SIT satisfied with Godhra verdict

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was inquiring into the Godhra train burning incident, Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the verdict in the case.

Ahmedabad: The Special Investigation Team (SIT),
which was inquiring into the Godhra train burning incident,
Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the verdict in the case.

"I have a mixed opinion on the judgement. I am satisfied
with the Godhra train burning verdict, but I am pained as so
many lives were lost due to the incident," SIT head RK
Raghavan said.

On whether the SIT will challenge the acquittal of 63
persons in the case in High Court, Raghavan said, "We will
decide it after we get a full copy of the judgement."

31 people were today convicted and 63 others, including
the main accused Maulvi Umarji, were acquitted by a special
court here in the 2002 Godhra train burning incident in which
59 people died and the violence triggered by it in Gujarat
claimed the lives of over 1,200 people.

The SIT was appointed by the Supreme Court to further
investigate the Godhra train carnage and eight other important
post-Godhra riot cases on March 26, 2008.

Trials in the eight cases of rioting, including the
Naroda Patia case and the Gulburg Society case, are at various
stages.

PTI

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