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SIT a conspirator,didn’t probe seriously: Zakia

Zakia Jafri,widow of Ahsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots

Zakia Jafri,widow of Ahsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots,Friday said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) didn’t acknowledge certain documents as evidence in the Gulberg massacre case which showed that SIT was a part of the conspiracy. Zakia further alleged that SIT was not probing Jafri’s case “seriously”.

During the ninth day of argument against the SIT’s final report that gave clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others for their alleged complicity in the larger conspiracy that led to statewide riots,Jafri’s lawyer Mihir Desai told the court that SIT ignored various aspects which were sufficient to take cognizance of the case.

The allegation of conspiracy led to a heated argument between SIT lawyer R S Jamuar and Desai. “This is an uncontrolled argument. If SIT is also a conspirator then Zakia should make SIT chairman R K Raghavan and its members,A K Malhotra and IPS officer Himanshu Shukla,accused in the case,” Jamuar told magistrate B J Ganatra.

Earlier,Desai argued that the administration ignored intelligence messages while communal tension was rising,following the arrival of dead bodies of victims of Sabarmati Express train carnage in Ahmedabad and was allegedly paraded at processions to create communal tension.

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Desai submitted various pamphlets,allegedly distributed by Hindu outfits,appealing the Hindus to boycott people from the minority community socially and economically. These pamphlets,according to Desai’s submission,were part of a conspiracy which the state government,despite being aware of it,ignored.

“SIT member A K Malhotra reported the contents of these pamphlets in his first report filed before the Supreme Court. However,in the final report,the SIT completely ignored it,saying these pamphlets didn’t contain the publisher’s name. In fact,SIT recorded statements of VHP members,including Pravin Togadia,Jaydeep Patel,Hasmukh Patel and Kaushik Mehta. However,SIT never asked them about these pamphlets,” Desai submitted.

He said that these objectionable pamphlets were first brought to the attention of the Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) by a Superintendent of Police in Vadodara. The ADGP reported it to Director General of Police and state Home Department. Desai said that the then Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister,Ashok Narayan,had said in this statement that he had discussed it with Modi. “However,SIT never bothered to take these accounts seriously. SIT failed to probe these pamphlets… all these are part of conspiracy,” Desai concluded. The hearing will resume from August 1.