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"Godhra conspiracy theory bogus"

Thursday 7 December 2006, by DASGUPTA*Manas

No information about kar sevaks’ journey; chain pulling from outside train not possible

No second chain pulling on station outskirts No unusual movement before train arrival

AHMEDABAD: Jansangharsha Manch advocate Mukul Sinha, fighting the 2002 Gujarat riot cases on behalf of the victims, on Tuesday sought to demolish the "theory of conspiracy" in the Godhra train carnage advanced by the State Government and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Summing up his arguments before the G.T. Nanavati-K.G. Shah Judicial Inquiry Commission, Dr. Sinha, quoting from affidavits filed by senior police and railway officials and "independent witnesses," said circumstantial evidence did not support the conspiracy theory.

There was "absolutely no information" about the journey by kar sevaks aboard the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002; there was no possibility of chain pulling by the alleged conspirators from outside the train; and there was no second chain pulling on the outskirts of the Godhra station platform, where coach S-6 was allegedly set on fire, Dr. Sinha said.

All affidavits filed by the security personnel, including Director-General of Police K. Charavarthy and the Railway Protection Force, mentioned that there was no prior information of kar sevaks travelling by the train, the counsel added.

See online : The Hindu

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