Modi is `dramatis personae` of Godhra riots: Bhatt

Last Updated: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 20:34

Ahmedabad: Alleging that Chief Minister
Narendra Modi was "dramatis personae of the Gujarat carnage
of 2002", suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt today again
sought access to certain records of post-Godhra riot period.

In a letter to the Nanavati commission which is probing
the riots, Bhatt has sought directions to the DGP, ADGP state
intelligence bureau and the chairman of Special Investigation
Team (SIT) probing some of the cases, that he be provided with
certain records of post-Godhra riot period and the statements
made by him before SIT.

"My genuine request has naturally been opposed and will
continue to be vehemently opposed by the state government that
is headed by a Chief Minister who himself happens to be one of
the most leading and most culpable `dramatise personae` of the
Gujarat carnage of 2002," Bhatt said in the letter.

"....and (of) the subsequent on-going cover-up operations
aimed at shielding the persons accused of heinous crimes,"
the letter added.
He said that the documents are needed for filing a
comprehensive affidavit and bringing relevant documentary
evidence on the commission`s record.

Bhatt alleged that some of the most important documents
which could make clear the roles of Modi and others have not
been brought before the Commission.

"I have thoroughly studied all the affidavits filed by
police officers...as well as records of deposition/examination
of all the police officers who have appeared before the
commission," Bhatt`s letter said.

"Some of the most important documents which could have
clearly revealed the dubious role and criminal conduct of the
then Chief Minister and/or other ministers in his council of
ministers, police officers and other individuals and
organisations, have not been brought to the notice of the
Commission," Bhatt said.

On December 15, Bhatt had written similar letter asking
the commission to direct the state government to provide him
with documents, listing 46 items including state control room
records, telephone call details, movement diaries of top
police officials, intelligence reports of riots period, and
internal document of SIB - authored by the Bhatt and titled
`Godhra Incident of 27/02/2002-An Intelligence Analysis`.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 20:08

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