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Minority rights panel calls ex-DGP,Bhatt

Following a complaint by one of the 2002 riot victims,the National Commission for Minorities has summoned former Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat R B Sreekumar,suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt,Deputy Inspector General Rahul Sharma and four other police officers on March 12.

Following a complaint by one of the 2002 riot victims,the National Commission for Minorities has summoned former Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat R B Sreekumar,suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt,Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rahul Sharma and four other police officers on March 12.

Sources said the commission had received a complaint by one Malek Niyazbibib Bannumiyan,a resident of Ognaz village in Ahmedabd district,who alleged that the evidence in riots cases were being tampered with.

Bannumiyan,who was allegedly robbed during the 2002 communal violence,has also complained to the commission about the alleged sluggishness in the investigation being done by the Special Investigation Team.

Besides,the commission is also looking for information related to the meeting at Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in Gandhinagar on February 27,2002,where Modi is alleged to have directed top officials to let Hindus vent their anger,as was claimed by Bhatt.

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Sreekumar,who had earlier deposed against the state government before the Nanavati Commission probing the 2002 riots,confirmed he had received the summon.

He said the rights body wanted to know about Modi’s alleged inflammatory speeches in Patan and Chanasma in Mehsana.

The other police officers who have been issued summons are police inspectors V J Solanki,M K Sharma,E L Christian and A S Kasiri,who manned the control room of State Intelligence Bureau on February 27,2002.

Sources said they have been called to testify over Bhatt’s claim that he was present in the meeting at Modi’s residence.

Bhatt and Sharma are likely to be present before the commission on March 12.

Sreekumar said he wouldn’t not be able to appear on Monday but said he would go there during the hearing next week.