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Former Face of Gujarat Riots to Join Azadi Kooch, Will Work for Dalit Muslim Unity

Dasha, Gujarat — Ashok Parmar, who came into limelight during post Godhra riots in 2002 when he was captured by photographer Sebastian D’souza with a saffron band on head and iron rod in hand, will join the Dalit Asmita yatra from Savarkundla on August 11.

In 2002, his photo had gone on to become the face of Hindu rioters.

In a seminar organised in 2014 by CPM leader P Jai Rajan (now cabinet minister in Kerala) just before 2014 Loksabha election, Parmar had publicly apologised for the killing of innocent Muslims during 2002 riot in Gujarat in the presence of Qutubuddin Ansari, who had become the face of 2002 victims.

Parmar was booked for rioting and arson, in 2005 but due to lack of evidence session court had given him a clean chit. In a cruel twist of fate, the Gujarat government had appealed in the Gujarat high court against the order. The case remains pending.

Currently he lives the life of a destitute with no home to live. His only source of income is his job as a cobbler.

Report By Amit Kumar
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