Reacting to the verdict given by special an SIT court which sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment in the Gulberg Society massacre, wife of victim, Zakir Jafri and activist Teesta Setalvad on Friday expressed disappointment with the quantum of sentence awarded.
The eleven convicted for murder in the Gulberg Society massacre during the 2002 Gujarat riots, have been handed out life sentences by the special SIT court in Ahmedabad. While 12 others convicted for a lesser offence were awarded seven years in jail, one convict was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
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“We welcome the verdict but we are disappointed, on the lesser sentence,” said Teesta Setalvad.
She also said she would “appeal against the lesser sentence” awarded to the convicts.
“We are not for revenge verdict but reformative justice. On compensation, don’t know what judge said,” she added.
Wife of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, who was also killed in the massacre, also expressed dissatisfaction with the court’s verdict.
“After so many people died, that’s all the court could decide? Just 12 guilty? I am not satisfied. I will have to consult my lawyers again, this is not justice,” said Zakia Jafri.
“A lenient and inadequate sentence which we will challenge in HC,” said SIT counsel RC Kodekar.
The relatives of convicts, however, said they would appeal in higher court against the verdict.
“My brother is innocent, we will go to the SC against this verdict, not fair,” said sister of one of the accused.
As many as 69 people, including former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, were killed during a mob attack on the society on February 28, 2002, a day after the Sabarmati Express burning incident in Godhra.
(With inputs from ANI)