Gujarat Riots: The True Story

The Truth of the 2002 riots

The Godhra Carnage

Difference between Godhra and other tragic incidents

Several people- unable to understand the sufferings of the Hindu society- have asked- “Why did riots occur only after Godhra? Why was nobody targeted after the Akshardham temple attack- or after the attacks on Mumbai on 26 November 2008?” Well- the answers are many.

Myth 15: Narendra Modi gave free hand to rioters for 3 days

Posted on May 24, 2009 - Filed Under 12-Concocted Lies and Myths by the media | 54 Comments

Fact: This much-repeated allegation is wrong. Narendra Modi frantically called the Army units to Ahmedabad on February 28- as per the report of The Hindu the next day. India Today weekly’s report ‘Chronology of a Crisis’ on this topic in its issue dated 18 March 2002 also proves this beyond doubt.

Before seeing this issue, let us remember the following facts. In an interview given by Narendra Modi to Outlook magazine in its issue dated 18 March 2002-

Were you playing the fiddle while Gujarat burned?

No. Contrary to what is now being projected, I brought sanity within 72 hours of the violent outbreak…”

Note Narendra Modi’s sentence “No. Contrary to what is now being projected, I brought sanity within 72 hours of the violent outbreak.” In other words, the projection against Modi started AFTER the riots. We have already seen the reports of the newspapers like The Hindu, The Telegraph to note that there were no allegations against Narendra Modi or the Gujarat Government at the time of the actual riots. They started much later.

   Doordarshan news said on 3rd March 2002 (Sunday) at night in the English bulletin: “Violence has ended in a record time in Ahmedabad…Only 3 days…In the past it would take many weeks… Today (Sunday) curfew was relaxed, people bought items from bazaar…”. No allegation against the state government but praise of controlling violence in just 3 days! All accusations on Narendra Modi and demands for his resignation, dismissal started AFTER the riots. This was because, the media wanted some scapegoat to be made for the riots. It wanted Modi to sack a few police officers, drop a minister or two. But Modi did nothing of the sort. He did not blame anyone, did not make anyone a scapegoat. In an interview to NDTV broadcast in March/April 2004, Narendra Modi said to Shekhar Gupta (Editor of The Indian Express): “You all wanted that someone be made scapegoat. I did not do that. I allowed you to break all pots on my head alone. You have all decided, all these riots happened under this man (Narendra Modi). Until this man is removed from the Chief Minister’s post, we will not rest in peace. My best wishes to you in your mission.” Narendra Modi did not resign, and the BJP did not dismiss him, so the media was livid.

The fact is that the Army staged a flag march in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Godhra on 1st March- i.e. the 2nd day. So there was no question of giving anyone a free hand. The blatant lie was repeated many times in the media. The TV channel CNN-IBN on its Hindi channel reported on 26 October 2007 by writing on TV screens: “There was given 3 days time to kill in Gujarat”. The fact is- out of the 3 days the Army was present in 2 days and the extent of violence was far less as compared to the first day. The Hindu itself reported on 3rd March 2002  that the situation improved in Ahmedabad on 2nd March  i.e. the 3rd day of the riots. The Tribune reported on 3rd March 2002 that:

“(On 2nd March) Ahmedabad, the worst hit by the communal flare-up in the wake of Godhra train killings, was virtually back to normal…”   That is, the Gujarat Government managed to control riots in the state in 3 days after Godhra, and in only 2 days in a communally ultra-sensitive place like Ahmedabad!

Moreover-there was already a minority backlash on the 2nd day of the riots- i.e. on 1st March the Muslims started a backlash in Ahmedabad- as reported by The Hindu the next day. The question of the next two days does not arise, even on February 28- when the Army was not present- the police shot dead 10 Hindus in Ahmedabad alone and 16 were injured. 700 were arrested and close to 2,000 tear gas shells were also burst. The police fired more than 1,000 rounds- out of which 600 were fired in Ahmedabad alone-on February 28. Police saved 2500 Muslims from certain death in Sanjeli- a town in North Gujarat on 1st March 2002 i.e. the 2nd day of the riots.

Narendra Modi did not even give 3 minutes, not to talk of 3 days to the rioters. He had ordered 827 preventive arrests on February 27 itself (even the SIT appointed by judges like Aftab Alam, Arijit Pasayat admitted 827 preventive arrests)- and given shoot-at-sight at Godhra on February 27 itself at 9:45 AM- only 2 hours after the Godhra carnage. The entire police force was deployed in Gujarat in view of apprehension that riots might break out on February 27 itself. The Rapid Action Force was deployed in Ahmedabad and other sensitive areas and the Centre sent in CRPF personnel-on February 27 itself! All this was reported by various English newspapers-like The Indian Express, The Times of India, The Tribune, The Hindustan Times etc the next day- i.e. 28 February.

