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Godhra train carnage case accused Yakub Pataliya sentenced to life

The S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express burns at Godhra railway station in Gujarat on February 27, 2002.   | Photo Credit: AP

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to Yakub Patalia in the Godhra train carnage case of 2002 in which 59 people were charred to death.

Yakub, one of the most wanted accused in the 2002 case, was on the run for 16 years before his arrest in January 2018.

As per the prosecution case, Yakub was a part of the mob that torched the S6 coach of the Sabarmati express returning from Ayodhya, near the Godhra railway station, killing 59 kar sevaks and triggering riots in which over 1,000 people were massacred.

The SIT court in August, 2018, sentenced two other accused to life imprisonment while three others were acquitted. They had been arrested after the main trial was completed in 2011.

Farooq Bhana and Imran Sheri were the two sentenced to life in August last year and Hussain Suleman Mohan, Kasam Bhamedi and Faruk Dhantiya were the three who were acquitted.

In 2011, the SIT court convicted 31 people in the case. After convicting the accused, the court had awarded death sentence to 11 of them and life imprisonment to 20 others, while 63 accused were acquitted.

The court upheld the prosecution case that the Godhra train attack was a pre-meditated conspiracy hatched by locals to target Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya.

However, the Gujarat High Court in October 2017 commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment while upholding the punishment awarded by the SIT court to 20 others.

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