Sanjiv Bhatt in dock for custodial death

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 09, 2012 06:34 hrs

A court in Gujarat has framed charges against Indian Police Service officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who had taken on the Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 riots, in a 1990 custodial death case.

The court has framed charges against seven persons including Bhatt, who was assistant Suprintendent of Police (ASP) of Jamnagar when the incident occurred.

The case concerns the death of Prabhudas Vaishnani who succumbed to the injuries in custody after allegedly being thrashed by cops in October 1990.

Bhatt, who was was suspended after he took on Modi, accusing him of asking the police to go slow on Hindus during the 2002 riots in which 1200 people were killed, had appealed to the court earlier against framing of the charges.

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.

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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