India's upper house passes motion on Hindu-Muslim violence

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2002

NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- The upper house of India's Parliament passed a unanimous resolution Monday demanding greater protection and relief for victims of ongoing Hindu-Muslim violence in western Gujarat state.

The motion, initiated by the opposition Congress party, calls for federal intervention to ensure public safety in western Gujarat state and aid for tens of thousands of Muslims whose homes and businesses were destroyed by Hindu mobs.

Police estimate the death toll over two months has been more than 900, while human rights groups put the number closer to 2,000.

Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party, which also governs Gujarat, of not doing enough to stop attacks against Muslims.

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