Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“Sanjiv Bhatt is a strong man”: On record with Shweta Bhatt

Photo: Sahid Faris/Maktoob

“Sanjiv Bhatt is a strong man,” says Shweta Bhatt, human rights defender and partner of whistleblower police officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

Shweta spoke to Maktoob’s Muhammed Noufal PM and Sahid Faris in view of India’s general elections 2024.

“We really need change for our country,” Shweta said while talking about the polls 2024.

“I am hopeful this time,” she said.

Bhatt, who is currently serving a twenty-year life imprisonment term in a case linked to custodial death, was sentenced by a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district in a 1996 drug planting case last month

He will now face an additional twenty years behind bar.

Critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have slammed the cases against Bhatt, a whistleblower who testified against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his involvement in the 2002 Gujarat Muslim genocide, as “politically motivated.”

Bhatt claimed to have attended a meeting, during which Modi allegedly asked top police officials to let Hindus vent their anger against the Muslims. However, the Special Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court of India concluded that Bhatt did not attend any such meeting, and dismissed his allegations. His family members and rights activists have been alleging that Bhatt was framed and targeted due to his allegations against Narendra Modi and then BJP government in Gujarat.

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Sahid Faris
Sahid Faris
Sahid Faris is a freelance journalist in Kerala.

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