Banerjee report on Godhra absurd: BJP
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Banerjee report on Godhra absurd: BJP

BJP alleged that inquiry committee lacked credibility.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 18:16 IST

The BJP on Friday dismissed as "absurd" a railway panel report that the fire that killed 59 karsewaks travelling in the Sabarmati Express in 2002 was an accident.

BJP alleged that the inquiry committee appointed by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad lacked credibility.

"This report is absurd and is devoid of any logic," BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar told a news agency.

This happened as Justice UC Banerjee's findings ruled out what the party claims was an arson attack on the karsewaks when they arrived at Godhra in the Sabarmati Express four years ago.

"Even if it is assumed for a moment that the fire was accidental, as the report says, then karsewaks in that case could have fled the coach," he added.

Javadekar alleged that Banerjee's final report on the train fire was a reproduction of the panel's interim findings of last year.

The BJP leader also accused the Railway Minister of having "unsuccessfully" used the same interim report ahead of Bihar elections last year.

"The committee was constituted with political motives by Lalu Prasad whose party used the Gujarat incidents as its main election plank. The results of the report are too therefore politically motivated," Javadekar said.

The BJP, he added, was instead waiting for a court verdict on the Godhra train fire.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 18:19 IST