In a hard hitting Facebook post renowned jurist Justice Markandey Katju has said that the burning of Sabarmati Express in Godhra was the handiwork of Hindu right wing organizations. He said it was done to blame Muslims, communalize the state and then unleash a reign of terror against the minority community.
Though he said he doesn’t have proof to actually prove it in a court of law, circumstances indicate that it must be the case. It should be kept in mind that Markandey Katju is not the first person to make such claims. There have been many reports indicating the same in the past. Around 2000 Muslims were killed across the state of Gujarat in the year 2002 following Sabarmati Express burning.
By Markandey Katju
Many people asked me what proof I had to say that it was some Hindu fundamentalist organization, and not Muslims, who were responsible for the attack and killing of 54 Hindus in Godhra ?
Well it is true I have no direct evidence. But there is something called circumstantial evidence too, and people have even been hanged on the basis of circumstantial evidence.
In cases of circumstantial evidence motive is very important, as every criminal lawyer knows. So we have to ask the question : who would benefit by the killing of the 54 Hindu ‘Rambhakts’ ? It is obviously those who made it a pretext for attacks on Muslims, and communalizing the state of Gujarat. Suddenly Gujarat witnessed a sharp communal divide—the 91% Hindus on one side, and the 9 % Muslims on the other. Who would benefit from this divide, and who actually did ? This reminded me of the Gleiwitz incident on 1st September 1939.
Hitler wanted to invade Poland, but wanted a pretext for doing so. So he got some Germans dressed up in Polish soldiers uniforms, and ordered them to attack a radio station in Germany. After this was done, Hitler announced that it was Poland which had had attacked Germany, not vice versa, and hence the German army was taking ‘ defensive measures ‘, which was a euphemism for a full blown invasion of Poland.
Many people claim that the slaughter of 2000 Muslims in Gujarat was only a ‘ pratikriya ‘ ( reaction ) to the killing of 54 Hindus in Godhra. Well, ‘Kristallnacht’ in Germany in November 1938 was also claimed by the Nazis to be a reaction to the killing of a German diplomat by a Jew in Paris.
In the Nuremburg Trials held after the end of the Second World War in 1945 the truth about both Kristallnacht and the Gleiwitz incident was revealed