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Indian Court Convicts 24 Over Gujarat Riots

A police van transports some of those convicted in connection with a riot in Gujarat in 2002, outside a court after the ruling in Ahmedabad on June 2.

A court in India has convicted 24 people for their part in religious riots in 2002 in western India.

The riots were triggered when Muslims set fire to a train carrying Hindu nationalists in 2002, killing 60.

More than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in three months of violence that hit the state after that.

The judge on June 2 convicted 11 for murder. They could face execution when sentences are handed out next week.

The judge acquitted 36 charged in connection with the rioting in Ahmadabad, the main city in Gujarat state, in which 69 people were killed by a Hindu mob.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP


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