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Gujarat Polls: Will forgive Modi if he gives us jobs, say riot victims
Ankur Tewari, dailybhaskar.com | Dec 10, 2012, 00:19AM IST
Ahmedabad: In February 2002, 28-year-old Qutubuddin Ansari hid in a windowless room,
shielding his family while shots rang outside his half-burnt house in Rehmat Nagar near
This was the day when a large chunk of his neighbours were butchered by an 'angry mob of
As Gujarat goes to polls this week, Ansari -- whose life changed after a photograph of him
crying for help became the face of riot victims -- still feels 'betrayed and cheated'.
10 years on.... Ansari now runs a tailor shop, his family includes his wife, two daughters aged 14 and 7, and an 8-year-old son. The eldest daughter aspires to be a teacher.
In 2002, Godhra communal riots reportedly claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Muslims. Shafiq’s neighbourhood Naroda Patiya was among many other areas attacked by Hindu mobs.
We travelled to the serpantine alleys of Gujarat to hear from the people whose lives were
pulverised in the violence.
Here are excerpts from the interview: