In a relief to people accused in a post-Godhra riot, the Gandhinagar court in Gujarat has acquitted all the 28 people who were facing trial. The court passed its order to let go the charges and free the accused, as it could not find any substantial evidence that would link these people to their alleged crimes. The accused were already granted bail earlier and now all 28 of them have been acquitted by the court.
It was alleged that the accused were part of a large mob, somewhere around 250 people from the Paliyad village in Gandhinagar, who had carried out various crimes such as arson, rioting, and damaging property of the minority community. This act of rioting was allegedly conducted on February 28, 2002, a day after a train coach full of pilgrims was burned at Godhra railway station.
The court pointed out that the case lacks strong evidence, due to which the accused have been acquitted. It also said that all the witnesses had turned hostile and were unable to identify the accused.
It may be recalled that 58 people had lost their lives in the burning of the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express at Godhra Railway Station on February 27, 2002. The incident had led to widespread violence in Gujarat, in which more than 1000 people lost their lives.