Naroda Patiya riots-Cops ordered firing on minority community
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 03, 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 defence.

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

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 03, 2009, 22:43

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