Whistleblower of Modi’s anti-Muslim Gujarat riots gets jailed for life
With all the criticism, Modi has faced harsh opposition because of his involvement in anti-Muslim Gujarat riots, which benefited him politically.
- Sanjiv Bhatt was a senior police officer in the Gujarat intelligence bureau at the time of the Gujrat riots.
- Sanjiv was the whistleblower in the anti-Muslim riots and criticized Modi’s role in the tragedy.
- Sanjiv Bhatt was convicted of murder in a case dating back 30 years.
- He now gets a lifetime in jail.
A former top Indian policeman, Sanjiv Bhatt, who was the whistleblower of Gujarat riots gets a lifetime in jail. The senior officer was serving in the Gujarat intelligence bureau at the time of the riots at the time.
Sanjiv was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged role in deadly anti-Muslim riots in 2002. He was convicted of murder in a case dating back 30 years and has now received a life-long imprisonment. He alleged that the chief minister at the time of the violence in Gujarat, Mr Modi directed the officials that Hindus should be given a free-hand to vent their aggression against Muslims.
More than 1,000 people were killed in the violence. Majority of the murdered belonged to India’s Muslim minority. However, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always denied any involvement in the incident.
What was the case against Sanjiv Bhatt?
The murder conviction against Bhatt dates back to 1989. He arrested more than 150 people during rioting, one of whom later died in the hospital. man’s family alleged that he died after being tortured by Bhatt and several other police officials were involved as well.
Bhatt and his family has previously blamed that his came and conviction came as a consequence of his allegations against PM Modi and his role in Gujarat riots. However, the state authorities also accuse him of fabricating evidence to implicate Modi, who took office as PM in 2014.
What were the Gujarat riots?
After 60 Hindu pilgrims died in a train fire, the deadly riots erupted in Gujarat. They are said to be some of the deadliest that the country ever saw since the 1947 independence. No one knows the exact cause of the train blaze but the Hindu groups blamed the Muslim protesters for starting it.
However, an early inquiry rejected the claims and revealed the cause to be an ‘accident’. Sanjiv was serving as a senior police officer in the Gujarat intelligence bureau at that time. He revealed that due to his position, he had access to sensitive information and is well-aware of politicization of the accident.
He was suspended in 2011 and later sacked in 2015. It must be noted that in 2011, the Supreme Court of India also cleared Mr. Modi of involvement in the riots.