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Blair raises Kazakh Hindus' harassment

Blair has raised the issue of harassment of Kazakh Hindus with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 12:30 IST

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has raised the issue of alleged harassment of Kazakh Hindus with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at a meeting in London.

The meeting took place even as 60 riot police and bulldozers assembled inside a Hindu temple in Kazakhstan and allegedly demolished five Hindu houses, the Hindu Forum of Britain said on Wednesday.

According to the Forum, the Kazakh government is allegedly planning to bulldoze a Hindu temple in the Karasai District in Kazakhstan.

In their efforts to highlight the plight of Hindus in Kazakhstan, Ashok Kumar, MP, has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons.

The Motion said, "This House, prior to the visit of the President of Kazakhstan, condemns the harassment and discrimination against Hindu minorities in Kazakhstan; notes that Hindus in the Karasai district have had land, barns and cows confiscated, have been threatened with demolition of their houses, and denied the right to own land.

It further notes that Kazakh Hindus who applied for ownership of their houses were asked to declare that they were not Hindus, while non-Hindus who made similar applications were immediately granted ownership rights.

It acknowledges that the Supreme Court reviewed two cases regarding Hindu cottages and ruled against Hindus without inviting the plaintiffs to the hearings."

First Published: Nov 22, 2006 11:27 IST