Naroda Patiya riots-Cops ordered firing on minority community

Last Updated: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 22:43

Ahmedabad: One of the witnesses in the
Naroda Patiya post-Godhra riot case has told the court that
one of the police officer had ordered firing at people from
minority community.

Salim Sheikh a victim who survived the riots in Naroda
area on February 28, 2002, where 95 persons were killed by a
mob, told this in the designated court of judge Jyotsna Yagnik
during his deposition in the last three days.

Sheikh told the court that around 9.30 am on February
28, 2002, police officer Mysorewala had allegedly ordered
police to fire at the people of minority community who were
under attack.

One person died, while 3-4 were injured due to firing,
he said. Following the firing, Sheikh said people of minority
community then started pelting stones at the mob for self

Sheikh said that then the mob came closer and entered
the masjid and chawls and set them on fire after pouring some

He somehow escaped from that area, went to his home,
took his family and ran toward the State Reserve Police (SRP)
quarters in the area, he said.

"The SRP personnel there did not allow us to enter and
said that we have to die, did you not see what happened in
Godhra," he told the court.

Sheikh then took shelter with one of his relatives.


First Published: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 22:43

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