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2002 Ode massacre: Court visits crime site

The special trial judge for one of the two 2002 Ode Massacre cases,R M Sareen,visited the scene of crime — Malav Bhagol of Ode village — in the presence of witnesses and lawyers on Saturday.

The special trial judge for one of the two 2002 Ode Massacre cases,R M Sareen,visited the scene of crime — Malav Bhagol of Ode village — in the presence of witnesses and lawyers on Saturday.

The court’s visit in the case was quite palpable with significant police bandobast in the village which was previously known as the birth place of acclaimed Gujarati writer,late Joseph Macwan,before it got notoriety for the two massacres in which 27 persons were killed.

Three persons of a family — Kadar Vohra,Ayesha Vohra and Noori Vohra — were burnt to death by a mob near Malav Bhagol area of the village on March 1,2002; two days after the Sabarmati Express was attacked near Godhra Railway Station killing 58 persons which was followed by unprecedented communal riots across Gujarat.

In another such massacre reported from the Pirawali Bhagol area of the same village on the same day,23 Muslims were killed when a mob attacked the two buildings in which around 30 to 32 people had taken shelter.

Some of the key witnesses in the case — complainant Rehana Vohra,Idrish Vohra,Firoz Vohra,Faqir Mohammed Vohra,Rajaq Vohra and Altaf Vohra — were present at the spot.

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Total 41 accused are undergoing trial in the case. Six accused have fled the country and Red Corner Notices have been issued against them.