21 October, 2020

‘Bhai Ka To Encounter Hua, Par Meri Bhabhi Ke Saath Jo Hua Woh?’

Dispirited yes, but not defeated yet. Brother Rubabuddin is determined to fight.

Apoorva Salkade
‘Bhai Ka To Encounter Hua, Par Meri Bhabhi Ke Saath Jo Hua Woh?’

He has absolute faith in the written word, having once got the telephone lines to work at their village in Madhya Pradesh by writing to the authorities. So when Rubabuddin suspected that policemen had killed his brother Sohrabuddin, he wrote to the Chief Justice of India, seeking that the Supreme Court and top central agencies investigate the fake encounter. That was in November 2005. He wrote every month till his voice was heard. He attended every court hearing. In the end, in December last year, a special CBI court discharged Amit Shah, who was minister of state (home) in Gujarat when the killing took place and one of the accused in the case.

“The CBI is like a courtesan, a prostitute. It has to go with whoever is in power,” Rubabuddin says. “I’m disappointed, but we won’t give up.” Tall and lean, Rubabuddin is a successful farmer. He says his children go to good schools and that he doesn’t need much money to live comfortably. He has had police protection since 2007, and the Jan Sangharsh Manch, a rights group, supports him in...



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