Concerned Citizens Tribunal - Gujarat 2002
An inquiry into the carnage in Gujarat

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Incidents of Post-Godhra violence
Banaskantha

 

The Tribunal recorded evidence from 6 witnesses and collected 10 written statements from Banaskantha. Violence in this district broke out on March 1, 2002 and engulfed Dhanera, Pantwada, Palanpur, Vadga, Sihori and Gazipur.

Muslims living in Gazipur started receiving threatening calls from 9.30 a.m. on that day. One of those who testified, Memon Janmohammed Ibrahimbhai (53) is a local trader who had been living in Gazipur for the past 15 years. He is a trader dealing in grains, cloth and provisions. From 9.30 a.m. on March 1, the witness started receiving telephone calls repeatedly advising him to leave immediately because the mob was approaching Gazipur. Brahmin Thakar, Rajendra Prasad and Vasudev were with the mob. The person who called to tell him this, is a big trader (name withheld) from whom the witness bought goods. The people in the village told him to leave, as he was a threat to all of them. The witness said that since this was the opinion of the whole village, he took his joint family of 22 members and went to the hilly forest area nearby. He left his house with nothing and fled. His children did not have water or food and his family faced a lot of hardship that night. They spent the whole night in the jungle. The next morning, they started walking towards the next village, Kasampura. On the way, a mob approached and surrounded them. The mob was set on robbing them but since they had nothing valuable with them, they were let off. However, due to this encounter, they decided not to go on to Kasampura and spent the next night in the jungle as well, without food and water. Then, some Adivasis gave them fresh clothes to wear and they managed to reach Daroi, from where they called the witnessí brother-in-law. PSI Bharwad then came and took them to another village. The witness and his family reached the camp at Idar on the third day after fleeing Gazipur. When he went back on March 4, to check on their house, not a thing was found in it. The witness was chased away by the police when he went to file a complaint. He had received no compensation. The witness also said that people had been trying to chase him out of the village for the past 2 years.

 

 

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