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Two men jailed for life for setting fire to Coach S6 killing 59 people in Gujarat in February 2002

Two men jailed for life for setting fire to Coach S6 killing 59 people in Gujarat in February 2002
In February 2002, they set fire to the Sabarmati Express train in Gujarat’s Godhra

Judge HC Vora of Gujarat court find two other men guilty today. The prosecution had proved that they were the conspirators in the burning of S6 coach killing 59 passengers, many of whom were devotees returning from Ayodhya. Three others were acquitted. Eight peoples are still absconding in that case.

In February 2002, the two men were amoung many other who set fire to the Sabarmati Express train in Gujarat’s Godhra. The incident resulted in communal riots in India. Trial of more than 100 accused began in June 2009 but many were released over lack of evidence.

Up to now, court had convicted 31 people in the case for murder and conspiracy but acquitted 63 others due to lack of evidence, which notably included prime accused Maulana Umarji on March 1, 2011. The court had later awarded death sentence to 11 of them and life imprisonment to 20 others.

After the incident, two different panels were appointed to inquire into the case and both gave different views on the Godhra train burning incident. The Nanavati Commission, appointed by the Gujarat government and including justice GT Nanavati and justice KG Shah, had in the first part of its report concluded that the coach fire was not an accident, but caused by throwing petrol inside it.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government set up a separate inquiry commission headed by justice UC Banerjee, who in his report submitted in March 2006 said the incident was an accident. However The Supreme Court rejected the report as unconstitutional and invalid.

 

Two men jailed for life for setting fire to Coach S6 killing 59 people in Gujarat in February 2002