Randhikpur, Dahod (Gujarat):
Right across the road from Bilkis Banus houseThere is a kiosk selling fireworks very quickly business for Diwali. It belongs to Radishyam Shah, who raped and killed her family members but is now settling down back in his life.
You no longer live here.
Live in Fear, stay away from the village, avoid more danger. everybody of convicts homes in And around the village, Randhikpur in Dahod district of Gujarat, which has barely 4,000 inhabitants.
“We are innocent. Have you seen an uncle and a nephew rape anyone? in In front of me of each other? Does that happen in Hindu community? No, Hindus don’t,” said Govind Nai, one of 11 life term of convicts in 2002 Gujarat riot case who They were prematurely released by the state and central government of the BJP.
NDTV has found An Govind Nai and others are among them men Witnesses threatened when out on Parole. However, they were released for “good behavior.” They have spent nearly three years out on Such parole before they are fully released on Independence Day, the day Prime Minister Modi spoke of “Respect women” in His speech at the Red Castle.
Govind Nai allegedly threatened two people who Witnessed against for him in The Bilkeis Banu case in July 2017. He didn’t want to talk of it, or answer any question.
“Just get lost from my village,” he said when NDTV went to his house home earlier this week. for him father I was also present in family home, but he refused to speak.
Bilquis Banu never came live in The village since that night in 2002. Hey house It is now the shop that is her family hired out for a hindu woman who sell clothes.
Multi stories house just in In front of me of Balqis Banos house he is home To condemn Radishyam Shah.
the youngest brotherAshish Shah was selling crackers on booth in In front of me of He. She. “no radishyam” live here anymore.”
Radishyam Shah and another convict are named, along with Ashish in FIR for assault on a woman during out on Parole. Ashish Shah said the FIR was “unfounded”. He did not speak more.
the complainants in That case, Sabarabin Ayyub and Bintu Bhai, is a Muslim population of The Hindu-majority village, stands by their concern, but they say they live now in afraid.
Rajubhai Soni, another convict, was at his jewellery shop but left as such soon He also saw the cameras.
Try NDTV for access Officials who They were a part of The process that authorized the early release of these men, but they did not respond. The district judge was not responsive while the supervisor was of police, who also Agree to release, disconnect call After NDTV sought a response.
Bilqis Bano, aged 21 and five months pregnant at the time, was injured, all three of whom were:year-Old daughter was among 14 people Killed by a mob on March 3, 2002, in dahod in The violence that erupted out Across the state after a train attack in Godhra and 59 passengers, most of them miswak, were burned. death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the President minister in time.
BJP has not lost power in state since then. The next Council elections are eventually scheduled to take place of this is year.
Bilqis Bano issued a statement after his release, saying “Shock of The past 20 years washed over I again…I’m still drugged.”
“Mine sorrow And my faltering faith is not for I’m alone but for every woman who he is struggling for justice in the courts. number one Inquire about my safety And luxury before making such big and unjust decision. I appeal to the Gujarat government, she said, please undo this damage.”
petitions against It has been released since then in Supreme Court by some organizations and individuals, including Bengal Congressman Trinamol Mahwa Mwitra.