Pune, India (PressExposure) February 24, 2012 -- Ten years ago an incident in Gujarat shook the nation; everyone was in mourning post the communal violence in the state. About fifty-eight people lost their lives in an incident that took place in Godhra on 27th February, 2002 when a mob attacked a train full of people. How has life been for those who were caught at the vortex of violence on that fateful day? Have they finally reached a closure, or have the scars of a divided society healed? CNN IBN Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai takes you through this special episode on Sunday, 26th February 2012 at 10:00 am and 8:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.
This week marks the completion of a decade of the horrendous train fire and the communal carnage that followed, which consumed thousands of innocent lives. According to railway reports, the Sabarmati Express reached Godhra railway station at 07:43 am, with many Hindu pilgrims on their way back from a ceremony in Ayodhya. After its scheduled 5 minute halt, the train was pulling out when someone pulled the chain to stop it, and stones were pelted at the train by a gathered communal crowd. The train left the platform of the station, but was stopped again near a railway cabin where a large mob attacked it. A coach (S-6) reserved for ladies and containing mostly women and children, was burnt down to ashes. A total of 58 people including 23 men, 15 women and 20 children were asphyxiated in the smoke. This incident was followed by gory riots across Gujarat affecting thousands of lives.
The state administration claims to have moved on after this unforgettable incident. It maintains that peace and development have taken the state into another course. Scared by the carnage, followed by riots, has the small city of Godhra moved on?
Into a journey to find some answers in the town where it all began, CNN IBN Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai will take you through this heart wrenching episode. Watch all this and much more on Reportaaz at 10:00 am and 8:30 pm on Sunday, 26th February 2012 only on IBN-Lokmat.