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“Are you going to make Narendra Modi PM again?” asks Zakia Jafri

“Are you going to make Narendra Modi PM again?” asked Zakia Jafri, widow of former parliamentarian Ehsan Jafri, who was killed by a Hindutva mob in the 2002 Gujarat genocide. Photo: Sahid Faris/Maktoob

“Are you going to make Narendra Modi PM again?” asked Zakia Jafri, widow of former parliamentarian Ehsan Jafri, who was killed by a Hindutva mob in the 2002 Gujarat genocide.

Ehsan Jafri, a former member of parliament from the Congress party, was hacked to death and burnt by the RSS/BJP mob who stormed the Gulbarg Society, a residential complex housing Muslim families in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city.

Zakia has been fighting for justice since 2006 when she submitted a complaint stating the police had not registered FIRs against then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP politicians in connection with the anti-Muslim pogrom. Her call for justice gained momentum in 2008 when the Supreme Court ordered the government to re-investigate nine cases including the Gulberg Society incident. It set up a special investigation team (SIT) to look into Jafri’s complaint.

Two years before, the Supreme Court of India dismissed a plea filed by Zakia Jafri challenging a clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to Modi and several others in the 2002 Gujarat genocide.

“The fight is not over,” says Zakia.

Zakia Jafri speaks to Maktoob’s Muhammed Noufal PM and Sahid Faris. Watch:

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