AHMEDABAD (TIP): The Gujarat high court on Thursday convicted 11 people for burning a man and his daughter to death during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Mehsana district’s Meda-Adraj village.
A trial court had in 2005 acquitted all 27 people accused of burning Kalumiya Saiyad and his daughter, Hasinabibi, to death. The HC reversed the acquittal of 11 of them and held them guilty of murder, arson, and unlawful assembly.
The two had taken shelter in the house of a Hindu neighbour. The mob barged into the house by breaking its door.
It thrashed the neighbour for protecting Muslims before setting the two on fire on March 3, 2002. The accused brought them out and again set them on fire when the two jumped into a water pool.
Special prosecutor J M Panchal said the high court would pronounce the sentences for the convicts on August 4.