New Delhi: In support of the fight for justice for Sanjiv Bhatt, the ex-IAS officer who questioned then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat communal riots, and was recently sentenced to life by a Jamnagar court in an alleged custodial death case, representatives of Left student and youth organisations on Thursday met his wife, Shweta Bhatt.
Among those who met Shweta Bhatt were the national president of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) Mohammed Riyaz, joint secretary of DYFI, Preethy Sekhar, state secretary (Gujarat), Altaf Hussain, Students Federation of India (SFI) state President (Gujarat) Nitish Mohan and social activist Aleem Siddiqui.
After the meeting, Sekhar told NewsClick, “We met Mrs. Shweta Bhatt in the morning to extend our support. The DYFI has decided to hold a national convention on such issues where the government is targeting people like Mr Sanjeev Bhatt who had accused Mr. Narendra Modi of complicity in the 2002 riots. Through this convention, we want to extend our solidarity to the families of such cases.”
Sekhar further said they had provided Mrs. Bhatt of some monetary help as a show of their solidarity for fighting her husband’s case. The DYFI said it would also launch a national-wide protest against ‘witch-hunting of activists and officers’ by the Government.
“The DFYI will take this matter up in its committee meeting scheduled on July1-2. We will then decide when the national convention will take place and a full plan of action will be drawn for DYFI’s national struggle on such issues. We will be talking to other organisations who would like to join our struggle in solidarity with the families of people like Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt”, she added.
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