What really happened in Godhra? We have to know...Readers Please collect entire news regarding Godhra and Gujarath riots....inform the public... We do NOT wantMessage 1 of 1 , May 4, 2005View SourceWhat really happened in Godhra? We have to know...Readers Please collect entire news regarding Godhra and Gujarath riots....inform the public... We do NOT want any more 'gujarath' - RajaniPolice distorted statement: Godhra witness
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Source ::: IANS
AHMEDABAD: A survivor of a train fire that set off the 2002 communal clashes in Gujarat told an inquiry commission yesterday that police statements attributed to him did not match what he had told investigators.
Lallakumar Balkishan Jatav, 36, was travelling in the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express. The bogie was set on fire on February 27, 2002 near Godhra railway station, 130km from here, killing 59 passengers. The tragedy, blamed by Hindu groups on a Muslim mob, sparked off statewide communal violence that left at least 10,000 people, mostly Muslims, dead.
In his deposition before the Nanavati-Shah commission here, Jatav said: �Two police officials had come to my office in Gandhidham (in the border district of Kutch). During about 15-20 minutes of the visit, I answered many questions though I do not remember if they wrote down my replies.�
When the commission read out the statement ostensibly made by him to the police on March 20, 2002, Jatav said its contents did not tally with what he told the two investigators. While the statement in Gujarati - the language Jatav does not know - claims that chain pulling stopped the train after its departure from Godhra station, Jatav said he never made such a remark.
He also said he didn�t know why the train had stopped. He said stone throwing had started only after the train stopped. �I was standing near the door that we closed as some stones landed inside the coach. Some half an hour later, there was smoke and we shouted for opening the door. Some passengers had put their luggage near the door blocking it. The luggage was removed, the door was opened and we came out,� Jatav said.
He added that nobody attacked him after coming out of the coach. Jatav�s statement goes against the state government�s version that a mob had bolted the doors of S-6 from outside. It also matches a statement made by Hariprasad Joshi, another S-6 passenger who deposed before the commission on April 13.
Jatav was questioned again by police from Vadodara on February 7. When read out this statement, he clarified that he had not said that a Muslim mob set the coach on fire.
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