Godhra police arrested yet another accused, named in the burning of Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002, which killed 59 people. The Local Crime Branch (LCB) sleuths arrested Farooq Hafiz Dantiya from his house in Godhra after they received tip-off of his presence there, on late Thursday night.
Dantiya evaded police arrest for thirteen years after his name cropped up in the FIR and chargesheet prepared by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT), for being a part of the group that allegedly conspired to burn down the ill-fated coach number S-6 on February 27 2002, killing 59 persons, mostly kar sevaks who were returning from Ayodhya.
Police said that Dantiya was living in Godhra all this while. He had managed to escape arrest because he changed his look every now and then.
“Dantiya was arrested from his house located behind Ishaq Mosque in Signal Falia locality, after we received a tip-off that he had come there late Thursday night. Dantiya was absconding for thirteen years after his name figured in the FIR. He was handed over to the SIT in Gandhinagar which is investigating the 2002 carnage case,” said a senior police officer.
Dantiya’s arrest comes nearly three months after three other accused in the same case were arrested from Godhra and Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh, after they managed to evade police arrest for thirteen years.
While accused Abdul Gani Pataliya and Kasam Ibrahim Bharmri were arrested from their Godhra residence, another accused, Hussain Sulaiman Mohan was arrested from Jhabua by the Godhra LCB. Sources in the SIT have said that twelve more accused in the case were absconding and police are constantly looking out for them.
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