Gujarat riots inquiry panel report ready

The important findings to be submitted to the state government next week will throw light on the role played by the administration, especially political leaders, during the widespread communal riots that had claimed 1,500 lives, mostly Muslims.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Fri 31 Oct 2014, 11:21 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:55 AM

Ahmedabad: The Justice Nanavati Commission, which has been inquiring into the 2002 bloody Hindu-Muslim clashes in the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Gujarat for the past 12 years, is now ready with its voluminous final report and has given it for printing.

The important findings to be submitted to the state government next week will throw light on the role played by the administration, especially political leaders, during the widespread communal riots that had claimed 1,500 lives, mostly Muslims.

Sources said the term of the commission, which had sought extension for a record 24 times, would expire on Friday and it would not seek more time as it had completed its massive work, having examined as many as 45,000 affidavits received by it.

The commission had in its first report in September 2008 opined that the burning of a coach of the Ahmedabad-bound Sabarmati Express near the Godhra railway station in central Gujarat on February 27, 2002 was ‘a pre-planned conspiracy’.

In the report, the commission, which was set up by the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi a week after the riots broke out, also made it clear that “there is absolutely no evidence to show that either the Chief Minister and/or any other Minister(s) or police officers had played any role in the Godhra train-burning incident.”

The report also cleared Modi and others of any role in the subsequent riots, saying there was no evidence of “any lapse in providing protection and relief to victims of the riots and in not complying with the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission”. As many as 59 Hindu passengers were killed in the Godhra train carnage that triggered communal clashes throughout the state.



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