In his affidavit filed before the Nanavati Commission,former Gujarat chief minister Amarsinh Chaudhary said he had personally rushed to meet Chief Minister Narendra Modi following Ahsan Jafris appeals for help but had not found any response from the CM. His appeals to police commissioner P C Pande for help also went unanswered,Chaudhary submitted to the panel.
The Congress leader died before he could be cross-examined before the Nanavati panel probing the riots. The contents of his affidavit have now become known,with suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt annexing it to the affidavit he himself filed before the National Commission for Minorities on April 25.
I put on record what I personally experienced in my meeting with the CM on February 28,2002 that he did not want to help, Chaudhary said in the affidavit.
Having faced two riots during his CMship,Chaudhary said,he had tried to advise Modi on how to control the violence. Then the PCC chief,Chaudhary said: When I learnt from him that only two companies of paramilitary forces were asked to assist local police,I brought to his notice that even for the rath yatra I summoned more than 100 companies.
Jafri,a former Congress MP,had called him for help when his Gulberg Society complex was surrounded by rioters,Chaudhary said. He made frantic calls to all those who could help him. He called me appraising about the danger to his life and his family members… I myself called police commissioner P C Pande but he did not help. It was under these circumstances that I had to rush to Gandhinagar with Naresh Rawal,Leader of Opposition,to meet CM Modi at 2 pm. I appraised the CM about the grave danger to the lives of Jafri and others and,I state,that I did not find any response from the CM.
Chaudhary blamed the state government and the CM in particular for the riots.