Medha Patkar appears before Court in 2002 atrocity case

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 19:52 hrs

Social activist Medha Patkar appeared before a magisterial court here on Tuesday in connection with decade old atrocity case against four BJP workers, who had allegedly beaten her up while she was attending a peace meeting at Sabarmati Ashram here in 2002. Patkar appeared before the Metropolitan Magistrate KS Desai following summons issued by him last month.

After formal hearing the matter was adjourned for June 18 by the court.

According to case details, a peace meeting of social activists was held during the communal riots on April 7, 2002 at the Sabarmati Ashram where Patkar was also invited.

BJP workers including the then Mayor of Ahmedabad Amit Shah opposed Patkar's presence in the meeting. They had alleged that Patkar was anti-Gujarat as she was heading the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) against the dam on Narmada river in Bharuch district.

Shah along with BJP members stormed the meeting and attacked Patkar. Following the incident Patkar registered a complaint with the police, who in August 2002 filed chargesheet against Shah, andthree others accusing them for rioting, causing hurt, criminal intimidation and other sections of the IPC.

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