Haren Pandya was a BJP
politician and Gujarat Home Minister, murdered in unclear circumstances in 2003 in Ahmedabad. To date Pandya's murderers remain unknown: 12 people were convicted for the murder by a special anti-terrorist court, but had their convictions overturned
. It is widely held, including by Haren Pandya's widow, that they were framed
. Several sources have alleged that Tulsiram Prajapati, himself killed in a fake encounter
in 2006, was involved in Pandya's murder
, but if so, the reasons remain unclear.
Factional infighting within the Gujarat BJP
meant that Pandya had fallen out with Narendra Modi
, and once Modi had risen to prominence, Pandya was sidelined. Pandya apparently believed the Gujarat pogroms of 2002
were orchestrated by Modi
, and Pandya's father repeatedly alleged, before his death
, that Narendra Modi
was responsible for his son's murder. It has also been claimed by a former senior police officer that Modi's right-hand man Amit Shah
played a role in the murder
•Why do we STILL not know about the killer of Narendra Modi's Minister, Haren Pandya?
by Sanjeev Sabhlok.