Gandhinagar: The prime accused in 2002 Godhra prepare mob lynching case, which resulted in loss of life of as many as 59 ‘karsevaks’, was arrested from Gujarat’s Godhra city after 19 years. Soon after his arrest, the Panchmahal Police knowledgeable that accused Rafiq Hussain Bhatuk, 51, was a part of the ‘core group’ of culprits concerned within the conspiracy. A mob had torched a coach of Sabarmati Express on the Godhra station in Panchmahal district of Gujarat on February 27, 2002. IN PICS | Disengagement Of Troops In Ladakh’s Pangong Tso Area In Full Swing; China Dismantles Bunkers From Fiction Areas
As per reviews, the Police raided a home close to the Godhra railway station on Sunday evening and nabbed Bhatuk on cost of planning the ugly occasion and inciting a mob to set a railway compartment on fireplace. Police additionally claimed that Bhatuk was concerned in stone-pelting on the prepare bogey and even spilling petrol inside, earlier than it was set on fireplace by different accused.
“Based on a specific tip-off, a team of Godhra police raided a house in Signal Falia area located near the railway station on Sunday night and picked up Bhatuk,” Panchmahal Superintendent of Police Leena Patil advised information company PTI.
“Bhatuk was part of the core group of the accused who had hatched the entire conspiracy, incited the mob and even arranged petrol to torch the train compartment. He fled to Delhi immediately after his name cropped up during investigation. He was facing murder and rioting charges among others,” Patil mentioned.
We have arrested the prime accused in 2002 Godhra prepare burning case after 19 years. He was working at totally different building websites in Delhi: Dr Leena Patil, SP Panchmahal #Gujarat pic.twitter.com/Vf53CLbiyi
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The killing of 59 karsevaks in Godhra triggered one in every of nation’s worse communal riots.
After his identify got here up through the investigation, Bhatuk fled to Delhi. “He is facing murder and rioting charges, among others. Bhatuk worked at railway stations and at construction sites as a labourer in Delhi. He sometimes sold household items on a handcart,” the Police mentioned.
Three different accused within the case – Salim Ibrahim Badam alias Salim Panwala, Shaukat Charkha and Abdulmajid Yousuf Mitha – nonetheless stay at giant and are believed to be in Pakistan.