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SIT satisfied with Godhra verdict

The Special Investigation Team, which was inquiring into the Godhra train burning incident, on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the verdict in the case.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2011 16:53 IST

The Special Investigation Team, which was inquiring into the Godhra train burning incident, on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the verdict in the case.

"I have a mixed opinion on the judgement. I am satisfied with the Godhra train burning verdict, but I am pained as so many lives were lost due to the incident," SIT Head R K Raghavan told PTI.

On whether the SIT will challenge the acquittal of 63 persons in the case in High Court, Raghavan said, "We will decide it after we get a full copy of the judgement."

31 people were on Tuesday convicted and 63 others, including the main accused Maulvi Umarji, were acquitted by a special court here in the 2002 Godhra train burning incident in which 59 people died and the violence triggered by it in Gujarat claimed the lives of over 1,200 people.

The SIT was appointed by the Supreme Court to further investigate the Godhra train carnage and eight other important post-Godhra riot cases on March 26, 2008.

Trials in the eight cases of rioting, including the Naroda Patia case and the Gulburg society case, are at various stages.