She thought she had the entire Taj Mahal in her hands; a dream that most of us share with our loved ones. But this dream of Kauserbi turned into ashes, a most tragic end to her love story. She was raped and brutally killed by a group of policemen in Ahmedabad and her body was burnt on the river bed of a small village called Illol, the village of D.G.Vanzara, the DIG of Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). They murdered her as she was the eye witness to the kidnapping of her husband Sohrabuddin.
Sohrabuddin and Kausarbi had boarded a luxury bus from Hyderabad to go to Sangli, Maharashtra at about 9 p.m on 22.11.2005. But they never reached Sangli. A group of policemen from Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh led by an IPS officer from Gujarat, Shri Rajkumar Pandyan, kidnapped them on their way in the wee hours of 22nd/23rd November, 2005. One passenger Sharad Apte who was travelling in the same bus stated before CBI that around 1.30 a.m on 23rd Nov, a Qualis Jeep blocked their bus and three policemen with guns abducted Sohrabuddin and another man and took them away. While getting down, Kauserbi refused to allow the police to take away Sohrabuddin alone and she was heard shouting that she would not allow them to take her “Shoher” alone.
The recent supplementary charge-sheet filed by CBI on 6th May 2013 alleges that Vimal Patni, the owner of R K Marbles and former Home Minister of Rajasthan Shri Gulab Chand Kataria had conspired to kill Sohrabuddin as he was allegedly trying to extort money from R K Marbles. The killing was outsourced to the Gujarat Police in consultation with Amit Shah, the Minister of State for Home of Gujarat. Kauserbi became the tragic victim of the inter-state conspiracy and subterfuge.
Sohrabuddin was “encountered” in the early morning of 26th November, 2005. Kauserbi was confined in a farmhouse known as Arham farm from 26th to 28thNovember, 2005 (Amjad Ali who was killed along with Javed-Ishrat was also kept at Arham farm). One PSI Chaube was given the job to guard her. The evidence of a Gujarat Police man first revealed Chaube’s heinous act. Ravindra Makwana ASI, PW-25 on 25.8.2010, stated before the CBI that,
With regard to Smt Kauserbi, I state that Ajay Parmar and Santram Sharma ( two other policemen who have turned witnesses) while discussing stated that Shri Choube the then PSI who was deputed to look after Smt Kauserbi, raped her in farm house.
The last journey of Kauserbi was of course the most brutal. On 29th November around 12.30 p.m, she was taken to the ATS office at Shahibaug by PSI Choube. DG Vanzara, DIG and Rajkumar Pandyan, SP, tried to buy peace with her and offered her a huge sum of money for her silence but she refused. On being told about the death of Sohrabuddin, she turned hysteric. Narendra Amin, DySP Crime Branch Ahmedabad, who was earlier a doctor by profession, was summoned by Vanzara around 4 p.m. Kauserbi was drugged and killed in that very office.
As per the statement of PI Rathod, Vanzara called him to fetch a tempo to transport firewood around 5 p.m. Kauserbi’s dead body was carried away in a police jeep to Illol village from ATS office around 6 p.m. The last part of this heinous tale is most lucidly explained by another Police Officer, DySP Padheria, who was the first Investigation Officer of the Sohrabuddin murder case under the order of the Supreme Court:
I further state that during the examination of Nathubha Jadeja, driver stated that Kauserbi was cremated by Sh. Vanzara, the then DIG , ATS, Sh. R.K. Pandiyan, the then SP, ATS, Sh. N.K. Amin, Dy.S.P., B.R. Chaubey, NV Chauhan, both were sub-inspectors, on the bed of Dhavdi river at Village Illol and her remains of bones and ashes were cooled down by pouring water and was kept in a gunny bag. Thereafter, Shri BR Chaube, the then sub-inspector and NV Chauhan, the then sub-inspector, had taken the remnants of Kauserbi to dispose off in the Narmada River in Bharuch District.
Nirbhaya’s rape and murder had aroused the whole country and rightly so. Why is there a deafening silence in the case of Kauserbi?