Activists condemn Guj riot victims` detention

A group of social activists and artistes, including Mahesh Bhatt and Prashant Bhushan condemned the detention of Gujarat riot victims.

Updated: Sep 19, 2011, 13:16 PM IST

New Delhi: A group of social activists and
artistes, including Mahesh Bhatt and Prashant Bhushan on Monday condemned the detention of Gujarat riot victims who were
protesting against the fast of the state`s Chief Minister
Narendra Modi.

"We believe that curbing people`s right to peacefully
protest is a suppression of democracy and condemn this unjust
action by the Gujarat State Government," the activists said in
a statement here.
The signatories of the statement include filmmaker Bhatt,
lawyer Bhushan, theatre personality Arvind Gaur and activists
Arvind Kejriwal, Arundhati Dhuru, Sandeep Pandey and Shazia
Ilmi.

They termed the detention as undemocratic.
Yesterday, Gujarat Police detained more than 50 activists
and riot victims including Mallika Sarabhai, Mukul Sinha,
Shamshad Pathan and others at Naroda Patiya preventing them
from holding a silent protest against Modi`s `Sadbhawna` fast.

PTI