1. Congress is not raising Godhra Khand because if they do so the BJP, will raise Gujarat asmita, which will destroy Congress party completely. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. Ultimately , leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team. Today, February 27, it will be 15 years since the Godhra incident that lit the flames of a massive sectarian conflagration. According to official.

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Today, February 27, it will be 15 years since the Godhra incident that lit the flames of a massive sectarian conflagration.

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According to official sources Muslims and Hindus were killed, and as many asMuslims and 40, Hindus were rendered homeless. About are still reported missing.

But we know that official estimates are always low and in this case the estimates are from the Gujarat government. Ksnd rights and Muslim groups report that more than 2, Muslims were killed by Hindu mobs. Muslim mobs too were active and exacted retribution wherever possible. Kanr it is clearly evident that the Gujarat Police acted more firmly on Muslim mobs as 24 Muslims and 13 Hindus were killed in police firings. The conflagration began with a fire in coach S6 of the Sabarmati Express on February 27, killing 59 persons.

But the question of who lit this fire has never been satisfactorily answered. Several people have been accused of it, and some even convicted.

Godhra train burning

Like many such cases in India it is also widely believed that the innocent have been convicted and the real perpetrators are still free. We have at least one official inquiry headed by a former Supreme Court judge confirming this. But kadn is perhaps closest to the truth is the truly damning report of Mohinder Singh Dahiya, then assistant director of the Forensic Studies Laboratory FSL at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, which put paid to the theory of the coach being set afire by an godhraa mob, which had mysteriously collected outside the Godhra railway station.

The FSL had also demonstrated godrha experiments that it was virtually impossible to throw inflammable liquids into the train through the open windows that are at a height of seven feet from the ground. Since the rest of the fuel would then have fallen outside there would have been burn damage on and near the track. This was not so. File photographs of the burning coach show the flames raging from within and without even the external paintwork being touched.


The pictures also show rescuers trying to hose down the flames standing right alongside the burning coach. Very obviously the coach was set afire from within. If this is so, the person carrying such a container with a wide opening did so quite openly which means he, she or they would have been known to the other passengers. Remember the country was in a state of heightened military alert after the December 13 attack on Parliament and it would just not be possible for a stranger to walk into a crowded coach of true believers with a large container of liquid.

The train was almost a Rambhakt special and each compartment was full of people from a particular area or belonging to a particular group within the Sangh parivar, all of who would have been known to each other. It is therefore extremely implausible that a perfect stranger or strangers would have been able to splash the petrol and set it alight and then escape. Furthermore, the train was stopped by pulling the emergency chain and that can only be from inside.

Consequently the theory that it was an ISI cell or a group who boarded the train after it was stopped that had carried out the carnage becomes godhrs difficult to sustain.

It would now seem that the harassment and intimidation of the mostly Muslim hawkers at Godhra railway station was deliberate and aimed at provoking an agitated response.

But petty harassment in itself would not have provoked such a disproportionate reaction as torching a train. It would seem that someone wished to take advantage of this reaction and if this was so, the torching of coach S6 could have been intended to provoke a furious backlash.

This seems like a classic agent provocateur operation that went out of hand. The use of agent provocateurs to create a crisis is not uncommon. We see much of it all around.

Cadre-based political parties for whom the end justifies all means are especially adept at this. Countries with active intelligence services routinely do this.


Ina unit of the Peoples War Group attacked the Kakatiya Fast Passenger train at Charlapalli near Hyderabad killing 47 passengers in the blaze set off by them. It took only a small quantity of incendiary material to set off the blaze as the coaches are constructed with mostly incendiary materials.

One of the attackers was apprehended.

Later the PWG issued a statement that the death of 47 passengers was inadvertent and expressed regret for it. In another incident at 4. They wanted money to start a business. The passengers panicked and in the ensuing melee the can of petrol dropped in the bus, which in turn had a leaky fuel tank, resulting in an explosive fire — 22 passengers were killed. In both cases while there was intent to commit another crime, what resulted was not intended.

It is difficult to imagine that a container with a wide mouth carrying at least 60 litres of petrol was meant to cause just an innocuous incident on the Sabarmati Express. Clearly there are many questions to be answered, particularly in light of the subsequent events. Feb 27, Flower petals scattered by the relatives of Godhra riots victims pictured at the doorsteps of a train carriage, that was set on fire induring the commemoration of the 12th anniversary of Godhra riots at Godhra, Gujarat REUTERS.

Smoke pours from the carriage of a train on fire in Godhra, in Gujarat, February 27, A policeman walks towards the entrance of a carriage of a train in Godhra, Gujarat, February 27, Survivors look at the pictures of the Godhra riots victims at a photo-exhibition held to commemorate its 10th anniversary in Ahmedabad, February 27, It is time to rethink the death penalty.

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

Britain extraditing Gujarat riots accused to India to face trial. HC acquits 14, upholds life sentence of 17 in Sardarpura case. Gujarat HC sentences 11 to life imprisonment in post-Godhra riot case. ,and responsibility, self-regulation a must for the media.