Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sardarpura massacre case witness alleges boycott


Ahmedabad: A Hindu witness in Sardarpura massacre case has complained that villagers have boycotted him and even targeted him for speaking against the rioters.
            During a media briefing on Thursday,Mangabhai Raval said he testified against the rioters and many of those whom he had named were convicted.Raval said he was running a tea stall,but people stopped coming to his shop and he had to close it.
            Before I was to depose,they told me not to speak against them.After conviction, they pressurized me to leave the place.There are systematic efforts on part of the authorities for eviction, he said.He has filed a complaint before the higher authorities in this regard.
            Other witnesses of the case claimed that they had cited specific instances that showed that there was a conspiracy behind the attack in which 33 persons were killed on March 1,2002.The special court refused to believe that it was a conspiracy and held that the attack was a spontaneous reaction of Godhra carnage.
            Social activist Teesta Setalvad said the witnesses have appealed against the trial courts decision that it was not a conspiracy though the SIT and state government do not press hard on this aspect.The Gujarat high court is likely to hear the appeals on Friday for admission.