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2002 Gujarat riots: Ex-Army officer dubs SIT report as 'blatant lie'

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

(Retired) on Saturday said that the transport was delayed to the for over 24 hours during the 2002 riots, even though they had made a request to the then

Speaking to the reporters following the launch of his book titled 'The Sarkari Mussalman', which was unveiled here by former Hamid Ansari, Shah said that what he has written in his book is 'gospel truth', which is mentioned on 'war diaries' of the

"There was a difference between the report filed by me and the one by the Special Investigation Team (SIT). There was a difference of 24 hours. Certain channels claimed that I was lying. We were on the field for more than 24 hours. I do not want to pinpoint anyone, but this was the fault of the administration. I do not want to make any political statement," he said.

"I was not aware of the SIT report until a few days ago when this was pointed out to me. Let me say again, it is a blatant lie. I have told the truth," he added.

As per Shah, who led the in the riots, said that around 3,000 troops landed at the by 7 am on March 1, but they had to wait for more than 24 hours to receive transport to move to the areas where the riots were taking place.

Some portions of Shah's book relating to the 2002 riots has created controversy.

However, the SIT report on the same clearly stated that there was no delay in requisition and deployment of the Army.

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First Published: Sun, October 14 2018. 05:35 IST