India Intelligence Report

Groups Trash Banerjee Reports


Many groups are trashing a report by retired Supreme Court Judge Banerjee concluding that it accidental fire that caused the death of scores of Hindu volunteers at Godhra in 2002. The Parliament had already appointed a Commission headed by Judge Nanavati to probe the incident and Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had appointed this other commission without due process. The conclusion of Banerjee Commission is in sharp variance to the report of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) which talked about a "mob attacking and setting fire" to a coach carrying the victims. Most opposition parties feel that Yadav is politicking and this hasty conclusion trivializes the incident that saw anti-Muslim riots leaving several hundreds dead.

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