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Anti-Terror Charges Over Godhra Attack

The authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat plan to charge more than 70 people under the country’s new anti-terrorism laws. Almost 80 people have so far been arrested over their alleged involvement in the fire-bombing of a train last February in which almost 60 people – mostly Hindus – were killed. Officials said the decision to use the anti-terror laws, introduced last year, came following the interrogation of a Muslim cleric they say helped plot the attack. The attack, in the town of Godhra, led to some of the worst sectarian clashes in the state and left more than 1000 people – mainly Muslim – dead. India’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) allows the authorities to detain terror-related suspects for up to 90 days without trial. Full Story

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