Ahmedabad, Oct 30: Eight people were awarded life sentences and three others were sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment by a session court in Godhra today in connection with a 2002 rioting incident in Eral in Gujarat.
Among the 40 people, who were charged for rape, murder, arson and rioting, 29 were acquitted by the court today.
The horrific incident in Eral took place on March 3, 2002 when a group of people attacked the village, leaving seven people dead, including two minor girls who were also raped by the assailants.
Among the eight convicts, who were punished with life sentence, three have been convicted for gang raping the two minor girls.
However, the complainant, Madinabibi Sheikh, is likely to move higher court against the acquittal of the 29 accused.