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2002 riots: Slain ex-MP's widow gets CISF cover

April 16, 2010 23:50 IST

Zakia Jaffery, widow of slain ex-MP Ehsan Jaffery, killed in the 2002 riots at Gulburg society, and her family members, have been provided security by Central Industrial Security Force personnel at the instance of Special Investigation Team (SIT).

"We have been provided four armed CISF men for security purpose at our Surat residence," Zakia's son Tanveer Jaffery told PTI on Friday.

"Initially, my mother (Zakia) was provided armed constable from the State Reserved Police (SRP) as security. Later she went abroad to stay with my sister, hence the security was withdrawn," he said.

"Now she is back in India and has been staying with me in Surat and sometimes goes to Ahmedabad," Tanveer said.

"Looking at the present scenario in Ahmedabad we requested for security cover for her. Our request was granted and four CISF men have been stationed at our residence. They also follow ammi (Zakai) wherever she goes," he added.

Ehsan Jaffery was among the 69 killed in Gulburg society riots along February 28, 2002.

Recently, police had arrested one person for threatening a key witness in the Naroda Patiya case of 2002 where 95 people were killed eight years ago.

Based on Zakia's complaint, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was questioned for the first time with regard to the post-Godhra riots by the SIT on March 27.

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