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Parties blast Modi, seek his ouster

Lalu Prasad urges Manmohan to get Narendra Modi and LK Advani arrested for their alleged role in it.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2007 02:35 IST

Bolstered by the Tehelka sting operation on the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday urged Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to get Chief Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leader L.K. Advani arrested for their alleged role in it.

“The sting operation by Tehelka aptly christened Operation


(disgrace) has exposed Modi’s deep involvement in the post-Godhra Gujarat riots. People now know the real faces involved in the crime against humanity,” Lalu told newspersons.

“Since Modi enjoys the patronage of LK Advani, the Opposition leader in the Lok Sabha, the latter can not escape culpability for the mass murder,” he said.

Meanwhile, the CPI-M said that the Tehelka tapes showing “shocking details” of the massacre should be taken as prima facie evidence and those guilty brought to book expeditiously.

The party said the Centre and the law enforcement agencies have a “special responsibility” in this regard. “Modi and his government were fully responsible for this gross violation of human rights and subversion of the Constitution,” the CPI-M said.

In Srinagar, Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of hard-line faction of separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference demanded trial of Gujarat Chief Minister Narinder Modi in an international court for his “crimes against Muslims”.

“Narendra Modi is killer of Muslims. He should be tried in an international court,” Geelani told a public gathering in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Congress has demanded Modi’s arrest. It wants the police to run narco tests on Modi to know about his alleged role in instigating murders of innocent Muslims during the carnage.

State Congress spokesperson Hussain Dalwai told media that Modi would reveal more facts about the riots if the police put him through narco tests. “The Congress feels that not only Modi but senior BJP leaders Vajpayee, Advani and Rajnath Singh were equally responsible for the riots,” he said.

(With inputs from Dharmendra Jore in Mumbai)

First Published: Oct 27, 2007 02:32 IST