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Godhra accused hide in Mumbai

Godhra accused hide in Mumbai

Author: Leena Misra
Publication: The Times Of India (Ahemadabad Ed)
Date: May 29, 2002

Three months after the Godhra carnage which claimed 59 lives, the investigations are expected to take the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to Mumbai where some of the main accused, all belonging to Godhra, are said to have taken sanctuary.

This leads the investigators to believe that many of the accused may have links with the underworld, especially after it was found that one of the accused in the Chhota Rajan shootout in Bangkok a year ago, belonged to Godhra!

Although the chargesheet against the 57 accused books them under sections 143, 147, 148 (rioting), 436 (arson), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 120B (conspiracy), the investigators have yet to find substantial evidence on the conspiracy theory. Officials argue, ''There won't be anything in writing to indicate that it was a conspiracy unless someone confesses.''

At this point, the police is on a look out for 44 of the absconders including Razzak Kurkur who was booked for murder in 1982 and is a resident of the infamous Signal falia housing Ghanchi Muslims. ''Kurkur is the self-styled leader of the unlicensed tea vendors on the railway station and ran several illegal activities there,'' says a senior CID (crime) officer.

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