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Gujarat to re-open 1,594 riot cases

While Govt will file 13 new cases, police will take action against 41.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 12:38 IST

Gujarat Police will reopen 1,594 cases and take action against 41 police officials for their alleged role in 2002 post-Godhra communal riots in Gujarat. Thirteen new cases will also be filed by the Gujarat government.

The decision was announced by the Godhra-riots Inquiry Committee, headed by Gujarat DGP AK Bhargava, in a report submitted on Wednesday.

The Committee was set up by the Supreme Court to re-examine about 2,000 post-Godhra riots' cases.

According to the report, apart from the action to be taken on police officials, over 600 people accused in these re-opened cases will be arrested.

The Supreme Court had earlier taken a stern stance on the closure of the post-Godhra riots cases in Gujarat and had directed the state government to re-open about 2,000 odd cases that the police had closed after filing their respective summaries.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 13:58 IST