Godhra train burning case: Verdict out! Big relief from Gujarat High Court to 11 death row convicts

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Published: October 9, 2017 11:33:14 AM

Godhra train burning case: Coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express, in which 59 people, mostly 'kar sevaks' returning from Ayodhya were travelling, was burnt on February 27, 2002 at the Godhra station, triggering riots in the state.

Godhra riots, Godhra train burning case, Godhra riots verdict, Gujarat, Gujarat High Court, kar sevaks, ayodhya, sabarmati express train, godhra station, godhra junctionIt’s a big relief to 11 death row convicts of Godhra train burning case. (Express photo)

In a big relief to 11 death row convicts of Godhra train burning case, Gujarat High Court had commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts into life imprisonment. The major development came after the Gujarat High Court pronounced its verdict on a set of appeals challenging convictions and acquittals by a special SIT court in the 2002 Godhra train coach burning case.

The special SIT court had on March 1, 2011 convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 in the case. While 11 people were sentenced to death, 20 were given life in jail. Later, several appeals were filed in the High Court challenging the conviction, while the state government had questioned the acquittal of 63 people, according to PTI.

The court had convicted 31 people while accepting the prosecution’s contention that there was a conspiracy behind the incident. All the 31 were convicted under IPC sections related to murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy.

Godhra train burning case

Coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express, in which 59 people, mostly ‘kar sevaks’ returning from Ayodhya were travelling, was burnt on February 27, 2002 at the Godhra station, triggering riots in the state.

Nanavati Commission report

The Nanavati Commission, appointed by the Gujarat government to probe the carnage, had concluded that the fire in the S-6 coach was not an accident, but it was set ablaze.

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