Ahmadabad: A special court in Gujarat's Anand district on Friday has convicted nine persons in connection with a third case related to 2002 Ode massacre. The court, however, has acquitted 32 persons dur to lack of evidence.

This is the third case of the 2002 riots at Ode village, probed by the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Special court judge R M Sarin convicted the nine accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 302 (Murder), 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy).

The court is likely to pronounce the quantum of sentence later in the day.

The case relates to the killing of three people who were burnt to death by a mob at Mal Bhaghol area of Ode village in Anand district following the Godhra train carnage. Forty-one people have gone undergone undergoing trial in the case.
   
There were 41 accused in the case against whom the charges were framed on the complaint of one Rehana Yusufbhai Vohra. Those killed in the incident were Ayesha Vohra, Nuriben Vohra and Kaderbhai Vohra.
   
During the trial, the court had examined 67 witnesses and 98 documentary evidence were put up before the court. This is the second case of Ode village in which court has given its verdict. At least 23 people were killed on March 1, 2002 after a mob ablaze the house in which they took shelter during the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.

In the first case, another court had sentenced 18 people to life imprisonment while awarding seven years jail to five others, in connection with massacre of 23 persons in Ode village during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

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