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STATEMENT ON SENTENCES AWARDED FOR GODHRA TRAIN BURNING
The decision of the Sessions Court at the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad to award the death sentence to 11 persons and a life term to 20 others convicted for the burning of the train at Godhra, is to say the least, simply outrageous and shocking!
The Judgment, delivered a few days ago, spoke about a "criminal conspiracy". However, there is practically no evidence to substantiate this theory. Besides, the so-called 'key conspirator' was among the 63 acquitted, which obviously adds to the hollowness of the 'conspiracy'.
The verdict and the sentences given, are undeniably, a travesty of justice. Going by pure logic, will an even more serious punishment await those who were responsible for the bloodbath that followed the burning of the train?
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
1st March, 2011