Verdict in Gulbarg massacre case expected today


Ahemedabad: A special court in Ahemedabad will pronounce the judgment in 2002 Gulbarg society massacre case today that killed 69 people including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri. 69 people were killed in a mob attack during the massive riots in which nearly a thousand Muslims were killed across the state. The judgment in the case has been pending since September last year.

Special Court Judge PB Desai will deliver the judgment, eight months after the trial concluded on September 22, 2015.

The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the case, had directed the SIT court to give its verdict by May 31. There are 66 accused named by the SIT in the case, of which nine are behind bars since 14 years, while others are out on bail.

The case was among the nine most crucial cases re-investigated by a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team headed by RK Raghavan, a former head of CBI in the case.

A mob of over 20,000 people had attacked the Gulbarg society in Chamanpura area near Godhra on February 27, 2002. Thirty-nine bodies were found while remaining people including Jafri and 14-year-old Parsi boy Azhar Mody went missing. Seven years later, the missing was declared dead. The one left, Muzaffar Shaikh, was found alive in 2008.

The incident had taken place a day after S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was burnt near Godhra railways station, where in 58 'karsevaks' were charred to death.