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24 convicted for Gulberg killings

DECCAN CHRONICLE WITH AGENCY INPUTS
Published Jun 3, 2016, 1:51 am IST
Updated Jun 3, 2016, 1:51 am IST
Gulberg Society massacre took place after Sabarmati Express coach was burnt near Godhra on February 27, 2002 killing 58 kar sevaks.
Bipin Patel, who is acquitted in the case, is a sitting BJP corporator from Asarva seat. He was also corporator in 2002 when the massacre happened and won the election for fourth consecutive term last year .
 Bipin Patel, who is acquitted in the case, is a sitting BJP corporator from Asarva seat. He was also corporator in 2002 when the massacre happened and won the election for fourth consecutive term last year .

Ahmedabad: The D-day arrived after 14 years, but left a bitter-sweet taste in the mouths of those who were expecting complete deliverance.

A special court on Thursday delivered its verdict in the gruesome massacre of 69 persons, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, in Ahmedabad’s Gulberg Society on February 28, 2002, convicting 24 of the 66 accused, and acquitted 36, including sitting BJP corporator Bipin Patel. Of the 24 found guilty, 11 were charged with murder, and 13, including VHP leader Atul Vaidya, convicted for lesser offences.

 

Special court judge P.B. Desai said there was no evidence of criminal conspiracy in the case. The conspiracy charge was dropped against all. The quantum of sentence for those convicted in the case will be delivered on June 6.

Reacting to the judgment, Zakia Jafri, wife of Ehsan Jafri, expressed disappointment, saying all of the accused should have been punished because they killed people and destroyed their property.

“I saw them doing so with my own eyes,” she said, adding that as a woman she did not have the courage to demand capital punishment but they should get stringent punishment.

 

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Location: India, Gujarat, Ahmedabad




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