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Published by: Santosh Kumar Modekurty on May 27, 2011
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•A Sessions Court in Ahmedabad awarded death sentence to 11 people and life term to twenty
others on 1/3/2011. The sentence was pronounced by Additional Sessions Judge PR Patel who
had earlier convicted them of criminal conspiracy in the Sabarmati Express train burning case on
Feb 22nd.

The court had accepted the prosecution's contention that there was a conspiracy behind the
incident and convicted 31 under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) like 302 (murder),
307 (attempt to murder) and 120B(criminal conspiracy).

They were convicted under IPC section 147, 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 323, 324,325,326
(causing hurt), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds), various
sections of the Indian Railways Act, Prevention of Damages to Public Property Act and Bombay
Police Act.

The court had acquitted 63 others out the total 94 for lack of evidence including the alleged
mastermind Maulavi Hussain Umarji. Fifty nine Kar Sevaks traveling in the S6 coach of Sabarmati
Express were burnt alive near the Godhra railway station on February 2002. This incident caused

wide spread communal riots in the State of Gujarat that resulted in the deaths of over 100 people,
most of them Muslims. Justice Patel termed the case as “rarest of rare” and the court has given
the accused 90 days to appeal in the High court.

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