Many lives could have been saved on Wednesday when the Sabarmati Express was set ablaze by arsonists at Godhra, if the Railway Protection Force jawans had not left the spot following stone pelting by miscreants, according to a witness.
Travelling ticket examiner Sajjanlal Raniwal, who was in charge of S-3 and S-4 three-tier coaches of the Sabarmati Express said on Thursday that an armed Railway Protection Force party had reached the spot soon after the incident.
Despite being armed with rifles, they, however, fled in panic as soon as miscreants started throwing stones on them, Raniwal claimed.
After that, he said, miscreants, equipped with sharp-edged and deadly weapons, virtually brought about a reign of terror for more than an hour and finally set ablaze S-6 sleeper coach, which was accommodating nearly 125 passengers, including 65 reserved ones.
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