Gujarat Government alleges that, on 27th February 2002, the fire which caused the tragic death of 58 passengers in the S6 coach of the ill-fated Sabarmati Express was started from inside by pouring over 120 litres of petrol and setting it on fire as part of a pre-planned conspiracy. However the evidence on record completely disproves Gujarat Government’s theory of Petrol or any other liquid fuel.
Besides the 58 passengers who tragically died in the S6 Coach of Sabarmati Express, 60 or so passengers who were also in the same coach were fortunate to escape death by jumping before they got asphyxiated. All these passengers were treated at the Government Hospital at Godhra or Civil Hospital at Ahmedabad and injury certificates were issued and were placed before Nanavati Commission appointed by Gujarat Government. TruthOfGujarat will soon upload all the injury reports to show that not a single passenger that jumped out of S6 coach had suffered any burns below the waist. In fact the reports show that such passengers had suffered burns mainly on their faces, necks or shoulders and they were also suffering from breathing problems and eye problems. These passengers had managed to escape through the two doors of the S6 coach and through some windows which they had broken. These passengers could escape upto thirty minutes after the fire had started and the coach was already filled with smoke. The Superintendent of Police Raju Bhargava was an eye-witness to these facts and had deposed before the Nanavati Commission and has stated the following in his cross-examination by Dr. Mukul Sinha.
Exhibit No. 86.
Witness No. 31
From the Railway Station I could see the smoke. I had seen the passengers coming out of the burning coach while I was proceedings toward the coach and also while talking on my mobile telephone with the Collector. Right from Garnala I had proceeded towards the train walking on the right side of the train. I had not personally helped any passenger in coming out of that coach but the passengers were themselves coming out of the coach. They were coming out of the door on the Godhra side. I had not seen any person of GRP or RPF taking out passengers through the door towards the Baroda side. I had seen Ten to Twelve passengers coming out of that coach. Before I had seen passengers coming out, some other passengers had already come out of that coach. I cannot say how many passengers came out from that coach. Out of the passengers who come out of that coach, some were injured and some were not injured. The injuries which I noticed on the passengers were on the upper part of their bodies. Mostly their hair were burnt. Their faces had become black and there were some injuries on their hands and the shoulder parts of their bodies. I had not noticed any injury below their waist portion.
Some photographers who were present in the two hospitals took pictures of the injured people who had escaped from S6 and we are reproducing some of the pictures here.
It is evident from the injury patterns in the above pictures that all injuries are above the waist. If the fire in the S6 coach was due to 120 litres of petrol being thrown on the floor of the coach, then such injury patterns are an impossibility. A petrol fire would cause injuries would would burn all the passengers leg upwards and chances of escape would be minimal. This in turn would completely negate the Gujarat Government’s allegation that the burning of the coach was a pre-planned conspiracy.