Police to reopen Gujarat cases

February 9, 2006 | Comments Off on Police to reopen Gujarat cases

The action-taken report of the inquiry committee investigating the 2002 Gujarat pogroms against Muslims has revealed that the police will reopen cases relating to the pogroms. In addition to reopening 1,594 cases regarding the 2002 pogroms, the police will also probe 41 police officials for failing to adequately investigate the cases. The court also ordered the Gujarat government to submit quarterly reports on the progress of the cases.

“This is the first time that we will initiate a departmental inquiry against investigating officers who failed to carry on the probe of riot cases,” Gujarat state police chief AK Bhargava told Reuters.

He said that in the past 18 months, the police arrested 640 accused and registered 13 new cases. However, 40 cases have been closed due to a lack of evidence.

Only a few cases have been brought to court following the pogroms, and of those, only a few have ended in convictions. In December 2005, a special court sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for killing 11 Muslims during the 2002 pogroms.


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