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Cock and Bull Godhra Report – Exclusive(Repost ; Orininally posted by Ravinder Singh

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Cock and Bull Godhra Report – Exclusive
by Ravinder Singh

I don’t know why Indian press including TOI has not yet analyzed
Godhra Report that exposed gross incompetence of Modi government,
abuse of judiciary and crookedness of judges’ hand picked by Modi. Was
it bribed?

These reports are monitored by Human Rights Organizations, tarnishing
the image of Indian Judiciary and expose rotten Constitutional
Institutions.

http://home. gujarat.gov. in/homedepartmen t/downloads/ godharaincident. pdf

9. ---- No counsel for the Commission could be appointed because of
some difficulties. --.

12. ------Thus in all, 46,494 statements/affidavi ts were received by
the Commission. Out of them 2019 were statements/affidavi ts filed by
the Government officers and 44445 statements/ affidavits were received
from the public.

Can we believe in Modi Gujarat that signed Rs.12 lakh crore MoU
recently could not find any counsel to assist Godhra Commission in a
state of 60million in 2000 days? Counsels study and analyze evidence
in over hundred thousands of pages and are basically eyes and ears of
the commission were denied to Godhra Commission in Gujarat . This left
little option for Godhra Commission to toe the lines dictated by
councils of state nominated by Modi. There is ample evidence of it in
the Godhra Report.

31. Sabarmati Express train had arrived at Godhra railway station at
7.43 a.m. Its scheduled halt at Godhra railway station was of 5
minutes. During that halt of 5 minutes some incidents are stated to
have happened. The Ramsevaks had a qurrel with Siddiq Bakar, a tea
vendor. He was given two stick blows. Some other Ramsevaks had beaten
one Siraj and also Mohmed Latika. The fourth incident stated to have
happened was an attempt to abduct Sofiyabanu a Muslim girl standing on
the platform by a Ramsevak by pulling her towards the train. During
that halt at the Station, there was pelting of stones on the front
side of the train, by the persons standing outside the station. Some
passengers standing on the platform had also thrown stones towards
those persons. Two police constables had made the passengers sit in
the train and disperse the outsider.

From the last line of the Godhra Report when two constables were said
to have disperse the crowd points to one thing only there were few
miscreants not an organized crowd or mob – there was no preplanning
and drivers had clear view ahead otherwise wouldn’t have started
moving train. In pictures one could see high boundary wall run along
rail track (there is no break in the wall as stated by Godhra
Commission) so it was impossible for a mob to assemble and indulge in
arson.

48. Shri Ramfersing, (W-40) working as a Line Inspector in the
Telephone Department in Gujarat was returning with his family members
from his native place in Uttar Pradesh. He had boarded the train at
Lucknow . He had reservation for berths 62, 63 and 64 in coach no.S-6.
He had found that berths reserved by him were occupied by the
Karsevaks. Only after repeated requests made by him the Karsevaks had
vacated only one lower berth for him and his family members.
Satishkumar (W-41) had reservation for berths 33, 34 and 35 but had to
be satisfied with one berth only which was vacated for him and his
family by the Karsevaks. Govindsing, (W-46) an army Subedar had
reservation for berth no. 9. That berth was occupied by female
Karsevaks and they did not allow him to occupy that berth, He could
manage to get one seat on berth no. 32. Punamkumari (W-49) was
travelling with her father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law and
her son and had reservation for berths 18, 19, 20 and 21. Only one
berth was vacated by the Karsevaks for them. Lalanprasad (W-44) had
reservation for berths 8 and 72. He was allowed to occupy only one
berth. Shilaben Virpal (W-47) who was travelling with her husband and
daughter-in- law had reservation for berths Nos.58, 59 and 61.The
Karsevaks had refused to vacate those berths and, therefore, they had
to sit on the floor near those berths. Ramnaresh (W-1015) had to sit
with his family members near latrines along with 20 to 25 other
persons who were already sitting there .He was not allowed to occupy
any of the berths reserved by him . So also passenger Virpal had to
sit on the floor of the coach. He had complained to the T.T.E but was
told by the T.T.E. that it was impossible for him to do anything in
those circumstances. The evidence and statements of other passengers
who had travelled in that coach disclose almost the same thing about
over crowding in that coach.

