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The charge-sheet also stated that a mob attacked the police, prevented the fire brigade from approaching the burning train, and stormed the train for a second time. The commission set up by the Government of Gujaratto investigate the train burning spent 6 years going over the details of the case, and concluded that the fire was arson committed by a Muslim mob of 1,000 to 2,000 people. [51] It welcomed the High Court judgement, saying that it was a setback for the Congress. Relatives pay homage to those killed at Gulbarg Society following the February 2002 Godhra train incident, which sparked communal riots that year, on... Indian troops stage a flag march near the Mandvi area of the riot-torn city of Vadodara, late 03 May 2006. (REUTERS) He cited a forensic report stating that the injuries on the victims were only compatible with an "internal fire." Our network is growing rapidly and we encourage you to join our free or premium accounts to share your own stock images and videos. [32][33], In September 2008, the commission submitted the "Part I" of the report dealing with the Godhra incident, in which it supported the conspiracy theory originally propounded by the Gujarat police. [34] The evidence marshalled by the committee in favour of this conclusion was a statement made by Jabir Binyamin Behra, a criminal in custody at the time, although he later denied giving any such statement. Find Godhra Train Burning Latest News, Videos & Pictures on Godhra Train Burning and see latest updates, news, information from NDTV.COM. Days after Mumbai-based standup comedian Munawar Faruqui and four others were arrested after a complaint from Eklavya Gaur, son of Indore-4 BJP MLA Malini Gaur, alleged that he “insulted religious sentiments of Hindus”, the police have said that there is no video evidence showing him making such remarks. In 2004, the POTA was repealed after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power, prompting it to review the invocation of the POTA against the accused. Too many images selected. In September 2004, two and half years after the train burning, Yadav appointed former Supreme Court Justice Umesh Chandra Banerjee to investigate the incident. [73] The court asked the state government and railways to pay 10 lakh compensation to the families of each of the 59 victims. इनमें से ज्यादातर कारसेवक थे. As many as 253 witnesses were examined during the trial and over items of 1500 documentary evidences were presented to the court. "I was 17 when Godhra Kand (riots) happened. After some stone-pelting, four coaches of the train were set alight, trapping many people inside. [62] On 30 January 2018, Yakub Pataliya (63) was arrested from Godhra by a team of B Division police in the town after they received a tip-off that he was spotted in a locality. The hearing began in May 2009. [64] In 2009, after accepting the report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by it, the court appointed a special fast-track court to try the case along with 5 other fast track courts established to try the post-incident riots. The FIR had alleged that a 1540-strong mob attacked the Sabarmati Express on 27 February, minutes after the delayed train left the Godhra station on the day of the incident. In January 2005 Banerjee presented his interim report, which tentatively ascribed the fire as an "accidental fire," after ruling out other theories. This is why it is critical to understand exactly what happened there. [52] Lalu Prasad Yadav, then the minister for railways, cited the report as proof that the Narendra Modi government had organized the riots that followed, and called it an exposure of the BJP. [67] Additional Sessions Judge P R Patel was designated to hear the case. © 2021 Getty Images. On February 27, 2002, Sabarmati Express arrived at Godhra station in Gujarat. [59] Initially, 107 people were charged, five of whom died while the case was still pending in court. Comedians Rally Behind Munawar Faruqui; Audience Member Denies Any Derogatory Remarks Made A woman claiming to be a part of stand-up comic Munawar … On 9 March 2002, Police added Criminal Conspiracy to the charges. 17 years have passed and the lives of Muslims have only got better. [23][24] Conservative commentator Madhu Kishwar has blamed the "Congress and its leftist allies" for allegedly introducing "amazing distortions", which she sees as the reason why the facts are not widely known and accepted. [60] The stay was lifted in January 2011 and the judge announced that he shall pronounce the judgement on 22 February 2011. In May 2003, the first charge sheet was filed against 54 accused, but they were not charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA became an Act as it was cleared by Parliament). Our roads are better. Twenty others were sentenced to life imprisonment. In February 2003, the POTA was re-invoked against all the accused after the BJP retained control of the Gujarat legislature in the 2002 assembly elections.