Godhra: Congress for independent probe

New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for destroying significant documents of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) related to the 2002 Godhra riots, Congress has demanded an independent inquiry under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

Speaking on the issue Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “This is nothing short of a criminal conspiracy to see that the truth does not emerge. It clearly points out that the state government is trying to cover up the entire matter.”

Tewari also questioned Modi’s role and alleged his involvement in the destruction of the documents pertaining to the ‘massacre and carnage’. “At a time when the investigation is going on, the disappearance or destruction of the documents clearly points out that the state government was involved in the cover-up,” he added.

However, shifting the blame, BJP counter-attacked Congress by raising the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad refuted the allegations saying that Congress which is unable to solve the impending riot case has no right to question the morality of BJP.

Augmenting the attacks in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhvadia said, “The records were destroyed to hide the truth regarding the involvement of Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues.”

Modhvadia demanded that an independent inquiry under the supervision of the Supreme Court be constituted to probe the matter.

Lawyer Mukul Sinha of an NGO Jan Sangharsh Manch, which represents some of riot victims, said, “It is a terrible thing for the government to do. We had doubts that the documents had been destroyed”.