2002 Godhra train burning case: Convict Yakub Pataliya gets life imprisonment


Ahmedabad, March 20: A Special SIT Court in Ahmedabad on Wednesday sentenced convict Yakub Pataliya to life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train burning case.

H.C. Vora, the Special SIT judge, convicted Yakub Pataliya following the submissions made earlier in the case by five other accused.

Nearly 16 years after being booked for the train burning at Godhra, in which 59 Hindu activists had lost their lives in two coaches of the Sabarmati Express in February 2002, Pataliya was arrested in January last year.

Pataliya was accused of being a part of the mob which torched the two coaches of Sabarmati Express on February 27, sparking off state-wide riots which lasted for over a month.

In August, Special judge Vora convicted Farukh Bhana and Imran alias Sheru Batik and acquitted Hussain Suleman Mohan, Kasam Bhamedi and Faruk Dhantiya.

The five were arrested by different probe agencies in 2015-16.

Earlier, the special SIT court convicted 31 people in the mishap on March 1, 2011.


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