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NGO refutes Govt's conspiracy theory on Godhra

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Ahmedabad, Dec 5 (UNI) Debunking the Gujarat government's conspiracy theory on the Sabarmati Express carnage incident of February 2002, Jan Sangharsh Manch today submitted records of evidence before the Godhra panel to prove that the incident was more a fallout of a fight between the Kar sevaks and the locals, rather than any pre-planned conspiracy.

Making a power point presentation before the Nanavati-Shah Commission, Dr Mukul Sinha, advocate of the Manch, an NGO representing the victims of the communal riots that followed in its aftermath, said that the train had been stopped because of chain pulling from inside and not by any outside forces.

The coaches of the Sabarmati Express were fitted with vacuum brakes and these brakes could be operated by the 'Alarm chain pulling' system from inside the coaches, he stressed.

Quoting a Railway circular, he said, ''A modification had been made in the ACP way back in 1995 to prevent unauthorised travellers from operating the system from outside the coach. This modification had been done by bifurcating the alarm signal rod connecting the alarm disc on one end and the alarm valve (clappet valve) on the other end. This bifurcation mechanism would ensure that the rotation of the alarm signal will not operate from outside.'' Also refuting the Government's and the VHP's contention that the ''conspirators'' of the carnage had pre-planned the attack on kar sevaks, Dr Sinha said the depositions made by various police officers, including the then DGP K A Chakravarthy, Godhra DSP Raju Bhargav and then State Intelligence bureau chief R B Sreekumar, point to the fact that no one (other than the VHP) had any prior knowledge about the movement of kar sevaks in the train.

''There is no documentary and oral evidence on record of the Commission that any person in Gujarat knew about the specific travel date of the kar sevaks'', he said.

''Hence, the fundamental link in the conspiracy theory breaks down'', he pointed out.

Terming the conspiracy theory of the Government as ''concocted'', Dr Sinha said the situation in Godhra prior to the incident had been normal. The RPF constable on duty Mohan Jadav too had said there was no suspicious movement on the platform before the train's arrival.

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