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Gulberg Massacre-Darkest day in History; SIT Court awards Life for 11 Convicts, 7 Yrs for 12

17 Jun 2016 10:02 AM GMT
Gulberg Massacre-Darkest day in History; SIT Court awards Life for 11 Convicts, 7 Yrs for 12
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A Special SIT Court Today sentenced 11 convicts to Imprisonment for Life, 12 convicts to Imprisonment for seven years and one convict to Imprisonment for 10 years in the Gulberg Society Massacre case, in which 69 people were killed.

The Special Court Judge described the massacre as the darkest day in the history of civil society,

On 2nd June the SIT Court had convicted 24 persons and acquitted 36 others in the 2002 Gulbarg society massacre case, in which 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were burnt alive on February 28, 2002.

The Special Court Judge has reportedly said it has decided to award imprisonment for life without any time frame to 11 accused, who have been convicted for murder, while requesting the state not to use its power to remit the sentence after 14 years of imprisonment.

“CrPC provisions give power to the state to remit sentence after 14 years jail, section 433-A imposes some restriction on that power. In case the state does not exercise power to remit the sentence, life imprisonment will mean that it is till death,” the court said.

“I cannot add beyond what has been prescribed under section 302, it is not necessary for a state to exercise power to remit sentence, state may not exercise power of remittance,” said the Judge

Zakia Jafri, widow of the former MP who was killed in the riots, expressed her disappointment with regard to quantum of sentence awarded. She reportedly told ANI "They brutally killed Ehsan Jafri, this is quantum of sentence? They should have all got life imprisonment". Activist Teesta Setelwad said that the victims will appeal against the lesser sentence given to the convicts.

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