Ex-Gujarat DGP wants Nanavati Report on 2002 Gujarat riots released


Former Gujarat Police chief R.B. Sreekumar, who had locked horns with then state chief minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 riots, has asked the Anandiben Patel government to make public the inquiry commission report on the massacre.

The report was submitted by retired Supreme Court judge G.T. Nanavati and former Gujarat High Court judge Akshay Mehta 12 years after it concluded the inquiry with 25 extensions.

The Modi government had on March 6, 2002, appointed justices Nanavati and Mehta to look into the February 27 Sabarmati Express train coach burning episode that left 59 people dead and the subsequent riots that killed 1,169 people in the state.

The commission submitted the final report to Chief Minister Anandiben Patel last year soon after she took over the reins of Gujarat from Modi after he became the prime minister.

In a letter to the chief Minister, Sreekumar, who as additional director-general of police (intelligence) reported that Modi’s comments after the riots could prove incendiary in an already communally surcharged atmosphere, said he found it “painful” that no legislator in the state had shown any hurry to ensure an early public release of the commission’s report.

Sreekumar’s letter dated November 18 asserts that this was an “obvious instance of breach of legislature’s privilege by the executive wing of the government”.

He pointed out that the Commissions of Enquiry Act, 1952, stipulates that a probe report should be laid before the house of the people or, as the case may be, the legislative assembly … together with a memorandum of the action taken thereon, within six months of the submission of the report.

The commission submitted its report on November 14, 2014, after getting 25 extensions.

Sreekumar had submitted “nine affidavits to the commission, four while in service and five after my superannuation on February 28, 2007 (in all 498 pages), relevant to the terms of reference to the commission”.

He was cross examined by the commission on August 31, 2004 and September 30, 2011.

He pointed out that during the protracted communal clashes in 2002 (February 27 to May 31), “most gruesome mass killings and destruction of property” took place, including of historic religio-cultural monuments of the 15th century in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Anand, Godhra, Sabarkantha, Kheda, Mehsana, Banaskantha and Dahod districts.

“Significantly, while the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 affected the whole of Delhi city, in Gujarat … ghastly high voltage manslaughter was reported from 11 districts only”, he said.

“The commission must have probed into the enabling factors and ambience responsible for varying degree of violence in different geographical segments of the state.

“The public, riot victim-survivors, human rights activists, state government functionaries in criminal justice system, sociologists, criminologists, jurists and so on would be naturally anxious and keen to comprehensively study the commission’s wisdom in this aspect and related matters of riots,” Sreekumar said.

The commission was tasked by the government “to recommend suitable measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents (Godhra train fire incident and subsequent riots) in future” and would surely have provided “suitable suggestions” to be “incorporated in the edifice of regulatory architecture of the rule of law in Gujarat”.

Even today, he said, hundreds of riot victim survivors are not in a position to return to their pre-riot habitats for want of resources and other reasons, beyond their control and capacity.

This is one reason why the commission’s recommendations “on relief, reconciliation, rehabilitation and re-settlement will be helpful to the sufferers to emerge out of current state of poverty and privation”.

He said: “The state government’s intransigence in non-publication of the commission report would debilitate and erode the stamina and vigour of democracy and its institutions in Gujarat.”

  • Nalayak Narendra

    Narendra Modi, his chaumachas, BJP party apparatus and the Gujarat government machinery are trying to sell Modi’s 13 years of tenure as development. But it is like selling cat’s pee as Amrit to Indian people. It will not work. Aam Aadmi will evaporate this hype. Flyovers and highways in visible areas is not development. Ignoring poor farmers and giving large business contracts to Ambanis and Adanis is not progress. After 13 years, Gujarat has corruption, poverty, lack of electricity, water and misery for common man in rural areas. Lipstick on a pig does not make it beautiful. What is more……? Innocent people in Gujarat died on his watch in Godhra riots just because 2 terrorists killed 30 and wounded 80 Gujaratis on his watch in a temple like rats in 2002. Not a single Gujarati had the guts to fight. Indian people will burst Modi’s balloon of false pride and show this incompetent emperor has no clothes.

