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India - Gujarat: 13 years later, no closure for 2002 riot victims

Wednesday 4 March 2015, by siawi3

Source: Mar 01 2015 : Mirror (Ahmedabad)

Ahmedabad Mirror Bureau

Emotions ran high among the victims and survivors of the Godhra riots at a meeting held to mark the 13th anniversary of the Godhra riots. The survivors say they await justice and fear the worst as some of those found guilty in the riots are out on bail. Naimuddin Ibrahim Shaikh who lived in Naroda Patia with his family in 2002, recounted how his wife was brutally butchered and then burnt by unruly mob.
“We have not yet gathered courage to go back to our two flats in Naroda Patiya. I still feel terrified when I recall the day my family was attacked. So, we have been living in a small house in Vatva since the riots,“ said survivor Naimuddin Shaikh. He said, they now have no hope of any help from government as they have failed to provide help in last 12 years.
Father Cedric Prakash said that many victims have not yet got compensation and are still living on rehabilitation sites.