While acknowledging that Gulberg massacre is the darkest day in the history of civil society, a special investigation team court sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment. Even while refusing to give them death sentence, the court decided to award life imprisonment without time frame, and also requested the state not to use its power to remit the sentence after 14 years of imprisonment.
“While as per CrPC provisions the state has power to remit sentence after 14 years jail, in this case the state does not exercise power to remit the sentence, in this case life imprisonment means that it is till death,” the court shared.
The Gulberg Society massacre took place in Ahmedabad on 28 February, 2002 when Narendra Modi was the Gujarat Chief Minister – a mob of 400 people attacked the society in the heart of Ahmedabad and killed the residents including former MP Jafri. The incident had taken place after S6 coach of Sabarmathi Express was burnt near Godhra train station which 58 karsewaks returning to Mumbai were killed,