inside image AHMEDABAD: The special SIT court has delivered the quantum of sentence in the Ode massacre case.

Of the 23 persons accused in the case, the court has given life imprisonment to 18 convicts, while five others have been awarded seven years of rigorous imprisonment.23 poeple had been killed in Ode on March 1, 2002.

Special prosecutor P N Parmar had sought death penalty for the convicts, arguing that this should be considered the rarest of the rare incident. He contended that the court had upheld the prosecution's asserting that the act of rioting and murder of 23 persons, mainly women and children, was part of a conspiracy.

All the 23 persons, who belong to a community of Patels from Charotar, had been held guilty of conspiracy, rioting and unlawful assembly besides other charges. Eighteen of them have been held guilty of murdering people, while four have been held guilty of attempt to murder. One person Atul Patel has not been convicted for these two charge.


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