Investigation Finds Indian Train Catastrophe Accident, Not Hate Crime

January 17, 2005

Source: BBC News

On January 17, 2005 the BBC News reported, " An Indian train fire that killed 59 Hindus and provoked deadly religious riots in 2002 was started by accident, a government inquiry has said. Evidence suggests the fire began inside the train, not that it was fire-bombed, an investigating judge decided. Most accounts from the time and since said a Muslim mob threw petrol bombs at the train, starting the blaze. The incident set off days of rioting in Gujarat state in which at least 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, died. Since the train fire, state police have arrested more than 100 Muslims in connection with the incident. About 75 of them remain on remand awaiting trial. No one has been convicted over the train fire. Both Gujarat's inspector-general of police and India's main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were swift to dismiss the inquiry findings."