Who is the Biggest Terrorist Of Them All..?

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THE SCATHING INDICTMENT

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Justice Srikrishna Commission was instituted by the Maharashtra Government to look into the causes of the 1993 Bombay riots. For five years until 1998, victims, witnesses and alleged perpetrators were examined and questioned. The Commission was disbanded by a Shiv Sena-led government in January 1996 and was later reconstituted on 28 May 1996 after a public uproar. Its report called Bal Thackeray the “veteran general commanding his Shiv Sainiks” as they went on a rampage that tore Bombay’s secular fabric to shreds. The report identified causes and perpetrators of the riots. Its findings were as follows

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THE GENESIS

⇏ From 8 January 1993 onwards Shiv Sena leaders started launching attacks on Muslims and vandalised their properties egged on by the party chief Bal Thackeray

 The carnage continued as local miscreants also got involved in it to settle personal scores

 The riots began to spiral out of control, forcing party leaders to issue an appeal to stop the attacks

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THE HATE CAMPAIGN

 Violence intensified from 6 January 1993 onwards, instigated by Marathi newspapers such as Navakal and Saamana

 The Shiv Sena added more fuel to the fire by making false statements and writing vicious articles

 In a Time magazine interview, Thackeray justified his party’s terror tactics by saying that these methods ensured safety of citizens

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RIOTS LED TO BOMB BLASTS

 Justice Srikrishna concluded that the Bombay riots led to the bomb blasts

 “Tiger Memon, the key figure in the serial bomb blasts case, and his family had suffered extensively during the riots and therefore can be said to have deep-rooted motives for revenge. It would appear that one of his trusted accomplices, Javed Dawood Tailor alias Javed Chikna, had also suffered a bullet injury during the riots and therefore he also had a motive for revenge.” ( chapter VI, volume I)

 Malicious political campaigns began from July 1992 onwards with slogans like, “Is desh me rahana hoga to vande mataram bolna hoga ( If you want to live in this country then you have to say Vande Mataram)”

 Communal activities of some Muslim organisations such as the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Bombay Muslim Action Committee in response to the Ram Janmabhoomi movement worsened the atmosphere further (chapter I-II and volume I)

 Hindu communal parties justified riots by highlighting an incident, where a family of five was set ablaze in north Mumbai on 8 January 1993.

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SOFT ON SHIV SENA, HARD ON MUSLIMS

 Muslim miscreants get arrested while Sena leaders are let off the hook

 Police said that arresting the accused belonging to the party would lead to a flare-up in the communal situation

• The decision had the approval of the assistant commissioner of police (ACP) and the zonal deputy commissioner of police (DCP)

 The then chief minister Sudhakarrao Naik said “Bombay would burn” if they are arrested

 Many Shiv Sainiks are charge sheeted without arrests and interrogations

 The commission observed that repeated flexing of muscles by the Shiv Sena leaders adversely affected the police morale and psyche

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Indeed, history won’t forgive us if we talk of the Bombay blasts without pointing out that the bombings would not have happened, perhaps, if the Indian State had not allowed the Shiv Sena under Thackeray to rule the streets of Bombay after the Babri Masjid was demolished by militant Hindus.

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