New Delhi: The Gujarat High Court on Monday sentenced seven persons, guilty of killing three Muslims during Godhra Riots to life imprisonment. Of the seven accused, three of them were acquitted by the trial court.
A mob had attacked the Muslim residents near Valana village on Feb 28, 2002 killing two people on the spot and another succumbing to injuries at a hospital in Ahmedabad.
According to Indian Express, the division bench of justices Harsha Devani and Biren Vaishnav pronounced the quantum of sentence while awarding them life imprisonment. Out of seven accused three had been acquitted by a trial court in 2011 while four others were convicted for lesser offences such as attempt to murder, unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurts with sharp weapon. The division bench enhanced their sentences and found them guilty of murder among other charges.
The seven persons involved in the killing of three Muslims are Satabhai alias Haider Gela Bharwad, Naranbhai Samantbhai Bharwad, Udaji Ranchhodbhai Thakor, Valabhai Gelabhai Bharwad, Viththal alias Kuchiyo Moti Bharwad, Mulabhai Gelabhai Bharwad and Merabhai Gelabhai Bharwad.