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Bail Rejected Over Godhra Attack

A court in the Indian state of Gujarat has refused to grant bail to 56 people charged in connection with a train attack last year. The accused have been charged under the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota). More than 70 people have so far been arrested for alleged involvement in the fire-bombing of the train in the town of Godhra last February in which almost 60 people – mostly Hindus – were killed. The attack led to some of the worst sectarian clashes seen in the state and left more than 1,000 people – mainly Muslims – dead. 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. India’s Prevention of Terrorism Act allows the authorities to detain terror-related suspects for up to 90 days without trial. Full Story

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