Also- Defence Minister George Fernandes was in Ahmedabad on 1st March at 1:00 AM on Narendra Modi’s request. And the next day- he was bravely on Ahmedabad’s streets at a great risk to personal life. If Modi gave a free hand for 3 days- then why did he call George Fernandes?

On Feb 27 itself- reported- “The situation became tense as news of the incident spread to other parts of the state prompting the state government to initiate precautionary security measures. Security has been tightened in Godhra and other parts of Gujarat.”
The Link for this report is: also reported quoting PTI on Feb 28 evening that-“The army has been asked to stand by and the Rapid Action Force and the Central Industrial Security Force have been deployed in Ahmedabad and other places.”
The link for this report is- reported on Feb 27 itself- after Godhra that- “Two companies of the Rapid Action Force and one company of the State Reserve Police were deployed at Godhra to guard against further outbreak of violence.”
The link for the report:
On Feb 28 curfew was imposed in Baroda at 8 Am in the morning itself as reported by the same day. The report says-

“Indefinite curfew was imposed in the city from 0800 hours following the stabbing incidents, a senior police official said.

Curfew had been imposed in the six police station areas of the walled city (i.e. Ahmedabad) and RAF and CISF companies have been deployed in sensitive areas, Police Commissioner Deen Dayal Tuteja said.

Indefinite curfew has also been imposed in Lunawada town of Panchmahal district after 0200 hours on Wednesday night following incidents of arson and looting, he said.

Meanwhile, indefinite curfew, imposed in Godhra town after the attack on the train on Wednesday, continued on Thursday without any relaxation.

No untoward incident was reported during the curfew so far, police said.

The situation had remained peaceful and under control in other parts of the state during the night, police said.”

The link is-

On the 2nd day of the riots, Shoot-at-sight orders were extended to Ahmedabad as well. The report of on 1st March 2002 was-

Alarmed by the unabated incidents of violence in the city, the Gujarat government on Friday issued shoot-at-sight orders to the police against those indulging in arson and violence.
The announcement was made by Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, official sources said.
Modi has issued directives to the police to deal ‘strictly with arsonists and if need be shoot-at-sight any person indulging in rioting’, they added.

Meanwhile, the army staged flag marches in the violence-hit areas of Ahmedabad – Daraipur, Shahpur, Shahibaug and Naroda - to instill confidence among the people as unabated violence has claimed 111 lives in the city alone so far.

The army personnel were out in different areas like Daraipur, Shahpur, Shahibaug and Naroda, police said.”


In chapter 2 we have already seen the reports of The Hindu and The Indian Express to know the steps taken by the Gujarat government to curb the violence. The Telegraph-published from Kolkata also reported on 1st March 2002-

“ (On Feb 28) The Vajpayee government, alarmed that law and order were spiralling out of control, ordered deployment of the army in the state. The army has already begun pre-deployment drills in violence-scarred areas and will be out latest by tomorrow morning. Defence minister George Fernandes is travelling to Gujarat tomorrow…Curfew was clamped in 26 towns… “There is a fire inside us. Our blood is boiling,” Mangalben, a woman from Dariapur, said. “What is the fault of those children who died? There is a volcano of anger.”

In other words, there was a volcano of anger among the masses- whose blood was boiling after the Muslims brutally roasted 59 kar sewaks including 15 children in Godhra. On the events of 1st March 2002, The Telegraph reported in its issue dated 2nd March:

“A funeral procession cast away its veil of mourning and exploded into a mob of killers, torching houses inside which the pursued were huddled. Official sources said eight people died in the incident, but unofficial estimates put the toll at above 30.

An agency report suggested vengeance for the death of three persons earlier in the day as the motive for the attack at Pandarwada, 70 km from Godhra….

Despite the presence of the army — some 3,500 soldiers have arrived in the state — in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot, the rioting has not stopped.”

And they say that Narendra Modi gave 3 days to the rioters to kill! They demand that the BJP and Narendra Modi should ‘apologize’ for the Gujarat riots. They should realize and so also the BJP spokespersons who come on TV and miserably fail to point out the truth- that it is not Narendra Modi who should apologize- but the entire media- for lying and lying, exaggerating, defaming Narendra Modi. The media can be tried under Section 153-A (Creating enmity between two groups)- because of its one-sided reporting- and Section 500 of IPC- (Defaming)- for needlessly defaming BJP, Sangh Parivar and Narendra Modi- and also tarnishing the image of India.

