“Any person if we are driving a car, we are a driver, and someone else is driving a car and we’re sitting behind, even

then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course, it is. If I’m a Chief Minister or not, I’m a human

being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad,” Mr. Modi said to a question whether he regretted the

riots. Up till now, we feel that we used our full strength to set out to do the right thing. People have a right to be critical. We

are a democratic country. Everyone has his own view. I would feel guilty if I did something wrong. Frustration comes

when you think ‘I got caught. I was stealing and I got caught.’ That’s not my case.”

–Defending himself against accusations over the 2002 riots, the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (2005).

A senior police officer’s sworn statement to India’s Supreme Court alleges that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi deliberately allowed anti-Muslim riots in the state. More than 1,000 people were killed in the violence in 2002.The riots began after 60 Hindu pilgrims died when a train carrying them was set on fire. Sanjiv Bhatt was a senior police officer in the Gujarat intelligence bureau during the 2002 riots. In a sworn statement to the Supreme Court, he said that his position allowed him to come across large amounts of information and intelligence both before and during the violence, including the actions of senior administrative officials. He also alleges that, in a meeting in the night before the riots, Mr Modi told officials that the Muslim community needed to be taught a lesson following an attack on a train carrying Hindu pilgrims. Mr Modi has always denied any wrongdoing.