New Delhi: Gujarat-based activist and lawyer Mukul Sinha died in Ahmedabad on Monday. He was 63. Founder of the civil rights organization Jan Sangharsh Manch, Sinha was responsible for spearheading the cause for the 2002 Gujarat riot victims, and victims of alleged fake encounter cases in the state, including the alleged killing of Ishrat Jahan.

Civil rights activists have termed Sinha’s demise as a huge loss for the movement. According to People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) general secretary Kavita Srivastava, Sinha “fought against fascism, against Narendra Modi till the last minute. Such courage is rare. It’s a huge loss."

Indira Jaising, a lawyer and director of the Lawyers Collective Women’s Right Initiative, said he “was committed throughout his working life to democracy and justice and the rule of law. There are so few in the active practice of law who are committed to those issues, most believing that it is fine to represent anyone who offers the money".

Sinha’s contributions to unravelling information on the riots in Gujarat were chronicled by Manoj Mitta in his book The Fiction of Fact Finding: Modi and Godhra. In proceedings before the Banerjee Committee, Sinha representing the Jan Sangharsh Manch had sought evidence of the Gujarat carnage.

“The upshot", writes Mitta, “ was that the mobile phone evidence of the Gujarat carnage became officially public. This enabled lawyers, activists and victims to cite the data...while pressing for action against influential persons such as (former Gujarat minister) Maya Kodnani, (former Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader) Jaydeep Patel, and senior police officers in carnage cases".

Sinha is survived by his wife Nirjhari and son Pratik.

PTI contributed to this story