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BJP hails Nanavati report

September 25, 2008 21:02 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday hailed the Nanavati Commission report on the Godhra carnage that gave a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi [Images] and claimed it exposed Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's contention that the incident was an accident.

"We will request that the matter should proceed according to the Nanavati Commission report in the courts also. It will prove to be a milestone in convicting the culprits," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told media-persons.

"More than 50 kar sevaks were burnt alive and Lalu Prasad Yadav [Images] had made an effort to show it as an accident via the Bannerjee Commission report, which was ill-conceived and never conducted an exhaustive inquiry," Javadekar said.
The BJP said Nanavati Commission had brought out the truth that the Godhra carnage was a plot, a deliberate attempt and an attack from outside.

A total of 58 kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya were burnt alive when a mob had allegedly set a bogey of Sabarmati Express on fire in February 2002.

Javadekar maintained that police records were so strong that even the Supreme Court had upheld the police version and not granted bail to the culprits of the carnage.

"This is the truth. The Congress can start a debate but people were burnt alive.. there was fury over it. Still there was an attempt by the UPA dispensation to prove that the burning was self-immolation by Kar Sewaks to commit suicide," he said.

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