Ahmedabad: A special
fast track court here Tuesday convicted 31 people and acquitted 63
in the Godhra train carnage case in which 59 people on board the
Sabarmati Express were burnt to death, triggering communal frenzy
in Gujarat in 2002.
Maulvi Saeed Umarji, believed to be the prime accused, was
Additional sessions judge P.R. Patel convicted 31 people, accused
of hatching a conspiracy that killed 59 people travelling in S-6
coach of the train Feb 27, 2002. Most of the people killed in the
attack were 'kar sevaks', or volunteers who were returning from
the pilgrim town of Ayodhya.
"The sentence will be announced Feb 25," said Special Public
Prosecutor J.M. Panchal.
The conviction against the 31 was following charges Section 149,
302, 307, 323, 324, 325, 326, 332, 395, 397, and 436 of the Indian
Penal Code and some sections of the Railway Act and Bombay Police
According to the chargesheet filed in the case, 59 people were
killed in the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express when an unidentified
mob of around 900 to 1,000 people attacked it near Godhra railway
station Feb 27, 2002.
The incident, which was labelled as a conspiracy, triggered
state-wide communal violence, in which over 1,000 people, mostly
Muslims, were killed.