Ahmedabad: A special court here on Friday reserved the pronouncement of quantum of punishment till March 1, as the prosecution sought death penalty for all the 31 convicts in the Godhra train carnage case.

Designated Judge PR Patel heard the prosecution and the convicts inside the Sabarmati Jail here on the quantum of punishment and reserved the order for next Tuesday.

Upholding the pre-planned conspiracy theory, the court on February 22 had convicted 31 people on charges of murder and acquitted 63 others in the 2002 train burning incident, which claimed lives of 59 karsevaks returning from Ayodhya.

The incident had triggered widespread communal riots, in which over 1200 people were killed.

After coming out of the court, special public prosecutor J M Panchal said, "We have prayed for death sentence for all the 31 convicted. We have made submission in support of our demand. The matter is now subjudice and I cannot disclose anything further. We will have to wait till March 1".

Defence lawyers A D Shah said the judge has heard the convicts who have sought leniency in their punishment.

(Agency)