Gujarat riots convict held for attacking journalist

Ahmedabad, Jan 21 (IANS) Suresh Richard, a convict in the 2002 Gujarat riots, was arrested here on Thursday for allegedly assaulting a woman journalist when she went to interview him.

Revati Laul, a former NDTV journalist based in New Delhi, was in Ahmedabad to work on a book on the Naroda Patiya killings that left over 90 people dead in 2002.

She called on Suresh Richard aka Suresh Chhara at his house on Wednesday evening.

She alleged that she was punched and slapped by Chhara when she asked him some questions about his involvement in the riots.

Laul claimed that he first came half-naked. When she urged him to dress properly, he roughed her up and assaulted her. She managed to escape after Chhara’s son and neighbours intervened.

“Without any provocation he started slapping me. He kept on punching me and banged my head on the wall. I somehow managed to flee from the spot,” she told journalists.

Laul received first aid at a government hospital before lodging a complaint with police.

Chhara was released on parole by a court last week, reportedly to trace his teenage daughter who has been missing for some months.

Richard’s former wife had alleged last month that he tried to rape her when he was released on parole a few months ago following which his parole was cancelled.

Chhara was convicted for 31 years for his involvement in the Naroda Patiya case.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here