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Godhra train burning: Suspect absconding for 13 years arrested

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All the three were part of a mob that burnt down S6 coach of the train near Godhra railway station, killing 59 kar sevaks.

A man wanted for 13 years in connection with the burning of Sabarmati Express at Godhra in 2002 was arrested Monday from Dahod railway station by officials of the Ahmedabad Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

ATS officials arrested Kasam Ibrahim Bhameri when he was waiting for a train to visit his home town Godhra. This is the third arrest in the case this month, even as 12 accused are still absconding.

ATS inspector B M Desai said Bhameri was being tracked since last one month, and found to be hiding at different locations in Madhya Pradesh. “We received a tip-off that he was planning to visit his family in Godhra, and when was on the way to his home town, our team arrested him from Dahod railway station,” Desai said.

All the three are suspected to be part of a mob that burnt down S6 coach of the train near Godhra railway station, killing 59 kar sevaks. The incident led to widespread communal violence all over the state.

Bhameri, a resident of Signal Falia in Godhra, stayed in Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain and other places in Madhya Pradesh to evade arrest. “We will hand him over to the Special Investigation team (SIT) in Gandhinagar, which is investigating the 2002 riots cases,” Desai said.

On Thursday last week, Godhra crime branch arrested one Hussain Sulaiman Mohan, an accused in the case, from Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh. The crime branch officials on July 16 had arrested Kadir Abdul Gani, another accused in the case.

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