Saturday, June 25, 2005

Angana Chatterji :Credentials questioned

IPT charge baseless: Sangh

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, June 16. — The VHP and the Bajrang Dal today spewed venom
on so-called Hindu baiters who had conspired to defame the saffron
Reacting sharply to the Indian People's Tribunal for Environment and
Human Rights charge that some VHP activists had threatened to rape and
strip them during a public hearing on 14 June here, Bajrang Dal state
convener Mr Subash Chouhan said it was not only a baseless charge but
a conspiracy to defame the saffron outfits.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Chouhan questioned the presence of
the IPT team. He wondered what it was doing there and why it had
wanted to rake up incidents which had taken place a few years ago at
Phulbani or Jagatsinghpur.
The Bajrang Dal leader pointed out that these pro-left activists
working under the garb of self-styled tribunals had not even taken
permission from district authorities for their visit.

It was a pre-planned move to fan communal passions and rake up old and
forgotten issues, he alleged.

He also questioned the credentials of Angana Chatterji of the IPT and
said she had introduced herself a couple of years ago as a journalist
and was also seen addressing a Left party meeting. This time round she
had claimed to be an academic, he said.

Denying that any Bajrang Dal or VHP activist had attended the public
hearing, Mr Chouhan said he had deputed two of his representatives who
were denied entry.

He alleged that the party's activists had been denied entry as this
would deprive the IPT of the opportunity to level false allegations.

Mr Chouhan wondered why the tribunal members had not informed police

They were reportedly recording statements of those who were present
but strangely they had not furnished a photograph of one of those who
had allegedly threatened to rape or strip them, he noted.

The Bajrang Dal leader was, however, evasive on the IPT charge that
the VHP activists had received a fax and then turned aggressive. The
fax was from a VHP leader who had been invited and he had sent in his
statement that he was not able to attend, Mr Chouhan said.

In a related incident, women activists of a CPI-M-affiliated body
today staged a demonstration in front of the SP office here demanding
arrest of those who had misbehaved with the IPT members.


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