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03 October 2011

SDPI demands immediate release of Sanjeev Bhatt, dismissal of Modi government

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has vehemently condemned the arbitrary and unconstitutional arrest of Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt, a senior IPS officer of Gujarat, who dared to expose the allegedly blood-stained hands of the state Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his aides in the 2002 post Godhra communal riots in which thousands of Muslims were killed and the murder of former state home minister Haren Pandya.

E. Aboobacker, SDPI national president, in a statement has demanded immediate release of Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt and dismissal of totalitarian regime of Modi now before he subverts justice further. He urged to safeguard the whistleblowers and make a full stop to his harassment following his revelations about Mr. Modi and his aides complexity in 2002 pogrom and their involvement in the assassination of Gujarat’s former home minister Haren Pandya. This action of the Gujarat police under the direct instructions of the Mr. Modi, who also happens to be state’s Home Minister, amounts to tampering with evidence and direct intimidation of a key witness, he added.

Mr. Aboobacker questioned as to why has Mr. Bhatt been arrested three months after Constable K.D. Pant, who had worked under him during the 2002 riots, made his charge for allegedly threatening him? Chronologically the fact that three days ago Bhatt told the Gujarat High Court that Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah had tried to put pressure on him to destroy crucial evidence in the Haren Pandya murder case seems to make more sense.

He stated that those who try to bring Modi to justice seem to end up having charges of one kind or another brought against them! He pointed out that: (1) Constable Pant brings charges against Sanjeev Bhatt; (2) Rais Khan brings charges against Teesta Stelvad and (3) Premchand Tiwari brings charges against Jan Sangharsh Manch’s Mukul Sinha. As such Modi's henchmen seem to have become experts in finding people who would harass those who dare to take on Modi. They also seem to specialize in getting witnesses to change their testimony (e.g. Zaheera Shaikh in the Best Bakery case), the statement added.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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