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Godhra carnage accused arrested

July 01, 2003 12:18 IST

The Special Investigating Team probing the Godhra train carnage has arrested a core member of the team that allegedly set on fire the S-6 bogie of the Sabarmati Express last year, official sources said in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

Shoaib Yusuf Kalandar was arrested from his residence in Signal Falia locality of Godhra on the night of June 29, they added.

The name of Kalandar, who was absconding since almost a year, was revealed during interrogation of another accused Habib alias Badshah Bin Yamin Vaska, they said.

Kalandar is likely to be produced in the Special POTA court in Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad today for remand.

While the prime conspirator and main accused in the carnage Maulana Hussain Umarji was arrested on February 6, SIT is still on the look out for two other persons -- Faroukh Bhana and Salim Panwala.

Fifty-nine karsevaks, including women and children, were burnt alive when a mob torched the S-6 bogie of Sabarmati Express on February 27, triggering widespread communal riots across Gujarat.

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