The judgment in the second 2002 massacre case reported from Malav Bhagol in Ode town of Anand district is expected to be pronounced on May 4. A special trial court for the case declared the date for pronouncement of the judgment on Monday.
Three persons of a family were burnt to death by a violent mob near Malav Bhagol area of Ode on March 1,2002,two days after the Sabarmati Express was attacked near Godhra railway station. However,no body was recovered subsequently and the three are presumed dead now.
This was one of the nine post-Godhra riots cases that were handed over to the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team for further investigation. Under the direction of the SC,special courts have also been appointed to conduct trial of these cases.
Total 41 accused are undergoing trial in the Malav Bhagol case,four of whom were arraigned after some victims and witnesses moved an application to this effect.
In another case reported from the Pirawali Bhagol area of the town,a special trial court recently convicted 23 persons; 18 of them got life imprisonment and five were awarded rigorous imprisonment for seven years.
Like the Pirawali Bhagol case,most of the accused in this massacre case are also from politically influential Patel community.