The victims of Ode massacre have hailed the judgment saying that the conviction of 23 accused have brought the justice they have been seeking for past 10 years.
Mujid M Malek who had lost 16 members of his family at Pirawali Bhagol,said he was satisfied with the verdict. Malek said he left the village following the rioting in 2002 and still doesnt want to go back as he still feels scared. At present he lives in Dhundra village in Dakor taluka with his four children.
Firozkhan Pathan,46,had settled back in Ode town three years back. His house is located at Pirawali Bhagol where 23 people were burnt alive. He also said with this verdict he believes such incidents will not be repeated. Some of his relatives were killed in the massacre.
Hailing the verdict,Rafiq Khalifa,the complainant,said the judgment is a lesson for every community. Khalifa had also ran away from Ode following the riots in 2002. He settled in relief camp located at Anand.