11 sentenced to life for Gulbarg society massacre

A special court on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment 11 persons, of the 24 convicted for the Gulbarg society massacre of 2002. 

Gulbarg housing society in Ahmedabad. File pic

Twelve of the convicts got jail for seven years and one was sent to prison for 10 years.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) court earlier this month convicted 24 of the 66 accused for arson, plunder, vandalism and killings at Goldberg Society. Thirty-six were acquitted while six were dead before the judgement came in. The hearing on the quantum of punishment was earlier deferred twice.

The prosecution, representing the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), had sought death sentence or jail term till death for all 24 convicts.

The Gulbarg massacre took place a day after a coach of the Sabarmati Express train was set on fire near Godhra, in which 58 people were burnt alive.

Thousands of mobsters attacked the Gulbarg Housing Society in Chamanpura area and hacked 69 of its residents to death.

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