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'Dhaniya met two accused in Pak'

'Dhaniya met two accused in Pak'a

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: September 5, 2009
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/dhaniya-met-two-accused-in-pak/513200/

Claims by the Gujarat Police that some of the accused in the Godhra train carnage case have taken shelter in Pakistan, has found support in the revelations made by Ibrahim Dhaniya, a co-accused. Dhaniya was caught recently on his return from Karachi.

Investigators said that during his interrogation, he told the police that he had met Salim Panwala and Shaukat Lalu (both accused in the case) several times during his stay at Godhra Colony in Karachi in the last five years.

Dhaniya, however, told his interrogators that he did not know the exact addresses of the two and with whom they were staying.

But he said the duo had relatives in Karachi.

Panchmahals Superintendent of Police J R Mothalia, who is supervising the interrogation of Dhaniya, said that Red Corner notices were already issued against Panwala and Shaukat.

The matter would be taken up with the Pakistani authorities again through Interpol in the wake of Dhaniya's revelations.

Dhaniya was absconding since the Sabarmati Express carnage in February 2002.

He had managed to slip into Pakistan on his passport through the Wagah Border in August 2004 and took shelter with his relatives in Karachi.

Subsequently, his joined him. The couple was caught at the Munabao railway station on August 22 this year, while returning on the Thar Express.

Immigration officials at the station in Barmer district of Rajasthan checked the passports of those returning from Pakistan and found that Dhaniya's passport had been tampered with.

His passport had expired in December 2007, and it was forged to extend its validity till December 2017.

The passport and travel documents of his wife were in correct order though.

Dhaniya was then handed over to Godhra police. He is in police custody till September 7.

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