Haresh Bhatt was a
leader at the time of the
Gujarat violence of 2002
. According to an eye witness, Bhatt
distributed weapons to villagers
in Sardarpura before a massacre where
33 Muslims were later killed
. Following the violence, he was later elected as
representative from Godhra in the legislative assembly, saying
"clearly, it was the Hindutva card that worked in our favour"
Caught on hidden camera by Tehelka, Bhatt claimed that
gave the perpetrators of the violence in 2002
a free hand for three days
: "Modi told me I'll give you three days. Do whatever you want, you will not be touched."
Gujarat pogroms 2002