The Gujarat government has admitted today before the Supreme Court that Kausar Bi, the wife of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, the extortionist who had been killed in a fake encounter in November 2005, had also been killed by the police and her body burnt a few days later.
Is this the beginning of the end of Narendra Modi? Will the Gujarat chief minister be forced to step down so that the BJP can extract some political mileage before the Assembly elections? Or will it, usual, rake up the 1984 Sikh pogrom after Indira Gandhi‘s assassination, as an escape clause?
The BJP pointed to Sheikh’s shady past as if that is justification enough to do away with him. What could its justification be for eliminating Sheikh’s wife? And possibly also their friend Tulsiram Prajapati?