Ahmedabad: Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv
Bhatt on Saturday submitted a few documents to R K Raghavan, the
chief of Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 2002
Gujarat riots, alongwith a letter claiming that they proved
police inaction in the first 48 hours of violence.
"Please find copies of some relevant documents which
should convince you that for some inexplicable reason,
Ahmedabad City Police was exceptionally lax in making
preventive arrests on February 27, 2002, despite the
anticipated likelihood of widespread retributory violence in
view of the VHP-BJP sponsored Gujarat Bandh on February 28,"
says Bhatt`s letter.
"They will also convince you that most Police and
administrative units in Gujarat, including Ahmedabad City,
delayed the imposition of curfew," it says.
Besides, the letter alleges, "The requisition and
effective deployment of Army was irreparably delayed".
"These documents are being submitted for the sole
purpose of ensuring that crucial evidence is not disregarded
or concealed by the SIT with a view to screen powerful and
influential offenders from legal punishment."
Bhatt has also reminded the SIT about "my repeated
requests for getting my statement recorded before a Magistrate
under the provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973".
The documents submitted by Bhatt include lists of
deployment of police, SRP and RAF in the state, areas under
curfew, types of crimes committed during the riots, etc.
The letter says that Bhatt had given this information to
the SIT earlier too.