The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday said there should be no delay in the investigations into the role of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots in the State and steps must be taken to prosecute him.

In a statement, the party Polit Bureau said the affidavit filed by a senior Gujarat police official in the Supreme Court provided direct evidence of the role of Mr. Modi “in the 2002 pogroms against the minority community.” In the affidavit, the police official stated that the Chief Minister instructed senior police officials at a meeting not to act to protect Muslims from violence.

“This testimony of the police officer, Sanjeev Bhatt, confirms the culpability of the Chief Minister in the pogroms. There should be no further delay in the investigations into the role of Narendra Modi and initiating steps to prosecute him,” the statement said.

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