Godhra Train Burning: Death Sentence To 11 Convicts Changed To Life Imprisonment

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| October 9 , 2017 , 11:42 IST

The Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of 11 persons convicted in the 2002 Godhra train burning case into life imprisonment.

The 11 convicts that had been sentenced to deaths are Abdul Razzak Kurkur, Ismail Suleja, Jabbir Benyamin Behra, Ramzani Binyamin Behra, Mehboob Hassan alias Latiko, Siraj Bala, Irfan Kalandar, Irfan Patadia, Hassan Lalu, Mehboob Chanda and Salim Zarda. 

Coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002 when it was returning from Ayodhya, carrying mostly 'kar sevaks' was burned down at the Godhra station resulting in the death of 59 people and triggering riots in the state. The subsequent large-scale riots that took place across Gujarat led to the death of 790 Muslims and 253 Hindus while another 250 people went missing. 

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In wake of the tragedy, the Gujarat government appointed the Nanavati Commission to investigate the incident.

"The Commission comes to the conclusion that burning of coach S/6 was a pre-planned act. In other words, there was a conspiracy to burn coach S/6 of the Sabarmati Express train coming from Ayodhya and to cause harm to the kar sevaks travelling in that coach," said a report submitted by the commission. 

After investigations into the incident, a special SIT court on March 1, 2011, convicted 31 people in connection with the 2002 Godhra train burning case and acquitted 63. From the accused, 11 people were sentenced to death and 20 were given sentences of life imprisonment.