From today’s Deccan Herald:
A sting operation backed by Tehelka magazine on Thursday claimed to have exposed the involvement of VHP leaders in the post-Godhra riots of 2002 with Chief Minister Narenda Modi “giving them free hand for three days” to attack minorities in the state.
The sting operation telecast by Headlines Today and Aaj Tak showed on record the VHP leaders like Baba Bajrangi, Anil Patel, Dhawel Patel as also Harsih Bhatt, the BJP MLA, Godhra, saying how they killed Muslims, made bombs and got “most helpful Gujarat police” facilitating their task. The television story had Gujarat VHP leaders as saying that apart from Modi it was VHP national general secretary Praveen Togadia who guided them in their operation.
Sevanti Ninan, of the Hoot (newly redesigned), has written a column about the sting operation which is worth reading. Excerpt:
The tepid issues of Tehelka which came out after it changed format and became a magazine, evidently constituted the lull before the storm. Earlier today India’s most celebrated investigative brand since the early 1980s Arun Shourie, regained some of its fire power and unveiled some potent election-eve ammunition, swearing all the while that the timing was just a coincidence. The magazine will come tomorrow, today Tehelka organised a TV trailer on Aaj Tak and Headlines Today. The latter took a break from being a movie and cricket channel to get serious, as well as it could.
A few days after Narendra Modi abandoned a TV interview with Karan Thapar after being asked if he had an image problem since he was being called a mass murderer, recorded images went on air showing Modi confidantes and allies in Gujarat confirming his direct complicity in the murder of Muslims in the riots following the Godhra fire. He had told people to do what they had to do in three days, he visited Naroda Patiya 2 days after the massacre there and garlanded those who had killed 91 Muslims in one day, he shielded the guilty, in one case in Gujarat Bhavan at Mount Abu.
Tehelka has the links to the stories of the investigation on their web page and in the next few days we will probably get to know how all this will play out.