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Godhra carnage accused arrested from Malegaon

B-33, GODHRA - 270203 - FEBRUARY 27, 2003 - GODHRA: INSIDE VIEW OF THE BURNT COACH S-6 OF THE ILL-FATED SABARMATI EXPRESS ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE GHASTLY INCIDENT AT GODHRA RAILWAY STATION ON THURSDAY. PTI PHOTO  

Gujarat police have arrested Imran Batuk, one of the key accused in Godhra carnage case, more than 14 years after the attack on Sabarmati Express in which 59 persons, mainly kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya, were charred to death near Godhra railway station in Feburary 2002.

The accused was nabbed from Malegoan in Maharashtra, where he had been hiding after he was fled from Godhra following the incident. On Wednesday, he was brought to Ahmedabad by the city crime branch police personnel.

"We arrested him following a tip off in Malegaon. He was hiding there and was involved in illegal sand mining," said a senior officer from the crime branch.

His is the fifth such arrest in last one year. Earlier in May, Gujarat's Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) had >arrested Farooq Bhana from Mumbai where he had become a realty broker. Bhana was also a key accused and was one of the masterminds of the train burning case.

Two other absconding accused Kadir Abdul Gani and Hussain Suleman were also >nabbed by the State police in July last year. A few days later, another absconding accused Kasam Ibrahim was >arrested near Dahod railway station.

Following the carnage, the State was engulfed in a widespread communal riots in which more than 1,200 people were massacred across the State in 2002.

In 2011, a special trial court, which conducted trial under POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Activities Act) >had convicted 31 of the 94 persons named in the charge sheet. Out of 31 convicts, 11 were sentenced to death by the trial court, which had held that the attack on the train was a "pre-planned conspiracy."

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