindutva infiltration in anti-corruption movement

Cancel Jaitapur atomic reactor project

The meeting of the National Executive Council of Popular Front of India called upon the concerned authorities to prosecute Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat who has time and again proved to be the kingpin behind the genocide of the Muslims in the state of Gujarat in 2002. Many agencies, activists and investigators have already proved beyond doubt that Modi’s hands are sullied with the blood of the innocent victims of genocide. The affidavit filed by Sanjeev Bhatt, the senior police officer from Gujarat, in the Supreme Court reveals that as Chief Minister Modi had given specific instructions to the police to allow the Hindutwa activists to have a free hand in the riots and to look the other way when minorities were attacked systematically in a well executed genocide plan engineered by Sangh Parivar . The Special Investigation Team appointed for the Supreme Court to investigate certain crimes in the state has proved itself to be servants of Modi. The NEC also appealed to the Supreme Court to reconstitute the team so that all culprits including Modi are brought to book and punished exemplarily.

The meeting of the National Executive Council has also called upon the Government of India to take steps for a total ban on Endosulfan as it has proved to be highly toxic to the bio system including human beings and known for hazardous and persistent impact on the people who live in the areas where it is used . It is quite unfortunate and highly deplorable that Government of India still refuse to the appeals made political parties, civil society groups, environmental experts and concerned citizens for a ban on the pesticide. Endosulfan has already been banned in more than 63 countries. India is the only country except China which uses this killer insecticide extensively without supervision and about 70% of Endosulfan produced in the world comes from India. There is a lingering suspicion that the Central Government hesitates to proscribe the insecticide because of the pressure and influence of big business houses engaged in the production of hazardous insecticides. The meeting of NEC has extended full support to people engaged in the campaign for the ban and asked its members, associates and sympathizers to join the historic struggle for an end to the use of Endosulfan.

In another resolution the NEC has expressed its anguish and concern at the efforts of rightist Hindutwa groups to appropriate the movement launched by Anna Hazare against the official corruption which has become rampant in the country. The fast- unto- death launched by the prominent Gandhian from Gujarat and the support it has received in the cities is a reflection of the seething anger of the people against looting of public money by a mafia made up of political leaders, business titans and shady middle man working over time in the capital. But of late there have been many developments which show that rightist communal forces are trying to hijack the movement for their own political ends. The meeting of NEC appealed to the secular intellectuals, civil society leaders and NGO’s who rallied for Anna Hazare to be vigilant about the infiltration made by these forces and work for a comprehensive bill to fight corruption.

The meeting of NEC also protested against the plan of Dept of Atomic Energy to build a complex of atomic reactors in Jaitapur in Ratnagiri District in Maharashtra against the wishes of local people who will be replaced by the project and environmental activists. The tsunami and the resultant nuclear disaster in Japan have once again shown that atomic reactors are extremely dangerous and expensive not only economically but also environmentally. Ratnagiri area known for elaborate biodiversity is an official horticultural zone and it is earthquake prone. The 9900 mw reactor complex is using an untested French technology and it will displace 40,000 people, disrupt water flows and uproot fruit-yielding trees. It will also affect the ecosystem beyond repair. It would be foolish on the part of DAE to build atomic reactors especially in the wake of the tragedy unfolding in Japan. NEC also felt that it was high time for the DAE to give up its secrecy and come out with their hands clean. The meeting also expressed its solidarity with the people of Ratnagiri who are leading a valiant struggle against the reactor complex.

The meeting was presided over by Chairman E. M. Abdul Rahiman. General Secretary K. M. Shareef presented reports and moved resolutions. Those who attended the meetings include Vice President Muhammad Ali Jinna and members Moulana Usman Baig, Prof. P. Koya, Yasir Hasan, Ya Moideen, Hamid Muhammad, Anis Ahmed, Elyas Thumbe, Karamana Ashraf Moulavi, O M A Salam, Muhammed Roshan and A. S. Ismail.

Secretary (Media and Public Relations)

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