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Gulberg Society massacre: SIT ignored material proof to begin trial,says Zakia

Zakia Jafri,the widow of Ahsan Jafri who was killed at Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad during the 2002 riots,once again submitted before a metropolitan court

Zakia Jafri,the widow of Ahsan Jafri who was killed at Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad during the 2002 riots,once again submitted before a metropolitan court Thursday that the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) ignored material evidence which were enough for the court to take cognizance of the complaint and begin trial.

On the eighth day of her argument challenging the SIT’s clean chit given to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others,Jafri’s lawyer Mihir Desai submitted elaborate details of events that followed the riots.

He said that kar sevaks going to Ayodhya,shouting slogans in the train and the burning of Sabarmati Express train at Godhra railway station were all part of a larger conspiracy.

He said it was not one particular event that resulted into the rioting but there was a series of such events which were allegedly planned.

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“This case is not about an individual but several organisations,including Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP),” Desai told the court.

Claiming SIT ignored several facts in its report,Desai said that the VHP had declared bandh a day after train burning incident at Godhra. He said that this bandh was backed by the BJP.

However,in his statement recorded by SIT,accused No. 1 (Modi) has said that he came to know about the bandh through media reports.

According to Desai,SIT should have probed how a Chief Minister of a particular party would have been ignorant about his party’s stand.

“It’s not an administrative lapse or error but a case of permitting violence. These possibilities can be examined only after trial,” Desai said. He added that SIT discredited suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s statements because he spoke after eight years of silence.

However,SIT never questioned P C Pande (retired IPS and one of the accused policemen in the case) who was questioned by SIT twice.