Court acquits six in Gujarat riots case in which three British nationals were killed


A special trial court on Friday acquitted six persons in a 2002 Gujarat riots case in which three British nationals were killed.

Principal district judge IC Shah of Himmatnagar court pronounced the judgement in the case related to killing of four persons, including three Indian-origin British nationals, at Prantij town in Himmatnagar district during the 2002 riots.

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team had charged six persons with the killing of the four persons.

On February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train burning incident, Imran Dawood and his UK-based uncles Saeed Dawood, Shakeel Dawood and Mohammad Aswat were attacked by a mob at Prantij in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat.

Saeed, Shakeel, Mohammad Aswat and their car driver Yusuf Piraghar, a local, were burnt alive by the mob on National Highway 8, while Imran managed to save himself with the help of police.

Mithanbhai Patel, Chandu alias Prahlad Patel, Ramesh Patel, Manoj Patel, Rajesh Patel and Kalabhai Patel, all residents of Prantij, were accused in the case.

The Supreme Court started monitoring the progress of nine cases from post-Godhra riots period — Prantij, Gulberg Society, Naroda Patiya, Naroda Gaam, Ode village (two cases), Dipda Darwaja, Sardarpura and Godhra — after the National Human Rights Commission and various NGOs termed the investigation as shoddy and unreliable.