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Trial judge examines S-6 coach at Godhra railway station

The judge conducting the trial in the Godhra train burning incident of 2002, visited the site of offense at the railway station in Panchmahal district.



Ahmedabad: The judge conducting the trial in
the Godhra train burning incident of 2002, on Sunday visited the
site of offense at the railway station in Panchmahal district.

Judge P R Patel, along with special public prosecutors
in the case and defense advocates and other officials visited
the Godhra railway station and examined the S-6 coach in which
59 people, most of them karsevaks, were killed on February 27,
2002.

Following the train burning incident, communal violence
broke out in many places of the state.

According to one of the special public prosecutors in
the case, J M Panchal, a judge can exercise his right to visit
the place of incidence under the Section 310 of the Criminal
Procedure Code (CrPC).

He said they also went to the Aman guest house where it
is alleged that the entire conspiracy was hatched.

Panchal further said they visited the petrol pump from
where it is alleged that the fuel used to burn the S-6 coach
was supplied from.

The judge also went to some other places mentioned in
the investigation reports before retuning to Ahmedabad, he
added.

The trial of the Godhra train burning incident is on
inside the Sabarmati jail premises and over 245 witnesses have
been examined by the prosecutors, Panchal said.

The public prosecutor said only a few witnesses in the
case were left to be examined.

The Supreme Court had last month ordered that the
trial in the Godhra train burning case and eight others which
were investigated by the special investigation team (SIT)
should continue as scheduled.

It had, however, told the judges not to pass judgement
in any of the cases until further orders, while hearing a
bunch of petitions alleging unsatisfactory investigation by
the SIT.

PTI

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