Bhatt again demands access to Gujarat riot records

Suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in a fresh letter on Wednesday demanded that he be given access to certain records of post- Gujarat riots period.

Ahmedabad: In a fresh letter to the Nanavati
Commission which is probing the 2002 Gujarat riots, suspended
IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on Wednesday again demanded that he be
given access to certain records of post-riots period, in order
to enable him file a comprehensive affidavit before the panel.

He has also attached copy of a purported State
Intelligence Bureau (SIB) alert which had predicted widespread
violence as state government decided to bring bodies of Godhra
victims to Ahmedabad on February 27, 2002.

Since May 2011, Bhatt has been seeking direction from
the Commission to the SIB and the Special Investigation Team
(SIT) which is probing some of the riots cases to offer him
access to the records.

Bhatt, a Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence in-charge of
Internal Security in 2002, maintains that some of these
documents would throw light on the dubious role of Chief
Minister Narendra Modi, other ministers, police officers, etc.

These documents include control room records, telephone
call details, movement diaries of top police officials and an
internal document of SIB, authored by Bhatt and titled `Godhra
Incident of 27-02-2002: An Intelligence Analysis`.

Bhatt`s letter also reveals that Commission had last
month declined his request, saying it had no power to do so.
The decision was conveyed to him by a letter on December 30.
Bhatt has also submitted copy of an alert message issued
by SIB to Ahmedabad Police Commissioner immediately after the
meeting chaired by Modi on February 27, 2002, where Modi, as
alleged by Bhatt, asked police to let "Hindus vent their
anger" in the aftermath of Godhra incident.