A special court on Friday sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment and 12 others to seven years but one of the convicts was sentenced to 10 years in jail in the Gulberg Society massacre case in which 69 people were killed.
The 11 were found guilty of murder, unlawful assembly, loot and arson among other offences, while 12 were convicted for unlawful assembly, arson and loot. One accused was convicted for attempt to murder, unlawful assembly and other charges. Gulberg was one of the worst-affected Muslim localities in Ahmedabad during the post-Godhra riots where 69 people including ex Congress MP Ahsan Jafri were killed on February 28, 2002. The court said the incident was “unfortunate” and a “darkest phase in civil society”. – Indianexpress reported.
Gulbarg Society was one of the worst cases during the 2002 riots in Gujarat. This is the eighth of the nine cases the Supreme Court appointed SIT had probed and whose trial was monitored by the apex court.
The incident had taken place a day after S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was burnt near Godhra train station in which 58 ‘kar sevaks’ returning from Ayodhya were killed.