SIT questions IPS officer in Gulburg riot case

The special investigation team (SIT) probing some of the post-Godhra riot cases on Monday recorded statement of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt in connection with the Gulburg Society case.

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2011, 19:54 PM IST

Gandhinagar: The special investigation
team (SIT) probing some of the post-Godhra riot cases on Monday
recorded statement of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt in connection
with the Gulburg Society case.

Bhatt was questioned for over five hours by SIT
investigating officer Himanshu Shukla at the agency`s office
in Block 11 at old Secretariat campus.

"Bhatt was being questioned as he was posted as DCP at
the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the 2002 riots,"
SIT officials said.

Bhatt, a 1988 batch IPS officer, is presently posted as
the principal of the State Reserve Police (SRP) Training
Centre in Junagadh district.

"My statement was recorded in regard to the FIR
67/02 of Meghaninagar police station (Gulburg Society)," Bhatt
said. He, however, declined to divulge further details.

Sources in the SIT said that recording of the
statement of the IPS officer is not yet completed and is
likely to continue tomorrow.

The Supreme Court recently asked SIT to consider
whether further probe was required against Chief Minister
Narendra Modi and 62 others in connection with the complaint
filed by Zakia Jaffery, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan
Jaffery, who was among the 69 people killed in Gulburg Society
during the post-Godhra riots.

PTI