25. The train was heavily over crowded. Apart from other passengers,
there were about 2200 Ramsevaks travelling therein. Most of them had
no reserved accommodation.

There is no evidence of Narindra Modi sponsored Yatris have reserved
even one seat. Number of free traveling Yatris could be even 3000. For
35 hours in each directions 1200 legal passengers, majority of them
women or children were forced to take one sleeper for entire family.
Men, women and children were held hostage for 35 hours, humiliated,
molested forced entire family them to sleep on one berth. It started
on 22nd evening and ended on 27th morning.

Break up of casualty figure is 22 men, 27 women and 10 children. DNA
tests could have proved almost all were relatives and surely none was
Yatris. Most strangely Godhra Report didn’t list the 48 injured who
could have provided vital clues.

1. A ghastly incident of fire in coach S/6 of Sabarmati Express train
happened in the morning of 27-2-2002, near Godhra railway station, in
which 59 passengers travelling in that coach were burnt alive. Amongst
the victims 27 were women and 10 were children. Other 48 passengers
had also received injuries. Most of the victims were Ramsevaks (also
referred to as Karsevaks). This incident (hereinafter referred to as
‘Godhra incident’) had happened sometime between 8.00 a.m. and 8.20
a.m. near ‘A’ cabin within the Godhra railway yard. Sabarmati Express
train had started from Muzaffarpur on 25-2-2002 and on its way to
Ahmedabad about 2000 to 2200 Ramsevaks had boarded the train from
Ayodhya. They had earlier gone from Gujarat to Ayodhya at the instance
of Vishva Hindu Parishad to take part in ‘Purnahuti Maha Yagna’, which
was a part of ‘Ram Temple Nirman’ programme organized by some Hindu
religious organizations.

Train started on 22nd evening and arrived at Godhra on 27th 7:45 AM no
arrangement was made for Yatris security, and food all along the route
when journey time was 2X35 hours. Godhra Commission didn’t try to
ascertain who cooked food for them and where.

23. Movement for renovation of the Ram temple at Ayodhya was started
in 1993. A ‘Sansad’ of Hindu religious organizations had met at Prayag
in January, 2001 to fix a programme for ‘Ram Temple Nirman’ i.e.
construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya. The programme had started with
‘Jalabhishek’ and was followed by ‘Jap Yagna’. As disclosed by the
statement of Vishva Hindu Parishad, lacs of persons through-out the
country had participated in the ‘Jap Yagna’. On completion thereof
‘Purnahuti Maha Yagna’ was arranged at Ayodhya. It was to start on
24.2.2002. Vishva Hindu Parishad is a leading Hindu religious
organization and had played a prominent role in this programme. It had
decided that its members who had taken part in the ‘Jap Yagna’ would
go to Ayodhya for the ‘Purnahuti Maha Yagna’. It had also decided that
from Gujarat initially three batches of Ramsevaks, each consisting of
about 2000 persons, would go to Ayodhya for taking part in that Yagna
which was to go on for 100 days. The first batch of Ramsevaks was to
consist of 2000 persons from the central and north Gujarat area. It
was to leave Ahmedabad by Sabarmati Express train on 22.2.2002 and
return to Gujarat again by the same train leaving Ayodhya on
25.2.2002. The second batch was to consist of Ramsevaks of south
Gujarat and it was to leave on 24.2.2002 and return on 27.2.2002.The
third batch of Ramsevaks of Saurashtra area was to leave on 26.2.2002
and return on 3.3.2002. Accordingly the first batch of 2200 Ramsevaks,
led by its General Secretary, had left Gujarat on 23.2.2002.They had
started their return journey on 25.2.2002.

DSP Raju Bhargav was first officer to reach the burning coach at 8:15
AM he didn’t see any hostile mob pelting stones or even carrying
inflammable materials, he didn’t smell anything foul. He met only 4-5
RPF men that also don’t indicate big crowd would have attacked the
train. “He has stated that he had seen Mohmmad Hussain Kalota,
President of the Godhra Municipality and Haji Bilal, a Municipal
Councilor standing near the fire fighter but he had not seen any crowd
near them. He had not met any PSI in charge of a mobile van.”

