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Gujarat to reopen 1594 riot cases
Tribune News Service and PTI

Ahmedabad, February 8
The police will reopen 1,594 cases and take action against 41 police officials for their alleged role in the 2002 post-Godhra communal riots in Gujarat.

This was stated in the action-taken report of the inquiry committee headed by the Gujarat DGP, Mr A.K. Bhargava, constituted by the Supreme Court to re-examine about 2,000 cases.

According to the report, action will be taken against 41 police officials and the police will arrest more than 600 accused wanted in these reopened cases.

Thirteen new cases will also be filed, police officials said.

The inquiry commission, meanwhile, has given an additional two months’ time to the Railway Ministry to produce all relevant documents related to its inquiry on the train carnage.

The Supreme Court had on August 17, 2004, directed the Modi government to set up a high-level police team headed by the DGP to examine which of the over 2,000 cases closed on the ground that the accused could not be traced, required fresh investigation.

According to the action taken report submitted by the government to the Supreme Court, the review cell had reviewed 1,772 cases of which 1,242 were reopened and following investigations, 523 persons had been arrested and 13 new cases registered.

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