Ahmedabad: A special session court will pronounce its verdict on Thursday, for those convicted of the gulberg society massacre in which 69 people were killed during Gujarat riots in 2002. The 69 people including former congress MP Ehsan Jafri were killed during the violence took place in the primarily Muslim populated colony after Sabarmati Express was burnt near Godhra train station in which 'karsevaks' were travelling on February 27, 2002 in which 58 people died.
14 years after the massacre Special Sessions Court Judge PB Desai in his judgment, last week convicted 24 people, including Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Atul Vaidya but rejected the charge of conspiracy. Thirty six persons, including ruling Bharatiya Janata Party municipal corporator Bipin Patel, were acquitted.
The prosecution had sought nothing less than death sentence or jail term till death for all the convicts while the defence lawyers had contested it saying that the incident was impulsive and there were enough provocations for it. Gulberg society case was one of the nine cases of the Gujarat riots probed by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT.