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Godhra sentencing based on dubious evidence: Swami Agnivesh

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 17:47

New Delhi: Noted civil rights activist Swami Agnivesh on Tuesday said that the sentencing of 11 people to the gallows and 20 others to life imprisonment in the Godhra train-burning incident was a "hollow case based on dubious evidence".

"The whole verdict appears to be weak as it is based on dubious evidence of a single person", Agnivesh said.

He recalled that the media had exposed the loopholes in the Godhra conspiracy theory.

"The verdict is a very weak, hollow one. It will come up for appeal in the higher court. I am sure the truth will come out at last", Agnivesh added.

According to the rights activist, the charge that Muslim conspirators collaborated with a Hindu vendor was unconvincing. The judge, he said, had "based the judgment on the basis of dubious evidence of a single person".

A special court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday sent to the gallows 11 people and gave life imprisonment to 20 others for the February 2002 burning of a train coach in Gujarat`s Godhra town, in which 59 people were killed, triggering a communal frenzy that claimed an estimated 1,000 lives in the state.

The 31 people were convicted Feb 22nd and held guilty of conspiring and setting on fire S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express near the Godhra railway station Feb 27th, 2002. The train, carrying many radical Hindu activists, was on its way back from Uttar Pradesh`s temple town Ayodhya.

The court had acquitted 63 others, including alleged mastermind Maulvi Saeed Umarji.


First Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 17:47

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