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. 40
    barakatulla khan KUWAIT Says:

    Mr. Ajinkya ,

    I must not believe that you are not in the same world where I am living.
    Therefore tell me is there any single incidence or single moment coming in your life which is not under your control?
    What ever you plan to do all of that happening as per your wish?
    Is there any single moment in your life while you are not fully conscious?
    Anything you believed to be produced in factory or cultivated in farm, are possible without a factory or a farm?

    Thus, finally ask yourself how it is possible that you are very clear about all of above question and why you are not clear about the existence of the Lord, why you can not believe the Lord is the Creator and rest of all is creation only?

    Still if you are confused about the Creator of all creations then tell me what is your Intention to ask me the question itself?

    So, you are not able to control your own life then how it is possible that the life in whole Universe is not under control of one creator?

    YOU KNOW Mr. Ajinkya you have been forced by unknown Power to condemn the riots of Gujarat. And yes killing of any innocent is killing of whole mankind, regardless of Religion and Nationality


    There is no transformation of Strength except the means of Almighty.

    So please praise the lord of the Universe only.

  2. 39
    Ajinkya AUSTRALIA Says:

    @barakatulla khan,
    You are right when you say that Muslims of the rest of the state should not be punished for the work done by Muslims of Godhra. I simply pointed out the difference between Godhra and other tragic incidents.
    If God is merciful and forgiving- its very good. One question I have- “WHO CREATED GOD?” and why does God not reveal how He came into existence in any of His revelations- such as Holy Quran or Old Testament?

  3. 38
    barakatulla khan KUWAIT Says:

    @■Ajinkya on April 6th, 2010 2:52 pm

    Please refer the link you provided, then read following in the same (again and again):

    “Godhra was done by local Muslims-not by terrorists trained in terrorist training camps” again and again.

    and Tell me why Muslims whole over Gujarat has suffered due to above. If you can say this is a justice chosen for whole Muslim community in Gujarat then tell me who is the Judge of all judges ?

    thus Praise the Lord of the Universe.

    ask for forgiveness and the Lord is so merciful, can forgive all sins.

    So, Please praise the Lord of Universe only.

  4. 37
    Ajinkya AUSTRALIA Says:

    @Noor Shaikh
    This link will clear the air

  5. 36
    barakatullakhan KUWAIT Says:

    Nobody can accept that Islam is liberal and it is a Peace process for whole human being, unless one is studying Islam.

    The Proof: Since beginning those who were arguing against Islam they were the people who became real Solders of Islam and that are the Success path of Peace process for whole mankind.

    Latest nice example is: A political person of Switzerland, his political success was due to his course of actions against Islam. Now the same Person has become the Solder of Islam.

    What is the message here?

    There is not only one Person as above but whole history and success of Islam is due to this kind of people. So Go Study the History and come back..


    This is about the Islam as a whole, which equally applicable to anybody who has accepted Islam.

    So, let us stop blaming Narendra Modiji, and let us accept the Islam as it is.

    There is no transformation of Strength except the means of Almighty.

    So please praise the lord of the Universe only.

  6. 35
    noor shaikh INDIA Says:

    hi friend

    bjp and rss always say the killing of muslim is the reaction of godhra train. if you accept so why you not accept the attak for akshardham and other attak.

  7. 34
    roky INDIA Says:

    why to talk about religion yar..this is all politics and riots are always promoted by political parties.every one is involved.we all know that..bloody vote politics.we should be smart now.these political parties have never done good for us whether hindus or muslims.we must understand there intentions..if we are real patriots ,we should think only of india and not of religion descrimaimination yar…grow up..still we are lagging behind those western countries.we need to build ourself strong..and without unity it can never be a true indian..jai bharat

  8. 33
    barakatullakhan KUWAIT Says:

    There is no transformation of Strength except the means of Almighty.

    So please praise the lord of the Universe only.

  9. 32
    hindu terrorist INDIA Says:

    I agree with vivek. Kashmir was the crowning glory of Indian secularism. Liberal and westernised to boot. All shop signboards in English, not Urdu or Kashmiri. What happened? All bars closed down, all movie halls, and beauty parlours closed down, all hindus wiped out. My temples desecrated. Why shouldnt I react? The muzzies are secular only because they are in a minority and not in power. If they had the power they would make whole India into islamic country. Wipe them out today when they are in a minority, or tomorrow they wipe you out anyway.

  10. 31
    Vivek UNITED STATES Says:

    For making Akhand Hindu Rastra,we can do whatever as per situation demanded.Agar pure desh vilonce hota hain to bhi hame parvah nahi.You are always talk about Godhra post riots,Muslim people but you are not uttered any single word about Kashmiri Hindu Pandit.They are suffering from lot of diceses.rather than barking against RSS and its leader,you should worries about Kashmiri Pandits because they are still facing many problem.
    Are ha! Aap ki microwave ka kya hua?
    Jai shree Ram!

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