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Modi wanted to control riots at any cost: SIT

Mahesh Langa, Hindustan Times  Ahmedabad, May 09, 2012
First Published: 00:11 IST(9/5/2012) | Last Updated: 09:31 IST(9/5/2012)

The Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team's clean chit to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots is based on its findings that the state took "all possible" measures to prevent the massacre that followed the Godhra train carnage.


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According to the SIT report, "… immediately after the Godhra incident, state machinery was put on high alert … and all possible precautionary measures were taken by the authorities."

The report, posted on a website on Tuesday, a day after it was handed over to riot victim Zakia Jafri, rebuts allegations that government authorities were lax during the riots in which more than 1,200 people were killed.

Zakia's husband, former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, was among the 69 people killed by rioters at Gulberg Society in eastern Ahmedabad on March 1, 2002, two days after the Sabarmati Express was torched near Godhra, killing 59. 

Quoting riots-era wireless messages and official letters, the SIT report says, "… it gives clear cut indication and mind of the state that the riots had to be controlled at any cost."

The report adds, "…investigation has established that the state government was reasonably vigilant vis-à-vis the developments on the law and order front and immediately responded by bringing to the notice of all district officials."

The SIT has dismissed (now suspended) IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's claim that he had attended a meeting, hours after the Godhra carnage, where Modi allegedly told top officials to let "Hindus vent their anger".

According to the SIT, Bhatt was in touch with activist Teesta Setalvad (Zakia's co-petitioner, who has posted the SIT report online) and others for drafting the affidavit he filed in the Supreme Court against Modi.

The report states certain "vested interests were trying to use the Supreme Court/SIT for settling their scores".

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