En indisk domstol dømte 11 muslimer til døden og ga 20 livsvarig for å ha tent på togvogner slik at 59 hinduer ble brent til døde i Gujrat i 2002. Brannen resulterte i voldsomme opptøyer der over 1.000 ble drept, de fleste muslimer.

Eleven men have been sentenced to death for setting fire to a passenger train in the Indian town of Godhra in 2002, killing dozens of Hindu pilgrims.

Another 20 men were sentenced to life in prison. Last week, the court in Gujarat acquitted 63 of the accused.

The Sabarmati Express was attacked by a Muslim mob killing 59 people, mainly Hindu pilgrims.

The attack led to some of the worst riots seen in India, in which more than 1,000 people – mainly Muslims – died.

Gujarat’s authorities were criticised for not doing enough to stop the riots.

All of those accused were Muslim. The convicted men have 90 days to appeal.

The attackers were said to have forced the train, carrying Hindu pilgrims returning from the northern town of Ayodhya, to stop, and then set fire to one of the carriages.

Whether or not there was a conspiracy to set the train ablaze or whether it was a spontaneous fire has long been the subject of dispute.

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27 February 2002: Fire in Sabarmati Express at Godhra kills 59 passengers, mainly Hindus
28 February 2002: Religious clashes begin in Gujarat, leaving more than 1,000 people dead, mainly Muslims.
21 May 2002: Gujarat government sets up a commission to probe the train fire and the riots
3 March 2006: Justice UC Banerjee submits report saying the train fire was an accident
25 September 2008: Justice Nanavati’s report describes the train burning as a » conspiracy»
An inquiry commission set up by the state government said in 2008 that the burning of the train was a «conspiracy».

Eleven sentenced to death for India Godhra train blaze