January 25, 2004 | Comments Off
An article in the Telegraph today gave more information on the 12 men arrested recently and charged with gang rape and murder during the Gujarat massacres of Muslims during early 2002. The CBI had taken over the case because of the failure of the local police to properly investigate the crimes and implicated key BJP members:
The bureau yesterday arrested 12 people, including the BJP’s former Dahod district secretary and a former Gujarat minister’s personal assistant, in connection with the gang rape and the massacre of 14 people during the riots…
Bilkis alleged that the police filed a closure memo before a Limkheda court on the grounds that there were contradictions in her statement, though the medical report confirmed that she was raped. Sources said the filing of a closure memo when the medical report confirms rape contradicts norms.
Besides, the Gujarat police had not been able to arrest the accused, who were picked up by the CBI, despite investigating the case for more than a-year-and-a-half.
Read the earlier posts on the case of Bilkis Bano and her family.