Yakub Pataliya (63), an accused in the 2002 Godhra train carnage was arrested from Godhra by a team of B Division police in the town on Tuesday. The Gujarat Police had received a tip-off that he was spotted in a locality this morning.
An official stated, “During patrolling, a team of Godhra B Division police received information about the presence of the accused. He was arrested soon after”.
It is informed that, he will be handed over to the Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Pataliya is charged with of being a part of the mob that torched the coaches of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002, killing 59 kar sevaks and triggering state-wide riots.
An FIR was registered against him in September 2002 and he faces charges under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 143 and 149 (unlawful assembly), 147 and 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons), 332 and 352 (causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 153 A (causing enmity among members of different religious g groups), among others as well as certain sections of the Railways Act.