What They Said About Modi
‘To Get Me Out On Bail, Narendrabhai Changed
Modi has a definite
soft spot for the man who would later stall the film Parzania.
The regard is mutual
TEHELKA: The day Patiya happened,
didn’t Modi support you?
Bajrangi: He made everything all right, otherwise who
would have had the strength... It was his hand all the way... If he’d
told the police to do differently, they would have f****d us.... they
could have... they had full control…
They had control?
Bajrangi: They were very much in control all over the
city, all over Gujarat… [But] for two days, Narendrabhai was in
control… from the third day… a lot of pressure came from the
top… Sonia-wonia and all came here…
• • •
Didn’t Narendrabhai come to meet you [in jail]?
Bajrangi: If Narendrabhai comes to meet me, he’ll
be in deep trouble… I didn’t expect to see him… Even
today, I don’t expect it…
Did he ever talk to you over the phone?
Bajrangi: That way I do get to speak to him… but not just like that…
The whole world starts singing…
But when you were absconding, then he…..
Bajrangi: Hmm… I did speak to him twice or thrice…
He’d encourage you…
Bajrangi: Marad aadmi hai [he’s a real
man], Narendrabhai… If he were to tell me to tie a bomb to myself
and jump... it wouldn’t take even a second… I could sling
a bomb around me and jump wherever I was asked to… for Hindus…
Had he not been there,then Naroda Patiya, Gulbarg etc…
Bajrangi:Wouldn’t have happened.Would’ve
been very difficult.
• • •
Did Narendrabhai come to Patiya the day of the massacre?
Bajrangi: Narendrabhai came to Patiya… He could
not make it to the place of the incidents because there were commando-phamandos
with him… But he came to Patiya, saw our enthusiasm and went away…
He left behind a really good atmosphere…
Said you were all blessed…
Bajrangi: Narendrabhai had come to see that things didn’t
stop the next day… He went all around Ahmedabad, to all the places
where the miyas [Muslims] were, to the Hindu areas… told
people they’d done well and should do more…
• • •
[After the massacre] the commissioner issued orders [against me]…
I was told to leave my home… I ran away… Narendrabhai kept
me at… the Gujarat Bhavan at Mount Abu for fourand- a-half months…
After that, [I did] whatever Narendrabhai told me to… Nobody can
do what Narendrabhai has done in - Gujarat… If I did not have the
support of Narendrabhai, we would not have been able to avenge [Godhra]…
[After it was over,] Narendrabhai was happy, the people were happy, we
were happy… I went to jail and came back… and returned to
the life I’d led before.
• • •
Bajrangi: Narendrabhai got me out of jail……
He kept on changing judges…. He set it up so as to ensure my release,
otherwise I wouldn’t have been out yet... The first judge was one
Dholakiaji... He said Babu Bajrangi should be hanged — not once,
but four-five times, and he flung the file aside... Then came another
who stopped just short of saying I should be hanged… Then there
was a third one… By then, four-and-a-half months had elapsed in
jail; then Narendrabhai sent me a message... saying he would find a way
out... Next he posted a judge named Akshay Mehta… He never even
looked at the file or anything…. He just said [bail was] granted…
And we were all out... We were free….. For this, I believe in God…
We are ready to die for Hindutva...