Setalvad submits affidavit on Gujarat riots

Written by: Gaurav
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Ahmedabad, May 15 : The Secretary of the Mumbai-based Citizens for Justice and Peace,Teesta Setalvad, on Friday, May 14 filed an affidavit before the G T Nanavati-Akshay Mehta judicial inquiry commission, according to a report published in The Hindu.

The affidavit contained detailed documentary evidences of the location of some mobile phone numbers held by some important officials of the Chief Minister's Office, senior Ministers in the then Narendra Modi Cabinet, senior bureaucrats and top police officers as well as some Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal leaders.

Ms Setalvad claimed that 15 phone calls were made from the Chief Minister's Office to the then Ahmadabad police commissioner P C Pande, on the morning of Feb 28, 2002, still the Commissioner of Police didn't move out of his office. She claimed that there were clear instructions from the top officials not to take any action.

She also submitted an analysis of the locational details of other important callers, including Health Minister Ashok Bhatt, Minister of State for Home Gordhan Jhadaphia, Home Secretary Ashok Narayan, Director General of Police K Chakravarthi, top police officers in-charge of the areas where communal riots broke out, and several others to claim that most of them were in the vicinity of Naroda and Gulberg Society areas when tension was building up on that morning, but claimed they refused to act because of the instructions given to them from the top.

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