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Bilkis Bano Rapists is released for good behavior despite many cases


Bilkis Bano Rapists Announced For 'Good Conduct' Despite Multiple Cases

The convicts were released for “good behavior”. (FILE)

New Delhi:

Eleven men convicted of raping Bilkis Bano and killing her whole family during the 2002 Gujarat riots were soon released for “good behavior” and after the Center’s approval, the Gujarat government released notify the Supreme Court.

But NDTV has had access to numerous FIRs and police complaints accusing convicts of threatening and harassing witnesses while on parole, which contradicts the Gujarat government’s justification that those convicted convicted was released for good conduct and there was no evidence of any wrongdoing. their portion while they are serving time.

Between 2017-2021, at least four witnesses in the Bilkis Bano case registered complaints and FIRs against the convicts, the NDTV investigation revealed.

NDTV approached one FIR and two police complaints.

* An FIR dated 6 July 2020, registered against two of the convicts, Radheshyam Shah and Miteshbhai Bhatt.

FIR was filed at Radhikpur police station in Dahod under sections 354 (attack or criminal force with intent to infuriate), 504 (threat), 506 (2) (threat to kill) and 114 (assistant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by Saberaben Patel, and a witness in the case of Bilkis Bano, Pintubhai.

The FIR said three men, including two convicts and Radheshyam’s brother Ashish, threatened Saberaben, her daughter Arfa and witness Pintubhai for implicating them with their claims.

* Mansuri Abdul Razzaq Abdul Majid, another witness, filed a police complaint with Dahod police against Sailesh Chimmanlal Bhatt on January 1, 2021. He is also accused of making threats from people convicted while on parole.

The suit also alleges that Limkheda MLA Sailesh Bhai Bhabhor and former foreign minister and Lok Sabha MP Jaswantsing Bhabhor abused Sailesh Chimmanlal Bhatt and praised him for “good deeds”. A photo of the two BJP leaders sharing the stage with Sailesh Bhatt is also attached to the complaint.

This claim never became an FIR.

* Two other witnesses, Ghanchi Adambhai Ismailbhai and Ghanchi Imtiazbhai Yusufbhai, filed a complaint against one of the convicts, Govind Nai, on July 28, 2017. The applicants allege that the defendant threatened threatened to kill them if they didn’t agree to “compromise”. This claim also never became an FIR.

Yesterday, Union Minister Prahlad Joshi defended the release of the convicts, citing their “good behaviour”.

“Once the government and the people involved have made the decision, I don’t see anything wrong with it because it’s a process of law,” Prahlad Joshi, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister, told NDTV .

In response to outrage over the “law” of early release being applied to those convicted of what the CBI calls a “disgusting, grave and grave” crime, the minister repeated his argument that “the good” of Gujarat.

“After being in prison for a while, if their behavior … is too incidental, I don’t want to be involved in that,” Mr. Joshi said.

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