But most important disclosure was fire started from under the berths
is indicated by the large bluish material that leaked from the burning
coach in the middle of the coach on P-139 that confirms his
observation and supports Justice Bannerjee findings.

130. Babubhai who was in charge of Alpha mobile and had rushed to the
station, in his police statement dated 8-3-2002, had stated that he
had seen a mob near Signal Falia throwing stones on the train. One
coach of the train was already set on fire. He had, therefore, sent a
message to send Fire Brigade immediately. He had ordered firing of
tear gas shells for dispersing the mob. He had seen Godhra Municipal
Presient Shri Kalota and municipal councilor Haji Bilal in that mob..
They were inciting the Muslims. He had then gone near the train and
rendered help to the passengers.. His wireless operator Jashwantsinh
in his statement dated 8-3-2002 and Armed police constables Vinubhai
and Dalpatsinh in their statements to the police made on 9-3-2002,
have stated the same thing.

131. Sureshgiri Mohangiri Gosai ( W-30 ) was working as a fireman in
the Fire Brigade maintained by the Godhra municipality. He has stated
that they had received a vardhy at 8-20 a.m. that there was fire in
Sabarmati Express train near Signal Falia and, therefore, a fire
fighter be sent there immediately. So he had gone there with a fire
fighter, It was obstructed by a mob of about 1500 to 2000 persons near
old Octroi naka near Signal Falia. It was a mob of Muslims. At that
time Bilal Haji had come there on a motor cycle and had by gestures of
his hand incited the mob to stop the fire fighter there. Thereupon
some persons in the mob had thrown stones on the fire fighter. The
driver of the fire fighter had then driven the vehicle in such a way
that the mob had to move away. They had then taken their vehicle below
the culvert and then near the train. He has further stated that while
they were trying to extinguish the fire, stones were pelted on the
train. The fire was extinguished by about 11-00 a.m. In reply to a
question put to him by one of the parties, he has stated that 1500 to
2000 persons whom he had seen were in small mobs. He had reached near
the train at about 8-30 a.m. As a result of stones thrown by the mob
one or two persons on the fire fighter had received injuries. Some
persons in the mob had sticks, pipes etc. with them. An attempt was
made to show that since he was on the back side of the fire fighter,
he could not have seen what was in front of the fire fighter. However,
the witness has in terms stated that he had himself seen the mob which
was near Signal Falia. He himself had seen stones falling on the train
and it was for that reason the he had stated that there was pelting of
stones on the train. This witness is also an independent witness who
had nothing to do with the Ramsevaks or the railway staff or even the
police. His evidence thus establishes that there was a mob near Signal
Falia and that mob had tried to prevent the fire fighter from
proceeding further towards the train by obstructing it. His evidence
also established that the said mob was instigated by leaders like Haji
Bilal, Abdul Rehman and others.

132 DSP Raju Bhargav, ( W-31 ) has stated that on 27-2-2002 he and his
staff were making preparations for annual inspection by Spl. I.G.P.
Vadodara Range, at their police headquarter. At about 08.05 hrs. he
was informed by the Control Room that Sabarmati Express train carrying
Karsevaks was stopped at Godhra station and it was not being allowed
to start. He had, therefore, rushed to the railway station after
directing his RSI to come to the place of the incident with all
policemen present at the parade ground. While he was proceeding to the
railway station, he had heard on wireless that a coach of the train
was set on fire. He had reached the railway station at about 08.15
hrs. On inquiring about the incident, he was informed that “a train
coach had been set on fire near cabin ‘A’. He had then proceeded
towards ‘A’ cabin via Signal Falia. He had inquired from one of the
four police guards of GRP as to what had happened and he was informed
that “the train was stopped and there was heavy stone pelting on the
train and then they had fired some rounds.” He had found that the
passengers were in an agitated mood because the train was attacked.
While he was trying to pacify them some policemen had come there from
the headquarter. He had placed them all along the track for protecting
the passengers from any further attack. He had then informed Spl.
I.G.P. Vadodara Range , Vadodara at 08.26 Hrs. about the situation. He
had also informed the District Collector about it and requested her to
make arrangement for S.T.Buses and vehicles for shifting the
passengers.

