//Nanavati-Shah Commission must review Godhra riots CDs, says NGO

Nanavati-Shah Commission must review Godhra riots CDs, says NGO

Ahmedabad: A Non-government Organisation (NGO) representing a faction of the victims of 2002 Gujarat riots, today urged the Nanavati-Shah Commission, which is probing riots, to conduct an official  study of the two CDs submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The NGO’s, Jan Sangharsh Manch, counsel Mukul Sinha filed the plea before the commission appealing it for an analysis of the two CDs containing details of  mobile phone calls made during the riots. Speaking to reporters, Singh said that they asked the panel for an ‘official study’ of the CDs in the wake of the “new references of the commission which allows the role and conduct of Chief Minister, his Council of Ministers and police officials to be probed”.

The CDs were submitted by CBI officer Rahul Sharma, who was the Deputy Superintended of Police of Bhavnagar district during the riots. The CDs contain the phone numbers of calls made or received during the period from February 27, 2002 to March 7, 2002 in Ahmedabad during the communal riots.

More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in Gujarat in retaliation for the burning alive of 59 Hindu pilgrims on February 27 at Godhra town by a suspected Muslim mob. 

Last month, at least 21 skeletal remains of those believed to have been killed in the 2002 Gujarat communal riots were exhumed from a mass grave in Panchamahal district of the State. The bodies were dug out by relatives of people who went missing after the country’s worst religious bloodletting three years ago.

Later, the Gujarat High Court ordered the DNA testing of the skeletal remains unearthed be collected and sent to a laboratory in Hyderabad for DNA testing under the supervision of Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI).

Court’s order came while acting on a petition filed by a resident of Pandarwada village, Ameena Habib Rasool, whose young son was killed during the communal frenzy in the State after riots in 2002.

Earlier, noted human rights activist Teesta Setalvad has demanded a CBI probe into the unearthing of alleged mass graves of 2002 religious riot victims.