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Gujarat HC holds 10 guilty of murder in post-Godhra riots case

A decade after a trial court acquitted 27 people on the charge of killing a father-daughter duo at Meda Adraj in Kadi tehsil of Mehsana district during post-Godhra riots, the Gujarat High Court on Thursday reversed the judgment and held ten of the 27

India TV News Desk, Ahmedabad [ Published on: July 22, 2016 12:47 IST ]
Gujarat HC holds 10 guilty of murder in post-Godhra riots
Gujarat HC holds 10 guilty of murder in post-Godhra riots case

A decade after a trial court acquitted 27 people on the charge of killing a father-daughter duo at Meda Adraj in Kadi tehsil of Mehsana district during post-Godhra riots, the Gujarat High Court on Thursday reversed the judgment and held ten of the 27 accused guilty in the case.

A division bench of Justices Anant Dave and BN Karia said that it will pronounce the quantum of punishment on August 4.

A fast-track court in Mehsana had acquitted all the 27 accused on June 14, 2005.

The incident had taken place on March 3, 2002, a few days after the Godhra train burning incident.

A mob of around 200 persons encircled the victims Kalu Miyan Saiyed and his daughter Hasina Bibi in the compound of one Joitaram Prajapati in the village, and burnt them alive.

Six eyewitnesses testified against the accused.

The state government and complainants had challenged the trial courts verdict.

The HC convicted ten people under sections 302 (murder), 148 and 149 (unlawful assembly) and 436 (mischief by fire) of IPC.

With PTI Inputs

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