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Published On:28 March 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

GUJARAT RIOTS UPDATE: Special court likely to pronounce verdict on 2002 massacre at Pirawali Bhagol

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani


Ahmedabad: A special trial court is expected to pronounce its verdict on April 9 in connection with the 2002 massacre at Pirawali Bhagol of Ode village in Anand district, in which 23 people were burnt alive by a violent mob.


This will be the third riot case, after Godhra train carnage and Sardarpura massacre case, in which a special trial court will pronounce its judgment. All three are among the nine riot cases that were further investigated by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT).


The massacre had taken place on March 1, 2002, when a mob attacked two double-storied residental buildings in which 30-32 Muslims had taken shelter.


The mob had allegedly locked the doors from the outside and had thrown burning rags and pouches filled with kerosene and petrol inside.


Last remains of only two of the victims could be recovered in the incident while the rest were considered as missing and presumed dead.


A total of 47 accused are undergoing trial in the case.


The Pirawali Bhagol killings was one of the two massacres reported from Ode village during the 2002 riots. The second was reported from Malav Bhagol where four persons were burnt alive.


Both were further investigated by the SIT.


[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

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