Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Death Sentence of 11 Convicts Commuted to Life Term in Godhra Verdict

Death Sentence of 11 Convicts Commuted to Life Term in Godhra Verdict

The Gujarat High Court, on Monday, commuted death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment in the Godhra train carnage case of 2002. It has uphold the death sentence of 20 other convicts in Godhra case.

The High Court on Monday also directed the government and Railways to pay Rs 10 lakh each to families of those killed in the train burning.

At least 59 people had lost their lives when the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was torched at the Godhra Railway Station on February 27, 2002.

Later, several appeals were filed in the high court challenging the convictions, while the Gujarat government questioned the acquittal of the 63 people. The subsequent large-scale riots that took place across Gujarat led to the death of 790 Muslims and 253 Hindus while another 250 people went missing. After stone-pelting, they locked the doors of the S6 coach from outside, poured petrol inside and set it on fire. According to PTI, the special SIT court had on March 1, 2011 convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 in the case.

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The SIT Court, while describing the Godhra train burning incident as a rarest of the rare, noted that the crime was executed through a well-planned conspiracy.

11 of the 31 convicts were given the death penalty while the remaining were given life imprisonment.

A commission appointed by the central government, whose appointment was later held to be unconstitutional, stated that the fire had been an accident.

He had hatched the conspiracy to attack the Sabarmati Express train at his guest house along with Bilal Hussain Kalota. The incident had triggered large-scale riots in Gujarat in which around, reportedly, 1,000 people were killed.

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