Gujarat: Solidarity march for Bilkis Bano on maintain after police detain activists

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A ‘padyatra’ that was to be held in Gujarat on Monday, in solidarity with Bilkis Bano following the discharge of 11 convicts accused of raping her and murdering 14 members of her household, was placed on maintain after the Panchmahal district police on Sunday evening detained seven activists as “a preventive action”.

The 180 km ‘padyatra’ from Randhikpur in Dahod to Ahmedabad was organised by social activists led by Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey and was to be held underneath the banner of Hindu Muslim Ekta Samiti. Pandey, who’s among the many detainees, has began a quick in protest of the police motion at Kakanpur police station, the place the activists have now been shifted. Two ladies activists, who had been launched, are additionally on the police station, protesting the police move.

On Sunday evening, seven activists, together with two ladies, had been detained from the home of native municipal councillor Hanif Haji Kalandar in Godhra and delivered to the city’s B-division police station. After the activists posted reside movies on social media from the police station, locals gathered on the police station in help, prompting the police to shift the activists to a different location.

“A huge crowd had gathered at the B-division police station, and to maintain law and order, the activists were taken to Kakanpur while the women were allowed to go. We have not arrested them. It is a preventive action as the ‘padyatra’ can cause law and order problems,” a senior official of the Panchmahal district police mentioned. “Police have been deployed along the route from Godhra to Randhikpur and also on the main highway as we are expecting a crowd…It is a law and order issue and the police have only acted as per the provisions of the law,” the official added.

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On Sunday evening, the activists, sporting placards saying ‘Sorry Bilkis’ round their necks, streamed reside movies the place they had been seen arguing with the police. “You can see, we have decided to have this ‘padyatra’ to seek an apology from Bilkis Bano. We are not even doing it against the government. We are just seeking an apology from her because she had been gang-raped, her child and family killed, and yet, the convicts were released. She has been living in fear and we want to seek an apology. Is this a protest against the government, then?”

“Are we criminals that around 200 police personnel were sent to my house to detain us? What about the men who gang-raped Bilkis, killed her 3-year-old and other 14 members? If they (convicts) are innocent and preachers of peace, are we criminals,” councillor Kalandar requested.

Bilkis Bano was gang-raped and several other of her kin had been killed within the post-Godhra riots that came about within the state in 2002.


The Gujarat authorities launched 11 convicts within the case underneath its remission and untimely launch coverage after one of many convicts, Radheshyam Shah, moved the Supreme Court. Shah, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment by a CBI court docket in Mumbai in 2008, had accomplished 15 years and four months in jail.