Modi is 'dramatis personae' of Godhra riots: Bhatt



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