Now it is the time to move further in Godhran Issue, after burning the sabarmati express on 27th Feb. , another violent attack was made on the harmonious and innocent lives of the people living in the secular state of India when best bakery (Tulsi bakery) was put on fire in Vadodara, by a mob, killing 14 people, out of which 12 of them were Muslims. At that moment even the police showed the reluctancy to file the FIR against the culprits. No proper investigation was done and the so called society saviors failed to consolidate the evidences and witnesses. The reason could be anything , may be political pressure or fear of communal discord on a larger scale. At that time Gujrat court failed to provide justice to the victims, one of them was Zaheera sheikh , who was one of the key witness against the doers but turned hostile for one or the another reason, and as a result 21 of the main accused were granted not guilty by the fast track court in 2003. But as it is said truth prevails no matter it fails sometimes, gujrat government asked the court to do re trial of the case and hence the case reopened. The supreme court indicated the gujrat high court and hence the case was filed against Bhartiya Janta Party for affecting the witnesses of the incident. The state government admitted that even the police was hostile in registering and recording the FIR on the part of prosecution Meanwhile Zaheera sheikh , who turned down her own statements before, retraced her statement again. but now her chance was gone and court declared here a hostile witness.and charged her with crime of taking Bribe from Majlis e Shura, a highest decision making body of Muslims.Finally in 2006 , court convicted 9 people with the charge of murder and sentencing them life imprisonment., Hence the justice was late but not denied.
But it was not the end of the whole communal disharmony, it was just the beginning.. and the landmark in this whole process was AJMER DARGAH BLAST..
which will be continued in the next post.