Ahmedabad: The proceeding for the
confirmation of death sentence to the 11 convicts in the 2002
Godhra train burning case began today with the submission of
case papers in the Gujarat High Court.
A division bench of justices R R Tripathi and P P
Bhatt asked the trial court to prepare the case books of all
the 11 people who have been sentenced to death, and posted
next hearing for April 6.
Special Public Prosecutor J M Panchal said
preparation of case books would take some time as documents
Terming the offence as "rarest of the rare", special
judge P R Patel awarded capital punishment to 11 people, and
life sentences to 20 on March 1. A death sentence has to be
confirmed by the high court as per the law.
Fifty-nine people, mostly `karsevaks`, were killed in
the 2002 Godhra train burning incident, triggering communal
riots in the state.
Trial court had convicted 31 people, accepting the
prosecution`s contention that there was a conspiracy behind
the incident. It acquitted 63 others.
All the 31 were convicted under IPC sections 302
(murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 120B (criminal
conspiracy), among other counts.
Those who were awarded capital punishment are Bilal
Ismail Abdul Majid Sujela alias Bilal Haji, Abdul Razak
Mohammad Kurkur, Ramjani Binyamin Behra, Hasan Ahmed Charkha
alias Lalu, Jabir Binyamin Behra, Mehboob Khalid Chanda, Salim
alias Salman Yusuf Sattar Zarda, Siraj Mohammad Abdul Meda
alias Bala, Irfan Abdul Majid Ganchi Kalandar alias Irfan
Bhopo, Irfan Mohammad Hanifabdul Gani Pataliya and Mehbub
Ahmed Yusuf Hasan alias Latiko.