Amnesty India sued British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the inauguration of a JCB factory in Gujarat, a day after the Delhi municipal company bulldozed homes in Jahangirpuri. †
Earlier in the day, Johnson, who is on a two-day visit to India, opened a factory of JCB, the heavy equipment manufacturer, headquartered in the UK, in Halol in the Panchmahals district of Gujarat.
This comes a day after bulldozers brought down several concrete and temporary structures close to a mosque in Jahangirpuri as part of an anti-burglary campaign by the BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporatin, days after the neighborhood of north-west Delhi was rocked by communal violence. .
The Supreme Court had to intervene twice to stop the ride after learning of a petition from Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind against the demolition.
Amnesty India reacted sharply, tweeting: “Against the backdrop of the Delhi municipal corporation which yesterday used JCB bulldozers to raze Muslim shops in Jahangirpuri in northwestern Delhi, the inauguration of a JCB factory in Gujarat is not only ignorant by the British Prime Minister, but his silence about the incident is deafening.”
It went on to say that the British government must not remain a silent spectator. “It must bring human rights to the discussion table. India cannot wait another day for justice.”
“Demolition continued despite and in violation of an order from the Supreme Court of India asking authorities to postpone the demolition exercise. The residents of Jahangirpuri were not even given a chance to salvage their belongings,” Amnesty India said in another tweet.
The rights group also called these “brutal attacks” on the right to livelihood and adequate housing for religious minorities in India as an attack on their hopes for a secure future.
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