A mob of 400 people attacked the Gulberg society in the heart of Ahmedabad and killed 69 residents, including former Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri, during riots that ensued after S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express in which ‘karsevaks’ were travelling was burnt near Godhra train station on February 27, 2002 in which 58 people died.Judge P B Desai of special SIT court on June 2 convicted 11 persons of offences including murder, while 13 others were charged with lesser offences. The court had acquitted 36 others.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The quantum of sentence in the case is likely to be declared on June 9.
ALSO READ #dnaEdit: Why the Gulberg Housing Society verdict is significantHere’s the timeline to the case:Date/Year Description February 27, 2002 59 ‘karsevaks’ die after S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express is torched by a mob near Godhra railway station. FIR filed against 1,500 people. February 28, 2002 Violent mob attacks Muslim dominated Gulberg society; 69 killed, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri March 6, 2002 Gujarat government appoints a Commission of Inquiry’s Act to probe the Godhra incident and the post-Godhra riots. November 21, 2003 Supreme Court stays judicial proceeding of all riot related cases including Godhra train burning incident. March 26, 2008 Supreme Court constitutes Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate Godhra train burning incident and eight other post-Godhra riot cases. May 1, 2009 Supreme Court lifts stay on Godhra trail and all other cases being probed by the SIT, after the team headed by former CBI director RK Raghavan makes steady progress in the Godhra-train burning and eight other major riot cases in the state. May 6, 2010 Supreme Court restrains trial courts to pronounce judgement in nine sensitive riot cases of Gujarat including Godhra train incident. April 10, 2012 SIT report gives Narendra Modi a clean chit in the Gulberg Society massacre. Ehsan Jafri’s wife, Zakia, files protest petition. February 7, 2013 SC allows Zakia Jafri to file a petition against SIT closure report on Narendra Modi. April 15, 2013 Zakia files petition against SIT clean chit to Narendra Modi.
December 27, 2013 Zakia loses plea in city court against SIT closure report which gives a clean chit to Modi in the 2002 communal riots. March 18, 2014 Zakia moves Gujarat High Court challenging lower court order giving a clean chit to Modi and others. August 4, 2015 Hearing on Zakia Jafri’s petition begins in Gujarat High Court. September 22, 2015 Court concludes trial in the massacre after prosecution examines 338 witnesses
February 22, 2016 Supreme Court lifts stay on final verdict after trial is concluded as per earlier order.
June 2, 2016
24 convicted, 36 acquitted in Gulberg Society massacre case.

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2002 Gulberg Society massacre: Timeline of how Zakia Jafri’s struggle led to 24 being convicted