Godhra train attack: Gujarat ATS arrests key accused Farooq Bhana after 14 years

Uttar Pradesh : A man accused of plotting the attack on the Sabarmati Express train that killed 59 people in Gujarat’s Godhra in February 2002 has been arrested.

Farooq Bhana, a former corporator of Godhra municipality, was on Wednesday arrested in Panchmahal district’s Kalol, where he planned to meet his family.

According to reports, Bhana, who was arrested by Gujarat police’s anti-terrorist squad, attended a meeting of about 20 people in Godhra on February 27, 2002.

The meeting allegedly planned a mob attack hours later on the train, which was carrying Hindu activists returning from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. As many as 59 people were killed after coach number S-6 of the train was torched.

The attack was followed by communal riots in Gujarat that killed more than 1,100 people.