Activists support Teesta Setalvad and husband Javed Anand, whom the Gujarat Police wants to arrest
At a press conference organised by the NGO, Hum Azaadiyon Ke Haq Mein against the Gujarat Police's move to arrest Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, it was unanimously decided that the arrest is harassment and victimisation of activists fighting for justice for the Gujarat carnage victims.
The activists expressed solidarity with Setalvad and Anand, both of whom are activists as well as journalists. They also said that this is a warning for people who come forward to speak up about injustice.
Tushar A. Gandhi, activist and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi said, “Justice should be served, the amount of the account which the Gujarat Police has held them for is wrong and the current figures which have been disclosed to the police are also included in the account. The treatment given to Setalvad and Javed is threatening and a clear indication that if we come forward and speak out, our mouths will be shut. Have we entered an era where we cannot live in an environment of justice? There have been numerous fake encounters in Gujarat and those who were arrested for the same are being released one by one.”
In January 2014, a complaint was filed by former residents of Gulberg Society, and the Gujarat police had booked Feroze Khan Pathan, Teesta Setalvad and others for allegedly taking away Rs.1.51 crore collected for a riot museum.
Residents had also said they were restrained from selling their property on the promise that NGOs would buy them. Citing lack of funds, the promise was not fulfilled.
Setalvad and her NGO 'Citizens for Justice and Peace' were vocal in bringing the Gujarat riot cases to the Supreme Court. In the Best Bakery case, the apex court had indicted the then Modi government of Gujarat as 'Modern day Neros' who looked the other way when the Best Bakery was burning.