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Arrested IPS officer Bhatt gets strong support from activists

Saturday October 01, 2011 08:22:20 PM, & Agencies

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Arrested Gujarat Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt's wife Shweta Saturday said her husband's life was under threat and she was not being allowed to meet him even as a second raid was conducted at his home.  

Activists condemn Snajiv Bhatt's arrest

New Delhi: Social activists Saturday termed the arrest of Indian Police Service officer Sanjiv Bhatt as "vindictive" and charged the Gujarat government with silencing the witnesses who stood against it in the 2002 communal riots.


"Sanjeev Bhatt was the one who stood up against the system. The government's real and fascist face has got exposed," said National Advisory Council member Harsh Mander at press conference here.


Bhatt was arrested Friday for allegedly threatening a policeman and making him sign a false affidavit.

"Sanjiv Bhatt stood up and tried to speak about the role of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and now the government is harassing his family and him," said social activist Teesta Setalvad here.

"We strongly condemn the vindictive action of the Gujarat government in arresting Sanjiv Bhatt..(it) is nothing short of an attempt to intimidate an important witness... against Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 61 others," said Setalvad of the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), an NGO.

The CJP and Zakia Ahsan Jafri, the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri killed in the Gulberg Housing Society carnage in Ahmedabad during the 2002 communal riots, filed the complaint against Modi and 61 others. Bhatt had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court implicating Modi in the 2002 riots.

"It's a deliberate attempt from the government to send down a clear message of dire consequences to the witnesses in the 2002 pogrom," said Setalvad.


Meanwhile, Prof Ram Puniyani, member of the National Integration Council and noted activist Shabnam Hashmi are planning nationwide protest against the Gujarat government's move to harass the witnesses.


"Narendra Modi should be dismissed before he subverts justice further", Puniyani and Hashmi said in a joint statement while demanding immediate release of Sanjiv Bhatt and safety of whistleblowers.


The activists said they would be declaring future course of action on the issue on October 03.









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