The Special Investigation Team (SIT) court has acquitted 3 accused in the 2002 Godhra Train burning case and has held 2 more accused guilty in the case. The 2002 Godhra Train burning case had recorded 58 people losing their lives due to severe burning. The 5 who the special SIT court have delivered the judgement on, were arrested by different investigation agencies between 2015-2016. The 2 who have been convicted in the case are named Farukh Bhana and Imran alias Sheru Batik, while those acquitted are Hussain Suleman Mohan, Kasam Bhamedi and Faruk Dhantiya. They were put on trial at the Special Court built inside the Sabarmati Central Jail during the trial.
As many as 63 have been acquitted in the case so far and 31 have been convicted in the case. Out of 31 that are convicted, 20 have been awarded life imprisonment and 11 have been awarded with death penalty. The incident of Godhra Train burning was carried out in Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002 at Godhra railway station by some Muslim perpetrators against the Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya. The incident saw a repercussion from the Hindus in the state and several violent riots were reported from various parts of Gujarat. The statewide bloodbath that caused numerous damage to the public properties in the state, also marked as high as 1,926 lives lost during the riots after the Godhra train burning case.
As per an official estimation, 790 Muslims lost their lives while 254 Hindus lost their lives during the riot. Looking at Concerned Citizens Tribunal Report, around 1,926 lost their lives in the statewide riots which triggered after the Godhra Train burning case.