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Guilty must be punished, says Left

It said the sting operation exposed the state govt's involvement in the Gujarat riots, reports S Patronobis.
Hindustan Times | By Sutirtho Patronobis, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2007 10:51 PM IST

The Left said on Friday that the Tehelka expose on the Gujarat riots of 2002 should be taken as 'prima facie' evidence of the involvement of the Narendra Modi government in the massacre and the guilty should be punished at the earliest.

The Left parties were joined by the RJD in their sharp criticism of the Modi government. RJD chief Lalu Prasad said that both Modi and leader of Opposition LK Advani should be arrested, as the chief minister would not have the riots conducted without the patronage of Advani.

The CPM blamed Modi government for the communal violence and said the Tehelka tapes showing "shocking and graphic details" of the massacre should be taken as prima facie evidence and those guilty brought to book expeditiously.
The Tehelka footage has "confirmed what is well known that the 2002 violence in Gujarat was a state-sponsored one", the CPM added.

``The Chief Minister (Narendra) Modi and his government were fully responsible for this gross violation of human rights and subversion of the Constitution,’’ the Left party said.
It added that the Centre and the law enforcement agencies have a ``special responsibility’’ in this regard.

The CPI said that the Nanavati Comission should take suo moto cognizance of these statements in the course of its inquiry. ``The relevant authorities should proceed against the perpetrators of these heinous crime,’’ the party said.

Tehelka magazine on Thursday had claimed it had ``irrefutable’’ evidence that the killings of Muslims post-Godhra train carnage in Gujarat was ``not a spontaneous swell of anger but a genocide’’ planned and executed by top functionaries of the Sangh Parivar and state authorities ``with the sanction’’ of Modi.

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