Acused held after 19 Years in Godhra Train Burning Case

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Mob torched a coach of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station and 59 persons were charred to death on Feb. 26, 2002

Ahmedabad: Rafiq Bhatuk, an alleged key conspirator in the 2002 Godhra train burning case, has been arrested by police. He was on the run for as many as 19 years before being arrested from Godhra.

As per the local police, 51-year-old Bhatuk was a part of the main group that hatched a conspiracy to target the train in which kar sevaks were coming back from Ayodhya. The mob torched a coach of Sabarmati Express near the Godhra railway station and 59 individuals had been charred to dying on February 26, 2002.

On a tip-off from sources, the police raided a house in Signal Falia area close to the Godhra railway station on Sunday night time and picked up Bhatuk.

The police claimed that he was involved in stone-pelting on the bogey and even pouring petrol inside before it was torched by other accused. The incident triggered massive riots in the State wherein over 1000 people had been killed.

In line with the police, the accused had fled to Delhi after his identify surfaced during the investigation. He’s going through murder and rioting charges.
Three different co-accused — Salim Ibrahim Badam alias Salim Panwala, Shaukat Charkha and Abdulmajid Yousuf Mitha — are still absconding and are believed to be in Pakistan as per the Gujarat police.

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