[64][65]. 364 of 2005 in SCA No. The Godhra train incident is what most reports about the violence in Gujurat, India point to as the starting point for the barbarism and massacre of Muslims that followed. NEW DELHI: A special court on Tuesday pronounced the death penalty for 11 convicted in the Godhra train burning case and handed down life sentence to 20 others. [28] However, Shah's alleged closeness to Narendra Modi generated fierce criticism from the victims, human rights organisations, and political parties, and led to a demand for the appointment of a Supreme Court judge to the commission. A Muslim preacher apologized for insulting Hinduism in 2014, after an uproar Hindus are considered to be Kafirs by Muslims and Heathen by Christians. BJP spokesperson, Ravi Shankar Prasad said the verdict had exposed the nefarious designs of the UPA government which tried to cover up the entire episode. Explore more on Godhra Train Burning. West Bengal's Chief Secretary, Sourin Roy, said the detainee was a commander of the Muslim radical group Harkat-ul Jehad-e-Islami, who was allegedly attempting to enter Bangladesh. [9] Maulvi Husain Haji Ibrahim Umarji, a cleric in Godhra, and a dismissed Central Reserve Police Force officer named Nanumiyan were presented as the "masterminds" behind the operation. The Godhra burning was investigated by a SIT and on March 1, 2011, a special court convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 while accepting the prosecution's argument that there was a conspiracy to burn Coach S6 of the Sabarmati Express. Updated: 09 Oct 2017, 09:25 PM IST Maulik Pathak. [30] The commission, during its six-year probe, examined more than 40,000 documents and the testimonies of more than 1,000 witnesses. I wanted to present this photograph long time back but always kept postponing because I was feeling a strong dilemma.The photograph is that of Qutubuddin Ansari and it was taken by Arko Datta of Reuters during the Godhra riots in 2002. AHMEDABAD: A special SIT court in Gujarat on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case. [12][13][14][15] The causes of the fire have yet to be proven conclusively. [76] R. K. Raghavan, who was the head of the Special Investigating Team, said he was satisfied with the verdict. [8] A commission appointed by the central government, whose appointment was later held to be unconstitutional, stated that the fire had been an accident. Amazon.in - Buy Gujarat Riots: The True Story - The Truth of the 2002 Riots book online at best prices in India on Amazon.in. Following the initial riot incidents, there were further outbreaks of violence in Ahmedabad for three months; statewide, there were further outbreaks of violence against the … In May 2005, the POTA review commission decided not to charge the accused under POTA. [57][58] The 68 people accused in the charge-sheet included 57 accused of stoning and torching the train. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7] The commission set up by the Government of Gujarat to investigate the train burning spent 6 years going over the details of the case, and concluded that the fire was arson committed by a Muslim mob of 1,000 to 2,000 people. [36][37], The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Indian National Congress objected to the exoneration of the Gujarat government by the commission citing the timing of the report (with general elections months away) as evidence of unfairness. ", "Hindu–Muslim Relations and the "War on Terror, Report By The Commission of Inquiry Consisting of Mr. Justice G.T. On 25 February, 1,700 people, a mix of pilgrims and karsevaks boarded the Sabarmati Express which was bound for Ahmedabad. The Godhra Train Burning was an incident that occurred on the morning of 27 February 2002, in which 59 Hindu pilgrims and karsevaks returning from Ayodhya, were killed in a fire inside the Sabarmati Express train near the Godhra railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat. The Gujarat High Court on October 20, 2016 upheld the conviction of 17 persons while acquitting 14 persons, who were previously convicted by a trial court, in the post-Godhra … [citation needed] On 17 March 2002, chief suspect Haji Bilal, a local town councillor and a Congress worker,[54] was captured by an anti-terrorist squad in Godhra. [58] The death penalty was awarded to 11 convicts; those believed to have been present at a meeting held the night before the incident where the conspiracy was formed, and those who, according to the court, had actually entered the coach and poured petrol before setting it afire. 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