10 People Who Got Away
1 MK TANDON, JCP, Sector 2, Ahmedabad, in whose region over 200 Muslims were butchered, didn’t respond to distress calls from Gulberg Society, Naroda Gaon and Naroda Patiya. He was in telephonic contact with VHP general secretary Jaideep Patel and local BJP MLA Mayaben Kodnani.
2 PB GONDIA, DCP, Ahmedabad Zone IV, remained out of his area of jurisdiction when the two areas were burning. His cell phone records have shown that he was in touch with Nimesh Patel, accused in the Naroda killings. He too was in touch with Patel and Kodnani.
3 HARESH BHATT, was with the Bajrang Dal and went on to become the Godhra MLA. He admitted to the TEHELKA sting operation that bombs and other weapons were manufactured at his firecracker factory.
4 GORDHAN ZADAPHIA, the deputy home minister during the riots. Babu Bajrangi, a key accused of the Naroda Patiya riots, revealed in the sting op that he had called up Zadaphia after the carnage and was advised to flee the city.
5 PC PANDE, the commissioner of police, Ahmedabad, was accused of deliberate inaction by riot victims and activists. In 2010, IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt claimed that Pande was constantly informed about the mob build-up at Gulberg but failed to take action. Call data records show Pande visited Gulberg on the day of the massacre.
6 MADHU SRIVASTAVA, former BJP legislator was caught on a TEHELKA sting operation in 2005 confessing to have bribed Zahira Sheikh, a key witness in the Best Bakery case to retract her testimony. While Zahira was later convicted for perjury, there was no criminal action against Srivastava.
7 DILIP TRIVEDI, general secretary of the VHP’s Gujarat unit, was the senior pleader in Mehsana district, among the worst affected areas. In the TEHELKA sting operation, Trivedi admitted he weakened prosecution cases by coercing and bribing the witnesses.
8 ANIL PATEL, senior Sangh Parivar functionary, told the TEHELKA undercover reporter how he carried out mayhem in Sabarkantha district, where more than four dozen people were killed and hundreds of houses razed.
9 DHAWAL PATEL, VHP functionary, was caught on camera confessing to the manufacture of bombs at his stone quarry in Sabarkantha with the help of RSS man Amrudh Patel, an expert in handling explosives. There was no criminal action against either person.
10 FEBRUARY 2012 PK MISHRA, an IAS officer, who was Principal Secretary and party to many controversial decisions taken during the riots. A top cop had told TEHELKA that Mishra, in collusion with two IPS officers, had fabricated documents and bulldozed officers into submission.