At TruthOfGujarat, we are starting a series – “Modi Lies” where we will expose Modi’s lies in the various interviews that he has given over the past 12 years.
Q. Even now the situation doesn’t seem to be under control. What is the reason for this?
A. There are about 18,000 villages in the state, of which disturbances were reported in no more than 50 villages. Of the 242 municipal towns in the state, incidents took place in less than 40 towns……
What Modi stated in his interview to TOI is miles away from the truth. This can be seen from the statement given by then Additional DGP RB Sreekumar representing the Gujarat State Intelligence Bureau before the Election Commission wherein he had stated the extent of affected areas due to 2002 Gujarat riots. His statement is reproduced in para 20 of the Election Commission Report1:
20. Significantly, Additional Director General of Police, Shri R.B. Sreekumar, stated before the Commission that 151 towns and 993 villages, covering 154 out of 182 Assembly Constituencies in the State, and 284 Police Stations out of 464 Police Stations were affected by the riots.