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    Bhatt's affidavit commendable: RB Sreekumar

    Ahemdabad: Former Gujarat Director General of Police RB Sreekumar, who had waged a lonely battle against Chief Minister Narendra Modi's government since the 2002 post-Godhra riots, has said that he welcomes the affidavit by Sanjiv Bhatt which implicates Modi in the riots.

    Indian Police Service officer of the 1988 batch, Sanjiv Bhatt, has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court and has alleged that Narendra Modi categorically issued instructions that Hindus should be allowed to express their anger and Muslims should be taught a befitting lesson so that incidents like the burning of Sabarmati Express never happen again in Gujarat.

    R B Sreekumar , Retired DGP told CNN-IBN that he was happy and welcomed the affidavit as it validates his own affidavit about the riots.

    "I am happy, and I welcome this affidavit as it validates the my affidavit on the 27th February 2002 meeting," said Sreekumar.

    The SIT, according to Sreekumar, has been protecting Modi and other culprits in a bid to prevent them from being accused in the 2002 Godhara riots.

    "The SIT has been functioning like the B-Team of Gujarat Police and like a group of defence lawyers who are out to save Narendra Modi and other culprits of the 2002 massacre," added Sreekumar.

    Sreekumar had to sacrifice his career for voicing his concerns. He was superceded by a junior officer to the rank of DGP and even named in a chargesheet. However, after three long years of legal battles he got appointment as to the level of a DGP officer. But since he had retired, he could only enjoy retirement benefits accorded to a DGP-level officer.

    The riots in 2002 took place following the burning of the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002, in which 59 kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh were killed. The train burning incident sparked off the Gujarat riots in which over 1,000 people were killed.