Remembering Gulberg Tragedy 21 Years On

Zakia Jafri, the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed along with 68 others in the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad during the Gujarat riots of 2002, visited the Gulberg society on the 21st anniversary of the horrific incident on February 28, 2023.

Mrs Jafri had filed a complaint against then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and others into the larger conspiracy behind the 2002 riots on June 8, 2006.

On February 8, 2012, the special investigation team filed a closure report giving a clean chit to Modi and 63 others, including senior government officials, saying there was ‘no prosecutable evidence’ against them.

Mrs Jafri moved the Supreme Court challenging the Gujarat high court’s order rejecting her plea against the SIT decision. On June 24, 2022, the highest court of the land dismissed her plea and upheld the SIT’s clean chit to Modi and others.

The Gujarat riots burst back centre-stage recently when the BBC screened a documentary that enraged the Modi government and its supporters.






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