Gulberg massacre case: Court to announce quantum of punishment today

On June 2, Special Court Judge PB Desai had convicted 24 of the 66 accused in the case

By: ANI | Ahmedabad | Published: June 6, 2016 9:03 am
The Gulberg Society massacre, which was part of the 2002 riots in Gujurat, had left 69 dead.

A special Ahmedabad court, which convicted 24 of the 66 accused in the 2002 post-Godhra Gulberg society riots case, will on Monday pronounce the quantum of punishment.

On 2 June, Special Court Judge PB Desai had convicted 24 of the 66 accused in the case, including a VHP leader, which left 69 people including former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri dead.

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He had also acquitted 36 others, including sitting BJP corporator Bipin Patel, and also dropped the conspiracy charge against all accused.

The court said there is no evidence of criminal conspiracy in the case, while dropping Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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Out of the 66 accused, six had died during the trial. Of the 24 convicted, 11 were charged with murder, while 13 others were convicted for lesser offences.

The incident had taken place a day after the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was burnt near Godhra train station on February 27, 2002 during which 58 ‘karsevaks’ were killed.

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