Ahmedabad: Fourteen years after the Gujarat riots, the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on Wednesday arrested Imran alias Sheru, alleged to have played a key role. The accused arrested from Malegaon in Maharashtra.
Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) arrested Imran alias Sheru, whose name came up in the second chargesheet as one of the core accused, who set several coaches of the train halted at Godhra, on fire, on February 27, 2002. 59 people had been killed in the incident, which had lead to the bloody riots that had engulfed the state of Gujarat, the same year.
The ATS had last year arrested Kasam Ibrahim Bhamedi in connection with this case. Bhamedi was among those who pelted stones and broke the window panes of the S6 coach of Sabarmati Express before it was set ablaze in 2002. Two other accused, Kadir Abdul Gani and Hussain Suleman Mohan, were last year arrested in this case.
A total of 94 people were charged by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team which probed the case. In 2011, 31 people were convicted while the rest were acquitted. While 11 were sentenced to death, the others were given life imprisonment. The appeal petitions are awaiting judgment in the Gujarat High Court.