Gulberg Society massacre case: A timeline

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:02 pm IST

Published - June 02, 2016 10:12 am IST

In this February 27, 2012 photo, Zakia Jafri, wife of 2002 post-Godhra riots victim Ehsan Jafri, visits her old house at Gulbarg Society, on the 10th anniversary of the Gujarat violence.

In this February 27, 2012 photo, Zakia Jafri, wife of 2002 post-Godhra riots victim Ehsan Jafri, visits her old house at Gulbarg Society, on the 10th anniversary of the Gujarat violence.

The Gulberg Society massacre, in which a former Congress parliamentarian was among those killed, is the most sensational case of 2002 riots. Following is the chronology of events in the case.

February 2002: During the Gujarat riots a Hindu mob attacked the Gulberg society in Ahmedabad in which 69 people were killed. Among the deceased was former MP Ehsan Jafri. >Read more

November 2003: On a petition by the National Human Rights Commission and NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace, the Supreme Court stays trial in Gujarat riots-related cases including the Godhra train carnage case and the Gulberg Society massacre case. > Read more

November 2007: The Gujarat High Court dismissed a petition of Zakia Jafri, wife of the former Congress MP, Ehsan Jafri, seeking the court’s directive to the police to register a complaint against the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others for their alleged involvement in the Gulberg Society massacre. > Read more

March 2008: The Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government to set up a special investigation team (SIT) for a further probe into 14 Godhra and post-Godhra communal riots cases. The SIT was asked to investigate the incidents that occurred in Godhra, Sardarpura, Gulberg Society, Ode, Naroda Gaon, Naroda Patiya, Deepla Darwaza and the one involving British nationals. > Read more

August 2009: SIT files charge sheet in the Gulberg society massacre case. > Read more.

August 2010: The Supreme Court permitted the Special Investigation Team to conduct further probe on the complaint by Zakia Jafri that Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others orchestrated the 2002 riots in Gujarat. > Read more

March 2010: The trial put on hold because of the resignation of the special prosecutor and his assistant. Both had alleged bias on the part of the trial judge and have also accused the SIT of not properly coordinating their efforts with them. > Read more

May 2010: The Supreme Court stays pronouncing final verdict in Gulberg case following a series of controversies.

October 2010: Supreme Court lifts stay on pronouncement of verdicts in eight of the nine Godhra and post-Godhra riot cases except the Gulberg Society case . > Read more.

March 2011: Gujarat Deputy Inspector-General of Police Sanjiv Bhatt, who is claimed to have spilled the beans on Modi's alleged controversial orders to the police on the eve of the 2002 communal riots, appeared before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team. > Read more

February 2012: The SIT in a “summary closure report” — says there was no “prosecutable evidence” against Mr. Modi, who was among 62 persons named in an omnibus complaint filed by Ms. Jafri and the Citizens for Justice and Peace. >Read more

March 2012: The Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court rejects Zakia Jafri's plea to making public the SIT report. > Read more

December 2013: Ahmedabad Metropolitan court rejects the petition of Zakia Jafri against the closure report of the Special Investigation Team giving a clean chit to the Gujarat Chief Minister in a case relating to the 2002 communal riots. > Read more

December 2013 : Reacting to an Ahmedabad trial court verdict, R.K. Raghavan, head of the Special Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court to go into Gujarat riots, says SIT’s stand has been vindicated. > Read more

November 2014 : The trial in the Gulberg Society case, resumed following the Supreme Court’s directions to conclude it in three months. >Read more

November 2014: The Supreme Court asks the Sessions Court to complete the trial in the Gulberg case, one of the nine cases connected to the 2002 post-Godhra riots, in three months. > Read more

August 6, 2015: Supreme Court grants three-month extension to Ahmedabad court to complete trial proceedings in the case. > Read more

September 2015: Trial court completes trial in the case involving examination of 338 witnesses and long drawn arguments by both sides.

February 2016: Supreme Court lifts stay on pronouncing verdict and asks the trial court to complete the process by May 31, 2016.

June 2, 2016: Special court convicts 24 persons and acquitted 36 persons. > Read more.

