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Death threat: Ode witnesses yet to get protection

Two key eye-witnesses in one of the two 2002 Ode Massacre cases are yet to get protection from the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team even after they sought the same in writing more than two-months ago apprehending threat to their lives

Two key eye-witnesses in one of the two 2002 Ode Massacre cases are yet to get protection from the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) even after they sought the same in writing more than two-months ago apprehending threat to their lives. Last week,a witness to the 2002 Naroda Patiya Massacre case,Nadeem Saiyed,was stabbed to death by some unknown assailants in Juhapura area of Ahmedabad.

The two eye-witnesses — Idrish Vohra and Firoz Vohra — were living in the Malav Bhagol locality of Ode village of Anand district along with their families in 2002.

On the basis of the testimonies of Idrish and Firoz,the special trial court in the case had made four persons as accused in November last year. The four were identified as Bhavesh Manubhai,Bipin Manibhai,Suresh alias Somaiyaa and Suresh Ranchod alias Tato.

According to Idrish,one of the accused Bhavesh Manubhai had started threatening him and Firoz of dire consequences.

“Following this,Firoz and I had written letter to the SIT chairman R K Raghavan about the threats. We demanded police protection. However,we did not get any response from the SIT,” said Idrish.

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Idrish said he had lodged a police complaint with Anand Town Police Station in this connection. Raghvan could not be contacted despite repeated attempts over the issue.