New Delhi: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) court on Thursday anounced its verdict on the massacre of 69 people in the 2002 post-Godhra riots. The court acquitted 36 of the 66 accused while 24 people were convicted. 5 people have died during the course of the case and one person is missing. Out of the 66 people who are accused, 9 have served 14 years in prison.
The 24 people among the 66 who were convicted earlier have been taken to jail. The SIT court has said that their is no proof that the massacre at Gulbarg Society was organised.
Zakia Jahfri, wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jahfri who was charred to death, said that her fight for justice will continue. On November 2007, the Gujarat High Court had dismissed a petition of Zakia Jahfri demanding the court’s directive to register a complaint against 63 people including the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
11 have been convicted under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code — whoever commits murder shall be punished with death, or imprisoned for life, and shall also be liable for fine.
Of the accused, 11 people have been convicted for murder, and 13 other people have been charged with less graver offences.
Quantum of sentence will be announced on June 6.
The case pertains to the Gulberg Society in Gujarat in which these people including the former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri were killed.
Bipin Patil, sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator has been acquitted. The trial had begun in September 2009.