This tale of lies and myths is unending. It can go on and on and on. An enterprising writer would do well to compile an encyclopedia of these media lies on the entire Gujarat scenario. He can start with media lies on Godhra, on concocting imaginary ‘provocations’ for Godhra, the lies concocted on the post-Godhra riots-such as the extent of the riots, the number of people killed, the imaginary tales and stories of unnamed victims, the rapes and murders of innocent people, etc etc. And he can conclude with the media’s malicious reporting during the Gujarat Assembly elections of December 2002 when the media was the Congress’ pillar and tried to defeat the BJP. The BJP, which suffers the maximum damage from these lies, has unwisely allowed the media to escape the courts for one-sided, malicious lies.

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54 Responses to “Myth 15: Narendra Modi gave free hand to rioters for 3 days”

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  1. 10

    NO I AM NOT BORN IN USA. I moved to USA when I was 16, so I have seen a lot of India as it is now…it not been long since I permanently settled in USA. First of all because 10% of Indian have values and morals doesn’t mean entire is a cultured country, CULTURED PEOPLE DON’T BURN NATIONAL PROPERTY LIKE TRAINS, BUSES AND SHOPS!! CULTURED PEOPLE DON’T KILL BABY GIRLS BECAUSE THEY ARE THOUGHT OF AS “BHOJ” ON THE FAMILY

    Go sing this tune of MERA BHARAT MAHAN to someone who has only seen India in BOOKS, bro I have lived the streets of New DELHI, I know what Indians are…a girl cannot walk alone on streets in modern clothes because SEXUALLY FRUSTRATED AND HUNGRY INDIAN BOYS stare at them as if they have never seen a girl. Innocent bus taker are abused by uneducated third class youth of india…go see this happening in India and then tell me ABOUT THE GREAT CULTURE OF INDIA!!

    ALL INDIAN LIVING IN USA RESPECT MODIJI” Are you mentally helpless, people in his own state and country don’t respect him, you think people in USA respect him? There is a reason he was denied VISA TO US IN 2005, if you are not aware of the full story, please do some research, it was NRIS who petitioned the state government to deny him visa on grounds of HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION!!

    And for you brag about Indians living in US come back to India to get their daughters and sons married is not because there are no cultured people in US, it is because they are more likely to find a suitable match for their kids in India, because INDIA is full of INDIANS, whereas US has less than 1% population that’s is Indian. I know hundreds of people who have married their kids in US only…stop thinking of INDIA as a country of culture and shame man, because that India is long gone in dust of the past.


  2. 9
    Dr.R.K.D.Goel INDIA Says:

    It looks you are too much bias with India. ARE YOU FROM INDIA ORIGIN OR BORN IN USA AND NEVER VISITED INDIA?

    India gave lot to foreighn countries our culture.
    Today even Indians are most tolerant people with much satisfaction what they got.

    I visied twice USA and know what is USA. My three daughrters are in USA on very high posts still they love India and want to come back in India.

    I am also against the hard liner hindutya of saffron parivar of Modiji. But the RSS given lot for India freedom. Go to RSS website and see their chart from 1925 to 2010. You will understand better of real Hindutya of old timers RSS folliwers. With present RSS workers I am not also satisfied. So please Deepakji don’t be to much bias with India if there is nothing in India and all under fed and starved.

    In USA the intellectuals are from India only. You should agree rather discarding too much India.

    Modi though not got USA Visa but still not begging from USA. Indians settled in USA all respect Modiji why you should forget this?

    All Indian now become USA citizens still come to India to search matches for their children, WHY? Because India have culture and values.

  3. 8

    Oh! I just found something hilarious, the BJP’s official site still shows Advani as the Prime Ministerial Candidate for 2009!! HAHAHAHA, i think the party is still in shock as if they really thought they could win with ideologies of HINDUTVA + HATE + LIES +ACCUSATIONS…SHAME SHAME Please some tell BJP to update their site, its time to make Advani candidate for 2014.

  4. 7


    There is a reason BJP did worse than last election, there is reason BJP’s religiously divided state Gujarat gave a broken mandate saying no to MODI and this is quite enough for anyone to admit the the country simply threw away the so called “HINDUTVA WAVE” and these saviors of hindu religion to the corner.

    And for dear HINDU’S comment, I am not the reason there are VHP like organizations in India, reason is religious thinking, uneducated poor youth, unemployed youth and totally discriminative society.

    And GOEL JI, you say India has enough jobs, don’t forget just because india is prospering in IT doesn’t mean that whole county is prospering, not to mention farmers are still committing suicides in that country, what a shame!

    And I will only laugh when you “we indians are satisfied in india,” because this an statement full of fallacy because I bet if you ever got chance to move out of India, you will run way with your entire family!

    If India has enough jobs, first try to employ those poor people who can’t even get 2 times of food still, then talk about satisfaction!! My friend, the only reason India has more jobs is because average indian is willing to work for $5/day and is happy in it. An prosperous country cannot afford to pay this cheap to its citizens, in india rich politicians can easily set low standards for living of people, that’s why there are thousands of jobs currently in india! Ask the politicians to pay $50,000/year to an programmer and then I will see how many jobs in IT and call center remain in india!!