June 17, 2016: 11 get life imprisonment for Gulberg Society massacre; one gets 10 years in jail and 12 convicts get seven years. > Read more. | > The five men who killed Ehsan Jafri

List of convicts:

Life imprisonment (11)

Kailash Dhobi

Yogendrasinh Shekhawat

Jayeshkumar Jingar

Jayesh Parmar

Krishnakumar Kalal

Raju Tiwari

Naran Tank

Lakhansinh Chudasama

Dinesh Sharma

Bharat Rajput

Bharat Shitalprasad

10 years in jail(1)


7 years in jail (12)

Atul Vaidhya


Dilip Parmar

Babu Marwadi

Sandip Sonu

Manish Jain

Dharmesh Shukla

Alpesh Jingar

Prakash Padhiyar

Mukesh Pokhraj

Kapil Mishra

Dayabhai Dhobi

List of accused

1. Kailash Lalchandbhai Dhobi

2. Yogendrasinh @ Lalo

3. Surendrasinh @ Vakil

4. Mangaji Pokadji Marwadi

5. Jayeshbhai Ramubhai Patni

6. Kiran Hirabhai Nadiya (Died)

7. Naran Chhanabhai Rathod (Died)

8. Kishorbhai Mangabhai Patni

9. Shailesh @ Kalu Hirabhai Patni

10. Kanaiya @ Babalu Aiyau

11. Kantibhai Popatbhai Patni

12. Shakrabhai Sanghabhai Patni

13. Manojkumar Premjibhai Parmar

14. Dipakkumar Somabhai Solanki

15. Vinodbhai Arvindbhai Solanki

16. Jayeshkumar @ Gabbar Madan Lal Zingar

17. Ajay Somabhai Panchal

18. Dilip @ Kalu Chaturbhai Parmar

19. Ratilal Ganeshji Kumbhar (Died)

20. Mahesh Kumar Lalchand Nayi (Died)

21. Sanjaykumar Shakrabhai Patni

22. Shailesh Natwarlal Patni

23. Naresh @ Nariyo Bansilal Prajapati

24. Sandip @ Sonu Ghunghruwalo Ramprakash Mahera

25. Babubhai Mohanbhai Patni

26. Babubhai Manjibhai Patni

27. Shankarji Hakaji Mali

28. Mangilal Dhupchand Jain

29. Pannala @ Prabhumochi Premchand Sisodiya

30. Gopaldas Mandas Vaishnav (Died)

31. Prahlad Rajuji Aasori

32. Mukesh Pukhraj Shankhla

33. Madanlal Dhanraj Rawal

34. Mahendra Mulchand Parmar

35. Ambesh Kantilal Jingar

36. Prahlad Omprakash Songara

37. Krushnakumar @ Krushna

38. Ashok @ Aslo Dharsinhji Thakor (Died)

39. Chirag Dilipbhai Shah

40. Prakash @ Kali Khengarji Padhiyar

41. Manish Prabhudas Jain

42. Mukesh Aatmaram Thakor

43. Parbatsinh @ Darpansinh Tarsangsinh

44. Jayesh Ramjibhai Parmar

45. Raju @ Mamo Kaniyo Ram Avtar

46. Naran Sitaram Tank @ Naran Chenalwalo @ Naran Kodhiyo

47. Nagin Hasmukhbhai Patni

48. Dashrath @ Getting Jivanbhai Patni (Died)

49. Lakhansing @ Lakhiyo Bhiriyo Lalubha Chudasma

50. Dharmesh Prahaladbhai Shukla

51. Jitendra @ Jitu Pratapji Thakor

52. Mahesh @ Pappu Pratapji Thakor

53. Kapil Dev Narayan @ Munnabhai Mishra

54. Mahesh Ramjibhai Nath

55. Suresh @ Kali Dahyabhai Dhobi

56. Sushil Brij Mohan Sharma

57. Bharat @ Bharat Taili Sitlaprasad Balodiya

58. Bharat Laxmansinh God Rajput

59. Pradeep Khanabhai Parmar

60. Kiritkumar Govindji Erda (PI)

61. Meghsingh Dhupsing Chaudhari

62. Atul Indravadan Vaidh

63. Bipin Ambalal Patel

64. Chunilal Jethaji Prajapati (Died)

65. Dilip Kantilal Jingar

66. Dinesh Prabhudas Sharma

67. Shivcharan @ Lallo Ramjibhai

As per u/s 319

68. Rajesh Dayaram Jingar

69. Babu Hastimal Marwadi

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