'Nanavati Commission report fake, witnesses were bribed'

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New Delhi, Sep 27 (UNI) Refuting Justice Nanavati Shah Commission report on Godhra incident recently tabled in Gujarat Assembly, Tehelka, a weekly English news magazine, today said the Godhra massacre was not preplanned and police eye witnesses for the commission inquiry were bribed to tell a lie.

''It was all fabricated as our six month long investigation shows how the so called eye witnesses were bribed and the real facts were ignored,'' said Tehelka editor-in chief Tarun Tejpal.

Claiming that whatever happened at the railway station on February 27, 2002 was all spontaneous and no Muslims or the government authorities were involved in the massacre, Mr Tejpal said the report that 140 litres of petrol being procured on the eve of the incident was wrong as Ranjeet Singh Patel, an employee of the petrol pump, said he along with Prabhat Singh Patel was paid Rs 50,000 each by the Shah Commission's chief investigating officer Noel Parmar to testify that the petrol was purchased and was even shown a picture of the man who they had to identify in the court.

Another 'eyewitness' in the police case was Kakul Pathak, a BJP media cell convenor, was shown on Tehelka tapes saying that he had no idea who mentioned his name as an eye witness.

''I came to know after two months that my name also figured in the list of the witnesses,'' Mr Pathak was shown on the tapes saying, adding that police did it on its own.

''Jabir Bahera, a police witness, who named Maulvi Umarji as the main mastermind, also retracted his statement,'' Mr Tejpal said adding that Sikander Siddik, also a police witness, corroborated Bahera's statement and had named another religious leader Yakub Punjabi for inciting the mob at Godhra. Later it was found that Punjabi was not even in the country that day.

Referring to another important person of the case - Gujarat Advocate General Arvind Pandya - the editor, while showing him on tape, said, ''We have Mr Pandya on our tapes saying that Mr Shah was after money.'' Saying that the investigation was done keeping in view the larger interest of the public, Mr Tejapl said, We have already sent the tapes to the commission but nobody asked us anything nor we were told to depose before the commission''.

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