Surat: The Gujarat High Court on Monday sentenced seven persons to life imprisonment in a case related to the 2002 post-Godhra riots at Viramgam in the district where three people had been killed. A bench of Justice Harsha Devani and Justice Biren Vaishnav was hearing an appeal filed by the state government against the trial court's decision to acquit these people on charges of murder and unlawful assembly.
According to media reports, the division bench of justices Harsha Devani and Biren Vaishnav pronounced the quantum of sentence while awarding them life imprisonment. Out of seven accused three had been acquitted by a trial court in 2011 while four others were convicted for lesser offences such as attempt to murder, unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurts with sharp weapon.
The division bench enhanced their sentences and found them guilty of murder among other charges. The seven persons involved in the killing of three Muslims are Satabhai alias Haider Gela Bharwad, Naranbhai Samantbhai Bharwad, Udaji Ranchhodbhai Thakor, Valabhai Gelabhai Bharwad, Viththal alias Kuchiyo Moti Bharwad, Mulabhai Gelabhai Bharwad and Merabhai Gelabhai Bharwad.
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