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Old 08-02-2015, 10:41 PM   #416
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The Godhra train burning was an incident that occurred on the morning of 27 February 2002, in which 59 people, including 25 women and 15 children, died in a fire inside the Sabarmati Express train near the Godhra railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat.. The victims were mainly Hindu pilgrims and activists who were returning from the city of Ayodhya after a religious ceremony at the disputed Babri Masjid site..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 mob of 1000-2000 people.. A commission appointed by the central government, whose appointment was later held to be unconstitutional, stated that the fire had been an accident.. A court convicted 31 Muslims for the incident and the conspiracy for the crime, although the actual causes of the fire have yet to be proven conclusively..

In February 2002, thousands of devotees of Rama (known as "Ramsevaks" or "Kar Sevaks") had gone from Gujarat to Ayodhya at the behest of the Vishva Hindu Parishad to take part in a ceremony called the Purnahuti Maha Yagna..The train was subsequently attacked by a mob of around 2,000 people. After some stone-pelting, four coaches of the train were set alight, trapping many people inside.. 59 people including 27 women and 10 children were burnt to death, and 48 others were injured. According to J Mahapatra, additional director general of the Gujarat police, "miscreants had kept the petrol-soaked rags ready for use much before the train had arrived at the Godhra"..A study conducted by the Gujarat Forensic Science Laboratory report states that 60 liters of inflammable liquid had been poured into coach S-6 of the train using a wide mouthed container..On 6 March 2002 the Gujarat government set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the incident and submit a report, the chairman and sole member of which was retired Gujarat High Court judge K G Shah.. As many as 253 witnesses were examined during the trial and over items of 1500 documentary evidences were presented to the court..An official estimate states that 254 Hindus and more than 790 Muslims were killed during the riots, with 223 more missing..., with great phower.. comes great responsibility..Life is a storm, my young friend.. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next...
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