Gulberg Massacre: Justice Has Been Delivered, Says Congress Spokesperson Tom Vadakkan

02/06/2016 4:16 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Suraiya Ankleshwaria looks on as she and others pay homage to those killed at Gulbarg Society following the February 2002 Godhra train incident, which sparked communal riots that year, on the ninth anniversary of the incident in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2011. A total of 69 people were killed in the Gulberg Society carnage, including former Congress Member of Parliament Ehsan Jafri on February 28, 2002. The aftermath of the Godhra Train carnage resulted in widespread communal riots across Gujarat where more than 2,000 were killed. A Special Court has reserved the pronouncement of quantum of punishment to the 31 convicted in the Godhra Train Carnage incident till March 1. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Congress today welcomed the conviction of 24 of the 66 accused by a Gujarat court, including a VHP leader, in the 2002 post-Godhra Gulberg society massacre which left 69 people dead, saying justice has been delivered to the victims.

Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said it was a long-pending case, which has finally seen the light of the day.

"We haven't read the verdict completely. I do hope final justice is done to the victims."

"Accusations have been made and cross accusations have been made. Finally we believe that justice has been done," he said.

Fourteen years after the gruesome massacre of 69 people including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri in the Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad, a special court today convicted 24 of the 66 accused, 11 of them for murder, but dropped conspiracy charges against all.

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