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US professor denied entry to Kashmir

JKCCS condemns the act

Nazir Ganaie

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society has claimed that a US professor, Richard Shapiro, who is husband of Anjana Chatterji co-convener of the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights (IPTK) and Justice in Kashmir was denied entry to India by the Immigration Authorities in New Delhi yesterday.

Talking to Agence India Press the president of JKCCS Parvez Imroz said, “Shapiro was denied entry by the Immigration Authorities in New Delhi on Monday.”

Shapiro is the Associate Professor of Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco.

Parvez said, “Shapiro is the husband of Anjana Chatterji, who in December 2009 had demanded an International probe into the existence of mass graves in Kashmir valley.”

IPTK had released a report on December 3, 2009 titled “Buried Evidence” detailing the “unknown, unmarked, and mass graves” that contain at least 2,900 bodies.

Imroz said Shapiro, a US Citizen, has accompanied Chatterji, a citizen of India and a permanent resident of the US, to India for atleast 30 times since 1997.

Imroz said Shapiro works on issues of race, gender and alliance building in the USA. “Shapiro doesn’t work on any issue in Kashmir or India,” he said.

Condemning the act Parvez said, “Disallowing Shapiro is a design to target IPTK and work done by Angana Chatterji.”

On Monday, Richard Shapiro had traveled a long way from San Francisco to be with Angana Chatterji. After Shapiro presented his passport he was given the green signal. However, after they started processing passport of his wife, Shapiro was informed that he may not enter India.

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