Godhra (Gujarat): Sixty-three people, including main accused Maulvi Hussain Umarji, acquitted in the 2002 Godhra train burning case, on Wednesday reached their hometown. They had spent almost eight years in prison.

A special court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday acquitted 63 people and convicted 31 in the February 27, 2002 incident. The tragedy had left 59 people dead, mostly karsevaks, triggering worst ever communal riots in the country in which about 1200 people were killed.

Those acquitted were released from the high-security Sabarmati jail late on Tuesday night and taken to Godhra in two buses.

Umarji's son Saeed, however, expressed dissatisfaction on the delayed verdict and said, "Justice has been done late in case of my father. He had to spend eight important years of his life behind bars."

Other accused in the Godhra train carnage refused to interact with the media, saying that they will be able to react only once the quantum of sentence is announced on February 25.