10th Godhra anniversary today,security stepped up

A slew of events are lined up across the state for Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sabarmati Express train carnage in which 59 kar sevaks were killed at Godhra,which was followed by statewide riots.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:February 27, 2012 4:10 am

A slew of events are lined up across the state for Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sabarmati Express train carnage in which 59 kar sevaks were killed at Godhra,which was followed by statewide riots.

A mob had attacked the S-6 coach of the train near the Godhra railway station on the morning of February 27,2002.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has organised a remembrance programme at Godhra. VHP international general secretary Pravin Togadia is going to lead a rally to the S-6 coach — kept at the Godhra railway yard — and pay homage to those killed in the incident.

A number of affected families would also pay homage to the deceased and offer prayers in temples.

Also,to mark the anniversary of the post-Godhra riots,a number of non-government organisations have organised a series of programmes,mostly in Ahmedabad. Various NGOs have come together to organise a 11-day programme,Insaf ki Dagar Par,during which documentaries based on the riots will be screened besides poetry recital and other events.

A similar programme,Dastak — 10 years of Resistance,has been organised by an NGO at Behioural Science Centre on St Xaviers’ College campus.

At Gulberg Society in the Meghaninagar area of Ahemdabad,where former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed with 68 others,the affected families will hold a prayer meeting.

Meanwhile,another NGO — Jan Sangharsh Manch — led by activist Mukul Sinha has decided to go ahead with its planned rally from Panch Kuva to Sardarbaug in Ahmedabad on February 28 even as police have denied permission for the same. Sinha said they have resolved to take out the rally and court arrest.

Condemning the police action not to give permission to hold the rally,JSM,in a statement,said,“The rally was to be attended by a large number of people from Hindu and Muslim communities to declare their resolve to oppose any communal violence in Gujarat.”

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