In a major decision, the Gujarat High Court actually overturned the decision of lower court in Godhra train arson case and awarded lifers to eleven of the convicted who had earlier been given death sentence. The court also awarded 59 of the victims Rs 10 lakhs as compensation. It need be recalled that S6 coach of Sabarmati train was set ablaze on February 27, 2002 in Godhra. Around 59 people were said to be in this coach. Most of the passengers in this bogie were ‘karsevaks’ who were returning from Ayodhya. Around 31 people were convicted in the case based on the probe carried out by an Special Investigation Team (SIT).
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