Gulberg killings not preplanned: SIT

Continuing the arguments over Zakia Jafri’s petition challenging the clean chit given to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in 2002 riots,Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday said the attack in Gulberg Society (that killed 69 persons,including Zakia’s husband Ahsan Jafri) was not a part of preplanned conspiracy.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: April 30, 2013 5:58:27 am

Continuing the arguments over Zakia Jafri’s petition challenging the clean chit given to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in 2002 riots,Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday said the attack in Gulberg Society (that killed 69 persons,including Zakia’s husband Ahsan Jafri) was not a part of preplanned conspiracy.

“Rahul Sharma’s statement is a fact that Ahsan Jafri (husband of Zakia) had opened fire at the mob. Through media reports (this Saturday),I came to know that this is also a line of defence in Gulberg Society trial. The witnesses,including Muslims,have also admitted that Jafri had fired and then the rioting took place,” SIT counsel R S Jamuar orally told the court. Sharma had been assigned to assist in supervising the probe in Gulberg Society massacre.

Jamuar said that there was repercussion of firing. He told the court that rioting in Gulberg started sometime between 1:30 and 2 pm while Jafri fired in the morning between 10 am to 11 am.

“It (firing) might have aggravated the situation but there are other reasons as well. If evidence does not surface let her (Zakia) produce witnesses that Modi was behind it,” Jamuar told the court without elaborating it further.

SIT also argued about the controversial meeting in which Modi had ordered his officials to “let Hindus vent their anger” in the night of 27 February 2002,the day S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was burnt,killing 59 people that led to widespread rioting in the state. Jamuar in his oral submission told the court that those officials who were present in the said meeting didn’t testify that Modi had said anything controversial except suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

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