Rights activists and lawyers hailed the Gujarat high court-appointed SIT's conclusion that the police encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others was fake.
Activists also sought an apology from the police and media for tarnishing the image of the college girl and her family with the terror tag.
"They (Gujarat police) made their life hell. The family stands vindicated. They killed and tarnished the image of a young girl and her family. They should apologise publicly," lawyer-activist Vrinda Grover shouted outside the court. Grover appeared for Ishrat's family in the petition.
Former Gujarat deputy general of police RB Sreekumar slammed the police and government for staging a series of extra-judicial killings. He also alleged that the state police was responsible for failing to act during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
Another lawyer-activist Mukul Sinha called for a fresh FIR and further probe into the case.
"We want the SIT to file a fresh chargesheet after conducting a comprehensive probe," Sinha told the media outside the court.
Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhvadia slammed CM Narendra Modi for fake encounters. "It is impossible to believe that police have killed so many people in fake encounters without the knowledge of Modi, who is also the home minister of the state," Modhvadia said.
Refusing to comment on the report, state government spokesperson Jaynarayan Vyas said the government would examine the court's final verdict, which will be delivered after a hearing on Wednesday.
State BJP spokesperson Vijay Rupani did not comment on the SIT report either.