2002 Visnagar riots: HC admits appeals

The Gujarat High Court has admitted two appeals challenging a fast-track court order that acquitted all 120 accused in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Visnagar,where two elderly Muslims were killed and their bodies were never recovered.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ahmedabad | Published:April 19, 2013 5:00 am

The Gujarat High Court has admitted two appeals challenging a fast-track court order that acquitted all 120 accused in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Visnagar,where two elderly Muslims were killed and their bodies were never recovered.

A division bench of Justices M R Shah and S H Vora on Wednesday admitted the appeal filed by Mustakali Mohamedbhai Shaikh,sole eye-witness in the case.

The High Court had on March 14,2013,admitted the state government’s petition in the same case and ordered to issue bailable warrants aganist all the accused who were acquitted by the trial court.

The court has now ordered that both the appeals would be heard together.

“On February 28,2002 a mob of 150 people had attacked Muslim Mohalla in Umata town of Visnagar (in Mehsana) in which two elderly men,including a retired school teacher,were killed. Attackers took away their bodies,which were never recovered,” said advocate Iqbal Sheikh,who is representing Mustakali in the case.

The two who were killed were identified as Mohammad Ibrahim Shaikh (65) and Mansuri Abdul Ibrahim (60).

More than 100 houses were burnt down during the violence in Visnagar.

The then assistant sub-inspector of Visnagar police had registered the complaint and filed three chargesheets against 120 accused. The trial was held in a fast-track court in Visnagar,which acquitted all the accused on April 27,2012,giving them benefit of the doubt.

Appeals against this judgment will be heard jointly by the court soon.

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