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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Court convicts 24 persons in 2002 Gulberg Society riots case

A Special Court today convicted 24 persons and acquitted 36 people in the 2002 Gulberg Society riots case, in which 69 people were killed.
The court posted sentencing in the case for June 6. The court has also ruled that the riots were not a pre-planned conspiracy.

Fourteen years after a mob attacked the Gulberg society at Chamanpura in Ahmedabad on February 22, 2002, killing 69 persons. A total of 66 people were charged, out of which six died during the course of trial.

The court completed the trial in September 2015 but was restrained by the apex court from pronouncing its verdict.

Subsequently, the apex court directed the trial court to pass the verdict by May 31st.

The case was among the nine most crucial cases which were reinvestigated by the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation team (SIT) headed by former CBI director R.K. Raghavan. A total 338 witnesses had been examined by the court during the trial.

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