Role of IPS Sreekumar in exposing Gujarat CM
Among those who exposed the complicity of the Narendra Modi government in the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, was retired IPS RB Sreekumar, who was then additional DGP (state intelligence).india Updated: Feb 22, 2012 01:46 IST
Among those who exposed the complicity of the Narendra Modi government in the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, was retired IPS RB Sreekumar, who was then additional DGP (state intelligence).
His meticulous testimonies and affidavits before the state-appointed inquiry commission have revealed shocking details of the state machinery's involvement in not only allowing the riots, but also subverting the process of law subsequent to the riots. And in doing so, he incurred the displeasure of the state government, which denied him a promotion to DGP level in 2005.
Sreekumar, however, won the case in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and Gujarat high court and the government had to promote him as DGP after he retired in 2007.The first three affidavits filed by Sreekumar before the Nanavati commission in 2003 revealed how the state and central intelligence agencies failed to prevent the train burning incident at Godhara, the failure of the Modi government to act on the reports he had prepared during his stint as additional DGP (intelligence) and how he was asked to prepare favourable reports to facilitate early elections of the state assembly in 2002.
Till date, he has filed nine affidavits related to riots. After taking over as head of the state intelligence, he had prepared a report titled 'Current Communal Scenario in Ahmedabad City' and sent it to then ACS (Home) Ashok Narayan on April 24, 2002.
When Modi wanted early polls (July-August 2002) to cash in on the communally surcharged atmosphere in the wake of the riots, Sreekumar had presented a detailed account of law and order situation in the state which led the Election Commission to delay the polls, which were held in December 2002.