Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the horrific, targeted extra-judicial killings by the U.P. Provincial Armed Constabulary of 42 Muslim youths in Meerut's Hashimpura area, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging him to take action against the perpetrators. The Inquiry Report that was made available after several years indicted the U.P. PAC, naming the Commandant who led the brutal killings in cold blood on May 22, 1987. However, he says, no action was ever initiated by the Union or State government against those responsible.
In the letter dated April 2, Dr. Swamy has reminded the Prime Minister that the MoS for Home at the time was the present Home Minister, P Chidambaram.
Dr. Swamy has held out a threat in case the Prime Minister does not respond to his letter on the Hashimpura report by April 14.
“If you do not wish to take action due to compulsion of the situation the UPA is in, I hope you will have no objection to my approaching the International Court of Justice under Article 17 of the Rome Statute to take cognizance of this case and render justice. This should not be an embarrassment for you because of your Government's new stance in the UN Human Rights Commission, Geneva.”
Dr. Swamy says he has been “encouraged” by the Prime Minister's “readiness to internationalize the alleged human rights violations committed by the Sri Lanka Government during its anti-terrorist armed action against the LTTE during … 2009.”