India court convicted 31 for crimes during Gujarat riots

On November 9, 2011, a trial court in the West Indian state of Gujarat convicted 31 people for crimes committed during the 2002 Gujarat riots. All those convicted were sentenced to life in prison and an additional fine. They were convicted of murder, arson and rioting. The rights broke out after 60 Hindus died in a fire abroad a train; Muslims were blamed for starting the fire. Due to threats and pressure from the state, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged protection for the witnesses involved in the cases.


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