Godhra riots: Gujarat Ex-DGP controverts cops affidavit

Ahmedabad, April 23: Gujarat's Director General of Police at the time of post-Godhra riots today said IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court implicating Narendra Modi in the communal clashes, was not present in the meeting with the Chief Minister held on February 27, 2002.

"He (Sanjiv Bhatt) was not present in that particular meeting held with the Chief Minister and other high-ranking officials. I have told this to the Special Investigation Team (probing the riots) during my deposition," K Chakrabarthi, now retired, told PTI over phone from Mumbai.

"Now, it is up to the SIT and Supreme Court to decide on it," he said.

Bhatt, in his affidavit, has said he attended the said meeting (on the day of Godhra train burning incident) as he was asked to accompany the DGP by the state control room.

Bhatt, posted as DCP at the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the 2002 riots, said he had attended the meeting along with the DGP.

In his testimony before the SIT, Modi had also said Bhatt, being a junior officer at that time, was not present in the February 27 meeting.

In the affidavit, Bhatt has alleged the Gujarat Chief Minister, at the meeting, had instructed officers to allow Hindus "to vent out their anger" during the clashes and he wanted Muslims to be "taught a lesson."


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