On run for past 16 yrs, Godhra train carnage accused gets caught

accused will be handed over to the Special Investigation Team (SIT)

On run for past 16 yrs, Godhra train carnage accused gets caught

He is been on the run for the last 16 years but the accused of the 2002 Godhra train carnage had his luck run out as he fell in the Gujarat police dragnet.

Identified as Yakub Pataliya, in his sixties, he was arrested from Godhra by a team of B Division police in the town after they received a tip-off that he was spotted in a locality.

It was during patrolling that a team of Godhra B Division police received information about the presence of the accused. He was arrested soon after, police claimed.

The accused will be handed over to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is investigating the case.

Pataliya is accused of being a part of the mob that torched the coaches of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002.

The incident killed 59 kar sevaks and triggered state-wide riots.

Pataliya’s brother, Kadir Pataliya, was also arrested in 2015, and he died while being in jail while undergoing trial.

His other brother, Ayub Pataliya, is serving life imprisonment in Vadodara Central Jail.

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