The 2002 riots in Gujarat could have been prevented but no preventive measures were taken, Zakia Jafri told the Supreme Court today, targeting the state’s administration and law and order machinery. The 81-year-old, who lost her husband – Congress MP from Gujarat Ehsan Jafri – in the riots protested the clean chit to Narendra Modi, who was then Gujarat’s chief minister.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Zakia Jafri before a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar, said, “Preventive measures are not being followed during communal incidents… It is now happening in many places. is seen.”
“There is a police manual to prevent violence when there are threats of communal incidents, but it was never followed. We are seeing it in Tripura, Delhi and many other places. The manual is just a printed word,” he said.
Elaborating on preventive measures, he said these include keeping intelligence sources on alert and patrolling towns and villages. “Small incidents are reported and suppressed early”.
Ms Jafri had earlier said that her plea was about “law and order, administrative failure” and she was not interested in any “high dignitaries” or punishment at this stage.
The court will hear the matter again on November 23.
Ehsan Jafri was among 68 people killed at the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on February 28, 2002 – a day after the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express in Godhra burned down, killing 59 and rioting across the state. Went.
A decade later, in February 2012, the SIT submitted its closure report and gave a clean chit to PM Modi and 63 others, citing “no prosecutable evidence”.
Zakia Jafri had challenged the decision and after several adjournments, the trial started.