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Post-Godhra riot cases: 27 held, FIR lodged

Ahmedabad, July 2
The Gujarat police has arrested 27 persons in connection with two post-Godhra riot cases in Panchmahals district and registered an FIR in connection with one case after carrying out re-investigation following the Supreme Court directions.

“The arrests were made over the past one month while the special investigating officer, in charge of some riot cases, Neerja Rao Gotru, has registered the FIR in one case,” Director-General of Police (DGP) A. K. Bhargav said here today.

Gotru registered the FIR three months ago in connection with the Delol station massacre, in which 17 persons were killed and three others reported missing, he said.

Five persons were arrested on June 27 for their alleged involvement in the massacre of six persons of a minority community in Derol village of Kalol Taluka while 15, who were allegedly involved in the massacre of 17 members of a minority community in Delol village, about 30 km from Godhra, were arrested on June 24, both in Panchmahals district during the post-Godhra communal riots on March 1, 2002.

Even as six others were arrested over the past two weeks, one person was arrested last evening at Vadodara for his alleged involvement in the killing of 11 persons of a minority community near Ambica Society near Kalol town.

However, Gotru, who was appointed by the state government as its special probe officer to re-investigate the cases after the Supreme Court’s intervention in December last year, was not available for details. — PTI 
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