Gulbarg Society massacre: 11 get lifer; 12 jailed for seven years

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A special SIT court on 17 June awarded 11 accused life imprisonment for a period of 14 years for the Gulbarg Society massacre in which 69 people had died during the Gujarat riots in 2002 and awarded 12 guilty of arson etc seven years in jail.

On 2 June, the court convicted 24 people out of 66 accused in the case. This was more than 14 years after the incident. While 36 people were acquitted for lack of proof against them, five had died during the trial and one was missing.

Among those acquitted was Bipin Patel, a four-time BJP corporator accused of being part of the mob and charged with murder.

The verdict came 14 years after a large mob attacked Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad killing 69 people, including former Congress lawmaker Ehsan Jafri.

The special Special Investigation Team (SIT) court had also dismissed the charge of criminal conspiracy against all the 66 accused, saying there was no evidence to suggest a conspiracy.

On 13 June, the court had announced that it would pronounce the quantum of sentence on 17 June.