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2002 Gujarat riots: Nanavati Commission gives clean chit to Modi government

The commission has recommended inquiry into or action against the erring police officers

PTI   |   Gandhinagar   |   Published 11.12.19, 08:52 AM

The then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi-led government was given a clean chit by the Nanavati Commission in the 2002 riots in the state where over 1,000 people, mostly of the minority community, were killed.

Minister of state for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja table the commission's report in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, five years after it was submitted to the then state government.

'There is no evidence to show that these attacks were either inspired, instigated or abated by any minister of the state,' the commission said in its report. 

The report, which is over 1,500-pages long and compiled in nine volumes, said the police were ineffective in controlling the mob at some places either due to their inadequate number or because they were not properly armed.

The commission on communal riots in Ahmedabad city said, 'The police had not shown their competence and eagerness which was necessary.'

The commission has recommended inquiry into or action against the erring police officers.

Former Supreme Court justice G. T. Nanavati (retd.) and ex-Gujarat High Court justice Akshay Mehta (retd,) had in 2014 submitted their final report on the 2002 riots to the then state chief minister Anandiben Patel.

The commission was appointed in 2002 by the then state chief minister Narendra Modi to probe the riots, which took place after the burning of two coaches of the Sabarmati Express train near Godhra railway station, in which 59 karsevaks were killed.

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