Ahmedabad: A trial court has convicted six
persons while acquitting four others in a post-Godhra riot
case from Viramgam taluka of the district.
Three persons of the minority community had been killed
in the incident, nine years ago.
Additional Sessions Judge D B Patel yesterday awarded
life sentences to two accused -- Bhopa Bharwad and Bachuji
Ranchhodji, and sentenced Vithal alias Kuchio to ten years in
Vahala Ghela and Mula Ghela were awarded five years`
sentences, while Mera Ghela was given a four years` sentence.
Advocate Altaf Sheikh, the lawyer for the victims` kin,
said all the six had been convicted for charges related to the
murder of Imran Bhati, Jumma Bhati and Haider Bhati at the
Zorawarpir`s shrine near Viramgam on February 28, 2002.
Out of the seven eye-witnesses, five turned hostile at
the trial, which began only in 2009.
Trial of two other riot-related cases is pending in the
court, Sheikh said.