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HRDA Demands Immediate Release of Teesta, Sreekumar and Bhatt

We strongly condemn the arrest of Teesta Setalvad, RB Sreekumar and Sanjiv Bhatt in a politically motivated case to target those who strived for accountability and justice for the victims and survivors of the 2002 Gujarat Riots. We are deeply concerned at the judicial overreach exercised by the Supreme Court bench in deciding the appeal filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of slain Member of Parliament Ehsan Jafri, and Teesta Setalvad, challenging the clean chit given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 63 others in the Gulberg Society Case. The Gujarat Riots witnessed brutal killings of close to 2000 people. As many as 68 people were killed, including Ehsan Jafri, in Ahmedabad’s Gulberg Society on February 28, 2002.

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