Godhra train carnage convict dies in jail
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One of the 31 convicts in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case died of a suspected cardiac arrest in Vadodara Central Jail on Sunday afternoon.
The convict has been identified as Saukat alias Bhano Farook Abdul Sattar Pataliya (33).
Pataliya was one of the 20 convicts in the case who were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special trial court in March last year. Eleven other accused in the case were awarded death sentence by the special court then.
Pataliya reportedly complained of uneasiness at around 2.30 pm inside jail following which he was rushed to the nearby SSG Hospital by jail authorities. But, doctors at the hospital declared him brought dead.
The doctors said the cause of Pataliya's death would be known only after his post mortem on Monday.
Raopura police has registered the incident and an inquiry has been ordered. The inquiry would be carried out by in-charge Assistant Commissioner of Police M M Malek.
Vadodara Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said, "He suddenly became ill. He was taken to hospital where he died. The cause of his death will be known after post mortem." Sharma added that a report would be filed with National Human Rights Commission in this regard.
After learning about the incident, Pataliya's relatives including his maternal uncle Ramjani Yusuf Mohan reached the hospital to claim the body.
"A relative in Vadodara called me to inform that Saukat was not well. By the time I reached here from Godhra, he was dead," Mohan said.
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