Special court convicts 24 people involved in the massacre
GN Bureau | June 2, 2016
Fourteen years after a mob attacked the Gulbarg society in a Muslim locality of Ahmedabad during 2002 Gujarat riots, killing some 69 people, a special court on Thursday convicted 24 people involved in the massacre.
Here is what you need to know
· The special court, which is under the supreme court's monitoring, has convicted 24 of the 66 accused, out of which 11 have been held guilty of murder and 13 have been held guilty of lesser crimes. Six accused have died during the course of the trial.
· According to reports, BJP corporator Bipin Patel, one of the accused in the case, is among the acquitted. He was the corporator Asarwa area even in 2002 and has won all elections ever since.
· On February 28, a day after the Sabarmati Express was burnt, a mob attacked the Gulbarg society and burnt alive several people and several houses. Many people went missing and were later presumed dead. The death toll was recorded as 69.
· Among the victims was former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri.
· In 2007, the Gujarat high Court dismissed the petition of Zakia Jafri, wife of Ehsan Jafri, seeking the court’s directive for registering a complaint against the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and others.
· In 2008, the apex court directed the Gujarat government to set up a special investigation team to probe into probe into Godhra and post Godhra communal riots cases.
· Hearing of the case started in 2009.
· The trial in the Gulbarg massacre concluded in September 2015.
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