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Gujarat Riot Victim, NGO Files Application to Have Complaint Registered With SIT


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Ahmedabad: The victims of 2002 Gujarat communal riots along with an NGO have moved an application before the designated court so that it could ask the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to complete investigation in the riot cases and submit the Action Taken Report (ATR) before the court.

The application alleges that they had earlier in 2009 moved an application before the SIT, the team constituted by the apex court to investigate riot cases, seeking further investigation.

The application filed by Salim Shaikh, a Naroda Gaam riot incident victim and Amrish Patel, convener, Jan Sangharsh Manch, have sought further investigation into the larger conspiracy behind the riots. The application stated that the SIT has not done anything on this aspect and have not yet submitted any report on investigation since the last two years.

They had sought further investigation on the grounds of call record details. They had asked the SIT to probe the role of police officials with regards to their negligence in controlling the riots. In the application to the agency they also wanted the SIT to find out if the cops had connived with the accused and also explore the larger conspiracy behind the riots.

They have alleged that officials of the SIT as well the counsel representing the SIT made a statement under oath that the investigation is in process and they are looking into all the aspect of the case.

However, in the application, Shaikh and Patel have raised the question as why the agency did not bother to submit a report or chargesheet before the court despite the fact that two years have passed since they first made a representation to the SIT.

In the application, the two have thus prayed to the court to direct the SIT to submit its report or chargesheet in the case and also ask the SIT to submit the action taken report before the designated court in the riot cases.

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