It is twelve years since the Gujarat riots. Finally the Gujarat High Court sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for burning alive two people (father and daughter) during the post-Godhra riots in Mehsana district at Meda Adraj village.
It was a division bench consisting of justices Anant Dave and BN Karia that awarded the accused life imprisonment with remission that allows the state government to release them after they have served 14 years. The High Court also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on each one of them and gave them ten weeks to surrender. It was during the last month that the court put aside the earlier judgment of fast track court that acquitted (on June 14, 2005) all the 27 accused for killing Kalu Miyan Saiyed and his daughter Hasina Bibi on March 3, 2002, in the aftermath of train burning incident at Godhra in which 58 persons died. As per the prosecution case, a mob of around 200 people surrounded the victims who had taken shelter in the house of Joitaram Prajapati and burnt them alive.
The Gujarat high court on Thursday held 11 out of them guilty. They are Mukesh Amritlal Patel, Narendra Chimanlal Patel, Dinesh Jaswantbhai Patel, Kirit Somabhai Patel, Kirit Chandubhai Patel, Girish Ambalal Patel, Girish Chunnilal Patel, Mukesh Mahendrabhai Patel, Nilesh Naranbhai Patel, Janak Rameshbhai Patel and Mukesh Somabhai Patel. They were convicted under sections 302 (murder), 148 and 149 (unlawful assembly) and 436 (mischief by fire) of the Indian Penal Code.