IPS officer seeks data on Gujarat riots

The officer had made startling allegations against Chief minister Narendra Modi accusing him of instructing officials to go slow on rioters.

Soon after, the 1988 batch IPS officer Bhatt filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, in which he alleged that Modi had instructed at a law and order meeting on February 27, 2002, that Hindus should be allowed to vent their anger.

Bhatt had sent a letter to Gujarat DGP Chhitranjan Singh and the intelligence chief requesting that vital police records be given to him. The letter, a copy of which is with Deccan Herald, seeks details during the period February 27, 2002, to September 17, 2002.

 The details include incoming/outgoing message registers of the police control room, incoming/outgoing telephonic message registers of the state control room, duty registers of the state control room, movement diary of the DGP, register of the vehicles being used by the DGP, duty registers of the drivers attached with control room.

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“I have written twice to the DGP and the ADGP, Intelligence stressing that if I was to make a meaningful deposition before the Nanavati commission, I should be given an access to all those records,’’ Bhatt said.

The officer wants to back his claims made in the affidavit to the Supreme Court with government records such as the PCR records. The DGP refused to comment on the letter.

The letter comes at a time when the Nanavati Commission decided that it was conducting cross examination on the May 16.Earlier, the commission had ordered an in camera deposition by the Jan Sangarsh Manch, representing riot victims.

“If during the cross examination of Sanjiv Bhatt he is able to substantiate and stand by what he has said in the affidavit that Modi had instructed officials to allow Hindus to vent their anger at the law and order meeting on 27th of February then his statement will become a matter of fact,’’ said Sinha.

Interestingly, the state government which has been denying Sanjiv Bhatt’s presence at the crucial meeting will also get a chance to cross examine the officer during deposition. This could perhaps throw up some more uncomfortable questions for the Narendra Modi.

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