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The judge, C. K. Rane, however, reserved his verdict on their punishment for tomorrow.
In the aftermath of the Godhra train burning incident, a mob attacked Muslim houses and set fire to at least 80 minority shops in Ghodasar on March 1, 2002. Two days later, a mob attacked over 100 Muslim houses and ransacked the only mosque in the village before killing 14 Muslims, including two women. Houses of Muslims in nearby villages were also set ablaze.
But unlike in the Best Bakery and other cases where the key witnesses turned hostile resulting in the acquittal of all the accused, the principal witness in the Ghodasar case, Jiva Mian Belim, who lost his father and brother, stood his ground and identified at least six of the accused.
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