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March 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Country Profiles

India: 1. Please provide brief background information on the Godhra train burning and subsequent violence against Muslims in Gujarat in 2002. 2. Please provide brief background information on the RSS and BJP. Is there any information to suggest police are 'stooges' of these groups? Do either of these groups target individuals for harm? 3. Please provide background information on Chhatra Parishad and Akhil Bharati, particularly the level of influence one may have over the other, and whether either group targets individuals for harm. 4. Would state protection be available to a Muslim in Gujarat against threats made by Hindu extremists or by the BJP? 5. Would a person be able to re-locate elsewhere in India if he was unable to obtain state protection in Gujarat? 6. Please provide information on the following elections, including the dates and who was running for which party: Gujarat assembly in 2007; Lok Sabha in 2009; and Surat in 2010

4 July 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide a brief overview of the India's electoral system, including the various levels of government. 2. Please indicate during what years Avtar Hanery served as a politician in the Punjab, for what party and in what level of government. 3. Please advise when the next scheduled elections will take place.

18 April 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Are there any legal restrictions which would prevent Sikh residents of Jammu and Kashmir relocating to the large Sikh communities which reside in India's Punjab state? 2. Does it remain the case that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) govern Punjab state as coalition partners? 3. What information is available on the level of security in Punjab state for Sikhs who support the BJP? 4. Please provide a brief background on the political situation of resident Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities in Jammu and Kashmir. 5. Please provide a brief background on Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) and reports of any recent LeT attacks in Jammu (noting especially any attacks against Sikh communities and/or BJP supporters). 6. Is there any information to indicate that Sikhs face discrimination in terms of employment in Jammu and Kashmir? 7. Please provide a brief background on the National Conference Party (NC) and the Democratic Party (PDP); have either of these parties supported the activities of militant Muslim separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir? 8. Please provide a brief background on the result of the recent Jammu and Kashmir state elections and the new Jammu and Kashmir state government. 9. Are there any reports of an incident where the state government transferred ownership of a tract of land owned by the Amar Nath Hindu temple to Muslims, with protests by Sikhs and Hindus resulting in the decision being reversed?

25 March 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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