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India - Gujarat: Riot survivors vow to fight for Teesta

Wednesday 4 March 2015, by siawi3

Source: http://www.nyoooz.com/ahmedabad/63117/riot-survivors-vow-to-fight-for-teesta#

AHMEDABAD:
On the 13th anniversary of the 2002 riots, the survivors expressed their support to social activist Teesta Setalvad who has been accused of embezzlement of funds collected for a museum she had promised to build at Gulbarg Society. Speaking at a memorial meeting held on the premises of the NGO, Prashant, they also took exception to the bail granted to former minister Maya Kodnani and co-accused, Kirpalsingh Chhabda, in the Naroda Patia massacre case. Roopa Mody, a survivor of the Gulbarg Society massacre, said, "The government is trying to destroy our morale but we will continue our struggle for justice.

We are going to stand by Teestaben.“Witnesses from Naroda Patia - Jannatbibi Shaikh, Shakila Ansari and Ishrat Jahan - also expressed worries about their security as a couple of convicts had been granted bail, but they vowed to fight back. Ansari said:”There was pressure on us but we spoke out before the court and said what was true.

We did that in open court.“Ishrat said,”We have got only `half justice` as half the accused were acquitted. But we will continue to fight our legal battle.

" Resident of Visnagar, Yusufkhan Pathan, lost 11 members of his family in the Dipda Darwaja massacre. He said that a witch-hunt was on and the government had made it impossible for Teesta even to come to the city. He called on community members to be united to fight for the social activist.

Later in the day, the 2002 riots affected and members of the NGO, Jan Sangharsh Manch, staged a demonstration near Sardar Baug and protested against the government`s apathy towards the victims.....