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Thursday, March 01, 2012

India court sentenced 11 to death over Gujarat riots
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On March 1, 2011, a special court in India sentenced 11 Muslims to death in connection with the Godhra train burning in 2002 that killed 59 Hindu nationalists and started the 2002 Gujarat riots. The special court was formed by the Supreme Court of India to hear cases arising from the riots in May 2009. There were 31 individuals convicted for murder, attempted murder, and criminal conspiracy for their roles in the attacks. In a related case, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab was sentenced to death for his participation in the siege of Mumbai during November 2008.

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