Added on : 2019-03-20 13:43:10
Aspecial Special Investigative Team (SIT) court on Wednesday (March 20) sentenced convict Yakub Pataliya to life imprisonment in 2002 Godhra train carnage case. Three others were acquitted by the court. Yakub Pataliya, one of the most wanted accused in the 2002 Sabarmati Express burnig case, was on the run for 16 years and arrested in January, 2018 by Gujarat Police. Pataliya is accused of being a part of the mob that torched the coaches of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002, killing 59 kar sevaks and triggering state-wide riots.
The SIT court in August, 2018 had sentenced two other accused to life imprisonment while three others were acquitted by the court. On February 27, 2002, a date that would change the history of Gujarat forever, coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express went up in flames, killing all 59 occupants, most of them kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya.