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Gulberg society massacre: Zakia Jafri disappointed with verdict

Thursday, Jun 2, 2016,15:50 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Ahmedabad | Zakia Jafri, wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was among those killed in the Gulberg Society massacre, today expressed disappointment over the court acquitting 36 people and said they should have been punished as they killed people and destroyed property.

Her son Tanvir Jafri said he would consult lawyers on how 36 others were acquitted before deciding on whether to go for further appeal. I am not satisfied with the court verdict. They should have been punished because I know what they did.

They must have got the punishment as they killed people and destroyed their families. I saw them doing it with my own eyes, Zakia said. She said that being a woman, she doesn’t have the courage to demand capital punishment for the accused, but they must be awarded with stringent punishment.

When they (those acquitted by court) will be separated from their loved ones, they will then realise what we went through, she said. A special SIT court here today convicted 24 of the 66 accused including a VHP leader in the 2002 post-Godhra Gulberg society massacre, which left 69 people dead.

36 people have been acquitted in the case and we will study the judgement with our advocates, Tanvir said. He expressed surprise how only 24 people were convicted when a mob of 400 was involved in the rioting.

The Gulberg society is not chai ki lari (tea stall) which can be burnt by one person. It is a very big society. 15-20 bungalows were there, 10 flats were also there with 400-500 people staying there. 24 people cannot burn the whole society, loot, kill, burn large number of people in brutal manner for over 12 hours. It looks little odd.

Thirty-six people have been acquitted. We will decide on whether to for further appeal or not (against the acquittal), he said. The Gulberg Society case shook the nation when a mob of 400 people set about attacking the society in the heart of Ahmedabad and killed the residents.

The incident had taken place a day after S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was burnt near Godhra train station on February 27, 2002 during which 58 ‘karsevaks’ were killed.

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