It was a blot on Gujarat and still horrifies Indians with the brutality unleashed. The 2002 Godhra riots are once again in the spotlight, thanks to a special exposé by Tehelka. Carried out over the last six months, the sting op is being aired on Aaj Tak and Headlines Today over three days starting October 25. A special Tehelka issue on the Godhra sting is hitting the newsstands today, October 26.
At a press conference held in the Capital to announce the sting operation, Tarun Tejpal, Editor-in-Chief, Tehelka, said, “A six-month long Tehelka investigation brings forward irrefutable evidence of many horrific incidents that have remained contested in the last five years. In Tehelka’s groundbreaking investigation, for the first time hear the truth of the genocidal killings from the men who actually did it. In disclosures that are shocking and graphic.”
The sting operation was carried out by Tehelka reporter Ashish Khetan. Aaj Tak and Headlines Today began airing the exposé in a series of special programmes starting 7 pm on October 25. The programme continued till midnight. The two channels will air more programmes on the operation on October 26 and 27 as well from 7 pm till midnight.
Tehelka has also come out with a special magazine issue on the Godhra sting. Tejpal said that over 100,000 copies of the special issue had been printed. The magazine contains news features like ‘Conspirators and Rioters’ in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Sabarkantha, ‘The Bomb Makers’, ‘Role of the Police’, ‘What They Say about Modi’, ‘Legal Subversion’, ‘Dance of Hate’, ‘Godhra the diabolic lie’.
It also contains a Reporter’s Diary, where Khetan wrote about his six months’ experience spent amid the conspirators. It also contains Editor’s Cut, where Features Editor Harinder Baweja speaks about the need of action of the investigation.
With elections round the corner in Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi is once again in the dock for his role in the riots that scorched Gujarat.