  • Nalayak Narendra

    Hiten Dalal, Bhupen Dalal, Harshad Mehta, Ketan Parekh, BD Narottam, Arun Jain, RK Chandolia, Gautam Doshi, Vinod Goenka, Rajiv Agarwal, Ravi Ruia, IP Khaitan, Kiran Khaitan, Vikas Saraf are names of some of the accused in major corruption case of the last twenty years. All of them are either Gujrati or Marwari. As long as Gujarti or Marwari parasite is having control of India’s business, India will always be poor. Darpok Gujaratis ride on other people’s sacrifice but do desh-drohi activities like hawala, 60/40, black money, evade taxes, Swiss bank accounts and encourage bribery regime. Have you ever heard of Captain Patel, Major Shah or Corporal Modi? Their motto is … TUM LADHO AUR HUM KAPADA SAMHALATAI HAI

  • Nalayak Narendra

    We know that Narendra Modi abandoned his wife Jashodaben since their marriage when she was just 18. Darpok and napunsak Modi ran away because his tool does not work. Modi chumachas have been hiding this truth for 40 years. Jasodaben is a school teacher and is languishing in Rajosana village of Banaskantha district. She had studied up to class VIII. Jashodaben does not like to be photographed and she is conscious of Modi’s position although she is hopeful that someday Modi will come to her and publicly accept her as his wife. If this is what Modi can do to his own wife and hide the truth…… HOW WILL HE TAKE CARE OF YOU?

  • Nalayak Narendra

    Think about it…… What if every state in India said the same thing as Gujarat says…… TUM LADHO AUR HUM KAPADA SAMAHALATA HAI?…… Who will fight at the border? Who will shed blood and die defending the nation? What Punjab and Maharashtra also said we will just give money and let somebody die as soldiers? What should India do? How ill India protect itself from terrorist attacks and from Pakistan and China? Should we wrap Gujarati Dhoti around the nation? OR offer dhokla to the terrorists who come into our land and kill us like sitting ducks? …… OR may just play dandiya with them?

  • Nalayak Narendra

    India does not have time for free dhokla, buttered parathas, ghee and dancing in garaba with dandiya like girls. That is darpok Guajarati specialty while brave soldiers from other states are shedding blood and dying at the border to defend India from enemies. Darpok Gujaratis ride on other people’s sacrifice but do desh-drohi activities like hawala, 60/40, black money, evade taxes, Swiss bank accounts and encourage bribery regime. That is why Gujarat does not have a single warrior like King Shivaji, Guru Govind Singh, Jhansi Ki Rani, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and so others. Gandhi and Patel is all you have in 8,000 years….. Just 2?

  • Nalayak Narendra

    Gujaratis have a ZERO percentage in India’s defense forces. They ride on the blood and sacrifices of brave soldiers from other states. Their excuse for not fighting is they give money. They did the same thing during all agressions and attacks on India….. GIVE MONEY. They gave money to the Moghuls and they gave money to the British. Not serving in India’s defense forces and making money instead is unacceptable. Defending the nation from its enemies is every body’s responsibility.

  • Nalayak Narendra

    We will bring in military draft in India. Every boy and girl of 18 years of age must join the armed forces for 3 years. No exceptions except when they have terminal illness and are bed ridden. Everyone else must serve and obey the command and taste real discipline for a change, especially darpok Gujaratis. This will stop rich and greedy, spoiled, girl teasing and garaba dancing Guajarati boys running away from joining the Indian armed forces to fight on the front lines but getting western education, doing luxury vacations in Europe and spending Dad’s money and getting away from the law with Dad’s power while doing desh drohi activities like hawala, 60/40, kala dhanda, black money, Swiss bank accounts, tax evasion and encouraging corruption culture in India and ridiculous girly behavior of men like dancing with stupid dandiya in garaba like girls.

  • Nalayak Narendra

    Darpok Gujaratis, Guajarat has a ZERO percentage in India’s army, navy and air force. It is everybody’s responsibility to defend the nation. ZERO percentage from any state is unacceptable. Even Andaman and Nicobar islands have soldiers defending the nation. You cannot ride on other people blood and sacrifices to live a cushy life in Guajarat and abroad. We give money excuse – is cowardly and unacceptable. This is anti-national. On top, darpok Gujaratis do desh drohi hawala, 60/40, kala dhandha, black money, tax evasion, hiding money in Swiss bank accounts, running underground economy and encouraging corruption by using back door deals everywhere. These anti-national activities deserve jail time with hard labor.