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Mallika Sarabhai, 2002 Guj riot victims detained

Sep 18, 2011 04:07 PM IST India India

Naroda: On day two of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's Sadbhavna fast, his BJP compatriots poured in to show their support. The victims of the 2002 riots were clearly not impressed and about 50 of them were detained on Sunday at Naroda Patia ahead of a planned protest against the fast.

Activists Mallika Sarabhai, Mukul Sinha, Bharat P Jala and Shamshad Pathan were also among those detained.

On being detained, Sarabhai said, "I don't know why I am being arrested, I was crossing the road here. They claim to have instructions to arrest me, since Saturday morning."

"This is not Sadbhavna, this is 'sad' bhavna," she added.

Sarabhai had on Sunday accused Modi of bribing her lawyers to dilute her petition against the Gujarat government in the 2002 riots case.

"Chief Minister Narendra Modi had called the then State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) chief RB Sreekumar and another IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who was his deputy in SIB at that time, and asked them to pay my lawyers Rs 10 lakh to derail the proceedings of PIL filed in the Supreme Court by me," she alleged.

The victims said that Modi's open letter to all Gujaratis is an insult to the Muslim community and that a fast cannot wash his sins away.

They also wrote an open letter to the Chief Minister seeking justice. They want to know why it took Modi nine long years to express sympathy.