Post-Godhra Riots Case: 28 Acquitted by Kalol Court in Ahmedabad 

Citing Lack of evidence, 28 acquitted in the Post-Godhra riots case. 

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All 28 accused in the post-Godhra riots case have been acquitted by a Gandhinagar court which cited lack of substantial evidence against them.

Those who have been acquitted by the court include present chairman of the Kalol Nagrik Sahkari Bank, Govind Patel.

All the accused were already on bail for a long time.

The 28 people were accused of arson, rioting and damaging property of minority community at Paliyad village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar district on 28 February 2002, a day after the train burning incident at Godhra railway station.


Apart from damaging property, they were also accused of damaging some portion of a dargah in Paliyad during an attack by a mob of around 250 locals of that village, including the 28 accused named by police in an FIR.

While pronouncing the judgement on 31 January, Additional District Judge in Kalol, B D Patel, noted that not enough evidence against the accused is available as all the the witnesses turned hostile by claiming that they were unable to identify the accused, who were part of a mob. In addition, these witnesses told the court that they don’t have any grudge against anyone at present as they have already struck a compromise with the accused.

During the previous arguments, defence lawyer Bhavesh Raval informed the court that the accused have already paid for the damages incurred by the minority community under the compromise formula to establish harmony.

About 58 people lost their lives when the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was torched at Godhra Railway Station on 27 February 2002.

The incident had triggered large scale riots in Gujarat in which around 1,000 people, mostly of minority community, were killed.

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