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Modi, Friend of Abbott and Mass Murderer

> He is blamed for the death of 2,000 Muslims in India. So why is Narendra > Modi in Wembley?
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> There was to be no Pinochet-style arrest for Narendra Modi. Instead, a man > either responsible for mass-genocide or the saviour of India’s Hindus – > depending on your point of view – rolled into Wembley conference centre last > night besieged by hundreds of Muslim protesters from as far afield as > Bolton, Birmingham and Leicester. “Three thousand people dead! Modi > murderer!” they chanted.
> The Hindu chief minister of India’s Gujarat state is blamed for the > sectarian murder of at least 2,000 Muslims last year. Now he is thought to > be using his profile in Britain to push for bigger electoral rewards at > home. It’s a policy his opponents say is tinged in blood. >
> The wave of communal violence began in February 2002 when a group of Muslims > set fire to a train in the western town of Godhra. Some 59 Hindu pilgrims, > many of them women and children, perished. The incident led to gangs of > Hindus in Gujarat, one of India’s most prosperous states, taking revenge on > their Muslim neighbours.
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> In the inferno that followed more than 2,000 Muslims were killed, as Hindu > mobs went on a spree of raping, burning and murdering. The dead included > three Britons visiting India on holiday.
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> Instead of trying to prevent the slaughter, Mr Modi – a member of India’s > right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) – instructed his > administration to do nothing.
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> Hundreds of people were in the Wembley audience to hear Mr Modi speak and > organisers claimed the 2,500-capacity hall was full. In his speech he talked > mostly of business and attracting investment to Gujarat. But outside the > centre the Muslim protesters were claiming he had blood on his hands over > the “organised pogrom”.
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> Many also criticised the Home Office for granting Mr Modi a visa.The > demonstrators holding placards from a variety of groups put on a noisy but > predominantly peaceful demonstration. Later their noise level escalated when > one Muslim demonstrator running towards the venue was dragged away by > police.
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> Burnt alive
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> Among the protesters was Bilal Dawood, 34, whose family lost two members in > last year’s violence. His brother Faeed, 41, and his cousin Shakil, 38, were > on holiday in Gujarat when a mob stopped their car and they were set ablaze > with petrol. A 17-year-old cousin of Mr Dawood escaped but has been left > severely traumatised by the attack. Mr Dawood, of Batley, West Yorkshire, > said: “All we want is a proper investigation to get justice for what > happened to them.”
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> Asked if he would like to see Mr Modi arrested in London, Mr Dawood said: “I > would like to see the possibility of him being arrested… but what we are > after is the specific people who did this. There have been six people > arrested but then released and no one has been charged.”

> Mark Oliver, and Luke Harding in New Delhi
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> Monday 18 August 2003 17.32 +10:00

> Guardian story from 2003
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> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/aug/18/india.uk
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