Guj Govt Mum on CBI Probe of Shanti Express Burning

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Ahmedabad: Even as CBI has taken over the probe into the burning of S-3 coach of Shanti Express at Gandhinagar railway station on November 1, 2004, the state government remains tight lipped on reasons behind recommending the investigation 11 years after the incident.

The CBI, on recommendations of the state government, had registered an FIR against unknown accused on June 6 and simultaneously submitted an application in the Gandhinagar court, to take over the probe which was granted by the court on June 22.

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The Gujarat Railway Police had submitted a closure report into the incident —in which on injuries were reported — in 2005. Now, 10 years after it was filed the decision to recommend CBI inquiry has raised many questions. Sources say the case was unsolved and hence the CBI was called in.

The burning of the coach had become a major issue. There is a conspiracy theory behind the burning of S6 coach of Sabarmati Express at Godhra in 2002 that which had drawn parallels with the Shanti Express burning. Even Justice (Retd) U.C.Banerjee Committee set up by the then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav to probe the Godhra incident had visited Gandhinagar to have a look at the burnt coach of Shanti Express.

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