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Gujarat riots probe: 'Muslims attacked Hindus'

September 16, 2003 15:26 IST

A woman on Tuesday alleged before the two-member Nanavati Commission that an armed mob of Muslims, led by a Congress councillor, attacked Hindus in Bapunagar area in Ahmedabad during the post-Godhra riots.

"On the day of the VHP-sponsored bandh, armed Muslim men had stormed our locality and some of them even stripped and said: Kill the Hindu eunuchs. Send your mothers and sisters," Sudha Patel, a resident of Patelnagar, told the panel probing the post-Godhra violence in Gujarat.

"They gorged the eyes of a youth with swords and repeatedly crushed him under their truck till he died, they then stripped and made obscene gestures at Hindus," she alleged.

Patel told Justice G T Nanavati (retd) and Justice K G Shah (retd) that though all persons in the mob had masked their faces, she managed to recognise the councillor, Taufeeq Khan Pathan, and his son, Zulfi, on March one.

She alleged that the mob beheaded a local mendicant, who tried to pacify them, in front of her. "They later hung his head displaying it to the locals, saying: We have chopped off your mendicant," she alleged.

She said terror still reigns in the minds of children in Patelnagar and sought protection from anti-social elements.

Two other majority community members alleged that Muslims of the area were trying to purchase their properties. "I had to sell my house on two occasions," one Mulji Patel told the commission.

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