2002 Godhra train burning: Two found guilty, three acquitted by special SIT court

Farooq Bhana and Imran Sheru were awarded life sentence after the prosecution established their role as conspirators in the burning of two coaches of the Sabarmati Express in 2002.

2002 Godhra train burning: Two found guilty, three acquitted by special SIT court

AHMEDABAD: Two people have been found guilty and three have been acquitted by a special SIT court in Ahmedabad in connection with the 2002 Godhra train burning case. The two found guilty have been awarded life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case in which 59 'karsevaks' were burnt alive in two coaches of the Sabarmati Express.

Special judge HC Vora convicted Farooq Bhana and Imran Sheru and awarded them life sentence after the prosecution established their role as conspirators in the burning of two coaches of the Sabarmati Express in 2002.

The three who have been acquitted are Hussain Suleman Mohan, Kasam Bhamedi and Faruk Dhantiya.

The five men were apprehended in 2015-2016 and the trial was held at a special court set up at the Sabarmati Central Jail. Eight accused in the case are still absconding.

Mohan was arrested from Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh, Bhamedi from Dahod railway station in Gujarat, Dhantiya and Bhana were nabbed from their houses at Godhra in Gujarat, while Bhatuk was caught at Malegaon in Maharashtra.

Earlier, the special SIT court had convicted 31 people in the case on March 1, 2011. The court had later awarded death sentence to 11 of them and life imprisonment to 20 others.

However, the Gujarat High Court had in October 2017 commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment while upholding the punishment awarded by the special SIT court to 20 others.

Fifty-nine 'karsevaks' were killed in the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002, triggering the worst communal riots in the history of Gujarat in which over 1,000 people, mostly belonging to the minority community, were killed. 

(With PTI inputs)