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SIT ‘manipulated’ NHRC,CEC reports,says Zakia

Bhatt said that NHRC,in its annual report on Godhra riots,reprimanded the state government for failing to protect religious structures belonging to the minority community during the riots

Zakia Jafri,whose husband and former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri was killed in 2002 post-Godhra riots at Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad,on Thursday alleged that the Supreme Court-appointed SIT “ignored and manipulated” the reports of the National Human Rights Commission and Chief Election Commission (CEC) of 2002,while giving a clean chit to the accused,including Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

She alleged that except the then Additional DGP R B Sreekumar (intelligence),the entire state machinery made representations before the then Chief Election Commissioner that there was law and order in the region,contradicting the NHRC and CEC findings.

Continuing the arguments against SIT’s clean chit given to Modi,Jafri’s Delhi-based lawyer Aparna Bhatt submitted before metropolitan magistrate BJ Ganatra that SIT “knowingly ignored and interpreted in their own way” the findings of NHRC and CEC.

Bhatt said that NHRC,in its annual report on Godhra riots,reprimanded the state government for failing to protect religious structures belonging to the minority community during the riots. The commission recommended the state to repair these places or reimburse those trusts who repaired it. She said the state government had also admitted this before Gujarat High Court by stating,“It had not done anything in this regard.”

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“SIT vaguely referred these reports and drew conclusion favouring the state. But these reports corroborate our allegations that the 2002 riots were not a general reaction to the Godhra train burning incident,but part of a conspiracy,” Bhatt claimed.

She also said that CEC had reported that 154 of the total 184 constituencies were affected by the riots,including 990 villages and 151 towns across the state.

The argument will continue on Friday.