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Court likely to pronounce sentences on Godhra today

india Updated: Feb 25, 2011 09:35 IST

The special court in Ahmedabad is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment for the 31 convicts in the 2002 Godhra train burning case on Friday.

As many as 59 people were killed in the incident and it sparked off large-scale communal violence in Gujarat.

Judge P R Patel, who conducted the trial inside the Sabarmati Central Jail premises, would pronounce the quantum of punishment after hearing the 31 accused who have been found guilty of criminal conspiracy and murder, among other charges.

The Court, on February 22, convicted 31 and acquitted 63 others, including the prime conspirator Maulvi Hussain Umarji.

The court accepted the prosecution's contention that there was a conspiracy behind the incident.

Apart from the charges of murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy, the accused were convicted under IPC sections 147, 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 323, 324, 325, 326 (causing hurt), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds), various sections of the Indian Railways Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and Bombay Police Act.