No, the list doesn’t show terrorists from the Godhra Massacre rather it’s from the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blast!

Claim

List of 49 Islamists who burnt 56 Hindus including 20 kids alive. They even closed the doors of the train bogie so that nobody managed to escape. This was one of the most brutal terrorist attacks but sadly hardly anybody talks about it. #GodhraMassacre

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Explanation

The Godhra train fire happened on February 27, 2002, when a fire inside the Sabarmati Express near the Godhra railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat claimed the lives of fifty-nine Hindu pilgrims and Karsevaks who were returning from Ayodhya. It’s still unclear what started the fire.

In this instance, yesterday, a list of 49 men was featured in a viral image on social media. This post claims, “these 49 Islamists are the ones who burned 56 Hindus alive, including 20 children. To ensure no one could escape, they even shut the train bogie’s doors. Unfortunately, very few people discuss this terrorist attack, despite it being one of the most horrific.” The post is shared with hashtags like Godhra Massacre. You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

We started our analysis with a simple reverse image search along with relevant keywords on Google. This led us to some reports from 2022.

According to the Zee News article, “In the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blast case, the Special Court has announced the punishment against the culprits, in which out of 49 culprits, the death sentence has been announced against 38, while 11 have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The court had already declared these people guilty and their punishment was announced. The 21 serial blasts that took place in Ahmedabad on 26 July 2008 shocked the entire country.

It is noteworthy that in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts, 56 people were killed and about 200 people were injured. It was the date of 26 July 2008 when 21 bomb blasts took place one after the other within 70 minutes in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat.

The responsibility for these blasts in Ahmedabad was taken by extremist organizations named Indian Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami.”

As we read the entire article, we noticed that the news had been using the same widely shared image of 49 terrorists.

When we intensified our search, we got another article from the Hindustan Times listing the names of the convicts. As we read it, we discovered that the names of the 49 terrorists in the picture accurately match the names of the prisoners in this case.

All this clarifies that the claim image showing 49 men responsible for the Godhra massacre is completely false and misleading.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the widely shared picture depicts the Ahmedabad 2008 serial blast perpetrators rather than the 49 terrorists implicated in the Godhra incident.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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