Gujarat riots convict Suresh Chhara arrested for `attacking` journalist Revati Laul

The Gujarat Police on Thursday arrested Suresh Chhara, after journalist Revati Laul complained of alleged assault by the 2002 riots convict.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2016, 14:03 PM IST
Gujarat riots convict Suresh Chhara arrested for `attacking` journalist Revati Laul
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Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Police on Thursday arrested Suresh Chhara, after journalist Revati Laul complained of alleged assault by the 2002 riots convict.

Chhara was out on parole.

Earlier in the day, Laul met Additional commissioner Manjita Vanzara​ regarding the alleged attack on her.

"My question is how the court could give him parole despite knowing the fact that he attacked his wife last time when he came out," Laul had told reporters here.

"How can the country feel secure if the courts are unable to save the common people from these convicts?" she had asked.

Laul said the convict Suresh Chhara slapped her when she asked him to share information about his past.

"I visited him at his house and I politely asked him if he wanted to share information about himself, his past and family. Without provocation, he started slapping me," she had added.

Laul, who is writing a book on the convicts in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, said she was attacked by Suresh Chhara when she visited his house in Naroda area of Ahmedabad late Wednesday evening.

"I kept meeting his family members regarding my book. Last year in July, his wife telephoned me saying Chhara raped her while he was released on parole and asked for my help, I helped her to get a lawyer and lodge a complaint," she added.

Chhara has been convicted to 31 years in prison for his involvement in the Naroda Patiya massacre case.

(With ANI inputs)