30 November, 2020

Crime And Management

A cynical Modi government appals the NHRC chief and he rejects its first 'all's-well' report, forcing it to issue a second

Crime And Management
When the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team, headed by its chairman, Justice J.S. Verma, arrived in Ahmedabad on the evening of March 19, it had already been deluged by phone calls, and sos and fax messages from the people of Gujarat seeking its immediate intervention. The NHRC's special rapporteur and a former DGP, P.G.J. Nampoothiri, had also prepared a report detailing the mayhem which rocked the state.

But the team wasn't quite prepared for what it encountered. A member of the team, which visited relief camps and riot-torn hamlets, pointed out the horrific fact of "the communal riot (having) been planned weeks in advance...and Godhra was the occasion and not the cause". According to him, the Commission has information that the VHP had sourced voters' lists and documents from the Registrar of Companies to identify Muslims as also establishments in which more than 50 per cent of equity was held by members of the minority community. "The riots on this scale could not have been planned in a day. It would have taken weeks. What followed was systematic and pinpointed...


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