133 Replying to the questions put to him by the parties, he has stated
that when he had gone near the passengers and asked four GRP guards
and some RPF men who were standing there as to what had happened, he
was told by one of them that the train was stopped and there was heavy
stone pelting on the train and that they had fired some rounds to
disperse those mobs. He was also told that stones were pelted from the
side of Signal Falia. By the time he had reached near the burning
coach (S/6), it was about 8-25 a.m. He had immediately thereafter
informed the Collector for making necessary arrangements for safety of
the passengers. The passengers were in an agitated mood because the
train was attacked and many men were injured and killed by the mob
which had come there. While he was there he had not seen any mob
throwing stones on the train but had seen some onlookers. In reply to
a question put by Jan Sangharsh Manch, he has stated that injuries
which he had noticed on the passengers were on the upper part of their
bodies and that he had not noticed any injury below their waist. He
was also asked questions about the parts of the coach where he had
seen flames. He has further stated that he had come to know that the
fire had started from below a berth of that coach, but the passengers
had not made it clear which berth it was. He has also stated that he
had come to know that the passengers inside the coach ( S/6 ) had
moved from Godhra side to Vadodara side to escape the fire. On being
questioned as to whether he could smell any inflammable fuel, he has
stated that he had no time or opportunity to form any opinion as to
how the coach had caught fire. The persons whom he had seen standing
little away from the railway track were onlookers and they were not
aggressive. Replying to the suggestions, he has stated that from the
information that he had gathered from the passengers, he had come to
know that there was some scuffle when the train was at the station.
Then there was chain pulling immediately after the train had started.
Again there was chain pulling when the train had moved away from the
platform and thereafter there was heavy pelting of stones on the
train. As regards the cause for the scuffle on the platform, he was
given two versions. One version was that there was a dispute regarding
payment to one tea vendor and the other version was that an attempt
was made by one karsevak to pull a Muslim girl and take her inside the
train. He has stated that he had seen Mohmmad Hussain Kalota,
President of the Godhra Municipality and Haji Bilal, a Municipal
Councilor standing near the fire fighter but he had not seen any crowd
near them. He had not met any PSI in charge of a mobile van. In view
of the situation which had developed there, each officer was
performing his duty according to what he had thought fit. In the
Signal Falia it is not unusual for 400 to 500 persons to collect at
any time and at the time of namaz even more persons usually collect in
that area. The Police Parade Ground is about 2 Kms. away from Godhra
railway station and in a small vehicle it would take 7 to 8 minutes to
reach the station from the Parade ground. It was suggested that he had
not reached the Station before 8.30 a.m. The witness has denied that
suggestion and he appears to be right as he had already informed the
Collector from the Station at about 8.26 a.m. that there was fire in
the train and considering the then prevailing situation immediate
arrangements were required to be made to shift the passengers. On
consideration of the evidence, it appears that he had reached the
station at about 8.20 a.m. and near the train at about 8.25 a.m.
Obviously, after reaching there he must have made an inquiry as to
what had happened. Therefore, his version that he had inquired from
police guards and the passengers what had happened and that he was
informed by them that there was chain pulling and after the train had
stopped there was heavy pelting of stones and the police was required
to resort to firing to disperse the attacking mob. He was an officer
of a high rank and from the evidence that he has given, it clearly
appears that he has given a truthful version of what he had come to
know and what he had seen. By the time he had reached near the train
firing had already taken place and therefore, most of the persons in
the mob were likely to have gone away from that place. He therefore,
appears to be right when he states that he had not noticed a hostile
mob near the train and the persons who were seen there were merely
onlookers.

Most importantly the train was five hours late and was scheduled to
reach Godhra 2.55 AM, though we know information of late running of
trains is easily available but no criminal will execute such act of
arson in day time- 8 AM when 5-6 trains arrive and depart Godhra at
peak time.

Role of 2200 Yatris who illegally occupied Sabarmati Coaches was not
explained who were all supposed to be armed with Trishuls.

Similarly organizers role who ought to have arranged for safe travel
of their members and their names too were not disclosed..

Ravinder Singh

April20, 2009

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