2002 Godhra riots: Erda’’s police custody ends today

February 13th, 2009 - 11:39 am ICT by ANI  

Ahmedabad, Feb 13 (ANI): The police custody of Valsad Deputy Superintendent of Police K G Erda, who was arrested in connection with his role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, ends today.
On February 9, Erda was remanded in police custody till today.
Metropolitan Magistrate C.B Patel passed the order after a Special Investigating Team (SIT) submitted a report of its investigation.
Erda was an inspector at the Meghaninagar police station during the riots.
He was arrested on February 8 for his role in not preventing a mob attack on the Gulbarg Society. Thirty-eight people, including ex-Congress MP Ehsan Jafferi were killed in the incident.
Erda has been accused of dereliction of duty and tampering with evidence. He has also been charged under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which include 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder).
The SIT has been investigating some of the worst post-Godhra riot cases that have revealed the involvement of some key police officials posted in areas affected by communal clashes during the riots. (ANI)

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