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Godhra panel submits first part of report to Modi

September 18, 2008 15:58 IST

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A two-member commission headed by Justice G T Nanavati on Thursday submitted the first part of its report on the 2002 Sabarmati train carnage in Godhra and subsequent riots to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi [Images].

The commission, appointed by the Modi government after the worst-ever riots in the state and comprising retired Justices Nanavati and Akshay Mehta, examined more than 1,000 witness during the period of six years.

The report was submitted in the office of the chief minister in the presence of Minster of State for Home Amit Shah, sources in the CM's office said.

The commission will submit its final report in due course, the sources said.

The contents of the report submitted on Thursday were, however, not immediately known.

The state government had appointed retired Justice K G Shah to the commission in May 2002 to probe burning of S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station and the riots that followed after that incident.

Later, retired Supreme Court Justice Nanavati was also appointed to the commission.

Justice Mehta was appointed following the death of Justice Shah recently.

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