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Dissatisfied with verdict, fight to continue: Zakia

Zakia Jafri, who has been waging a battle for 14 years to secure justice for her late husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with the verdict in the 2002 Gulberg Society riots case and said she will continue her fight.

Dissatisfied with verdict, fight to continue: Zakia
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Zakia Jafri

Ahmedabad

“No I am not satisfied with the verdict. I did not like it. All should have been given punishment for what they did and what they did not. I know it all and as I have seen the massacre. I expected all to be convicted; how they killed people, how they made them homeless, I saw it myself,” Zakia said. “I can’t dare to ask for capital punishment but maximum punishment should be given. They should be given life imprisonment so they could know the pain of staying  away from their family and children,” she said.

“My fight should have stopped but looking at Thursday ‘s judgement the fight will continue,” she said. Social activist Teesta Setalvad, who has been fighting for the victims of Gulberg Society, said they will study the judgement in depth and appeal in the higher court. “We will study the judgement, we definitely believe that this is the case of criminal conspiracy and we will exercise our right of appeal in it,” Setalvad said. Ehsan Jafri’s son Tanvir raised questions on acquittal of 36 people. Congress welcomed the conviction of 24 of the 66 accused by a Gujarat court, including a VHP leader, in the 2002 post-Godhra Gulberg society massacre which left 69 people dead, saying justice has been delivered to the victims.

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