HC Admits Appeals of 16 Gulbarg Society Massacre Case Convicts

Sixty-nine people, including ex-Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed at Gulbarg society during the Gujarat riots.

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A house that was burnt and damaged in the mob attack  at Gulbarg society in 2002. (Photo: Reuters)

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday admitted for final hearing the appeals filed by 16 of the 24 convicts in the 2002 Gulbarg society riot case.

Sixty-nine people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed in the violence at Gulbarg society during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The appeals of these 16 convicts will come up for final hearing before a division bench comprising Justice Anant S Dave and Justice BN Karia. The other convicts have not filed appeals yet.

On 17 June, the special court set up for the riot cases sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment, 12 persons to seven years in jail and one person to 10 years in jail. The court acquitted 36 others.

VHP leader Atul Vaidh and Mangilal Jain (who is the only convict to get 10 years' jail) are among those who have filed the appeals.

The Gulbarg society massacre took place on 28 March 2002, a day after the Godhra train burning incident which led to communal riots in Gujarat.

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