PM Modi given clean chit in 2002 Gujarat riots

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has been given a clean chit in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The Nanavati Commission report clears the state government then led by Narendra Modi.

The report instead calls for action against the police who were ineffective in controlling mobs and did not show the “competence necessary”. The report was tabled in the Gujarat assembly on Wednesday, five years after it was submitted to the 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, which runs into over 1,500 pages in nine volumes.

It said the police at some places were ineffective in controlling the mob because of their inadequate numbers or because they were not properly armed.

Retired Justices GT Nanavati and Akshay Mehta had in 2014 submitted their final report on the 2002 riots in which over 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed.

PM Modi, as Chief Minister, had tasked the panel with investigating the riots that broke out in the aftermath of the February 27 killing of 59 Hindus in a train burning in Godhra town, around 150 km from state capital Gandhinagar.

The burning of a train in Godhra on 27 February 2002, which caused the deaths of 58 Hindu pilgrims karsevaks returning from Ayodhya, is cited as having instigated the violence.

According to official figures, the riots ended with 1,044 dead, 223 missing, and 2,500 injured. Of the dead, 790 were Muslim and 254 Hindu. However, other reports estimated death tolls in excess of 2,000.

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