Narendra Modi and James Bevan
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Narendra Modi: UK high commissioner meets Gujarat chief

The UK's high commissioner in India has met Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat state, ending a 10-year boycott of the controversial leader.

The UK and other Western governments suspended ties with Narendra Modi, after religious riots in 2002.

An estimated 1,000 people were killed, most of them Muslim, three of them British citizens.

Mr Modi was accused of not doing anything to stop the violence, but he has always denied any wrongdoing.

One of India's most prominent politicians, he has been exonerated by several inquiries.

James Bevan UK High Commissioner to India says ending the boycott is about "engagement" with the Indian state and not "endorsement".

The BBC's Andrew North reports from the main city Ahmedabad.

Report features Yusuf Dawood, a relative of UK victims.

  • 23 Oct 2012