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 17 rioters in all in the state [10 in Ahmedabad alone] and 16 Hindus were injured in police firing. 700 were arrested and 4297 tear gas shells were also burst throughout the state. The police fired more than 1,000 rounds [exact number 1496]- 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. 20
    hindu terrorist INDIA Says:

    What kind of sub-human are you, Deepak? MY community got WIPED OUT from pakistan, bangladesh, kashmir. Why shouldnt I strike back? They were not known to me, agreed. Then why are the muslims all over India, worried about muslims in gujarat, who were not known to them, why are you so worried about gujarati muslims either, not known to you? The so-called leaders are NOT using me for political ends. Nobody tells me what to do. Not even you. Not Narendra modi either. I do it of my own free will. Given half a chance I would take absoute sadistic pleasure to wipe out all kashmiri muslims, and yes rape their women. Why shouldnt I?

  2. 19
    deepak UNITED STATES Says:

    then stop killing in name of RAM, if you dun want to follow what he lived for, stop defaiming him for your POITICAL NEEDS. I can see how you are so ready to “ruthless chop” women and children for people who died and are not even related to you.

    I cannot understand how 20,000 people can just get up one day, and be so angry over death of 60 people who they dun even know, never seen , Yea I totally understand that.

    When killings like this happen, there isonly one motive, POLITICS OF HATE. Thants all, you guys did not kill them for any revenge, but just to serve the orders from your leaders who are using you guys to meet their political ends.

    But yes, you are NOT COWARD, you are sub-human, from now start drinking tea with a street dog, because you cannot rise above his level.

  3. 18
    hindu terrorist INDIA Says:

    Dear Deepak,
    As a proud hindu kshyatriya, rajput, the best warriors in the world, I disagree with you. Hinduism doesnt teach to kill women and children. AGREED. But when the women and children, are burnt alive mercilessly, believe me, I dont HAVE TO follow the tenets of my religion. I can (and have) slashed women and children, ruthlessly.Try arguing with me, why shouldnt I? Because we dont hit their women and children, they think we are cowards. I am no coward.

  4. 17
    barkatullakhan KUWAIT Says:

    i agree that only Modi alon can not do all these, even he didnt do anything dirctly, even Modi is only a Face, Face not working hands and legs and mind and hearts working.

    Thus behind Gujarat riots there are heats, minds, hands, legs and they are actul Culprits, they are only the people who missused Name of MODI for their own benefits (so called benefits which may have no use). thus People care for Modi becuase some people made him Fool and used his name to survive in their political run of getting currpted money and business. thus Modi is Innnocent in the way i am explaining here. thus long live Modi until all real Culprits are getting their places. thus if
    MOdi is innocent they why some one has created this website? what the reason?
    thus May the Lord of Universes do Mercy upon Narendra Modi and let him reach to the Justice with safety.

    there is neither change nor power except by means of Allah.
    there is no transformation of strength except through Allah.
    there is neither progress nor might except through the Allah.

    Thus all praises are for the Lord of universes only.

  5. 16
    Deepak Says:

    Yea Vivek I am a mental person, and that RSS slave advani is a genuinely smart person, that’s why he is sitting at his home eating cashew nuts, while Manmohan singh is presiding over India as the PM for second time.

    What a shame for a RSS slave to have leaded the BABRI DEMOLITION, leaded the party at the times of GUJARAT, saving MODI from being investigated for his role, all of this political shoe polishing for vain.. Could not even become PM for once, yes he is a very smarty and secular leader…and he will remain that until he is dead, but never be the PM of India, because for that position, people will only chose someone who is true not only on the outside but on the inside.

    How does BJP/RSS slaves attack other people??

    1. They will simply deny all accusation against their organizations, such as rapes, abusive behavior against minority women, even though when there is abundance of eyewitness proof against them : quite similar to Pakistan, who denies all accusations against them, here we can see a similarity b/w these two, hence indication some sort of linkage between terrorist outfits like LET and RSS.

    2. Will simply praise their own era without any facts, for example during 1998 nuclear tests, VAJPAYEE told the nation how this tests were a success, where as the truth in front of people is these tests were failure, from which not even 60% yield was delivered.

    3. Will only focus on HINDUTVA as the basis for their debates, o matter what the argument, they will connect it to being a HINDU. If a honest indian muslim will debate with them , they call them a Pakistani, and if a indian HINDU will argue with them they name him a paki muslim hiding in indian identity.

    Other than this, most RSS members are sexually starved, sick minded indians, they cannot represent hindu religion, as even if they justify riots as anger of people, they have accepted killing innocent children and women, and our HINDU RELIGION never advocates any fighter (Kshatriya) to attack a woman or a child, no matter what the circumstance, so these so called saviors of hindu culture are liars, because a a true hindu cannot attack women, as for anger cannot make one loose his faith in humanity. These monsters have ashamed humanity by what they have done in GUJARAT, ORRISA and many other parts of India.



  6. 15
    barkatullakhan KUWAIT Says:

    there is neither change nor power except by means of Allah.
    there is no transformation of strength except through Allah.
    there is neither progress nor might except through the Allah.

  7. 14
    Vivek UNITED STATES Says:

    Deepak is a mental person.He should check his head before posting comments on this sites.because only mental person can wrote that kind of foolish comments against his motherland that is birth country.actually his not a secular,he is a ‘SEXULAR’.

  8. 13
    Anush INDIA Says:

    Guys ,

    This guy deepak is a crap , a broken crap . when you ask something he will tell something else and he will rejoice by himself with his answer(which no one , atleast i cant think appropiate). He is a total bookish guy will read any communists book and will tell its the only truth . jus skip him guys


  9. 12
    Vivek UNITED STATES Says:

    Deepakbhai,who did Godhra train burned incident?HINDU itself?over 3 lacs peoples were killed at the time of partition of Hindustan,who did it?Hindus itself?Please read a books of the great HINDUSTANI Revolutioner VEER VINAYAK DAMODAR SAVARKAR.His Hindutva is famouse.Now can you blame to veer Savarkar for written that kind books on the Hindutva.

  10. 11
    hindu SWITZERLAND Says:

    Deepak bhai,

    you are pretty much correct about the present situation in india. the thing is, we do have a great culture but we didn’t practice it.

    we discuss lot of great things about the culture but when it comes to act we don’t. at last you can’t blame our culture for the present situation in india.

    Abot RSS, i don’t think so that only unemployed, uneducated, poor and religious fanatic people support this organisation. i am not uneducated and even i am not a “Religious Hindu” nor i do believe in temples. But i still support RSS for its ideology.

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