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Bhatt's arrest sparks protests across India

Oct 03, 2011 05:16 PM IST India India

New Delhi: The arrest of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, who implicated Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots has sparked protests across India.

In Bangalore, people came out on the streets to express solidarity for Bhatt. In Ahmedabad, anti-Modi slogans were shouted outside Bhatt's residence. Activist Mallika Sarabhai, who also participated in the protests, said, "We are raising our voice against injustice."

Meanwhile, the Congress spoke out in Bhatt's defence, calling him a victim of vendetta politics.

The 1988 batch officer was arrested on Friday night in Gandhinagar for allegedly forcing his junior to file a false affidavit to support his claim that he had attended the February 2002 meeting at which Modi had allegedly told the police to go slow during the riots.