A judicial commission gave clean chit to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2002 Gujrat violence in which around 1000 Muslims lost their lives.
The Nanavati Commission report on the 2002 Gujarat riots was tabled in the state Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. “There is no evidence to show that these attacks were either inspired or instigated or abated by any minister of the state,” the commission said in its report, which runs into over 1,500 pages and is compiled in nine volumes.
The 2002 Gujarat riots were a three-day period of inter-communal violence in the western Indian state of Gujarat. This Massacre was also related to RSS ideology as Narendra Modi was the chief minister at that time.
According to official figures, the riots ended with 1,044 dead, 223 missing, and 2,500 injured. Of the dead, 790 were Muslim and 254 Hindu. The Concerned Citizens Tribunal Report, estimated that as many as 1,926 may have been killed. Other sources estimated death tolls in excess of 2,000.
The Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time, Narendra Modi, was accused of initiating and condoning the violence, as were police and government officials who allegedly directed the rioters and gave lists of Muslim-owned properties to them.
In 2012, Modi was cleared of complicity in the violence by Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court of India. The SIT also rejected claims that the state government had not done enough to prevent the riots. But later that report was declared baseless.
After this violence , Modi was denied a visa to enter the United States in 2005 on religious-freedom grounds, stemming from allegations that he tacitly supported Hindu extremists during Hindu-Muslim riots in his home state in 2002. But later when Modi became PM of India in 2014, he was invited in Washington by then president Barak Obama.
In the aftermath of the violence, it became clear that many attacks were focused not only on Muslim populations, but also on Muslim women and children
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