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September 17, 2009
think Modi hates Muslims'
Musarrat Jahan knows
it's going to be a long and lonely battle ahead in the fight to
punish her sister Ishrat's killers. She tells MiD DAY she's ready to
move heaven and earth
Now that a
metropolitan court at Ahmedabad has ruled Ishrat was killed in a
staged encounter, do you feel vindicated?
I can't tell you how big a relief it is. All these years we
lived with not just the pain of Ishrat's death, but also the stain
of being a terrorist's family. We are grateful to the court for
clearing my sister's name.
The ruling has created a huge embarrassment for the Gujarat
government. What do you want now?
My sister was butchered, but her killers are roaming free. We
have been waiting for justice for a long time. We want her name to
be cleared and all those involved in the frame-up to be punished.
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi has come under severe attack for the
fake encounter. Your reaction.
I think Modi hates Muslims. We never had any expectations from
the Gujarat government. But we have faith in the judiciary. The
judges will be unbiased unlike the Gujarat government and punish
Are you hinting that the Gujarat government was behind the
It does seem like that. How could the police carry out something
like this without the state government being aware of it?
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