Ahmedabad: Security has been stepped up in
the city and Godhra town on Monday on the 10th anniversary of the
Sabarmati train carnage, which left 59 people dead and
triggered large-scale communal violence in Gujarat in 2002
claiming over 1200 lives.
The VHP has organised prayers ceremonies here and in
Godhra to remember victims of the train carnage, while the
post-Godhra riot victims and family would be gathering to seek
justice for the deceased.
Following the events planned by VHP and NGOs to mark the
anniversary today, additional police have been deployed in
sensitive parts of the city and Godhra, police said.
The units of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have been
ordered to be on alert in case of emergency, they added.
VHP international general secretary Praveen Togadia will
lead a rally to the S-6 Coach, now kept at the Godhra Railway
yard and pay homage to those killed in the incident.
Also, as many as 45 NGOs today came together to commence
a 10-day event `Insaf ki dagar par`, that would focus on the
2002 riots and the subsequent pursuit of justice for victims.
Besides, many other peace rallies, sufi sangeet meets,
exhibitions, poetry recitation, dialogues with the victims and
prayers by different bodies are lined up for the day.
The victims of Gulburg Society at Meghaninagar here where
ex-MP Ehsan Jaffery was killed by rioters along with 68
others, will gather at the Society and read out verses from
the holy Quran.