Gujarat riots state-sponsored: Gogoi

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 08:32 hrs

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said comparisons should not be made between the recent violence in the state and the 2002 Gujarat riots as the latter was 'state-sponsored'.

"The Gujarat situation was sponsored by the state. They took months to control, thousands died. We controlled the situation within a week," Gogoi told NDTV, adding such comparisons were ´unfair´.

At least 78 people were killed in the Assam violence between Bodos and Muslim settlers since July and countless were rendered homeless and sheltered in relief camps.

The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead, injured and tortured and came as a blot in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule in the state.

The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by a Muslim mob.

Around 1,000 supporters of prime accused Maulvi Umarjihad attacked the coach at the Godhra station and torched it killing 59 people and injuring many.

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