Long struggle ahead: Sanjiv Bhatt

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 02, 2012 08:26 hrs

Rebel Gujarat cop Sanjiv Bhatt, whose suspension has been revoked in one of the three cases against him, said he will need to face a long and struggle in the upcoming days.

Reacting to the development, Bhatt posted on Facebook: "A long and worthwhile struggle ahead!"

The Gujarat cop quoted Mahatma Gandhi and posted on Twitter: "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it...Always."

The Gujarat government on Monday revoked Bhatt´s suspension in one of the three cases against him on the recommendations of the the Union home ministry.

Gujarat´s Principal Secretary (Home) S K Nanda, however, said Bhatt will remain under suspension till two other cases against him remain pending.

Bhatt, a 1988-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer was served a five-page suspension letter by the state's Home department over "unauthorised absence" last year.

Director General of Police (DGP) Chitaranjan Singh had last year blamed him of not attending his duties at the Junagadh State Reserve Police (SRP) Chowki.

Bhatt said he was away for his mother's operation and reported back after his leave.

The suspension followed Bhatt taking on the Gujarat government in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, along with emails that allegedly showed that the Chief Minister Narendra Modi-led state administration was sharing information with legal counsels of the some of accused.

In another affidavit filed in the apex court, the IPS officer had also accused Modi of complicity in the riots that had left thousands dead.

In his affidavit, Bhatt named Modi in connection with the Godhra case and said the police 'blindly' followed the CM's instructions that led to the decline of law and order in the state.

He said Modi asked the police to remain 'indifferent' to the rioters.

"The effects of directions given by the Chief Minister were widely manifested in the half-hearted approach and the evident lack of determination on the part of Police while dealing with the widespread incidents of orchestrated violence during the State sponsored Gujarat bandh on 28th February 2002 and also during the weeks that followed," read a portion of his affidavit.

The officer also claimed to be present at the closed door 'controversial' meeting that was held at Modi's residence on Feb 27, 2002 night.

"As an officer serving with the State Intelligence Bureau at that relevant point of time, I was not only present at the meeting held at the residence of the Chief Minister on the night of 27.2.2002, but had also witnessed the apparent lack of firmness on parts of many Police Units while dealing with the emergent situation," Bhatt said in his affidavit.

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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