Gujarat riots: important documents destroyed

Gujarat riots: important documents destroyed

Godhra : India | Jul 16, 2011 at 6:43 AM PDT
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Caused a shock to any sensible person to read that the accuser of government of Gujarat in India has demanded recently that several documents had been destroyed in 2002 riots in 2007.

He justified the action of state government as in line with the "standard procedure" to clarify the file after every five years.

However, this issue is not as simple as the prosecutor thinks. The Indian Supreme Court has appointed a commission to probe the proceedings in the Godhra train carnage and the post-Godhra communal riots in which hundreds of Muslims were killed.

During the investigation, the officer of the IPS group of state, Sanjiv Bhatt, has filed a statement attributing Gujarat chief minister alleged statements to police to go "soft" on Hindu rioters involved in the killing and destruction of Muslim properties (the ref. met the chief minister's residence Feb. 27, 2002 in which he apparently asked to leave the rebels exhale their anger).

To support his claim, when Mr. Bhatt of the state government has asked for some documents, it was recommended that these documents could not be provided to him because they are classified under the 'classified documents' category.

Mr. Bhatt was looking for the phone records of incoming and outgoing records including records of state of the control room (SCR), a record of the duty of the SCR, the diary of movement of the PGD and PGI status, the log book of official vehicles used by DG and IGP, the messages sent by SCR awake, intelligence reports received by police agencies, etc..

When faced with pressure to surrender the documents, apparently the state government has tried to take advantage of a rule to destroy the police irrelevant documents after a period of five years.

Obviously, the government said was a lie, otherwise, as no one can justify the destruction of records is so crucial as the probe continues, however?

Then came a U-2 July. The Gujarat government is now saying that 'the burden of the documents' are available. However, the books of strain may be a few vehicles were destroyed.

Slowly but firmly things fade, no matter what the public has known for so long it becomes clear in court as well. But it's been nine years from the 2002 riots and justice delayed is justice denied.

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Muhammad Moasir is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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