Former IPS official Sanjiv Bhatt has written an open letter to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to introspect after the verdict in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, in which 32 people including a former Gujarat minister were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 97 people.
Bhatt, who has been suspended following his statements against the Gujarat government and the 2002 communal riots in the state, wrote the open letter to the Chief Minister questioning why he had distanced himself from his former minister Maya Kodnani on the day of the verdict.
“Was it perchance that you smartly distanced yourself from all these unfortunate people at an opportune moment? Have you spared a thought for the innocent family members of the accused who have been sentenced to a lifetime behind bars?” he wrote in the letter, according to CNN-IBN.
Questioning the Chief Minister if he had ever looked beyond his actual image, stripped of his favourite designer dresses, Bhatt questioned if the Chief Minister had introspected about his true self behind the image created by his media managers.
“I hope and pray to God that you get the time, wisdom and opportunity to find honest and truthful answers to some of these questions during this lifetime,” he said as he signed off the letter.
There has been no response from either the Chief Minsiter’s office or the state BJP over the letter.