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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 brief information about the main political parties in Rajasthan. Who is currently in power? 2. Provide brief information about the student wings of the BJP (ABVP) and Congress Party (NSUI) in Rajasthan. 3. Where are Jats in terms of caste hierarchy in Rajasthan? Is there any information about a Burdak' caste?

8 June 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Is the BJP in power in Punjab? 2. Do authorities in Punjab protect those facing harassment from the BJP? 4. Are those in Punjab who face pressure to give up their land able to obtain state protection?

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

India: 1. Please provide information about the Hindu Sheve Sana Party, the Hindu Dharam Parchar Party. 2. Is Shiv Sena an integral part of the BJP? Is it also linked to the RSS? 3. Please provide information about the student wing of the Hindu Sheve Sana Party in Punjab. What are its policies? Is it mostly comprised of Hindu students? 4. Please provide information about the Khalistan Student Federation (KSF) in Punjab. 5. Is there a history of conflict between the KSF and the student wing in Punjab from 2005 onwards? Now? Is there any record of a hit list operated by the KSF? If so, would it keep names from several years previously? 6. Is there police protection available in respect of harassment by KSF or Khalistan people? 7. Deleted. 8. Is there any record of the KSF working underground? Are they meant to be dissolved? Are they still active? What is meant by the expression that the Sikhs do not leave revenge referring to the death of Mrs Gandhi? 9. Are the KSF or the Khalistan people active in all areas of India? 10. Please provide information about possible relocation in India. 11. Please provide any other information that you consider relevant to these issues

15 March 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. What is the MIM and what is its relationship to the Muslim Youth Association and the Muslim Youth League. 2. Can it be confirmed that at any time in the 1990s, the President of either MIM or the Muslim League Association was Mr Akbaruddin Owas or that the treasurer was Mohammed Osman. Is it possible to confirm that Mohammed Osman was shot dead by police in 1997? 3. Are there any reports of violent clashes in July 2001 between the MiM and Hindu nationalist groups? 4. What is the current position in relation to conflict between Muslims and Hindus in Hyderabad? 5. Is there effective state protection for Muslims in Hyderabad? 6. Is there effective state protection for Muslims elsewhere in India? 7. Are there any laws or other known factors which would prevent a Muslim person from Hyderabad relocating to another part of India to seek state protection? 8. Deleted. 9. Please provide information on the background of the BJP and discuss the likelihood of the organisation targeting or harming political or religious opponents in Hyderabad or other parts of India?

17 December 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

India: 1. Please provide an outline of the political situation in Punjab and whether there has been conflict between Congress and BJP members in August 2009. 2. Please check if there is an MP named Harpartap Singh Ajnala, and whether he is in the State or Federal government. 3. Where is Ajnala located in relation to Amritsar? 4. Are the police inclined to target political activists involved in the conflict (if any) in August 2009, because they are controlled extensively by the BJP?

1 July 2010 | 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

The Republic and States of India at a Glance

December 2008 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Country Profiles

India: 1. Please advise whether the AIADMK party lost the state elections in 2006. 2. Are there any reports of violence between DMK supporters and AIADMK members in 2006? 3. Is there any report of Mr Karunanidhi, Chief Minister and leader of the DMK and his son being removed from his house and imprisoned in 2005/2006, leading to his death? 4. Are there tensions/ violence between DMK and AIADMK supporters throughout India? Are there any states immune to any such conflict? 5. Is there any information about the police providing protection to AIADMK supporters, or about the prosecution of DMK members for violence against IADMK supporters? 6. What is the current situation in Tamil Nadu and other states of India between Hindus and Muslims, and in particular, are there any current reports of violence perpetrated on Muslims by Hindus? If there is, is there any indication that the state is able to protect the Muslims?

10 October 2007 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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