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Gujarat Riots: Police arrested former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt

AHMEDABAD: The Particular Investigation Staff (SIT) of Gujarat Police has arrested former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt from Palanpur Jail in a case associated to the 2002 communal riots. Bhatt has been arrested by way of a ‘switch warrant’ in a case of conspiracy to wrongly implicate harmless folks in reference to the riots, an official stated. Bhatt is the third accused arrested within the case after social activist Teesta Setalvad and former Gujarat Director General of Police R B Sreekumar.

He was lodged in Palanpur jail in Banaskantha district since 2018 in a 27-year-old case. This case is said to wrongly implicating a lawyer from Rajasthan. Throughout the trial, the previous IPS officer was additionally sentenced to life imprisonment in a custodial demise case in Jamnagar. Chaitanya Mandlik, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad Crime Department, later stated, “We detained Sanjeev Bhatt from Palanpur Jail on a switch warrant and formally arrested him on Tuesday night.

The Gujarat authorities had final month arrange the SIT to probe the roles of Bhatt, Sreekumar and Setalvad in false proof in varied circumstances associated to the 2002 post-Godhra practice fireplace riots and likewise has Mandlik as considered one of its members. The crime department had arrested Setalvad and Sreekumar final month and they’re nonetheless in jail.

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