Gujarat High Court Changed The Death Sentence Of 11 Convicts Into Life Imprisonment
The Gujarat High Court on Monday ruled on the appeals challenging the decision of the Special Court of SIT on the case of burning of train bins in Godhra in 2002, challenging the conviction and acquittal of the accused. The court has convicted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment. That is, now in the whole case all the culprits have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
The S-6 compartment of Sabarmati Express was handed over to Godhra Station on February 27, 2002, after which riots broke out in entire Gujarat. There were 59 people in this compartment, mostly in ‘car servants’ who returned from Ayodhya. The special court of SIT had convicted 31 people in the case on March 1, 2011 and acquitted 63. 11 convicts were sentenced to death while 20 were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Later, in the High Court filed a number of appeals challenging conviction, while the state government has challenged the acquittal of 63 people. The special court convicted 31 prosecutions of the prosecution that there was conspiracy behind the incident. The culprits were convicted of murder, attempt to murder and under the sections of the criminal conspiracy.
The case that has been running for the last 15 years has seen many ups and downs. Let’s know what happened in this case in 15 years and when it happened .
27 February 2002
59 Carousel were killed in an fire in S-6 coach of Sabarmati train near Godhra railway station and an FIR was registered against some 1500 people in this case. It is said that the crowd in this train was put on fire by using gasoline, which has also been admitted by the Nanavati Commission which is investigating the Godhra carnage. After this, communal riots broke out in the state and more than 1200 people died in that. Many people were arrested for the fire.
March 3, 2002
Anti-terrorism ordinance i.e. POTA was imposed against those who were arrested in connection with the burning of the train, although it was later withdrawn.
March 6, 2002
After the riots, the government appointed a commission to check the fire in the train and to investigate the riots followed. After that, the police filed a criminal conspiracy case against all the accused.
March 25, 2002
Under pressure from the Central Government, the POTA imposed on the accused on March 3 was lifted.
18 February 2003
In 2003, once again the terrorism law was imposed against the accused. However, later the Supreme Court had banned any judicial hearing in this case.
September 21, 2004
In 2004, the UPA formed a government and put an end to POTA law.
The investigation by the UC Banerjee Committee, in its initial report, said that the fire in S-6 was an accident and dismissed the fear that the fire was imposed by external elements.
October 13, 2006
The Gujarat High Court rejects the UC Banerjee Committee declining to be invalid and said that the fire was just an accident. After that an inquiry commission was created in 2008 and the inquiry was submitted to the Nanavati Commission, which said that the fire was not an accident but a conspiracy.
18th January 2011
The Supreme Court lifted the ban on taking judicial action in the matter.
22 February 2011
Special court acquitted 31 people in Godhra and acquitted 63 others.
March 1, 2011
Special court sentences 11 to death in Godhra , 20 sentenced to life imprisonment After that in the year 2014, the Nanavati Commission handed over its final report to the then Chief Minister Anandiben Patel after 12 years of inquiry into the Gujarat riots.
In the Naroda Patia area during the riots that killed 97 people in the aftermath of the Godhra train burning. This genocide took place on February 28, 2002. 33 people were injured in the riots. This incident took place on February 27, 2002. one day after the Sabarmati Express was burnt in Godhra. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad called for a closure on February 28, 2002. Meanwhile, a mob in the Naroda Patiya area attacked the minority community.
Naroda Patiya Scandal’s case began in August 2009 and charges against 62 accused were registered. During the hearing, an accused Vijay Shetty was killed. The court recorded statements of 327 people during the hearing. Among them were journalists, many victims, doctors, police officers and government officials.