Gandhinagar: A district court in Gujarat on Friday acquitted all 28 people accused in a post-Godhra riots case.
The Gandhinagar court cited lack of substantial evidence against them while pronouncing the order. All the accused were already on bail.
They were all accused of arson, rioting and damaging property of people belonging to minority community at Paliyad village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar district in 2002.
The incident had taken place on Feb 28 a day after a train burning incident was reported from Godhra railway station.
The infamous Gujarat riots of 2002 left hundreds of Muslims dead wounded. The incident came as a blot on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule in the state.
The riots followed an incident of train burning in Godhra in which Hindus returning from Ayodhya were killed by an alleged Muslim mob.
Around 1,000 supporters of prime accused Maulvi Umarjihad attacked the coach at the Godhra station and set it afire, killing 59 people and injuring many.