Godhra train carnage: What happened on February 27, 2002
On the run for 14 years, key accused in the 2002 Godhra train carnage, Farooq Bhana, has been arrested by Gujarat ATS. Here's a recap of the horrific incident that snowballed into major riots in Gujarat
On the run for 14 years, key accused in the 2002 Godhra train carnage, Farooq Bhana has been arrested by the Gujarat ATS. Here’s a recap of the horrific incident that snowballed into major riots in Gujarat.
The gutted interior of the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express train at Godhra railway station. File pic/AFP
On February 27, 2002, the Sabarmati Express, carrying thousands of ‘kar sevaks’ returning from Ayodhya, was heading for Ahmedabad. The train made a halt at Godhra at around 7:43 am. Just as the train was leaving the platform, someone pulled the emergency brake and the train stopped near the signal point. What followed were horrible scenes.
A poilceman looks over a burnt coach and belongings of ‘kar sevaks’ at Godhra station, early 28 February 2002. File pic/AFP
The Sabarmati Express was attacked by a mob of over 1,000 people. What began with stone-pelting, ended with four coaches being set on fire.
As many as 59 people lost their lives in S-6 coach. The deceased included 27 women and 10 children, while 48 others were injured. In February 2011, a special fast track court convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 in connection with the case.
Members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, World Hindu Council, protest the Godhra train carnage. File pic/AFP
The incident had triggered large-scale riots in Gujarat, in which around 1,000 people were killed.
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