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Jump to navigation. Three others were acquitted by the court. Yakub Pataliya, one of the most wanted accused in the Sabarmati Express burnig case, was on the run for 16 years and arrested in January, by Gujarat Police. Pataliya is accused of being a part of the mob that torched the coaches of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station on February 27, , killing 59 kar sevaks and triggering state-wide riots. The SIT court in August, had sentenced two other accused to life imprisonment while three others were acquitted by the court. On February 27, , a date that would change the history of Gujarat forever, coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express went up in flames, killing all 59 occupants, most of them kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya.

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Jump to navigation. Three others were acquitted by the court. Yakub Pataliya, one of the most wanted accused in the Sabarmati Express burnig case, was on the run for 16 years and arrested in January, by Gujarat Police.

Pataliya is accused of being a part of the mob that torched the coaches of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station on February 27, , killing 59 kar sevaks and triggering state-wide riots. The SIT court in August, had sentenced two other accused to life imprisonment while three others were acquitted by the court.

On February 27, , a date that would change the history of Gujarat forever, coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express went up in flames, killing all 59 occupants, most of them kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya.

Soon after the burning, rumours regarding the incident and a supposed conspiracy to kill the kar sevaks spread and triggered massive riots in the state. Nearly 1, people, most of them Muslims, had died in the riots, according to official estimates. The Godhra burning was investigated by a SIT and on March 1, , 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.

All the 31 were convicted under IPC sections related to murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy. The Gujarat High Court in commuted the death sentence awarded to 11 persons to life imprisonment.

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What happened in Godhra, Gujurat?

The Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence awarded to 11 convicts to life term in the Godhra train burning case of The court, has, however, upheld the life sentence awarded to 20 others by the special SIT court. Fifty-nine kar sevaks were killed after a coach of the Sabarmati Express was set ablaze in February , triggering one of the worst communal riots witnessed in the country. On the morning of February 27, , a coach of the the Sabarmati Express — Coach S6 — was set ablaze and 59 passengers travelling in that coach were charred to death. The train had arrived at Godhra station in Gujarat just then. The victims included 27 women and 10 children. Injuries were suffered by another 48 passengers in the train.

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What is the 2002 Godhra train burning case?

The Gujarat riots , also known as the Gujarat violence and the Gujarat pogrom , [4] [5] [6] [7] was a three-day period of inter-communal violence in the western Indian state of Gujarat. 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 minority Muslim population for the next year. According to official figures, the riots ended with 1, dead, missing, and 2, injured. Of the dead, were Muslim and Hindu.

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Godhra train burning

At best, these suggest that there is no irrefutable evidence that the Chief Minister actually directed the slaughter of Muslims to continue, giving free rein to enraged Hindus to violently vent their rage. The SIT chose not to give credence to the statements of one serving and one retired police officer. It did not examine the secretly recorded statements by journalist Ashish Khetan with activists of various Sangh organisations which provided corroborative evidence of a high-level political conspiracy behind the massacre. This is a claim which has not been borne out in the courts, and which was significant in igniting and fuelling public anger in the acts of mass revenge against Muslims which followed. It likewise did not question him about his claim that he first heard about the Gulberg Apartments massacre in which Ehsan Jafri lost his life at 8 in the evening of February 28, , many hours after the slaughter, even though he was closely monitoring the events at the Circuit House Annexe just a few kilometres away from the Gulberg Apartments. How does this claim square with his admission that he was tracking the violence as it unfolded?

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15 years after Godhra, we still don’t know who lit the fire

The Godhra Train Burning was an incident that occurred on the morning of 27 February , 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. Estimates of casualties range from the official figures of Muslims and Hindus, [18] to upwards of 2, casualties. On 25 February, 1, people, a mix of pilgrims and karsevaks boarded the Sabarmati Express which was bound for Ahmedabad. As the train started leaving the platform, someone pulled the emergency brake and the train stopped near the signal point. The driver of the train later stated that the chain had been pulled multiple times, judging by the instruments in his cabin. The train was attacked by a mob of around 2, people. After some stone-pelting, four coaches of the train were set alight, trapping many people inside.

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