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Police firing during VHP Chief’s birthday celebrations [September 2001]

03.08.2002 · Posted in Communal Violence, Human Rights, Minorities, Report

This report appeared in PUCL Bulletin of March 2002
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Police firing during VHP Chief’s birthday celebrations

A report by South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring and People’s Union For Civil Liberties Karnataka

Fact-finding Report on the incidences of rioting and police firing which followed VHP Chief Ashok Singhal’s 75th Birthday Celebration, in Hubli, Karnataka. On September 16th 2001, Times of India reported VHP Chief Ashok Singhal’s Birthday celebrations, which turned violent killing one in the firing of Hubli Police. It was the beginning of a series of riots and violence that shook Hubli, in the following days. It was reported that there were many incidences of communal riots as well as assaults on policemen while discharging duties.

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