Gujarat observes 10 years of Godhra

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 06:05 hrs

Gujarat on Monday observed the tenth anniversary of Godhra train massacre that had triggered one of the worst communal riots in India in 2002.

Security has been stepped up across Gujarat on Monday.

The Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has planned to organize a remembrance meet later in the day for those who were killed in the attack.

VHP International general secretary Praveen Togadia is likely to lead a rally to the gutted S-6 coach that is kept at the Godhra rail-yard to pay homage to the people who were killed in the tragedy.

At Ahmedabad´s Gulbarg Society a meeting has been planned to pay a tribute to the 69 people, who were killed in the evening of February 28, 2002 when a rioting mob attacked the housing society.

The state will witness several peace rallies, sufi meets and poetry recitations throughout the day to mark the tragedy that had shocked the west Indian state.

Fifty-eight people, mostly kar-sevaks, were burnt to death in the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express train near Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002.

The death of 59 people triggered the riots in which nearly 1200 people were killed in Gujarat.

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