India preventing probe into Gujarat riots: Amnesty

AFP [ MONDAY, JULY 22, 2002  2:51:26 PM ]

NEW DELHI: Rights group Amnesty International said on

Monday that New Delhi had effectively refused its

delegates access to Gujarat, where they wanted to

investigate recent massacres and other human rights


The Indian government had failed to issue visas by a

deadline of July 12 as agreed with its representatives

in London, the group said in a statement.

"Amnesty International believes that the refusal of

the Indian government to grant access to the state

will only reinforce the concerns that the government

of Gujarat and the state police might have been

accomplices in ... allowing (the violence) to occur

and could be now attempting to cover up involvement of

their officials." 


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