FEBRUARY 28, 2002: Mob attacks Gulbarg Society.
June 8, 2006: Jakia Ahesan Jafri files detailed complaint before Gujarat DGP, but no FIR is registered. She moves Gujarat High Court.
November 12, 2007: Gujarat High Court dismisses Jafri's plea. She goes to Supreme Court.
April 8, 2008: Supreme Court appoints Special Investigation Team to look into nine major incidents during Gujarat riots.
April 27, 2009: Supreme Court asks SIT to probe roles of Modi, his cabinet colleagues, police officials and senior bureaucrats in 2002 riots.
32 still missing
42 out on bail
9 chargesheets filed so far
14 accused absconding
“I am certainly happy, (especially) when it has come after seven years,” the widow of former Member of Parliament Ehsan Jafri — one of the victims of the Gulbarg Society massacre of February 28, 2002 who was lynched and then set on fire — told HT.
She left Ahmdedabad soon after the massacre and now lives with son Tanvir in Surat.
“Though we used to discuss what would happen with our case, I believed justice would be done… umeed pe to duniya kaayam hain (the world survives on hope),” she said of her long wait.
Venting her ire against Modi, she said: “This is all a conspiracy of big people… why did the chief minister allow the riots to continue for days? (As head of the state machinery) he could have stopped it at once.”
Jafri also accused Modi of splitting the state along communal lines. “In no time, Gujarat was divided into two parts.”
Expressing belief that every accused would be brought to book, she said: “Allah ke haath lambe hein (the hands of the almighty are spread everywhere).”
Tanvir, who is working with a multinational in Surat, said: “The judgment has reposed our confidence in the judiciary. We hope the probe will bring out the unknown facts based on which strict action can be initiated against the accused.”
In her first information report — lodged on June 6, 2006 implicating several ministers, MLAs and senior government officials of that time — Jafri had said: “I beg to bring to your kind notice the deliberate and intentional failure of the state government to protect the life and property of innocent denizens of this country, through a well executed and sinister criminal conspiracy amongst the accused named above that resulted in the breakdown of constitutional governance in the state.”