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Godhra not preplanned
|In a significant development, New Delhi TV (NDTV) on 3 May disclosed that Godhra train violence was not pre-planned. Hitherto the BJP government at both the centre and in Gujarat state has been claiming that the incident which they say led to the anti-Muslim pogroms was a "pre-planned conspiracy". NDTV reported that investigating officials have now confirmed that they have found no evidence so far of any wider conspiracy. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Godhra has written to the Rail Board, discounting the pre-planned conspiracy theory. It says the violence was the result of events at the Godhra station itself on February 27.
The RPF document says: "A large number of activists of the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad were in the train. They were shouting provocative slogans… There was an altercation between the activists and a few hawkers, who were selling eatables, on the issue of payment. The vendors were from the local Muslim community."
NDTV quoted other investigating officials from the state railway police confirmed this. Gujarat state government had jumped to conclusions same day of the train incident and started claiming that it was pre-planned and engineered by the Pakistan Military Intelligence (ISI). q
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