August 27, 2009 12:14:43 am
A member of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) met witnesses of Dipdadarwaja and Sardarpura riot cases of 2002 to assess their security arrangements,SIT officials said on Wednesday.
We met the witnesses of the Sardarpura and Dipdadarwaja riots of Mehsana district who are now living in Satnagar village near Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha district. The purpose of visit was to meet witnesses of the two riot cases and see the progress of the trial in those cases, SIT member Paramvir Singh said,adding that he also met the special public prosecutor for the two cases.
Singh also visited the scene of offence in Sardarpura village in Vijapur taluka and Dipdadarwaja area of Visnagar town in Mehsana district.
Communal riots broke out in different parts of the state following the Godhra train burning incident. In one such incident in Sardarpura,33 people were killed by a mob in March 2002. While in another incident in Dipdadarwaja,11 members of the minority community,including five children,were hacked to death and burnt in their houses during the post-Godhra riots.
Singh said that witnesses of both the cases were satisfied with the security arrangements made by the SIT.
“The witnesses raised some issues during the interaction. These are being looked into, Singh said,but declined to divulge further details.
According to police sources accompanying Singh,the witnesses had complained about the sanitation and other facilities which were lacking in Satnagar.
Mentioning that SIT’s Witness Protection Cell (WPC) for riot cases was functioning well,Singh said: “We have not received any major complaints of harassment yet. But whatever complaints we have got are being looked into.
The six-member SIT,headed by former CBI chief R K Raghavan,is probing nine cases,including the Godhra train burning case. It is also inquiring into a complaint by a riot victim accusing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others for allegedly abetting the 2002 riots.
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