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The Sabarmati Express is an express train which connects the city of Ahmedabad, India to Darbhanga city in the northern state of Bihar through Ashoknagar. The train may take up to two days to complete the journey. It travels through Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh via Ratlam Junction, Ujjain Junction, Guna Junction, Kanpur Central, Lucknow Junction, Ayodhya, Faizabad, Goshainganj, Mau Junction and Chappra Junction.
On 27 February 2002, the train was stopped outside Godhra station because of the emergency chain being pulled. The train was then attacked and four coaches were burned by a large mob. It has been alleged that the attack was the result of a conspiracy hatched by local Muslims. 58 people, including some Hindu pilgrims who were returning from the holy city of Ayodhya, were trapped and killed in the burning train. That incident is perceived as the trigger for the widespread riots that followed in Godhra as well as the rest of Gujarat in which more than a thousand individuals died, thousands more were rendered homeless and property worth hundreds of crores was lost.
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