Police ban broadcast of riot footage on Godhra judgement day

  • PTI, Ahmedabad
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  • Updated: Feb 19, 2011 22:16 IST

The city police today restricted the media from telecasting and printing the 2002 riots-related footages and photographs on February 22, the day when the court will pronounce its verdict in the Godhra train carnage that triggered large-scale communal violence nine years ago.

"The notification restricts electronic media from broadcasting 2002 riot-related file footages and also restricts print media from publishing any riot-related photographs on February 22 and 23," Joint Commissioner of Police Satish Sharma said.

"Non-compliance of the notification could lead to prosecution," he warned.

Police have also imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the city prohibiting any kind of public gatherings and rallies.

Special judge P R Patel, who presided over the trial court set up inside the high-security Sabarmati Central Jail here, will deliver the verdict in the nine-year-old incident.

With a view to maintain peace, the police have made elaborate security arrangements on the judgement day.

"Vigil shall be intensified on all the sensitive points in the city. Close to 10,000 police personnel shall be deployed, including 20 companies of SRPF (around 2,000 men) and one company of Rapid Action Force," Sharma said.

One platoon of SRPF (around 30 personnel) has been deployed at the jail, the venue where the judgement will be pronounced, and vigil shall be maintained on people visiting the prisoners, he said.

"Fifteen Police Control Room (PCR) vans will be positioned at strategic locations. Three Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) have also been deployed," he said.

Sharma appealed to the people to refrain from rumour mongering and report any trouble witnessed in their respective localities to the Police Control Room.


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