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The city was on heightened alert as the Hindutva movement had threatened to turn the city upside down if the leader of the Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray, was arrested as threatened by Bombay police. The Maharashrate state authorities, led by the Congress party, was acting on the basis of the Srikrishna Commission report.
The report released in June found Thackeray responsible for inciting attacks on Muslims which resulted in the butchering of between 800 and 1700 Muslims in Bombay during 1992-93, in the wake of the Babri Masjid destruction.
The momentum gained by the Hindutva movement with the destruction of the Babri Masjid on December 2, 1992 has emboldened the movement to reach greater heights. But the suffering of Muslims did not start with the destruction of the mosque built in 1528. They have been suffering since 1947. Since then, the community has had to witness the destruction, occupation or conversion of more than 7,000 mosques. To date, they have also been victims of more than 16,000 "communal riots", a euphemism for anti-Muslim pogroms since partition.
2003 The large scale violence of 2002 did not recur. Frequent clashes between the state’s Muslim and Hindu communities continued however, reportedly resulting in fewer than 100 deaths, the majority resulting from an August bomb attack in Bombay . The anti-Islamic bias of Gujarat ’s state police and judiciary in bringing to justice those responsible for the previous year’s violence resulted in further animosity between the two groups.
2002 Thousands of people died in violent confrontations between Hindus and Muslims. The conflict began in February when a Muslim mob set fire to a train carrying Hindus heading to a disputed religious site, killing 59 people and initiating a cycle of statewide Muslim and Hindu retaliation attacks that claimed over 2,000, mostly Muslim, lives. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party, won state elections in December .
Originally posted by Huria86
I wish they would say how imminent is imminet. Hours,days,months? Anyways I really hope they can stop these attacks from happening. Is there any word on what kind of attacks they are expecting?