CPI(M) demands CBI probe into Godhra train fire, riots

New Delhi, June 04: CPI(M) today demanded a CBI probe into Godhra train fire and the post-Godhra riots following the findings of the U C Banerjee and the Pota review committees that there was no conspiracy behind the train blaze and the Pota committee recommending withdrawal of charges under the anti-terror law against the accused.

New Delhi, June 04: CPI(M) today demanded a CBI probe into Godhra train fire and the post-Godhra riots following the findings of the U C Banerjee and the Pota review
committees that there was no conspiracy behind the train blaze and the Pota committee recommending withdrawal of charges under the anti-terror law against the accused.

Observing that the Narendra Modi government had "succeeded" in adjourning the proceedings of the Pota court till June 10 seeking more time to study the report of the Central Pota Review Committee (CPRC), the party said "the dilatory tactics of the administration in Gujarat is understandable.

"The state-sponsored communal carnage in Gujarat was justified by the state government and the BJP as a reaction to the terrorist act of setting fire to the Sabarmati Express coach S-6, allegedly torching to death the karsevaks returning from Ayodhya. This was described as a terrorist act and subsequent ghastly carnage was justified as a 'response'", Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said in an editorial in the latest issue of CPI(M) organ 'People's Democracy'.

Maintaining that the party was in possession of the CPRC report, he quoted the Pota panel report as saying, "In our opinion this is a simple case of unlawful assembly committing various offences under the Indian Penal Code and other special acts but certainly not under the provisions of Pota.

"On the well established principle of appreciating the special provisions of terrorist law, so called members of this mob are exempt from requisite means rea,” the CPRC report was quoted as saying.

Bureau Report

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