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Godhra case: NGO objects forensic report

india Updated: Apr 04, 2007 19:12 IST

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An NGO on Wednesday objected to the report given by state directorate of forensic science on the burning of S-6 coach of the Sabarmati express train at Godhra on February 27, 2002, and filed an application in this regard before the Nanavati-Shah Commission.

The application, to object the claim made by the report tabled on March 20, 2002 regarding the presence of petrol and the presence of residue of petrol hydrocarbons in the samples collected form inside and outside the coach, was filed by the NGO 'Jansangarsh Manch' before the Commission probing the train burning incident and subsequent riots.

Stating the objections, the applicant said that an independent panel of experts had set aside the theory put forward by the government. The application also said that the various technical graphs produced by the government were false.

"During his cross-examination (before the commission) a forensic official named Talati had also submitted certain graphs claiming that the said graphs were the gas chromatographs of the samples collected from the site," the application stated.

"On enquiry with experts the applicant has learnt that as per international standards, the peak of the chromotographs for each of the compounds are extremely sharp and are accurate upto the second decimal digit.

Thus when comparing any peak of any sample with a controlled material, the peaks should match upto the second decimal point, for the sampel to be identified and declared same as the controlled material", the application said.

The applicant also submitted that the chromotograph of the samples submitted by the DFS do not match at all, as the findings of the independent experts.

The applicant has also sought for the forensic officer Talati to be re-examined by the Commission. It also prayed that the government be directed to produce the receipts of the petrol that was reportedly bought from a pump in Godhra town a day before the tain burning incident and also summon the pump owner Kalabhai.

Fifty-nine people returning from Ayodhya were killed in the incident on February 27, 2002. The Commission said it will discuss on the application on April 11.

In another development during the commission proceedings today, the Gujarat government filed an application inviting the two retired judges to inspect any railway coach to understand its braking system that includes the vacuum pipe.

In its application, the government said that they had the statement of a section engineer of the carriage and wagon department of the Railways and would like to explain it in the presence of the commissions members and before an actual coach.

The braking system of the train and especially the Sabarmati express has been a much-debated one with the government initially claiming that a lever was tampered with from the outside of the coach.

However, it was pointed out by Jansangarsh Manch that the working of that patricular lever had been modified by the Railways in all coaches much before the train carnage incident and it could not have been tampered from outside as claimed by the Gujarat government.