Godhra hearing: police officer fails to turn up

AHMEDABAD, NOV. 29 . The G.T. Nanavati and K.G. Shah judicial inquiry commission probing the Godhra train carnage and the subsequent communal riots in Gujarat took serious note of the continued absence of the senior police officer, Noel Parmar, for cross-examination.

Mr. Parmar was then the DSP (Railways) in charge of the initial investigations into the train carnage.

Though the reason for his absence today for the third time was considered genuine as it was because of the death of his mother a few days ago, the commission noted that the earlier absence on health grounds raised suspicions. Because of his absence, the hearing was suspended for the day.

Mr. Parmar in a letter to the commission had sought excuse from appearing for cross-examination. The hearing would now be held on December 14.

Sources in the commission said the two judges are likely to visit the carnage site on December 13.

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