  5. 6
    Dr.R.K.D.Goel INDIA Says:

    I feel we should close this chapter that Modiji gave three days time to rioters. Truth is coming after the appointment of SIT by the Ho’ble Apex Court of India.
    So far no one said that Modiji gave free hand to rioters. Even if it is true why only DEEPAKBHAIJI you are blamming Saffron Parivar of Moditya? In three days free hand to rioters than the Congress men were also got these three days free hand.

    We should say that in post Ghodra riots Middle class hindus and tribals were involved irrespective which political party they belonged

  6. 5
    Dr.R.K.D.Goel INDIA Says:

    It is not the question how many wants to flee from India. There are Indians those love India too much as their mother land.
    Those flee from India to USA or Other countroes are due to employments oppurtunities. Now India have more employment with good pay no one will flee from India their mother land.

    We Indians are satisfied in India living in our mother land.

  7. 4
    Dr.R.K.D.Goel INDIA Says:

    Now the investigations of SIT started. Truth will come out.I have no doubt in my mind that the post Godhra riots were a reaction in which the Middle class hindus irrespective of political party they belong were involve. Are the congress men not hindus? Why to blame only Saffron Parivar of Moditaya. Modi being a RSS Parcharak was emotionally more disturbed with the Godhra genocide of Karsawaks returning from Ayudhiya.
    This happened in the teritory of Gujarat that is why till date Modi is blammed.
    As I wrote earlier in my South Vadodara area there were 21 congress coucilors out of 21. Only one councilor waqs from BJP. Tarsali area got also riots sponsored by the congress workers more than the Sffron Parivar of BJP.

    If Mrs Sonia Gandhi is honest she should now say that she OR her POLITICAL ADVISOR Mr. AHMED PATEL MP OF BHARUCH GOT COPY OF THE LETTER DATED 9.8.2003 PUBLISHED IN TOI. Why she and Mr. Ahmed Patel not accepting that they received the letter from Muslim Organisation of repute of Pre-Independence time.

    Mr. Ahmed Patel Should reproduced the contents of the letter he received the copy. Public and the world will know that as was the case of 1984 riots of Sikh genocide by all the communities irrespective of political parties, in 1984 congress was in power that is blamed. In 2002 in Gujarat BJP was in power under Modiji that is why the Saffron Parivar is blamed but congress fellows were equally involved.

    This only can be cleared from the 10 Janpath or by the Political afdvisor of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi Mr. Ahmed patel only.

  8. 3
    hindu SWITZERLAND Says:

    Deepak bhai,

    Yes, sure it was a genocide but godhra also was a genocide. but tell me one thing if godhra was not happend will this post-godhra genocide would have any chance to occur?

    No, i don’t think so. RSS/VHP are there because of you people. you let down your own community in the name of secularism and this led to frustration in the minds of the people. if there is same treatment for every community, there is no chance for existence of these organisations.

  9. 2

    It is not the Saffron Parivar alone but the Congress workers were equally doing the genocide.

    So you at least agree it was a GENOCIDE? Thanks, congress or BJP OR VHP,, everyone who was involved is a criminal, Mr. Goel thanks for calling these riots a GENOCIDE because it was a GENOCIDE.

    And it is good that SANATAN DHARMA preaches love, because it clearly seems like RSS/VHP have nothing to do with national unity and hindu cause, other than mere agenda of gaining power by exploiting emotions of stupid and uneducated Indians, who can easily be provoked to burn trains.

    It is a sad future of India.

    (I know I said I am not commenting on this site, but this post by Goel was interesting. And whoever said I flee to America, should know that there are millions of Indian who are “fleeing” to US. There must be a reason, if a million flee to US and may be couple hundred come back because they lost their jobs, it doesn’t make any point, it still shows how much Indian want to get out of India.)

  10. 1
    Dr.R.K.D.Goel INDIA Says:

    From the begening I am saying that the media is doing too much propoganda against Modiji and India after the post Godhra riots of 2002.

    It is not the Saffron Parivar alone but the Congress workers were equally doing the genocide. Refer a news dated 9 Aug 2003 in Times of India “Cong silent on cadres linked to Guj riots” it described a letter from Jamiat Ulma-i-Hind to 10 Janpath, Sonia Gandhi.

    Why every one is silent not to also punish those persons named in this letter published on 9.8.2003 in TOI. Why these Congress persons go scot free?

    Modiji should also get these persons arrested, may be also some BJP men in this report.

    I am a Hindu belong to SANATAN DHARMA of Hindutya where the Hindu Dharam preacheses brotherhood among the Hindus and other communities and not the hate.

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