Gulberg society massacre: Sentence on Friday, murder convict surrenders in court after 14 years

Kailash Dhobi is one of 11 persons convicted for murder and other offences, and is listed as accused number 1 by the SIT in the Gulberg society massacre case.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: June 14, 2016 3:32 am
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The special trial court will pronounce the quantum of sentence to 24 convicts in the Gulberg Society massacre case on Friday.

Special judge P B Desai, who on Monday fixed the date for pronouncing quantum of sentence, had on June 2 convicted 11 under serious charges, and 13 for minor offences. It acquitted 36 accused.

The 11 were found guilty of murder, unlawful assembly, loot and arson among other offences, while 12 were convicted for unlawful assembly, arson and loot. One accused was convicted for attempt to murder, unlawful assembly and other charges.

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Meanwhile, Kailash Dhobi, convicted for murder, showed up in the court after he jumped parole in January. He was sent to Sabarmati Central Jail.

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Dhobi was accused number 1, held for killing at least six people during the riots. He was in jail since 2002 till he was granted relief in December. The court had recently asked authorities to arrest him as early as possible.

The prosecution, the Supreme Court appointed-SIT, has sought death sentence or life in jail till death for all the convicts, arguing they all have been held guilty for unlawful assembly, which meant that they had a common objective — to kill people from the minority community.

On the other hand, the victims’ lawyer did not seek death for any of the convicts, but argued that they be given harshest punishment like life imprisonment till death. The victims’ lawyer also demanded that all convicts be punished for the major offence.

However, the defence lawyers opposed these submissions on the ground that the court did not believe the allegation of conspiracy, and therefore, the punishment should be given for individual acts.

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  1. R
    Jun 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    Meanwhile, even after 32 years there have zero convictions in the 1984 CONgi genocide of Sikhs. Yet, no "seculars" or pre-ssutes are talking about it.
  2. S
    Jun 17, 2016 at 7:09 am
    Rajesh is biased against some. All incidents of 1984 Sikh macre in Delhi were not organized by Congress leaders. There were some other players in the field active and they were systematic in eliminating life of several Sikh community members in a very disciplined manner. Who were those disciplined killers ? They were not congressmen or common men who got agitated due to the sudden death of Mrs. hi. The then leadership of these disciplined killers supported Congressmen on the macre and even accused Sikh community people for protesting against the killings.
  3. S
    Jun 17, 2016 at 7:03 am
    The contrast is obvious. We read news items of some particular community members spending their prime years of life in jail and come out after the court decides they are innocent. As against this, some convicted are allowed to spend their prime years with all freedom and surrender to court only after the final verdict is handed out.