Naroda case: SIT to probe role of four senior cops

A special court, hearing the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case, on Wednesday directed the SIT to further probe the role of four senior police officers.

Ahmedabad: A special court, hearing the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case, on Wednesday directed the special investigation team (SIT) to further probe the role of four senior police officers in the "larger interest of justice", based on the phone call records provided by the victims.
Some of the victims in the case, in which 95 people were
killed on February 28, 2002, during the post-Godhra riots, had
last week sought further investigation in the matter and
wanted four top-level police officers to be included as
accused, contending that they were part of a conspiracy which
led to inaction by police during the riots.

Special Judge Jyotsna Yagnik disposed of the victim`s
application after the investigating officer of the case,
Himanshu Shukla, belonging to the SIT, filed a reply stating
that further investigation was on and the final report, as
directed by the Supreme Court, would be filed in a magisterial
court that had taken cognisance of the crime in 2002.

Following this assurance by the SIT, victim`s advocate
YB Sheikh did not press the demands made in their

Directing the SIT to look into the clues provided by
the victims and make further investigation if not done so far,
the court said, "It was important to look into the allegations
in the larger interest of justice".
Special public prosecutor Akhil Desai submitted that the
SIT would further investigate the phone call details of
certain officers.

He said that the SIT would not hesitate to look into the
clues provided by the victims and was willing to examine the
matter afresh if so required.

During the course of hearing, Sheikh conveyed to the
court that since the SIT was going to further probe the
allegation of a larger conspiracy, based on the phone call
records of the cops and the other accused, he would not press
for the other demands in the plea at this point of time.

Given the fact that the SIT was ready to investigate at
appropriate time on the lines of this application, the purpose
of the victims would be served, he said.

In their application, the victims had sought including
as accused in the case the then Naroda Inspector K K
Mysorewala, DCP (Zone IV) P B Gondia, JCP (sector 2) M K
Tandon (now retired) and Police Commissioner P C Pande (who
retired as DGP).

The victims had alleged that these police officers
were vital part of the criminal conspiracy which they had
jointly hatched with some of the accused in the case including
a former minister and MLA from Naroda and some local BJP

"Criminal conspiracy and serious dereliction of duty
need to be probed and all the real accused be brought to book
to meet the ends of justice," the victim`s application filed
in the court said.

The victims have also alleged that as the case has
been pending in the Supreme Court since May 2002, senior
officers of Gujarat Police have destroyed records of police
control room.

They have also questioned the casual manner in which the
SIT has accepted that police control room records were
destroyed and has chosen to remain silent on that aspect
without further probing destruction of evidence.


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