Gulberg Society massacre: ‘Absconding’ for 16 years, accused held

According to DCB officials, Pandey’s name was mentioned in the FIR registered at Meghaninagar police, along with 60 other accuse

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: January 11, 2018 9:16 am
Gulberg Society massacre, 2002 gulberg society massacre, gulberg society, gujarat riots, ahsan jafri, indian express news The accused, identified as Ashish Pandey, a resident of Krishnanagar, who was “absconding” since 2002, was caught by the DCB officials.

The Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on Wednesday arrested an absconding accused wanted in the Gulberg Society massacre case during 2002 riots. The accused, identified as Ashish Pandey, a resident of Krishnanagar, who was “absconding” since 2002, was caught by the DCB officials.

According to DCB officials, Pandey’s name was mentioned in the FIR registered at Meghaninagar police station, along with 60 other accused. Police said that Pandey was part of the mob that went on a killing spree at the Gulberg Society in which 69 Muslims were killed, including former Congress Rajya Sabha member Ehsan Jafri.

Officials said that Pandey was among the five accused who are absconding for the past 16 years. Pandey is said to have lived in various cities, including Haridwar in Uttarakhand, where he worked in transport business. The DCB officials have handed him over to the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) which probed the case.

In Gulberg Society massacre case, a special trial court convicted 24 accused in June 2017. Out of them, 11 were sentenced to life imprisonment. The convicts have challenged the judgment in the Gujarat High Court, while the SIT is still awaiting the state government’s approval to file an appeal against the acquittal of 36 others accused and the enhancement of sentences.

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  1. Hari Patel
    Jan 11, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    He should have killed more MUSLIMS, THEY DESERVED TO KILLED
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    1. Mohd Sarwar Nasree
      Jan 11, 2018 at 9:59 am
      What a commendable job done by highly efficient Gujarat police in nabbing the criminal after 16years of hot pursuit . The officers should be decorated with presidential medal. Another 16 years to indict Pandey in court .By this time many witnesses must have died or much of the primefacie evidence carefully destroyed so little chance he would ever be indicted in Gulbery case as court requires evidence to prove some one guilty. Recently our Honorble PM spoke about police reform what better place to start from his own state which is often quoted as role model in parliament debates . Can't fully blame the police for laggard investigation if executive body really not interested in taking out the skeleton from their cupboard specially in riots cases that were orchestrated for political gains either case Panday has only executed the crime ? The actual perpetrators remain at large. Very soon on account of lack of evidence Pandya set free be a honourable free citizen of India .
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