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Post-Godhra riots: A village’s untold stories of grief and agony

Sesan Nava village in Deodar taluka is home to over 1,000 Muslims who migrated from Balochistan several generations ago.

Fifty-year-old Havribibi struggles to sit on the low cot outside her hut, using for support the stumps that were once her hands. She lost them 13 years ago when, on March 2, 2002, a mob hacked at them a little above her wrists. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

Siddiq Baloch who lost his five-year-old daughter in riots talks about how Hindus 'always hated' their presence in village. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

Rustam Khan Baloch, upset and angry with his own community for compromising with rioters talks about the struggle he undertook to fight for his men. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

Sesan is a arid, dusty village deep inside Deodar taluka which homes over 1,000 Muslims who migrated from Balochistan several generations ago. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

Havribibi recalls, "I remember how my hands fall to the ground, and the gushing stream of blood. I collapsed, thrashing about in pain". (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

The Deodar taluka is now dominated entirely by Hindu Darbars and Thakors, and the tall, dark and brown-eyed residents of Sesan Nava are the only Muslims there. The communal divide is complete. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

Havribibi who lost her hands talks about her horrific experience of 2002 riots at her house in Sesan village of Deodar district in Banaskantha. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

Rustam Khan Baloch, was upset and angry with his own community for compromising with rioters, he talked about the struggle he undertook to fight for his men. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

The Sesan Nava case was not among those probed by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT. Eight investigators from the Gujarat Police probed this case, the last investigator being Deputy SP M B Ojath. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

The Sesan village, dry, dusty and distant village remain unknown to people of Deodar too. Women work at farm while men sell flesh. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)