New Delhi: It is a crucial day in the 2002 Godhra train burning case. A special court will on Friday start hearings on the quantum of punishment for the 31 convicted in the case.
They were found guilty of criminal conspiracy and murder among other charges. On Tuesday Prosecutors said they have sought maximum punishment.
The sentence came nine years after the incident where as many as 59 people were killed in the Sabarmati train burning incident which sparked off possibly India’s worst communal riots.
The court has acquitted 63 people including – Maulvi Hussain Umarji – the man the Gujarat police says is the prime conspirator of that tragedy.
The special court in Ahmedabad is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment for the 31 convicts in the 2002 Godhra train burning case on Friday.
As many as 59 people were killed in the incident and it sparked off large-scale communal violence in Gujarat.
Judge PR Patel, who conducted the trial inside the Sabarmati Central Jail premises, would pronounce the quantum of punishment after hearing the 31 accused who have been found guilty of criminal conspiracy and murder, among other charges.
The Court, on February 22, convicted 31 and acquitted 63 others, including the prime conspirator Maulvi Hussain Umarji.
The court accepted the prosecution’s contention that there was a conspiracy behind the incident.
Apart from the charges of murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy, the accused were convicted under IPC sections 147, 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 323, 324, 325, 326 (causing hurt), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds), various sections of the Indian Railways Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and Bombay Police Act.