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Cellphone records of SIT man details his whereabouts during post-Godhra riots

Cellphone records accessed by Newsline detail Special Investigation Team member Shivanand Jha’s movements on February 28,2002: the day riots broke out post Godhra train carnage.

Written by Vikram Rautela | Ahmedabad |
May 5, 2009 12:58:12 am

Cellphone records accessed by Newsline detail Special Investigation Team (SIT) member Shivanand Jha’s movements on February 28,2002: the day riots broke out post Godhra train carnage. Jha was then the additional commissioner of Ahmedabad police (Sector 1) and used the cellphone number ‘9825048308’.

Jha’s mobile phone records have detailed his location when the riots broke out in areas under his jurisdiction. He has been accused of dereliction of duty and giving false evidence in a petition filed by Zakia Jafri,the widow of slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri. The Supreme Court has ordered investigation into the role of Narendra Modi and 62 others,including Jha,following this petition by Zakia.

The issue assumes significance as Jha heads the SIT teams that are investigating the Godhra train carnage case of February 27,2002 and the post-Godhra massacre at Ode in Anand district.

City-based group Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) had submitted a detailed analysis of Jha’s mobile phone records before the Nanavati Commission. Areas under his jurisdiction had started witnessing riots since the evening of February 27,2002 and became “uncontrollable” by afternoon the next day. Jha chose to remain in the confines of his office in Shahibaug till 10.49 am on February 28,2002,as per his phone details.

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Jha had received 13 calls and made two outgoing calls from his mobile phone between 00:17:27 hrs and 10:49:46 hrs sitting in his office. His mobile phone tower during this period was the Shahibaug Kedar Tower C 105 near Rajasthan Hospital.

Ellisbridge,Navrangpura and Satellite areas,which were under Jha’s jurisdiction,had started witnessing riots since 7.30 pm on February 27,2002. Records further say that Madhavpura,Shahibaug,Satellite and Sola areas came under riot’s grip since 7 am on February 28. SIT chief R K Raghvan refused to comment on the issue.

Riots timeline
Where: Sector 1
When: Between the evening of February 27,2002 and afternoon of February 28,when Jha was reportedly in his office
February 27,2002
5.45 pm: Satellite police station (case number 99/02). An AMTS bus set on fire in front of Maruti complex
7.35 pm: Ellisbride police station (case number 113/02). A car and a motorcycle set ablaze near Farina Flats
8.15 pm: Ellisbridge police station (case number 116/02). A Muslim man attacked with swords
8.15 pm: Ellisbridge police station (case number 116/02). A Muslim man attacked with swords
8.30 pm: Ellisbridge police station (case number 114/02). A Muslim man severely injured near Mahalaxmi Crossroads
8.15 pm: Ellisbridge police station (case number 116/02). A Muslim man attacked with swords
11.50 pm: Navrangpura police station (case number 130/02). A Muslim auto driver attacked with swords
10.30 pm: Satellite police station (case number 101/02). Burning down of a shop owned by a Muslim,Sona Handlooms
February 28,2002
7 am onwards: Madhavpura police station (case number 73/02). Hazrat Shah Pir Ni Dargah razed Madhavpura police station (case number 86/02): Several shops near Pathan Ni Chali set afire
8 am onwards: Shahibaug police station (case number 76/02). Mob of 1,000 set fire to Moti Manor Hotel,part of Rosery School and a dargah
10.45 am: Shahibaug police station (case number 74/02). A Muslim man and a three-year-old boy stabbed to death in Jalaluddin Baba Ni Dargah premises

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First published on: 05-05-2009 at 12:58:12 am

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