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Godhra, Sabarmati Express Train Burning Case: Gujarat High Court commutes death sentence of 11 convicts, all 31 get life imprisonment

Team SoOLEGAL 9 Oct 2017 11:23am

Godhra, Sabarmati Express Train Burning Case: Gujarat High Court commutes death sentence of 11 convicts, all 31 get life imprisonment

The Gujarat High Court, today pronounce its verdict on a set of appeals challenging convictions and acquittals by a special SIT court in the 2002 Godhra train coach burning case. 

The case pertains to burning of a coach of the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002 at the Godhra station. The death of 59 people, mostly 'kar sevaks' returning from Ayodhya, in the coach S-6 of the train triggered massive communal riots in the state that resulted in death of over 1000 people. 

Out of 94 accused, the special SIT court had on March 1, 2011 convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 in the case. While 11 people were sentenced to death, 20 were given life in jail. 

Later, several appeals were filed in the High Court challenging the conviction, while the state government had questioned the acquittal of 63 people. 

The court had convicted 31 people while accepting the prosecution's contention that there was a conspiracy behind the incident. 

All the 31 were convicted under IPC sections related to murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy. 

Those acquitted included the prime accused, Maulana Umarji, the then president of Godhra Municipality Mohammad Hussain Kalota, Mohammad Ansari and Nanumiya Chaudhary of Gangapur, Uttar Pradesh. 

The Nanavati Commission, appointed by the Gujarat government to probe the carnage, had concluded that the fire in the S-6 coach was not an accident, but it was set ablaze in a premeditated manner.

Source: indiatvnews


Tagged: Gujarat High Court   Sabarmati Express   IPC sections   Godhra case  
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