Wednesday, February 8, 2006 (Ahmedabad):
Under pressure from the Supreme Court, the Gujarat government has decided to reopen over 1,200 cases related to the post-Godhra riots.More than 2,000 people were killed in the riots after a mob torched a train carriage in Godhra town, killing 59 Hindu pilgrims."Total cases for review are 2,019 and 1,594 cases have been reopened. Forty did not have any evidence and therefore could not be pursued further," said AK Bhargava, DGP, Gujarat. The state government had earlier closed 2,020 riot cases, which was challenged in court by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
‘Not fit for trial’? — The cases were closed on the premise that they were not fit to go to trial which led the NHRC to move the Supreme Court.During the hearing, Gujarat Home Secretary told the apex court about the decision to reopen the cases. Responding to another query by the court, the government said it has filed 13 new cases in connection with the post-Godhra riots. The state administration will also probe 40 police officers for mishandling the communal violence and the investigations following it, leading to the acquittal of several accused.