The Hush Post| 1:51 pm |one-minute-read|
The Nanavati-Mehta Commission appointed by the then chief minister Narendra Modi has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots. However, the commission has recommended inquiry or action against the erring police officers for not being able to curb violence.
The Commission report was tabled in the state Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja tabled the report in the House. The report was tabled five years after it was submitted to the then state government.
“There is no evidence to show that these attacks were either inspired or instigated or abated by any minister of the state,” the commission said in its report. The report runs into over 1,500 pages. It is compiled in nine volumes.
Nanavati report said the police at some places were ineffective in controlling the mob because of their inadequate numbers. At some places, they were not properly armed.
On some communal riot incidents in Ahmedabad city, the commission said, “The police had not shown their competence and eagerness which was necessary.”
Retired Justices G T Nanavati and Akshay Mehta had in 2014 submitted their final report on the 2002 riots – in which more than 1,000 people, mainly the Muslims, were killed.
The commission was appointed in 2002 by the then state chief minister Narendra Modi to probe the riots. The riots took place after the burning of two coaches of the Sabarmati Express train near Godhra railway station. In this particular incident, i59 ‘karsevaks’ were killed.