Gulberg Society Massacre Verdict
- Gayathri Mathivanan
- June 17, 2016, 4:30 AM
The special investigation court had found 24 people guilty on June 2, 11 of them of murder, in the 14-year-old case. The special SIT court on Friday sentenced 11 convicted in Gulberg society massacre case to life imprisonment till death. The remaining 12 convicts were awarded 7 years imprisonment each, while one convict was given a 10-year sentence.
69 people, including former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, were killed during a mob attack on the society on February 28, 2002, a day after Sabarmati Express burning incident in Godhra, Gujarat.
The Gulberg incident was one of the nine cases of the Gujarat riots probed by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT. A mob of 400 people had attacked Gulberg society during the riots, which were triggered after a coach of the Sabarmati Express was set on fire, killing 58 people, including karsevaks, near Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002.
"The court said the 2002 incident was the darkest day in civil society," said RC Kodekar, Public Prosecutor.
Reacting to the verdict given by special SIT court n the Gulberg Society massacre, wife of victim, Zakir Jafri and activist Teesta Setalvad expressed disappointment with the quantum of sentence awarded.
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