Gujarat Special Court Convicts 24 Persons In The 2002 Gulbarg Society Massacre Case

More than 14 years on, a special trial court convicted 24 persons in the 2002 Gulbarg society massacre case. Eleven of them were convicted of murder and the rest of arson and rioting among other charges.

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The 11 accused have been convicted under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 302 (murder), 153 (a) 1 (spreading communal disharmony), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 452 (tress passing) among others. The 13 convicts have been charged for attempt to murder (307), spreading religious enmity, communal disharmony, unlawful assembly, rioting among others.
A total of 69 people, including a former parliamentarian, were killed in this post-Godhra communal riot in Gujarat. Special Court acquitted 36 persons for "lack of evidence" including sitting BJP corporator from the Asarwa Area Bipin Patel. The court also ruled that the Gulbarg Massacre "was not a pre-planned conspiracy".
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