IV. TARGETED ECONOMIC DESTRUCTION OF THE MUSLIM
A Times of India report on Wednesday, 6, March, 2002
clearly outlines the extensive and systematic economic damage that was
caused to the minority community.
The Report states: “ The communal disturbances that
rocked the city for one week has caused heavy losses of around Rs 300
crore to the production and sale of fabrics manufactured in 18 textile
mills and over 200 process houses and powerloom units - a majority of them
still closed as fear stricken workers have left for their native places.”
A another report by Daily Pioneer on 7 March 2002,
titled “Gujarat riots take huge toll on economy” gives a detailed
account on the economic lose suffered and the extensive and deliberate
damaged caused. The report highlighted the following:
According to Union
Textile Minister Kashiram Rana, who hails from Surat, two textile mills a
number of handloom units apart from other industries in the city were
60 Opel Astra cars and
other vehicles parked inside the GM Motors at Halol were reduced to ashes.
The loss is estimated at around Rs 10 crore.
The loss to the nearby
Lucky Film Studio, which also bore the brunt of mob fury, was of the order
of Rs 2 crore.
A Landmark Honda
Showroom at Thaltej on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway, which the VHP mob
mistook as belonging to Muslims, was a burning inferno, with Honda City
cars and brand new fleet of Accord cars being torched. The consequent loss
is put at Rs 4 crore.
The hotel industry
suffered a loss of Rs 600 crore in Ahmedabad alone, according to President
of the city's Hotel-Restaurant Association Ratanprakash Gupta. He said as
a result at least 20,000 workers, who were dependent on these hotels, have
been rendered jobless; and many are missing, among them were a large
number of migrant workers.
The loss arising out of
burning down hotels and restaurants in other parts of the State is said to
be in the region of Rs 500 crore. Among the 'casualties' were two A/c
hotels in Bhavnagar and innumerable small restaurants on highways and
At least 20,000
two-wheelers and 4,000 cars were reportedly burnt. Thousands of vehicles
were torched at Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and scores of trucks on
Kalogudhra, Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar, Mehsana-Ahmedabad and Surat-Vadodara
highways. They are lying everywhere - 20 to 30 vehicles lying broken or
burnt every kilometres on the inner streets of Ahmedabad. Most of the
vehicles belonged to innocent Hindu customers. Garage owners, most of them
Muslims, fled to escape mob fury.
The State road transport
buses and city buses were withdrawn before the bandh days after at least
seven buses had been set on fire. Besides the five industrial units burnt
down at Halol, the mob set fire nine tricks carrying cars.
Three big industries
were heavily damaged at Shapar Veraval area in Saurashtra, six plastic and
other industrial units at Rajkot, several units in Vadodara, Surat, Godhra
and Bhavnagar inside GIDC estates (industrial sheds of the Government).
Professor Keshavram Kashiram Shastri, Chairman of the Gujarat unit of the
Vishwa Hindu Parishad, made a startling revalation. He said that the
list of shops owned by Muslims in Ahmedabad was prepared on the morning of
February 28 itself.
stated: “In the morning we sat down and prepared the list. We were not
prepared in advance.”
they did it, he responded, "Karvun j pade, karvun j pade (it had to
be done, it had to be done). “We don't like it, but we were terribly
angry. Lust and anger are blind." He said the rioters were "kelvayela
Hindu chokra" (well-bred Hindu boys).
the reasons of the deliberation inaction of the Police on the rioters. He
said "They feared death.” "And some of them were Hindus who
thought, let the mob do whatever it wants."
admitted that people had been burnt, mosques razed, and shops looted, but
argued that all that had been done in a “frenzy"
complete interview can be accessed on
(Concerned Citizens Tribunal Report 2002)