Lalu demands arrest of Modi,
Babu Bajrangi: After killing them, I felt
like Maharana Pratap.
Mangilal Jain: We dragged them out of their
Anil Patel: The smallest village wasn't
Key Sangh leaders also spoke openly of
the support they got from Modi.
Babu Bajrangi: To get me out on bail, Narendra
bhai changed judges thrice.
Haresh Bhatt: He has done what no other
chief minister ever has.
Suresh Richard: We were blessed, he told
The police not just stood there and watched
but also played their part, claims Tehelka.
Suresh Richard: The cops must have killed
70 or more.
Rajendra Vyas: Narendra bhai got the police
on our side.
Ramesh Dave: All the cops helped, even
gave us cartridges
PATNA: Accusing Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leader L K Advani of "orchestrating
mass murder" in Gujarat after the Godhra train inferno, RJD supremo and
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Friday demanded their immediate arrest
in the wake of a sting operation.
"Since Modi enjoys the patronage
of senior BJP leader L K Advani, the opposition leader in the Lok Sabha,
the latter cannot escape culpability for the mass murder," he said. Prasad
demanded that criminal cases be instituted against the two leaders immediately
and they be sent to jail. The Railway Minister said the incidents were
a "blot" on Indian democracy as also humanity and the then Prime Minister,
Home Minister Advani and Home Ministry officials were "equally guilty"
along with Modi for the carnage.
Modi should go, says Cong
Condemning the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP)'s ''deafening'' silence on the Tehelka expose into the
2002 Gujarat communal killings and Chief Minister Narendra Modi's alleged
active role in it, the Congress party on Friday demanded that he step down.
''If the constitution of
India is to be upheld, if we still call ourselves as a civilised society,
if the right to life has any meaning at all, if human rights are to be
upheld, Narendra Modi should immediately step down from public office,''
Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told reporters.
BJP dismisses Gujarat
Gujarat riots had Modi's
sanction - Put Modi behind bars
A spokesman for the BJP,
Prakash Javdekar, described the Tehelka report as an election stunt stage-managed
by Congress. He said it was a sting operation based on rumours and hearsay.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The Tehelka magazine said
on Thursday that the 2002 Gujarat sectarian riots had the ''sanction''
of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and that many of the accused had admitted
this on camera.
A six-month Tehelka investigation
brings forward irrefutable evidence of many horrific incidents that have
remained contested in the last five years. For instance:
||according to Tehelka...
Even after five years, the
Gujarat carnage remains a hotly contested issue. We have had disputed versions
from the State, the police, the victims and civil rights groups. In Tehelka’s
ground-breaking investigation, for the first time hear the truth of the
genocidal killings from the men who actually did it. In disclosures that
are shocking and graphic.
A pregnant woman’s womb
was indeed pierced with a sword and the foetus wrenched out.
How Muslims hiding in a
gutter in the hope that they would survive were killed.
In the Gulbarg Society massacre,
a first-hand account of how the former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was hacked
limb by limb and burned.
The magazine's Editor-in-Chief
Tarun Tejpal said at a press conference that it had done a sting operation
over the last six months by talking to a number of Sangh Parivar leaders,
including Godhra BJP MLA Haresh Bhatt, Shiv Sena leader Babu Bajrangi,
who was earlier in VHP, and VHP leaders Anil Patel and Dhawal Jayanti Patel
to bring out the truth.
||Confessions to rape, something
the state has consistently denied.
How dozens of Muslims hiding
in a pit and clinging together in fear in Naroda Patiya were doused with
kerosene and burnt alive.
For the first time, the
investigation brings confirmation that the Gujarat murder of Muslims was
not a spontaneous swell of anger, but a planned genocide strategised and
executed by top functionaries of the RSS,
the VHP, the Bajrang Dal
and the state authorities, with the knowledge and sanction of Chief Minister
The BJP reacted sharply saying
Tehelka was acting as ''CIA (Congress Investigating Agency) and it was
a collusive sting which could hardly be called investigative journalism.''
Party spokesman Prakash Javedekar
said the ''dirty tricks department'' of the Congress was at work again
in view of the Assembly elections in Gujarat.
None of the leaders caught
on camera in the expose was available for comments, except Gujarat VHP
leader Dhawal Jayanti Patel who said Bajrangi had not talked to him during
the riots and he had not seen the sting operation.
Bhatt was purportedly caught
on tape saying he was present in a meeting in which Modi allegedly gave
him three days time ''to do whatever they wanted.''
''After three days, he (Modi)
asked to stop and everything came to a halt,'' Bhatt said adding the Chief
Minister thanked them after the Naroda Patiya massacre.
'Two BJP members, who claim
to be eyewitnesses and have identified many of the 'accused', admit that
they were not even at the Godhra station that day. They say the police
filed statements on their behalf and they colluded to further the cause
of Hindutva,' said Tejpal in a statement.
||The magazine claimed Dhawal
Jayanti Patel told its undercover reporter that the VHP activists made
lots of bombs in a factory owned by him.
A BJP MLA was shown as saying
they even made rocket launchers which were used in the pogrom.
It also claimed that it has
exposed ''a trail of lies and coercions'' that establishes the fire in
coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express in Godhra on February 27, 2002 was a
case of spontaneous mob fury and not a pre-meditated conspiracy as stated
by the Gujarat government.
Reacting to the news, the
Congress said that the Tehelka sting brought out the role of the BJP and
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the post-Godhra riots and that
people will give a befitting response by sending Modi to an ''appropriate
place'' instead of Gandhinagar.
Noting that the incidents were
a ''blot'' on Indian democracy as also humanity, party spokesperson Mohan
Prakash said that the then Prime Minister, Home Minister and Home Ministry
officials were ''equally guilty'' along with Modi in the carnage.
He said the Supreme Court
itself as in number of cases observed on the situation and hoped that instead
of sending Modi to Gandhinagar in the coming polls, he would be sent to
an ''appropriate place.''
Prakash expressed apprehension
that the BJP would utilize the sting operation to rouse passions in the
state with an eye on elections.
In other incriminating disclosures,
it appears that bombs were manufactured in factories owned by senior Bajrang
Dal and VHP activists. Arms were smuggled from UP, MP, Bihar and Punjab
and then distributed to execution squads led by MLAs and senior members
of the Sangh Parivar. Consignments of arms were not just smuggled in once
but “there were tens and tens of them.”
+500 mosques and dargahs
destroyed in Gujarat