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Gujarat High Court commutes death sentences for 11 in Godhra train carnage case

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Indian policeman walks towards the entrance of a carriage of a train in Godhra, in the western Indian state of Gujarat February 27, 2002. Up to 56 people have died after a train carrying Hindu activists from the controversial site of a razed mosque was set on fire in western India, officials said. REUTERS/Str JSG/CP

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Gujarat High Court jailed 11 men for life on Monday, for setting fire to a train carrying Hindu pilgrims in 2002, which sparked the country’s worst religious riot s in decades, a lawyer said.

The men had been handed the death penalty for the attack in Gujarat, governed at the time by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but a high court commuted the sentences, saying it was not a “terrorist act”.

The killing of the 59 pilgrims, while the train stopped at Godhra, a station about 120 km (75 miles) distant from the state capital of Gandhinagar, led to attacks on minority Muslims in which more than 2,500 people were killed, activists say.

Modi, the state’s chief minister at the time, faced allegations of turning a blind eye to the attacks on Muslims, but a court-appointed investigation panel absolved him of responsibility.

“The death sentence for 11 has been changed to life imprisonment,” said J. M. Panchal, the special prosecutor in the attack case, but added that the Gujarat High Court had rejected appeals by 20 men who received life terms from a lower court.

The high court also ordered the state gov ernment and railway authorities to pay compensation of 1 million rupees ($15,385) to the family of each person killed in the train fire.

Reporting by Rupam Jain; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Clarence Fernandez

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