Godhra bogie was burnt from inside: Report - Times of India



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AHMEDABAD: The mystery over the burning of the S-6

compartment of Sabarmati Express at Godhra on February

27, which killed 59 passengers and set off an

unprecedented spate of communal frenzy all over

Gujarat, has turned deeper with the forensic report on

the incident discounting the possibility of the mob

throwing inflammable liquid from outside and then

setting the bogie on fire.

Investigations made by the Ahmedabad-based Forensic

Science Laboratory (FSL) have now shown that almost 60

litres of inflammable material was poured from inside

the compartment before it was set on fire.

A report by the FSL's Assistant Director Dr M S

Dahiya, which is part of the charge-sheet filed in the

Godhra case about a month back, is based on a study of

the pattern of the burns in the compartment and a

simulated exercise conducted on May 3 to recreate the

incident. The report contradicts the view held so far

that the mob which attacked the train threw

inflammable liquid at the train using buckets and cans

from a distance, even while the passengers had shut

all the windows and doors of the compartment.

To recreate how the crime must have been committed, a

train bogie was placed at the same spot. Using a

variety of different containers, it was doused with

liquid for experimental observation.

The report said the height of the window of the bogie

was found to be seven feet. In these circumstances, it

was not possible to throw inflammable liquids into the

bogie from the outside with the help of a bucket or a

jerry-can because by this method most of the liquid

fell outside the bogie.

At the spot of the incident, at about a distance of 14

feet, there was a mound of gravel-stones about 3 feet

high. It was spread parallel to the bogie for a long

distance. The FSL officials, standing on the mound,

threw water on the windows of the bogie, of which only

about 10 to 15 per cent entered the bogie. The rest

fell on the outside. Since, a major portion of the

inflammable liquid fell on the tracks and around it,

it would have caused damage on the outside of the

bogie and under it.

The report says, "after inspecting the bogie and the

tracks, it was found that there is no effect of fire

below the windows. Taking this fact into account and

the burning pattern on the outside of the bogie, the

conclusion is that no inflammable liquid was thrown

into the bogie from the outside". It further says, "it

also does not look possible that inflammable liquid

was thrown in from the doors of the bogie".

As a next step, using a bucket, about 60 litres of

water was thrown into the passage of the compartment

from one side and then a large part of the bogie was

covered. Water thrown like this went only in one

direction, no part of it flowed outside from the open

doors or in the direction of the latrine.

"On the basis of this experimental observation, the

conclusion is that standing in the passage of the

compartment near seat number 72, using a container

with a wide opening, about 60 litres of inflammable

liquid has been poured and then immediately a fire has

been started in the bogie," the report says.

The FSL report further says that "it appears that

three of the four doors of the compartment were open

when it was burning while all the windows were shut.

The pattern of burning (allegatoring pattern) shows

that the intensity of the heat was four times more

towards the eastern side (towards seat no. 72 of the




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