The CPI(M) today sought speedy conclusion of all Gujarat riot cases,saying two-thirds of the accused in the Godhra case were released only after they spent eight years in jail.
“Two-thirds of those who have been accused,kept in jail for nearly eight years,have been released. All have been exonerated. Remaining some have been given death sentence the others have been given life imprisonment”,CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said,reacting to the Godhra verdict.
Eleven convicts in the Godhra train burning case were today handed down death sentence and 20 others given life imprisonment by a special court. The 2002 incident,which left 59 ‘karsevaks’ dead,triggered riots which claimed over 1200 lives in Gujarat.
Maintaining that the verdict would be challenged in the High Court,Yechury said “likewise,we are saying that and all post-Godhra riot cases “must also be speedily concluded and justice must be delivered”.
Asked whether he considered the train burning incident an accident as described by the U C Banerjee Commission,he said “I don’t know,the judicial process is on. There are conflicting reports. You had U C Banerjee report,which said that this was merely an accident. That is there on record”.
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