Godhra train burning

Godhra Train Burning

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<!---->The Godhra train burning () was an incident in which a sleeper coach on a passenger train was set on fire in 2002 by a group in Godhra, Gujarat, India in a conspiracy. 59 Hindu pilgrim passengers coming from Ayodhya were killed

The event triggered widespread violence in Gujarat, resulting in the deaths of about 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus.

History

Godhra has a history of communal riots, many of which have been documented by Asghar Ali Engineer, along with the internecine social dynamics.

A majority of Muslims in Godhra belong to the impoverished Ghanchi community. At the time of partition the Ghanchis were supporters of the Muslim League and were also known to be quite militant and aggressive.

Earlier riots involved Muslim Ghanchis and Hindu Sindhis:
  • 1947-48 riots
  • 1953-55 riots
  • 1965 riots
  • 1980-81 riots
  • 1985 riots


The army was called to curb disturbances in 1948, 1953–55, and 1985.

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