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SIT Interrogates IPS Officer in Gulburg Society Riot Case

BeyondHeadlines Special Correspondent

Gandhinagar, Gujarat: The special investigation team (SIT), which is investigating some of the post-Godhra riot cases, today recorded statement of IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt in connection with the Gulburg Society case.

Bhatt was questioned for over five hours by SIT investigating officer Himanshu Shukla at the agency’s office in Block 11 at old Secretariat campus.

“Bhatt was being questioned as he was posted as DCP at the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the 2002 riots,” SIT officials said.

Bhatt, a 1988 batch IPS officer, is presently posted as the principal of the State Reserve Police (SRP) Training Centre in Junagadh district.

“My statement was recorded in regard to the FIR 67/02 of Meghaninagar police station (Gulburg Society),” Bhatt said. He, however, declined to divulge further details.

Sources in the SIT said that recording of the statement of the IPS officer is not yet completed and is likely to continue tomorrow.

The Supreme Court recently asked SIT to consider whether further probe was required against Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others in connection with the complaint filed by Zakia Jaffery, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jaffery, who was among the 69 people killed in Gulburg Society during the post-Godhra riots.

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