Gujarat riots: Witness questions doc`s statement on pregnant woman

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 18:18

Ahmedabad: A witness in the Naroda Patiya
riot case of 2002 has questioned testimony of a doctor with
regard to the killing of a pregnant woman during post-Godhra
communal violence and sought further probe in the matter.

Dildar Sayyad, an eyewitness of the incident, has
filed an application seeking further investigation into the
case, saying that the pregnant woman was unidentified when her
post-mortem was conducted in civil hospital in 2002.

Sayyad told the special court hearing the case that it
was Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) who
identified the 2002 post-mortem report of the pregnant woman
as that of one Kausar Bano in August 2004.

Some of the witnesses have alleged, while deposing
before designated judge Jyotsna Yagnik, that two of the accused
in Naroda Patiya case had slit open Kausar Bano`s womb with a
sword and flung the unborn foetus before setting her on fire.

Dr Jayant Kanoria, who was in-charge of post-mortem at
the city civil hospital in 2002, had told the court early this
month that foetus of Kausar Bano was inside the womb and there
were no external injury marks on her body.

Sayyad has asked how Dr Kanoria knew that the body was
that of Kausar Bano when it was not identified at the time of
post-mortem in 2002.

He also sought on what basis that ACP made changes in the post-mortem note
after two years of the incident.

Sayyad in his application said that detailed probe was
necessary in this regard as the bodies of victims were badly
burnt and it was impossible to identify when they had come for
post-mortem.

He further said that Dr Kanoria`s statement
contradicted the version of witnesses as well as claims made
by accused Babu Bajrangi in the Tehelka sting operation video
footage.

During the post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya area
here, 95 persons of a minority community were killed on
February 28, 2002.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 18:18

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