April 9th, 2012
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Ode village massacre: 23 accused

ode-massacreAhmedabad: A session’s court in Anand convicted 23 people of the 47 people accused in the Ode village massacre in 2002 post-Godhra riots. The others have been acquitted for want of evidence. The verdict was delivered by the district and sessions court Judge Poonam Singh. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced later.

Twenty three people, including women and children of the minority community, were burnt to death in a house in Pirwali Bhagol area of Ode village on March 1, 2002, following the Godhra train burning incident. The riot case was probed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court. 47 were accused in the case. One of them died during the course of the trial.

Special public prosecutor PN Parmar said more than 150 witnesses have been examined, while over 170 documentary evidences have been placed before the court. 35 of the 150 witnesses turned hostile. Rafiq Bhai is the main complainant in the Ode massacre case

The trial began in the end of 2009 and was on the verge of completion when the then judge hearing the case resigned in May 2011 citing personal reasons. Following this, Judge Singh was appointed and all the arguments were made afresh before her. The Ode massacre was one among the nine post-Godhra riot cases that was investigated by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court.



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