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India's Modi voices 'grief' at 2002 anti-Muslim riots

Published on Dec 27, 2013 10:21 PM
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Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi arrives for the BJP's Chief Ministers' conference at the party headqurters in New Delhi, on Dec 24, 2013. India's fiery opposition candidate for premier, Narendra Modi, voiced Friday, Dec 27, 2013, his "grief" and "misery" over deadly 2002 anti-Muslim riots that swept his home state of Gujarat after he became chief minister. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's fiery opposition candidate for premier, Narendra Modi, voiced Friday his "grief" and "misery" over deadly 2002 anti-Muslim riots that swept his home state of Gujarat after he became chief minister.

Modi, in his frankest statement to date about the riots that have dogged him in his quest to become prime minister in looming national elections, said in a blog he was "shaken to the core" by the violence.

As many as 2,000 people, mainly Muslims, were hacked, burnt and shot to death in the riots 11 years ago, according to human rights activists.

"Grief, sadness, misery, pain, anguish, agony - mere words could not capture the absolute emptiness one felt on witnessing such inhumanity," Modi, named by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as its candidate for premier, wrote.

 
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