A film called Godhra Tak The Terror Trail by a journalist might make people wonder about the persistent focus on Gujarat's terrible days by human rights activists.

But film-maker Shubh-radeep Chakravorty, who was not allowed to show the film in Ahmedabad in Gujrat, insists that it is an attempt to independently investigate what led to the Godhra carnage in which 58 people were burnt alive in coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express.

"I want to make my career as an investigative film-maker and that is why I believe in portraying a balanced view of the whole incident," he told the reporters. "With the help of lawyer Mukul Sinha and forensic expert Dr V N Sehgal, we tried to find out the merits of the conspiracy theory given by the prosecution and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)," says Chakravorty.

In the film, Sehgal explains how he re-examined the damage in the burnt compartment and found it to be 'peculiar' since the floor from the entrance right up to the middle was missing. The petrol or inflammable liquid could have been at seat number 72 though the mysterious factor is that the doors and windows were shut when stones were being pelted by a mob outside. Who could have burnt this coach? Was it just an accident at a critical moment when angry mobs were throwing stones from outside?

The theory of setting the coach on fire from outside has been already questioned by forensic experts.

Whether walking along the tracks from the railway station or gathering behind the bushes on a slope near a gutter, he says, "It is not possible to throw any inflammable liquid when one is standing far below. "

"Moreover, if this is what happened, the existence of the liquid would have shown on the tracks."

In addition, interviews with 'karsevaks'‚ survivors of the Godhra tragedy, VHP leaders Praveenbhai Togadia and Dr Jaydeep Patel, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vinay Katiyar and local residents of Godhra take viewers into the deep mystery of how coach S-6 was torched.

"I even talked to passengers who had actually booked their tickets on S-6 and to victims of violence by 'karsevaks' in other places."

Though Chakravorty talks of a balanced film on a sensitive matter, his political position against the saffron groups is clear.